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In The Spirit of Christmas

plourde2Many of you may know that the Christmas Farm was so named after a gentleman bought Perkin's Farm and Cottages in 1941 and, in the spirit of Christmas; he gave it to his daughter as a Christmas gift. She duly named it her 'Christmas Farm'.

In 1946 she sold the farm to Dick and Doris Welch, who wanted to operate it as an inn, and they called it the Christmas Farm Inn. In the spirit of Christmas, the Welch's began traditions that were passed down to the Jim and Eva Powers, who bought the inn in 1972; and then on to Bill and Sydna Zeliff, who bought the inn in 1976. For 24 years the Zeliffs grew the inn to be a household name in New England by warmly greeting their guests, making it a place where memories were made and ensuring that the spirit of Christmas lived at the Christmas Farm Inn. The Christmas Farm Inn became a founding sponsor of the Polar Express Event that raises money for the Believe In Books Literacy Foundation – now nationally recognized, and a Christmas tradition for thousands of young families throughout New England. The Zeliffs planted a Christmas tree in Jackson Village and, with the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, started the tradition of a community Christmas tree lighting ceremony every year at the tree. After the Christmas Carols were sung, people would gather at the historic barn at the Christmas Farm Inn to enjoy some Christmas treats and be merry – a wonderful start to the holiday season!

In the spirit of Christmas, the Zeliffs passed on these traditions to George, Naomi and Mike Tolley, who bought the inn in year 2000. The Tolleys tastefully modernized the rooms and property, built the Carriage House with 12 suites (all named after the 12 Days of Christmas!), and added all-season resort amenities; among them a world-class spa, indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center. They also added 'spa' to the name - the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa. In the spirit of Christmas, the Tolleys carried the torch of tradition, keeping the flame alive and entrusting that the values and ideals of the Christmas Farm were preserved for future generations. Then they passed it onto us!

mrs clauseFrom the very beginning, we were smitten by the whole idea of the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa and its sense of community. We believed! We first managed the inn as partners with the Tolleys for almost three years, and then we bought the inn in May of 2013. It is truly our privilege to carry on the traditions of the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa and host many of you since our arrival. Last Tuesday we put up a 16 ft Christmas tree in our historic barn, and many others around the estate. After a festive Thanksgiving, the first Polar Express weekend started on Friday with great excitement for our guests and staff alike. Over 50 children and their parents, grandparents, aunt and uncles were entertained in the barn by the fire with activities and music, along with a special visit and book reading by Mrs. Claus under the Christmas tree.  Dressed in their pajamas and clutching their train tickets, they eagerly went off to board the Polar Express train, with anxious anticipation of meeting Santa and his little helpers. On Sunday the local choir led the community to sing Christmas carols around the village Christmas tree. The bells jingled on the horse drawn sleighs and Santa drew cheers from the crowd as he lit the tree again for the first time this year. Members of the Jackson community, our inn guests and others joined us for more caroling and treats by the fire in our historic barn. Our big tree glistened with lights and decorations, and all were merry.

The Christmas Farm Inn & Spa has long been aplace where memories are made and traditions are celebrated or, indeed, have their beginning. We have only praise for the love and dedication of those before us and all they have done to make the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa what it is today. We see ourselves as caretakers of the inn and the traditions that live here - not just at Christmas time, but all throughout the year. In the spirit of Christmas, we celebrate the simple pleasures of life every day: friends, family, fun, love, adventure, wellbeing and inspiration. With love, these things will continue to live on. Thank you all for sharing this with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Happy Holidays

Innkeepers - Gary and Sandra Plourde

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03 December 2013, 08:21
 

Christmas Farm Inn Gift Guide

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Looking for the perfect gift for someone on your list? A fan of shopping local and searching for something that supports Jackson, New Hampshire area businesses, artisans, craftspeople, and makers? Want to give someone a gift that will remind them of the magic of Christmas or their most recent trip to the Christmas Farm Inn? Know someone with wanderlust who will ove a gift that has a little of the spirit of the White Mountains? We have a 2013 Holiday Jackson, New Hampshire Gift Guide of locally sourced or inspired goods that could make the perfect present or stocking stuffer during this holiday season!

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Christmas Farm Inn and Hanukah soaps by Scented Soaps By Karen

These delightful soaps are a wonderful way to take home a piece of the Christmas Farm Inn or savor favorite holidays all year long. This is the perfect gift for friends or colleagues, or a stocking stuffer that will renew belief in Christmas magic. Handmade of shea butter, cloves, cinnamon, buttons, ribbon, and glycerin, this soap is gentle and fragrant. You can order it from Karen's Etsy shop, or pick some up at the Christmas Farm Inn gift shop!

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We love the gorgeous doily glass by Linda Banks’. It's reminiscent of both winter snow and classic blue and white willow china. Pick out a special piece for someone on your Christmas list and give an heirloom reminder of the magic of Jackson, New Hampshire. This glasswork and many other beautiful artisan pieces are available at The Cassidey Gallery in Jackson Village. The ceramics, jewlery, paintings, and glass art there are a wonderful way to give a one of a kind gift this year.

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Not far from the Christmas Farm Inn, just through the famous Jackson Honeymoon Bridge, is the wonderful Ravenwood Curio Shoppe. For someone who loves functional beauty, one of D. Lasser’s colorful ceramic mugs, bowls, candlesticks, and more would be a wonderful gift to use every day.

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The White Mountain Cider Company features all kinds of delicious products in their online shop and storefront. A jar of their excellent Side Hill Farm Apple Butter, Signature Donut Mix, Cider Vinaigrette, Apple Crisp mix, Apple Fritter Mix, Apple Chips, or Cider BBQ sauce would make a great gift for friends, coworkers, or a fun stocking stuffer!
 

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The Bavarian Chocolate Haus in nearby North Conway offers a wonderful selection of maple products, fudge, and truffles that are sure to please a chocoholic in your life! They even have sugar-free items for those with dietary restrictions and make all of their treats by hand.

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The White Pine Candle by Greenmarket Purveying Co. smell of evergreen and sweet pine, made by handle in small batches with pure essential oils. You may not be at with us year round, but lighting this candle will whisk you back to that delicious Christmas tree and pine forest smell of Jackson, New Hampshire and the Christmas Farm Inn.

 

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White Mountain Wilderness: A Photographic Journey to New Hampshire’s Most Rugged Places by Jerry Monkman offer a stunning tour of the White Mountains that will instantly transport you back to the Jackson area, while also showing you parts of old-growth forest and alpine hights you may have never discovered during your last visit! You can order online, or check with North Conway's White Birch Bookstore to see if they can order in a copy for you or help you find the perfect book for a reader on your list.

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It would also be remiss not to include our own Christmas Farm Inn gift certificates and Spa gift certificates. If you know someone with wanderlust or in need of some serious relaxation, it's hard to find a more thoughtful gift than one that lets them get away from it all!

 

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01 December 2013, 12:17
 

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