Where to Go, What to Know
Two weeks ago, Travel section contributor John Briley hopped on a nonstop flight to Manchester, N.H., for a long weekend of cross-country and downhill skiing. His reporter's guide:
GETTING THERE: Southwest flies nonstop from BWI to Manchester, starting at $117 round trip. Other airlines flying nonstop from the D.C. area include US Airways ($409 from Reagan National) and United ($312 from Dulles).
Jackson is 110 miles (about 2 1/2 hours) north of Manchester via Interstate 93 and N.H. routes 104, 25 and 16. The heart of Jackson is tiny; most of the businesses listed below are within walking distance of one another.
WHERE TO STAY:
* The Wildcat Inn and Tavern (Route 16A, 800-228-4245, http:/
* For a more upscale experience, the Wentworth Inn (1 Carter Notch Rd., 800-637-0013, http:/
WHERE TO EAT:
* The Thompson House Eatery (193 Main St., 603-383-9341) is a converted farmhouse dating back 200 years that retains many original features, including the chimney and fireplace. The fare is billed as fine dining in a casual atmosphere, with entrees from $17.
* Delaney's Hole in the Wall (North Main Street, North Conway, 603-356-7776), eight miles south of Jackson, offers a lively barroom atmosphere and an eclectic menu featuring pizza, salads, sandwiches, pasta and surprisingly good sushi. Pizza from $9, entrees from $15.
* For breakfast, we hit the J-Town Deli (174 Main St., 603-383-8064) for bagels, muffins and coffee.
* The Jackson XC Ski Center (153 Main St., 800-927-6697; http:/
* Wildcat Mountain (888-754-9453, http:/