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Jackson New Hampshire: A Picturesque, Classic New England Town
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Village of Jackson, N.H., during the fall season. Photographer: Bob Grant

The White Mountains of New Hampshire feature many beautiful mountain towns, but, somehow, Jackson rises above them all.

Perhaps as "New England" as any town could get in the region, Jackson features a quaint sleepy downtown, a covered bridge, waterfalls, historic charming inns, and a true sense of place. The latter refers to the fact that you're likely to remember Jackson as a "real town" instead of a fabricated, manufactured place to buy that "turns-to-Swiss-Cheese-after-one-wash" t-shirt with the name "Jackson" on it.

Named by Ski America authors as one of the top 10 romantic ski towns in the United States, Jackson is so much more than that. In the summer, the Jackson area offers myriad area biking, canoeing hiking and kayaking opportunities as well as scenic relaxation by the waterfalls and mountain streams. The fall is a haven for brilliant fall foliage colors gracing the leafy but not overly ostentatious streets and peaks and valleys. In the spring, a sense of renwal is brought to you, courtesy of laundry fresh mountain air and Mother Nature starting to bloom.

Jackson, in reality, is a small town at heart. With a population of about 800 people, the numbers increase into the thousands, yearly, with the tourist crowd.  And although a tourist town, it never quite feels that way. What you remember about Jackson is ultimately the peace and quiet and the mountains, rolling farm land and tall white steepled churches. This is simply, New England at its finest.

Some of its main attractions include:

The famous 1876 red covered bridge on Village Road,  one of the most beautiful of its kind in all of New England

Jackson Falls, in the center of town, an ideal location to unwind in the spring, summer and fall with its myriad pools and rippling waterfalls

Wildcat Mountain, a highly developed ski area with amazing views of Mount Washington that you simply won't believe! Wildcat is also fun in the summer with a 1/2 mile ride in a zip-line cable traveling over tree tops, ski trails and a river ... and the Wildcat Express Gondola to the 4,000 ft. high summit for amazing views of Mt. Washington.

Cross country skiing
at Jackson Falls and Jackson X-C, a 150+ kilometer trail system

The many beautiful hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts including the  Christmas Farm Inn, Eagle Mountain HouseWildcat Inn and Tavern, and The Inn at Thorn Hill Jackson.  For those interested in shopping and dining out, you'll find many opportunities throughout Jackson. The Red Fox Bar & Grille on Route 16 is a popular family-friendly dining spot.

Also nearby is Storytown in Glen, N.H. This well-known family attraction offers kids a fairy tale heroes come to life presentation at this family-oriented fantasy park.  The park features 21 rides including a pumpkin coach and a pirate ship, while live shows allow kids to interact in farm and astronaut settings. There is also a circus, sure to please the whole family.

Jackson could make even the most ardent, addicted "texter" put down his/her piece of overused technology and take a look at the stunningly simple, tranquil and scenic surroundings. This Mt. Washington Valley mountain town has many peaks, indeed!

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