type: traditional inn, restaurant- seasonal new england cuisine
address: 3 blitzen way, jackson nh 03846
price: stays start at $99 (I searched in April) restaurant- $25+ pp
attire: I dressed casual & warm! dressed up in nice sweaters and statement earrings for dinner
I don’t think that I could let my fingertips wait any longer to type this blog for everyone! I’m still so beyond exciting for this and reflecting on the celebration of my 25th birthday.
Winter Wonderland Get-A-Way
My husband surprised me for my 25th birthday to a weekend away in the most adorable little village of Jackson, New Hampshire. He booked a stay for us at the beautiful and unique, Christmas Farm Inn & Spa. This place is a little gem, tucked away in the White Mountain National Forest Region.
The Christmas Tree Farm Inn & Spa was first built in 1778. Once a jail, church, and farm-house in one, the history of the Inn, is definitely very special and unique. The Christmas Farm was passed to different families throughout time, one of the most meaningful, (who is unnamed) when a man purchased the farm for his daughter, and gave it to her as a Christmas present and she gave the place it’s famous name! Christmas Farm. After her plan to turn the property into a working farm failed, she sold the farm to Doris and Dick Welch, who renamed it The Christmas Farm Inn. For the next coming decades, the farm saw a few more owners ahead. The current owners have owned the property for the last 18 years.
From our house in Colonie, the trip was just under 5 hours.
Let me tell you, I’m not a fan of long road trips. I’m not sure how I admired this place for so long, but never researched actually how far away this location was!
The drive was filled with beyond beautiful sites and landscapes
Shortly after we escaped the daily hustle of the Captial Region, we were soon in farm-town. I’m still a kid at heart, and I still get so ecstatic when I see farm animals outside! “Look babe!! A horsey!” My husband never looks but just says “Yup.” LOL. As we made our way across the New York/ Vermont border, we were engulfed in the snowy-picture-perfect views of mountains and valleys.
These views are nothing short of breath-taking, and really encapture the true meaning of a winter wonderland. My husband was such a nice guy and drove us out there the entire way. A weekend away for the two of us was long overdue, and we were headed to one of the most romantic get-a-ways on the entire east coast.
The first view of the village of Jackson, New Hampshire is their iconic one-way wooden bridge. My husband looked at me and said, “Okay now, are you ready?” I think he knew way ahead of time I was going to ooh and ahh at everything. Let me tell you, it’s difficult not to. This little village is beyond adorable. So quaint and peaceful. A little bakery here, a chapel there & a handful of inns & restaurants with skiers everywhere.
magic on the hill
The Christmas Farm Inn & Spa is located a little higher up on the mountain. We made our way up the street, I saw the sign and my eyes lit up. Should I have included a disclaimer on how much I adore the holiday season, and particularly Christmas? The sun was shining and the snow was sparkling. Jackson had just received 18 entire inches of super soft snow. I saw the big red sign when approaching the property. “Christmas Farm Inn – Fine Food Lodging and Spa.”
we finally arrived
My husband parked the car and checked us in for the evening. He booked the “Romance Package” for us ♥ We were going to be settling in The Carriage House, Suite #4 or “Calling Birds”. We made our way just a little further up the hillside. The property is filled with cottages that are great for families or groups of friends and The Carriage House is at the very top of the property and is more like a hotel. The Carriage House was added to the property in 2000. There are 12 King-size suites in the house. Suite #1, “Partridge in a Pear Tree”, Suite #2, “Two Turtle Doves”, #3, “French Hens”… I think you’re getting it!
The door opened with an ordinary key, and inside our cozy King-suite was endless views of the White Mountains. Along with birthday balloons and a small chocolate cake that read, “Happy Birthday Taylor,” there were two stemmed glasses and a bottle of wine. How sweet! Not only did the hubs book us the “Romance Package,” but he also made sure they did something special for my 25th!
perfection for a weekend get-a-way
Our suite was beyond clean, and the spacious jacuzzi tub immediately caught my eye. Our suite had two tv’s, a kitchenette, jacuzzi tub and shower, a king bed, a balcony, and a fireplace. Perfection for a weekend get-a-way!
Shortly, it became dark, however, the property is well lit…with Christmas lights! The Main Inn was lit up so beautifully as we arrived for dinner. The Main has such a welcoming vibe, it was full of restaurant patrons and those staying at the Inn. The living room to the left of the foyer has a fireplace, a welcoming sitting area and a portrait of the big guy himself upon the wall. To the right of the entrance is the check-in desk, a small gift shop, and Mistletoe Pub. I might be over-using the word cozy, but I could not think of a more perfect-fitting word! The Mistletoe Pub has plenty of seating and is a full-service bar. We weren’t in for long until they called us for our table.
