Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The beautiful Wentworth Inn

Sitting in the cozy bar of the historic Wentworth Inn in picturesque Jackson, New Hampshire, we were delighted to acquaint ourselves with the owner Fritz Koeppel, a Swiss hotelier and graduate of the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne who purchased the Wentworth in December of 1990 after having worked for Four Seasons hotels and managing the Banff Springs Fairmont.

The gracious ambiance of the Wentworth is inherent from its beginning. It was built in1869, by Joshua Trickey as a wedding gift to his daughter Georgia Trickey and her husband-to-be, General Marshall Wentworth.

Fritz and his wife Ellie have created a comfortable hotel, managed with contemporary efficiency and amenities, but with the tradition of European and turn-of-the-century New England innkeeping. It is home to the only 4 star-restaurant in the Mount Washington Valley, and we were pleased to enjoy an excellent meal with a distinctive menu offering. The Wentworth’s Chef Brian Gazda is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute in Essex Junction, VT. The wine offerings include foreign and domestic selections as well as a superb private label Wentworth offering from California.

The artwork throughout the Inn was created by Erik Leighton Koeppel, Fritz and Ellie’s son. Fritz pointed out to us a painting behind our table, and shared an anecdote with us about his famous son. “He was always painting nudes, and I told him not to paint any for the Inn, so behind you, you see a dress on a rock, and an outstretched arm. That is the dress of the woman not in the painting.”

We highly recommend the Wentworth if you find yourself in the area. Truly delightful--Ruth Mitchell

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