New Hampshire Lakefront Vacation Getaway
Visitors who come in the spring and summer will enjoy New Hampshire’s great outdoor activities. Boating, fishing, hiking and biking are just the tip of the recreational iceberg. The state has more than 90 golf courses-from semi-private and public courses to the courses that are the centerpieces of some of the state’s finest resorts. Golfers can choose from seaside or lakeside courses, historic courses edged by mountains, or newer courses that follow the rugged natural contours of the land.
Come fall, it’s tough to find a place to stay in the entire state. That’s when the incredible explosion of colors bursts all over the landscape. Beginning in mid-September, you can call 800-258-3608 to check on where peak foliage is in full bloom. Remember, leaf-peeping is very popular, so make sure you make your reservations early.
Winter is an exhilarating time to be in New Hampshire, the perfect home base for all types of winter sports. From the pulse-pumping action of big mountain downhill skiing, to the quiet solitude of a backcountry trail or the magic of a ski tour under a full moon, it’s no surprise that skiing is the state’s official sport. Winter also means 16 weeks of snowmobiling opportunities and some of the finest, most picturesque and extensive snowmobiling trails in the East. The New Hampshire Snowmobile Association is an excellent source of information as is the New Hampshire Trails Bureau.
Anytime of year is a perfect time to discover New Hampshire’s more than 50 covered bridges. Sometimes known as “kissing bridges,” they are picture-perfect for waiting out a summer rain, watching a snowfall, or for admiring the reflection of fall foliage in the clear water. These mostly wooden structures are a reminder of New Hampshire's history, and are a lasting testament to good old Yankee ingenuity.
From spectator sports to skiing to leaf peeping, the Granite State covers all the bases. For more information, visit www.visitnh.gov.
- Canterbury Shaker Village. Experience the Village where 300 Shakers lived, worked and worshipped for 200 years. Take guided tours, see live craft demonstrations, discover Shaker customs, inventions and architecture, enjoy family activities, hike trails, attend special events or enroll in craft workshops. The Summer Kitchen offers snacks, baked goods and ice cream. Canterbury Shaker Village is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. May 13th through October 31st and weekends in November. For more information, call 603-783-9511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Christa McAuliffe Planetarium. Named for NASA’s first “teacher in space,” Concord’s Christa McAuliffe, the planetarium is the perfect combination of space science, astronomy and aviation-related activities. Indoor hands-on exhibits include landing the space shuttle and creative building with robotics. Outdoor exhibits (weather permitting) offer a self-guided planet walk of the solar system and human sundial. Seasonal offerings include Valentine Evening, Celebrate Spring Equinox, Astronomy Day (1st Saturday in May) and Midnight Merriment (December). For more information about northern New England’s largest planetarium, call 603-271-STAR (7827).
- Canobie Lake Park. This amazing amusement park is celebrating more than 100 years of family fun. Attractions include daVinci’s Dream, the Starblaster, an antique carousel, an authentic 24-gauge steam train, Yankee Cannonball Roller Coaster and the wet and wild Timber Splash Water Coaster. In all, there are more than 85 rides, games, and attractions. The Park also features fireworks, live shows, costumed characters and specialty acts. For hours and information, call 603-893-3506 or email email@example.com.
Water Country Amusement Park. New England's largest water park. Try the Pirates Cove Kids Adventure areas with a huge pirate ship, volcano water slides, and more. Offering everything from the high energy thrills of the Geronimo, Polaroid Shoot, and the Screamer to the relaxation of the Adventure River and the whirlpool. Play in the waves of the biggest wave pool in New England, or tube down the Racing Rapids and the Plunge. The smaller kids will love sliding down Big Ollie's arms at Octopus Lagoon or the fountains, slides. For more information visit, www.watercountry.com
New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Located in the heart of New Hampshire's thriving Lakes Region, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the only super speedway in the New England area and is host to a diverse series of racing divisions that includes AMA motorcycle competition, NASCAR Nextel Cup, Busch Series, plus several local and regional club events and vintage racing. The inaugural NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event was sensational with a record crowd of more than 88,000. The speedway has experienced tremendous growth and success as an active member of the community. For information and tickets, visit www.nhms.com
Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavillion. The Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion, on the shores of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee, in Gilford, New Hampshire, started as a vision on a grass field in the middle of a tree farm. This area has since evolved into northern New England’s premier summer concert venue.
Laconia Motorcycle Week. Held each June in Laconia, New Hampshire, Laconia Motorcycle Week is one heck of a motorcycle rally. Attendance is estimated at between 100,000 and 400,000. The rally has its roots in June, 1916, when a few hundred motorcyclists gathered at Weirs Beach in Laconia. Seven years later, the event was officially recognized by the Federation of American Motorcyclists (to be later called the American Motorcyclist Association) as part of the Gypsy Tour, where motorcyclists celebrated races and hill climbs for an entire weekend. The Federation of Motorcyclists continued to sanction the event until 1960. In the 1990s local business owners joined in a coalition with local motorcycle groups and founded the Laconia Motorcycle Rally and Race Association, which organizes and schedules all events associated with motorcycles. The group is also responsible for promoting the event nationwide and issuing licenses to vendors. Laconia Motorcycle week is now a nine day event which officially ends on Fathers Day. For more information,visit www.laconiamcweek.com.
- Mount Washington Cruises. Mount Washington Cruises operates a fleet of three motor vessels that offer day, evening, charter and island mail delivery cruises on New Hampshire’s scenic Lake Winnipesaukee. The flagship of the fleet is the M/S Mount Washington, a first–class, 230–ft. excursion ship offering daily scenic cruises and dinner dance cruises each evening. The fleet also includes two smaller vessels, the M/V Sophie C., and M/V Doris E. Located in New Hampshire’s beautiful Lakes Region at the foothills of the White Mountains, Lake Winnipesaukee’s wooded shoreline and crystal clear water makes it a popular summer resort for vacationers from all over the world. For more information, visit http://www.cruisenh.com.
- New Hampshire State Capitol Building. The New Hampshire State House is the state capitol building, which houses the New Hampshire General Court, Governor and Executive Council.Constructed between 1815 and 1818, the state capitol held the first session of the General Court in 1819. The State House is the oldest state capitol in which the legislature meets in its original chambers. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhinfo/sthouse.html. [Top]
725 Laconia Road, Tilton, NH 03276