Christmas Farm Hosts Community Open House

By Tom Eastman - The Conway Daily Sun
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Jackson, NH - The Christmas Farm Inn and Spa in Jackson is holding a grand opening Sunday, Aug 16, from 6 to 9 pm, with live music with the Mount Washington Valley Swingtones, door prizes and refreshments.

One of Jackson's most historic buildings, the inn, with its salt box wing dating back to 1778 and 14 acres of land on both sides of Route 16-B, was bought by Dennis Learner and Sydney Slome this past spring.

The previous owners, George Tolley and son Michael Tolley of the Tolley Group, purchased the inn from Sydna and former U.S. Rep Bill Zeliff in 2000.

Upgrades under the new owners have included renovation of the pub and dining room, painting of the exterior, and a recoating of the outdoor pool.  The roofs are to be replaced by the end of the year, and all driveways at the inn are to be repaved.

Learner said he is serving as on-site general manager, while Slome remains in contact from his two hotel properties in Chattanooga, TN.  Both are to be at the Aug. 16 grand re-opening to greet local townspeople, according to a spokesman for the inn.

Slome also owns the StoneFort Inn, and historic, 20-room Bed and Breakfast in the heart of downtown Chattanooga that is a National Historic Register landmark.  It's sister property, The Legendary Delta Queen Hotel, features 87 staterooms, Victorian era heritage and a storied history.  Slome also previously had an ownership interest in the Wentworth-by-the-Sea in Newcastle, 25 years ago, prior to its more recent restoration and re-opening and also owned properties in the Lake Winnipsaukee region of New Hampshire as well as a resort in Maine.

A member of the Select Registry of Distinguished Inns of North America, the Christmas Farm Inn and Spa includes the main inn and saltbox; the Carriage House Spa and Conference Center, 12 large suites in that facility, eight cottages, two residential homes and an indoor and outdoor pool.

The spa was created in 2000.

The owners are making an effort to make the inn more affordable and to offer spa packages.  The dining room in open to the public.

The inn is popular as a wedding destination as well.  The public is invited to the grand opening Aug 16.  Free refreshments will be served from 6 to 7pm.  Free door prizes and a drawing will be held.

A highlight of the evening will be the musical entertainment provided by the Mount Washington Swingtones big band from 6 to 9pm.  Complimentary dance lessons will be offered.

The Swingtones will also be performing at the inn August 30, and again on September 12, notes band leader and trumpeter Marv Haber.

For more information, call 383-4313 or go to