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plourde2We recently grabbed the reigns of the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa, and it is everything we expected it to be, and much more. We have had a tremendous welcome from our inn guest and have been warmly embraced by the local community.  It is safe to say that we have had our share of challenges, but we approach them with a can-do attitude and genuinely do whatever we can to ensure that our guests are happy and really enjoy their stay.  We have been blessed with their support, good wishes and meaningful feedback. We thank you all!

We thought it would be a good idea to introduce ourselves to all who are fond of the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa, but whom we have yet to meet.  We are the Plourde family: Gary, Sandra, Sofia and Quintin.


How We Got Here

Gary was born and brought up in Maine, served in the U.S. Army, studied at the University of Maine, University of Salzburg, Austria and the London School of Economics.  After graduating, he embarked on an international career in the hotel industry, living in London for many years, then Croatia and South Africa, working for major hotel chains like, Forte Hotels, Le Meridien, Marriott and Starwood.

Sandra was born and brought up in Kiel, in northern Germany, studied hotel management and began her career working at St. James Court, a five star hotel in London.  She later worked for a leading European Tour Operator, Airline Representation firm and Destination Marketing company.

We met in London, where we both lived for many years and knew each other for 7 years before getting engaged.  Sofia was born in London, and soon after we moved to Zagreb, Croatia. Quintin was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and soon after, we moved to Cape Town, South Africa.  Gary worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts representing the Westin, Sheraton and Luxury Collection brand of Starwood in SA. Sandra concentrated on giving our children a head start…and lots of ice cream!

As a team, we have many years of experiences working in the travel and tourism industry, namely: Sales, marketing and operations of hotels; tour operating and destination marketing.  We thought we would like to use our experiences for our own business. For a number of years we had been looking for an inn to call our own, and a place to settle down with the children.  What we wanted was idealistic. It had to be special…and we found it. Or rather, it found us!

In our search, we were contacted by Earl Wason, a broker representing George and Mike Tolley, owners of the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa. “Is this for real – it’s too perfect to be true”, said Sandra. “We could never afford it”, said Gary.  But, we were idealistic, and so were the Tolleys, about finding a ‘family’ to take over the inn and bring back the warmth and charm to the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa.  Over time agreements were made, papers signed, and we made our move to the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

plourde3So, here we are.  We arrived in the middle of ‘high-season’, luckily with a house full of guests.  We introduced ourselves to the community and to many quests.  We have learned more about the area, started our kids in school jumped into the business of keeping an inn.  Yes, this includes things like unplugging toilets late at night, as well as sharing memorable moments in the inn, poolside and around the fire with a variety of newlyweds, romantic couples, groups of friends and families - all making memories at the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa. Fortunately, there were many great experiences and we have had a super time and a great induction to inn keeping.


An estate like the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa requires a lot of TLC, and there was much work to do.  We set forth to make a dent on the long list of projects and improvement, among them: new roofs and carpets, improved heating and air conditioning, some new furniture, painting, ground keeping and much more.  We are fortunate to have a great team, so we are making good progress with the work, as well as looking after our guests.  We have had many good comments posted on sights like Trip Advisor and, again, we want to thank all of you who have shared your feedback.


Ideally, we would like to share with you all our plans for the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa.  These have taken us many months of long hours and research to formulate.  But, we will spare you!  However, you may like to know our vision for the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa.  In the future, we will update you on the current initiatives, programs and packages we will offer, and on any improvements we have made.

Position Statement

  • The Christmas Farm Inn & Spa is a deluxe lifestyle leisure and event resort dedicated to providing a quintessential New England experience. We offer first-class accommodation, authentic country cuisine and exceptional caring service. In the Spirit of Christmas, we celebrate the simple pleasures of life every day: friends, family, fun, love, adventure and wellbeing.

Our Vision

The Christmas Farm Inn & Spa is a place where people want to be!

  • We are dedicated to providing enriching, authentic experiences; traditional comfort; relaxed and elegant surroundings; healthy country cuisine; and a genuine warm and friendly service.
    • We are proud to be a centre for adventure, exploration, personal discovery, inspiration and wellness in a spectacular, natural and beautiful setting.
      • We are engaged in our community; support our local economy and enterprise; celebrate our local arts and culture; and share the charms and treasures of our destination.
        • We are guardians and care takers of our environment and encourage others to enjoy the wonders of our destination in a fun and responsible way.

