A well deserved weekend away: Jackson, New Hampshire
The covered bridges, lush greenery, adorable inns and shops, farm-to-table restaurants, and quaint small-town feel are a few of the things that make Jackson, NH the quintessential relaxing getaway.
I’m extremely lucky, my parents feel the same way and have a cozy log cabin in Jackson. We go up more frequently during ski season but make a point to visit in the summer and, of course, during the peak of foliage.
The weather hovered in the 60s and 70s which wasn’t ideal for sitting in the river and reading as I had planned. However it was refreshing to have some good sweatshirt weather. I was perfectly content to adventure to the river then read on the porch in a rocking chair later.
TIME FOR ADVENTURE. The river is a destination spot but a low-key one. It never gets overly bombarded with tourists. I brought Daisy, my 14 year old pomeranian and my mom brought her beagle, Skipper. The dogs loved rock hopping and playing with the other dogs. I even got Daisy to go for a little swim. We relaxed for a few hours, played in the waterfalls, dipped into the natural pools and soaked up the sun.
After taking our exhausted pups back home, we relaxed on the porch with our books and a cocktail until dinnertime. When our stomachs started to rumble we ventured into downtown North Conway for the best Italian food around, Vito Marcello’s Italian Bistro. It’s one of our favorite spots and always divine. When I think of Vito’s I think: family, wine & vodka sauce. If you’re ever in the Mount Washington Valley, you NEED to try their food.
Saturday included more breathtaking scenery and an abundance of fresh air.
We attempted a bike ride, which seemed like a good idea but proved to be extremely difficult. The hills in Jackson are painfully steep and ENDLESS!
Once again, we returned to the house for snacks and a reading sesh on the porch. Relaxation at it’s finest. We indulged in a lot of wine and some incredible food from Thompsen House Eatery. A dip in the hot tub and star gazing at home capped the night off and we all blissfully went to bed.
Sunday morning I lugged my slightly hungover body out of bed and to the local breakfast spot. We strolled through town and I bought a couple of puzzles (a favorite pass-time of mine).
I relished in the lack of commercialization in the small New Hampshire town. There’s a café, deli, couple of restaurants/ski bars, grammar school, library, art gallery, trinket shop, golf course/cross country skiing and a few inns but THAT IS IT.
In Jackson there’s everything you need and nothing you don’t.
Book Update: I’m currently reading When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and am loving it. I know it has received some mixed reviews, but it’s the simple adorable read that I predicted it would be. Stay tuned for the upcoming review!