For some of you, this will be your first visit to northern New Hampshire and we want to make sure your experience is amazing, so here are a few ideas to get you started. Please note that all time estimates are linked to driving directions from Whitney’s Inn. Let us know if you have any questions as you plan your trip!
Jackson Sites and Recreation
A quintessential New England town, Jackson has a quaint downtown area with cute shops, restaurants and numerous historic buildings. The main attraction is the aptly named Honeymoon Bridge, which was built in 1876 and is one of 54 covered bridges in New Hampshire. Also be sure to visit the lovely Jackson Falls, accessible via a short hike off the main road in downtown. Jackson is right in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountain region, so there’s no shortage of fabulous winter recreation activities.
Downhill skiers can visit Black Mountain right in Jackson, Wildcat Mountain in Pinkham Notch (20 minutes away and one of our favorite mountains), Attitash Resort in Bartlett (20 minutes away and another favorite), Cranmore in North Conway (20 minutes away) and Bretton Woods Ski Area in Bretton Woods (45 minutes away). There are plenty of other ski areas more than an hour away from Jackson too if you feel like checking out the rest of our great state. For adventurous skiers, you can hike up Mt. Washington and ski down the popular Tuckerman Ravine. Brian and his friends might do this while we’re up there for the wedding, so contact him if you want to join in the fun.
There are plenty of milder winter sports in the area too: ice skating and snowshoeing at Whitney’s Inn in Jackson, cross country skiing at Jackson XC – one of the biggest nordic skiing complexes in the east, sleigh rides at Nestlenook Farm in Jackson and snowmobiling at Northern Extremes Snowmobiling in Bretton Woods (20 minutes away). Most hotels in the area also have spa packages available if you prefer to stay in out of the cold.
- Shovel Handle Pub at Whitney’s Inn – Live music and classic pub food
- Birches Dining Room at Whitney’s Inn – Delicious brunch (complementary for inn guests)
- Red Fox Bar & Grille – BBQ and wood-fired pizzas
- J-Town Deli and Country Store – Soups and sandwiches
- Shannon Door – Traditional Irish pub and restaurant with live music
- Highfields Dining Room at Eagle Mountain House – Classic New England cuisine
- Eagle Landing Tavern at Eagle Mountain House – Pub fare and libations
- Wildcat Tavern at Wildcat Inn – Live music and pub food
- Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub – Live music, steaks and pub fare
- Yesterday’s – Breakfast and lunch cafe
- Christmas Farm Inn – Fine New England dining
North Conway and Conway
Jackson is just 20 minutes from North Conway and 30 minutes from Conway – picturesque New England villages slightly larger than Jackson. Both communities have quaint downtown areas with lots of neat shops and restaurants. If you’re in the mood to really shop, head to Settler’s Green Outlet Village in North Conway. For fantastic brews, check out Tuckerman Brewing Company in Conway. If it’s a nice day, we’d highly recommend exploring the Kancamagus Highway – a 26.5 mile scenic drive along NH Rt. 112, starting from Conway. This road is famous for its fall foliage, but it’s just as lovely in the winter too!