JACKSON — Elegance in a picturesque setting. That’s what Sue Ann and Gary Methot brought to Jackson Village 18 years ago, when they opened The Snowflake Inn.
For the Methots, The Snowflake Inn is the pinnacle of over 40 years in the hospitality business.
“We built three motor inns in Hampton, so our ‘getaway’ was to the White Mountains, and we fell in love with Jackson the first time we visited,” said Sue. “Finding the ‘park’ in Jackson for sale in the summer of 2000 was the start of The Snowflake Inn. We couldn’t believe our luck.”
Sue gives much of the credit for the inn’s success to her staff.
“I have the best staff in the North Country,” she said. “The Snowflake Inn and all of its parts would not run like a top without them.”
The Methots built the inn on property once occupied by Jack Frost Shop and Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. Jack Frost Shop no longer exists, and Jackson Ski Touring is located in the clubhouse at the Wentworth Golf Club around the corner.
The Snowflake Inn opened with six suites, just in time for Christmas week of 2002. “By July 2003,” said Sue Methot, ““the inn and grounds were ready for business.”
There are now 20 suites ranging in size from 500 to 900 square feet. The King Suites offer a two-person Jacuzzi, fireplace, double shower, and HDTV with Direct TV and Blue-ray.
The larger Grand Suites have all of those things and more, including two-sided fireplaces, walk-in showers with rain shower heads, seasonal trees and fainting sofas.
The inn is for adults only.
“Couples date here, propose here, elope here, honeymoon here, anniversary here and babymoon here,” said Gary Methot.
“They regroup here, recoup here; moms who travel together to find their calm again and get ready to go back into battle. Our biggest niche group is mothers of multiples — moms who need a respite from all that they do for their families, and dads who need to enjoy that calm again with their wives. It’s that kind of place.”
The inn’s lobby is what Methot more accurately calls a “Great Room.” It features plush sofas and chairs, and a large wood-burning fireplace in the winter. The room is a magnet for guests who want to sit and chat or just relax by the fire.
“Sue and I live in The Snowflake Inn,” Methot said, “so it is a combination of the warmth and personal touch of a bed-and-breakfast, with the large suites and amenities of a boutique hotel.”
And speaking of boutique, The Snowflake Inn now has a shop that opened in December to inn guests and just last week to the general public.
The boutique specializes in ladies’ clothing, accessories, jewelry and gifts.
“The goal of the boutique is to offer quality products and reasonable prices to not only our inn guests and Jackson residents and visitors, but to shoppers throughout the Mount Washington Valley,” said Marygrace Cimino, manager/buyer for the boutique and assistant innkeeper.
“Our style of clothing can be best described as sophisticated ‘boho chic,’ nicely tailored, soft to the touch and affordably unique.”
Amenities at the inn also include a tropical spa and a fitness center, called Wellness Zone Fitness Center. Both are available not only to guests but also Mount Washington Valley residents who join as members of the fitness center.
“My degree and background is in physical education,” said Gary, “so opening the Wellness Zone Fitness Center was a logical fit for the inn and the local community.”
The tropical spa was designed to be a therapy pool, he said. Lisa Holcomb holds Aqua Chi classes for winter water fitness “with a splash of qigong, yoga and reiki,” she said. Holcomb can be reached at (603) 387-0748.
The Snowflake Inn offers discounts to guests for Nestlenook Farm sleigh rides, as well as passes for Jackson cross-country skiing and complimentary “snow play passes” at Great Glen Trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and fat biking.
Sue Methot is president of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, and many chamber events, such as the Wildquack Duck Race and Independence Day fireworks, take place on the grounds of The Snowflake Inn, which overlook Wildcat Brook.
Renting space in the building is award-winning photographer Dana Clemons. His White Mountain Photo Gallery has over 300 framed pieces on display, including scenic, landscape, abstract and travel images from the White Mountains, coastal New England and the “world afar,” he said. Two of his travel images were selected as Editors’ Picks in the 2013 National Geographic travel contest.
For more information on White Mountain Photo Gallery, go to whitemountainphoto.com or call (603) 374-6050.
The Snowflake Inn is open year-round except for three days at Christmas. The phone number for the inn is (603) 383-8259, and the website is thesnowflakeinn.com.