Jackson's reputation as one of the most romantic and charming resorts in the country is as true today as it has been over the past 200 years. This White Mountain village has the same magnetic pull on tourism as Bretton Woods with a healthy share of the international market.
Exquisite surroundings of mountains and covered bridges, gushing waterfalls and grand ol' inns give Jackson the heart of an artist. Yet, river rapids and snow-packed hills, gurgling streams and canopied forests give it the soul of an athlete.
Jackson is a compact village blessed with New England charm and hospitality. Tourists come here throughout the year to revel in its beauty. From luxurious condominiums to cozy B&Bs, accommodations are plentiful and exceptional, the cuisine is delightful, and the shops are reminiscent of New England's old general stores.
Chugging up the mountain on the Cog Railroad in a scenic tour of the area makes for a pleasant day's excursion. At the foot, there's a restaurant, museum and gift shop. When the train reaches the summit, taking a side trip to the mile-high state park and stopping to look out over the beautiful countryside from the Sherman Adams Observation Center is a thrilling experience. But, don't forget the camera!
In summer, Jackson blossoms with warm-weather fun. Horseback riding at Black Mountain, golfing at one of two courses, and mountain biking through fields and wetlands keep the guests smiling. .Swimming, canoeing and kayaking also help to wile away the lazy days of summer. Fly fishing is also available.
In winter, there's a blizzard of activity. Downhill, nordic, and cross-country skiing are the main sources of fun. Scenes of families ice skating on a frozen Emerald Lake in Jackson is a Thomas Kinkaid waiting to be painted. Snowshoeing and snowmobiling are popular winter sports here, also.
From hay rides to sleigh rides, Jackson is a romantic New England Village that keeps the "heart light on" all year long. This picturesque nordic town is about 75 miles north of Portsmouth on SR 16.