We sat at classic wooden tables and had views from big windows. We could see snow lit up from the Christmas lights all around outside. I found the drink menu humorous as they were all Christmas-spins on classic cocktails. I started off with The Stumble-stiltskin Martini – Favors of Grapefruit, Tangerine, Mandarin Orange and Kiwi. We enjoyed our drinks with our appetizers, steamed muscles in a white wine sauce and fresh calamari. My husband loves muscles!
seafood night + friday night + birthday night = bliss
Christmas Farm Inn has daily dinner specials. My birthday fell on a Friday, so it was Seafood Night! Perfect! They offer The Loaded Fisherman’s Platter – fried haddock, scallops & shrimp. I ordered another adult-beverage while waiting for dinner, this time The Coconut- Lemon Martini- Citrus vodka, coconut, and freshly squeezed lemon. Dinner is served. Guys, oh my god…. this seafood was beyond fantastic. The shrimps were enormous, the scallops were so juicy and fresh and the haddock was divine! I ordered this with mashys and cole slaw.
love it or hate it, there’s never an in-between
Is it crazy that I’m about to give coleslaw it’s entire own paragraph within my blog post? Like I said, cole slaw- ya love it or, well, ya hate it. I love it. And this coleslaw was about the best I’ve ever had! It was different and made with red cabbage. Had the perfect amount of vinegar and salt, the cabbage added the perfect crunch, and I could just eat a bowl of this coleslaw. Maybe this is a recipe in the making for me…..!
We headed back to The Carriage House Suites and snuggled up in our cozy room for the night!
As Saturday quickly came, the sunlight filled our room and we were anxious to explore at the start the day. The Romance Package included spa services which my husband booked for us at noon. We got ourselves ready and found the most adorable little breakfast spot, called The Sunrise Shack. This is located in Glen, which was only about 5 minutes away on the other side of the little red bridge. There was a short wait as we arrived but we opted to sit at the counter as we were pretty hungry!
This place is so unique! They offer a variety of breakfast bowls, breakfast beers, and sandwiches. I went ahead and ordered my favorite, two over medium eggs along with homefries, and one Big Dave’s bagel. I couldn’t resist making a joke to our server that I was skeptical of this bagel being a New York girl and all, but it was great. Our breakfast was served quickly. We had some time before our spa services, so we drove around site seeing. We had the opportunity to capture SO many pictures. My husband has taken a recent interest in photography, some of his pictures are right here.
time to relax and recharge
It was finally time to hit the spa. Christmas Farm Inn & Spa is a full-service Aveda Concept Spa. I haven’t used Aveda products that much, but one thing I do like about them is that you can customize your services by picking your favorite scent. I chose to customize my services with Aveda Shampure. We waited in the Spa’s relaxation lounge to start our massages. This was the only disappointing thing about the trip, they do not offer couples massages. We went to our massages separately. It is slightly deceiving since they offer the Romance Package, and there is a couple getting a massage together pictured on that specific page of the website. Continuing on, my massage was amazing and so relaxing. My therapist combined a use of hot towels and hot stones. She had incorporated my chose scent of Shampure into the massage oil and she even sprayed some on the sheets! My husband and I both enjoyed our massages. He was now off to do some of his wanderings, and he treated me to a pedicure and facial. My facial was beyond necessary – I was way overdue. My skin was feeling and looking wonderful, as well as my toes post-pedi. The spa is small and intimate perfect for a weekend get-a-way. The spa is a little pricey, and you can view the menu here.
After some quick shopping at The Settlers Green Outlet Center, (about 20 minutes from the Inn) we headed to dinner at a recommended restaurant, Red Fox Bar & Grille. This place is so unique! It’s cut up into different rooms, but the restaurant is enormous! We shared a drink at the bar until our chosen table was ready. Downesat Cider on draft for myself, and Jameson & Gingerale for the hubs. Once it was our turn, we were shown to our table in a small room that seat roughly three parties. The intimate feel was surprising as I said that place was so huge. I started with my favorite, Caesar salad, and my husband had an order of their Maple Jerk Josper Wings. The Red Fox Bar & Grill prepared their wings at 600° in their Josper over – which is a large charcoal-fired oven.
For dinner, I ordered something a little simpler, the Vodka Chicken Penne. Terrance ordered The Cowboy Ribeye with Maple Bourbon Butter, TWO lobster tails, potatoes, and broccoli. He said it was one of the best meals he has ever had!
hiding in from the cold
We ended the last night of our trip with some more relaxation. We took a bubble bath in our huge jacuzzi tub. The Inn provided Olivia Farmacia products.
I used the bath salt that was created with extracts of Italian olive oil. I always get worried using any type of bath salt or bomb, but after this relaxing bath, my skin felt amazing. I was so thankful for the time we had to unwind together and just talk. We sipped some wine and poured a second glass out by the fireplace. Did I forget to mention we took a pizza to go with us, from the Red Fox Bar and Grille? Hey! We were on vacation! Pizza. Wine. Fireside. Snow falling. Could a girl ask for any more? I was wishing we could just stay for a few more days!
After the last night’s sleep in our comfy king bed, we packed up our things in the suite and made our way to the Main House for breakfast at the restaurant. Breakfast is included in the Romance Package.*
Breakfast was good. Once we were done, we hopped back in the car to head back home to Albany. Although I was sad that our romantic weekend was coming to a close, I at least had the amazing views ahead of me to look forward to.
this memorable weekend was coming to a close, but im so thankful
We will absolutely be coming to back to The Christmas Tree Farm & Spa. Completly worth the drive, and there are so many other restaurants in town we need to try! I would love to stay in a cottage next time, and travel to the mountain range with another couple!