Yankee Magazine picks Jackson and North Conway as two of the top 25 foliage towns in New England
Location, location, location! Nestled in the spectacular White Mountains, our 15 acre Inn boasts beautiful leaf changing views at every turn. Minutes from Jackson Falls and the Kancamagus Highway, we are in the perfect location for anyone interested in fall foliage. Yankee Magazine named Jackson, NH one of the top 25 Foliage Towns in New England with neighboring, North Conway, making the list as well. Jackson and North Conway have no shortage of magnificent fall views and a variety of activities!
A Relaxing Day at the Inn
Start your day with our hearty, complimentary, country breakfast and take your steaming cup of coffee to one of the rocking chairs on the front porch of the Main Inn. Or, maybe you would prefer a seat outside your own cottage. There are many cozy spots on our 15 acre property to take in the sights and smells of autumn. Later, take a stroll to Jackson Falls and enjoy a picnic along the banks of the Wildcat River with rushing water, natural pools and convenient rock perches. For the adventurer, spend the afternoon exploring the White Mountains by foot. Trails are available for the novice or the experienced hiker. Also, there are rock climbing opportunities and you don't want to miss the fabulous views of the Saco River.
The Spectacular Kancamangus Highway
For the person who enjoys afternoon drives, one of New England's most spectacular excursions is the 34-mile Kancamagus Highway, known by locals as "the Kank," it cuts an east-west channel through the 800,000 acre White Mountain National Forest. Views are amazing, so take all the time you can and don't miss a single pull off.
Activities in October
For Younger Kids:
Pumpkin Patch Express at Conway Scenic Railroad
Special Halloween trains that travel to the "Pumpkin Patch," where every child gets to pick out a pumpkin. Costumes are encouraged.
Silly Spooky Halloween at Santa's Village
The entire park is transformed into a magical Halloween adventure at the fifth annual Silly Spooky! Bring your children to celebrate this holiday in a safe and friendly atmosphere. There are "spooky" areas for the older children; some "fun" areas for the younger goblins. It's a treat not to be missed. Shops cater to the Trick or Treaters, and it's much more fun if you arrive in costume. We also invite those in costume to join in the Silly, Spooky Parade! Even the Silly Helpers are dressed for the occasion. Rides and food shops will be open too. It's silly. It's spooky. It's Halloween at Santa's Village.
For Older Kids:
The Ghoullog at Cranmore Mountain (age limit is 10 year and older)
Play havoc with your fears, test them if you will? Travel into a town within the woods of the GHOULLOG. A once thriving town that now has been deserted, left to rot away, due to an unknown virus that seems to have infected everyone who lives or visits here! It may be an airborne virus, or perhaps it could be in the water? Nobody really knows. Many of the residents have left town before they have become sick. What’s left are the infected, maddened by the toxin. If you dare to confront your fears, and roll the dice with your life, then travel through this posioned area…just be careful not to be exposed, because there is no known cure!
The Ghoullog includes a night-time stroll through a haunted walkway to the Quad. After the 7-minute ride to the 2,000 foot summit of Cranmore, visitors tour the Ghoullog, where haunted happenings are sure to frighten and surprise the hardiest souls. While at the summit, spectacular night-time views of North Conway Village below are sure to delight all comers. At the end of the tour, visitors enjoy a ride down the Quad chairlift to the base with a breath-taking vantage of the Moat Mountains and Mount Washington at night.”
Please contact the front desk to book your tickets, date and time slot.
For Children of All Ages:
It's the Return of the Pumpkin People!
These quirky unique and often down right hilarious Pumpkin People show up year after year sticking around until October 21st. This is their 26th year to appear in Jackson during the autumn, and we can't wait to see what shenanigans they will get into this year!
Sherman Farm Corn Maize
(Note there is a 10 year or older restriction for night time program)
The area's largest cornfield maize!
Fun for the whole family! Twelve acres of corn with miles of twists and turns. Corn maze, mini maze, pumpkin hayrides, cow train, visit the animals and try your hand at the Corn Cannons! Open weekends to the public mid September through October. You can even try the first-ever in New Hampshire JUMPING PILLOW!
The Maize Massacre is a special haunted scare maze only for children 10 and older.
Conway Scenic Railroad
Autumn Express is the last Notch Train excursion of the year, and a very special fundraiser on October 20th, to benefit local childrens' charities. It travels from North Conway to Sacro lake, and includes an hour layover to get out and enjoy the beautiful autumnal surroundings. The regular fare includes appetizers, desserts, and a souvenir photo with the option of ordering a delicious box lunch prepared by Chef's Market at additional cost, bringing their own picnic, or ordering from our snack bar. The First Class fare includes First Class seating and lunch, as well as beverage service, appetizers, desserts, and a souvenir photo.
Sunset Railcar Dinners let you relive the golden days of railroading as you travel aboard the elegant Dining Car "Chocorua." Built in 1929 for service as a coach on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, "Car 2570" was remodeled and put into service here in 1992.
For dinner, enjoy fine cuisine and a leisurely 1-3/4 hour journey through the Mount Washington Valley countryside on one of the "Sunset" departures. The dinner menu includes appetizer, salad, a choice of entree and dessert. Choose from a tempting selection of house specialties prepared by Crawford's Restaurant.
Lunch is served daily on the 11:30 a.m. departure to Bartlett and on the 1:30 p.m. departure to Conway June 7th through October 21st. Dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays September 3 through October 12. Dinner also will be served on Sunday, September 1st and October 13th.
The Dining Car "Chocorua" seats 47 guests, is climate controlled, has a full liquor license, complete wine list, and is a smoke-free environment. Reservations are strongly recommended. Dining Car reservations may be made by phone at 603-356-9009, or you can make reservations online. Please visit the Schedule section of their website to determine what day and date you wish to dine with them. You can then buy online here and proceed through the reservation process.
For a complete list of activities, please visit our Calendar of Events.
Enjoy the Amenities of the Inn
After your invigorating hike, spectacular drive or stroll through the shops of North Conway or the historic buildings in the Village of Jackson, you can relax with a therapeutic spa treatment at our luxurious Carriage House Spa. Pamper yourself with a massage, facial or one of our many other therapeutic or beauty treatments.
To punctuate your day with a perfect ending, we invite you to dine with us at our Inn. Our executive chef, Stan Shafer, prepares a wonderful assortment of New England favorites as well as steaks, seafood, pasta, and specialty burgers, all reasonably priced and impeccably prepared. You can complete your dining experience with Stan's popular "Chocolate Bag," a unique, and decadent dessert that is a guest favorite and will become one of your fond memories.
The Christmas Farm Inn has the location and amenities to make this year's fall foliage trip a wonderful experience. Inn Keepers, Gary and Sandra Plourde are anxious to welcome you to their property and help make your stay a special experience. "We make memories."