          Thanks for taking an interest in our lives and our plans for the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa.  We look forward to welcoming you in the future and sharing the memories that you will create here.


          Gary, Sandra, Sofia and Quintin Plourde


          Mystery Quilt Quiltfest Retreat - November 5-7, 2010

          Quilt a magical Mystery Quilt, step by step, under the guidance of the well-known expert teacher, Judy McIlvaine ! You will relax and be charmed by the peace and historic beauty of the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa while completing a lap sized quilt top or finished quilt.

          Great for beginners and experienced quilters alike, you will uncover the secret as the lesson continues under Judy’s helpful guidance. (Beginner quilters will learn how to sew a ¼ inch seam, use a rotary cutter, and other basics.) All will enjoy the ambiance of the Barn workshop’s cozy fire, wonderful lighting and ample workspace.

          A visit to our luxurious Spa will mend your soul!

          This fantastic weekend package includes:

          * wine and cheese welcome Friday evening

          * 2 nights lodging

          * 2 breakfasts cooked to order Sat and Sun

          * yummy brown bag lunch on Sat

          * full course dinner Saturday evening in the Inn’s award winning dining room

          * Saturday quilt class taught by quilting expert Judy McIlvaine

          * dedicated quilting space Friday eve from 4 pm - Sunday 2 pm

          * exclusive discounts - The Quilt Shop @ Vac ‘n Sew, Rt 16, Conway,NH

          * fresh baked cookies, coffee, tea

          * prizes, quilting layout tables, ironing boards w/irons, music

          * discounted Spa coupon & heated indoor pool, jacuzzi

          * wireless access

          * walking distance to Jackson village

          * great outlet shopping in nearby North Conway


          Limited to only 20 people so call a friend and register early!!

          Prices start at only $249 per person

          including 9.5% hotel tax, meal tax & gratuities!


          Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 978-356-3142

          Scrapbooking Retreat

          Who: Adult Women Only! (No men…No children… AMEN!!!)

          When: Wednesday, April 24th, 2012 to Sunday, April 29th, 2012

          Where: Christmas Farm Inn and Spa – Jackson, NH

          Attention Scrapbooking fans! How does 5 days/4 nights of uninterrupted scrapbooking sound to you? 10 spots remain – availability is based on a first come first serve basis. (Non-scrapbooking ladies are welcome too! Bring family/friends!!!)

          On the beautiful property of the Christmas Farm Inn, we have reserved the building named “The Barn” for our exclusive use. The highlight of the building is the big function room that we have 24 hour access to! So you set up once… and can scrapbook at any time day or night!



          3 night stay                                                                                         4 night stay

          Triple $242 per person                                                                   Triple $302 per person

          Quad $204 per person                                                                   Quad $251 per person

          Prices include:

          • Overnight accommodation including breakfast (Continental Wednesday to Friday, Full American on Saturday and Sunday)
          • BBQ Luncheon including tea/coffee, including tax and gratuity
          • Housekeeping gratuity
          • Barn room rental and set up

          Not included:
          Breakfast gratuity

          Beverages with the luncheon

          Optional events not sponsored by the Inn (ex: Border Swap, Yankee Swap, Taco Night)

          For more information please contact: Deb Jencks (401-996-0595) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




          The Untold Mystery of The Christmas Farm Inn

          This delightful story will come alive each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at 6:00 pm, during the Polar Express season. The story will be performed by Ebeneazor himself, the Storyteller Extraordinaire, in the historic barn building just behind the main Inn. The public is invited to attend, with an admission charge of $5.00. Come and learn about Santa’s daughter Holly and how Jackson played an important role in Santa's nightly journey each year! Bring your camera for a picture with Ebeneazor after the performance, and your family photos in our Magical Christmas Barn.



          ChildrenDecoratingNutcreackerThere will be a special Thanksgiving show schedule during the first week: Friday, November 27 at 4:00 pm, Saturday, November 28 at 6:00, no show on Sunday.

          Then performances will be each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 pm.

          December 3, 4, 5, 6
          December 10
          , 11, 12, 13
          December 17
          , 18, 19, 20

          We hope to see you there!