The New Hampshire town of Jackson is a rather quiet resort town situated in the middle of the scenic White Mountains, offering a great destination for a relaxing summer or winter vacation or simply a weekend getaway. For outdoor enthusiasts, Jackson offers plenty of opportunities for fun in the snow during the winter months, as well as several hiking trails to explore during the summer. The town is also full of restaurants serving delicious food, unique shops, quaint and charming inns, and more. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
The massive peak of Wildcat Mountain can be seen right across the valley from New Hampshire’s even larger Mount Washington. The location offers skiers an unmatched view of the beautiful White Mountain vistas. Nearly fifty trails of varying difficulty can be found at Wildcat Mountain, including the longest novice trail in the state. Wildcat Mountain, just outside of the town of Jackson, is also known for having the second largest vertical drop in New Hampshire, the ninth largest drop in the New England region. Wildcat is home to some of New England’s best known resorts for alpine skiing as well.
542 NH-16, Gorham, NH 03581, Phone: 603-466-3326
Also referred to as Covered Bridge 51, the Honeymoon Bride in Jackson is a covered wooden bridge extending over the Ellis River. The bridge was built by Charles Broughton with the help of his son in 1876. The Honeymoon Bridge today is a popular photo opportunity for tourists in the White Mountains area of New Hampshire and is one of twenty examples in the country of the Paddleford truss design. The bridge got its nickname of “Honeymoon Bridge” from a tradition of couples kissing underneath it “for good luck,” with the name dating back to at least the year 1936.
16 Main St, Jackson, NH 03846
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3.Jackson Ski Touring Foundation
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The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation manages almost one hundred miles of ski trails throughout the Jackson area and New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. The foundation keeps the majority of its trails well-groomed and ready for skate skiing, classic track skiing, and snowshoeing. These trails range in terms of difficulty from beginner trails to expert-level ones. Guests can either rent equipment from the base lodge of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, where day passes can also be bought, or bring their own gear. Skiing lessons are also available for beginners. The grounds also include the Cocoa Cabin, the warming cabin, and more.
153 Main St, Jackson, NH 03846, Phone: 603-383-9355
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Nestled within the beautiful Mount Washington Valley in Jackson, New Hampshire, Black Mountain has offered great opportunities for memories, smiles, and fun in the snow since 1935. The mountain boasts a rich history of a commitment to riders and skiers. Black Mountain had one of New England’s first snowmaking systems in 1957, as well as the first “overhead cable lifts” in the United States with the Shovel Handle. Visitors today can find opportunities for riding and skiing, no matter what their abilities or age may be, across the more than 140 acres, forty-five trails, and five lifts.
373 Black Mountain Rd, Jackson, NH 03846, Phone: 800-475-4669
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5.Moondance Massage Therapy
Moondance Massage Therapy in the mountain town of Jackson, New Hampshire offers a variety of therapy treatments seven days a week. The licensed, highly qualified, and expertly trained massage therapists at Moondance are dedicated to helping clients heighten their awareness of their health and general well-being. Moondance Massage Therapy doesn’t make any “promises of cure” and “no pretensions of diagnosis” are made. The belief here is that therapeutic massage, stretching therapies, and yoga act as positive adjuncts to the will of a person, helping them create their own “course of treatment.” Treatments are individually tailored to each person.
87 NH-16, Jackson, NH 03846, Phone: 603-383-9377
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6.White Mountain Puzzles
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White Mountain Puzzles has been a part of the White Mountains community for more than thirty years, selling high quality puzzles for people of all ages. Tourists and locals alike can stop by the puzzle store in Jackson, New Hampshire to browse the hundreds of different jigsaw puzzles, many from several recognized artists. The numerous colorful puzzles range in difficulty, offering something for everyone, whether they’re looking for a simple puzzle for young children to a more challenging puzzle for adults and puzzle lovers. White Mountain Puzzles is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am until 3:30pm.
5 Mile Circuit Rd, Jackson, NH 03846, Phone: 603-383-4346
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7.The Shannon Door Pub and Restaurant
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Known simply among many locals as the “DOOR,” The Shannon Door Pub and Restaurant is a popular local restaurant and Irish that has been an establishment of the Jackson community since 1953. Guests will find favorite Irish pub dishes on the menu, along with a handful of Italian classics. Live entertainment can also often be found at the pub. Situated within the heart of Jackson Village, the specialty of The Shannon Door Pub and Restaurant is its award-winning thin crust pizza, which is offered alongside a large menu of many other comfort food options. A kids menu is available as well.
9 Spancil Hill Rd, Jackson, NH 03846, Phone: 603-383-4211
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8.Eagle Mountain House Golf Club
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The Eagle Mountain House Golf Club is located at the Eagle Mountain House property, which consists of an old-fashioned large hotel, a golf course, a restaurant, and a pub. The hotel is one of the few “Grand Hotels” of New Hampshire’s White Mountains that still remain today. Eagle Mountain still attracts guests with its award-winning cuisine at the on-site Highfields Restaurant, nine-hole golf course, idyllic location in the White Mountains, and stunning views. Open from May to October, the par 32 golf course meanders its way along Wildcat River and each hole includes captivating mountain views and elevated tees.
179 Carter Notch Rd, Jackson, NH 03846, Phone: 603-383-9111
9.Christmas Farm Inn
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The Christmas Farm Inn is known for offering caring and exceptional service, a full-service spa, wholesome New England country cuisine, and first-class hotel accommodations in Jackson, New Hampshire. The inn celebrates life’s simple pleasures in the “Spirit of Christmas,” such as family, friends, fun, well-being, inspiration, and adventure. A sense of fun, quality, and authenticity have always been the guiding principle for the restaurant at the Christmas Farm Inn, offering homemade desserts, craft cocktails, and original cuisine that combines worldly and local flavors. Each and every meal is cooked to order and a menu for kids is available as well.
3 Blitzen Way, Jackson, NH 03846, Phone: 603-383-4313
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10.Thompson House Eatery
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The Thompson House Eatery in the town of Jackson offers a variety of tasty dishes with a focus on using local ingredients. Many ingredients are sourced from farmers in the local area, however, the restaurant also grows its own microgreens year-round, in-house. During the summer, the Thompson House Eatery’s garden produces around ninety percent of its herbs and produce, along with all of the flowers found in the eatery. Everything served is made from scratch in-house and the menu changes daily. Owned and operated by the Fournier family, the restaurant’s philosophy is rooted in simple hospitality and a passion for cooking.
193 Main St, Jackson, NH 03846, Phone: 603-383-9341
10 Best Things to Do in Jackson, NH
- Wildcat Mountain, Photo: jiawangkun/stock.adobe.com
- Honeymoon Bridge, Photo: winterbilder/stock.adobe.com
- Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, Photo: Jackson Ski Touring Foundation
- Black Mountain, Photo: Black Mountain
- Moondance Massage Therapy, Photo: Microgen/stock.adobe.com
- White Mountain Puzzles, Photo: White Mountain Puzzles
- The Shannon Door Pub and Restaurant, Photo: The Shannon Door Pub and Restaurant
- Eagle Mountain House Golf Club, Photo: Eagle Mountain House Golf Club
- Christmas Farm Inn, Photo: Christmas Farm Inn
- Thompson House Eatery, Photo: Thompson House Eatery
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