Posted March 5, 2010 by Kate Hamman
With a red covered "honeymoon" bridge leading to its small colonial village, Jackson, New Hampshire, may be the quintessential New England town. However, a blanket of white in the winter turns its charming exterior into a playing field for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Come experience the trails, and then fill up on hearty dishes before falling asleep to the sounds of a river at a romantic inn.
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation: As one of the top destinations for cross-country skiing in the Eastern U.S., the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (JSTF) will get your heart racing with nearly 96 miles of trails that wind through the village, over covered bridges, and into the forest. Here, you can rent snowshoes for $12 per day and cross-country skis for $16 per day. A daily membership, which allows access to the trails, costs $19 for skiing and $10 for snowshoeing. If you arrive after 2 p.m., you can ski for $12 or buy a Go-Ahead pass for $30 that includes skiing the next day as well.
Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub: After traipsing through the snow-covered valley, there's no better place to warm up than the Red Parka. For more than 30 years, this après-ski restaurant and pub has been a favorite among winter enthusiasts for its tender steaks and ultimate comfort foods. Entrees start at $10.95, and the mud pie can't be beat.
Inn at Ellis River: Nestled alongside, you guessed it, the Ellis River, this inn screams romantic retreat. The morning is a delight with dishes like cinnamon crepes stuffed with apple filling and orange croissant french toast with fresh strawberries. Each room is unique, and some come with whirlpool tubs or fireplaces, or both. The inn offers packages throughout the year, such as the Midweek Stay & Ski, Ski, Ski package that includes one- to four-nights' lodging, daily breakfast, afternoon refreshments, and skiing for two from $199 for a one-day ski package. Room rates typically start at $119 per night, and include breakfast.
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(Photo: Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce)