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5 Reasons to Visit New Hampshire’s Lakes Region

What better place to be on a warm, summer day than by a lake in beautiful New Hampshire! The Lakes Region is located mid-state and consists of 4 major lakes, Lake Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam, Squam, and Newfound. Each offers a variety of atmospheres depending on what you’re in the mood for – from lively and upbeat to relaxing and peaceful. Here are the 5 reasons you should visit:

1. Hiking (or biking).

Admire the spectacular mountain and foliage views as you explore the outdoors. With trails for all skill levels, anyone can make it to the top. Try Mount Major for a short, easy-to-navigate climb with an incredible view of Alton Bay. For those more advanced climbers, Mount Cardigan can be a rewarding challenge. Be sure to bring your camera. You’ll definitely want to capture the views at the top. Rattlesnake Mountain is a fantastic, easy hike for the whole family with phenomenal views of Winnipesaukee. A great hiking loop with ladders and caves is Mt. Morgan and Mt. Percival.

2. The best of boating.

Want to live that boat life? The Lakes Region offers a variety of public boat launches where you can easily take off into the water. Once on your way, you can relax at a sandbar, cruise through the open water, or dock near the downtown and enjoy some time on land. Insider tip – While boating on Winnipesaukee visit the sand bar at Braun Bay. Don’t own a boat? You’re in luck! Lake Winnipesaukee offers a variety of day cruises. Hop on the Mount Washington Cruise for a tour of the whole lake or reserve your spot on the Winnipesaukee Belle or Meredith Bay charters for a more intimate experience.

3. Feast on lots of food.

Sip a refreshing drink or eat outside as you watch the boats cruise by. Visit popular towns such as Meredith, Alton Bay, Wolfeboro, or Laconia to try out all the best local restaurants. The food is great, but the lake hospitality is even better.

4. Weirs the beach?

Located in Laconia, Weirs Beach is hopping with things to do. Enjoy the arcade, take a walk on the boardwalk, shop at local and quaint stores, or enjoy live music! Weirs is the perfect place for the whole family.

5. Chug through New Hampshire’s history on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad.

Located in the heart of the Lakes Region, enjoy a scenic train ride through the western shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. With restored vintage coaches and amazing views, this is the perfect excursion for all ages. The train will even drop you off in Meredith or Weirs Beach where you can continue to enjoy what New Hampshire’s lakes have to offer.


Need a place to wind down? Just a 30 minute drive away, Owl’s Nest is the perfect place to stay and relax after a busy day of sightseeing. Call us at (603) 726-3076 ext. 299 to book your stay today.

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