Find interesting Great Things to Do in Lakes region: cruises, sports, shopping
The Lake’s region is swimming in
all year round from beaches with action packed water sports to scenic driving tours. There’s majestic fall foliage, celebrated winter sports activities, and tax-free shopping. Outdoor and indoor attractions
are abundant. Hike and bike through rustic villages and towns or take a lake cruise. Stroll antique shops, art galleries and English gardens. Discover great chocolate and pottery and every kind of natural setting your soul could wish for.
61 Laconia Road
Tilton, NH, 03276
Lots to love, lots to do, when winter hits the lakes region
Summer’s not the only season to celebrate the glories of central New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. When the temperatures drop and the snow falls, the Lakes Region is alive with skiers, snowboarders, ice-skaters, snow-tubers and skimobilers, visiting the nearby slopes; taking guided tours out onto the frozen lakes to catch a few fish; winter-hiking parts of the Northern Rail Trail; or enjoying sleigh rides across frozen fields. But you don’t have to be a sports enthusiast to enjoy winter here. Arrange for a spa day, take advantage of tax-free shopping in the region’s outlets and boutiques, explore a covered bridge, visit a vineyard or brewery; or just hunker down before the fire at one of many scenic inns.
Route 171 - 455 Old Mountain Road
Moultonborough, NH, 03254
Inspiring Arts & Crafts House in the Mountains Transports Your Senses
Castle in the Clouds is an inspired name for this Arts & Crafts-style mansion in the Ossipee Mountain Range, overlooking New Hampshire’s gorgeous Lakes region. Built in 1914 by a wealthy shoe manufacturer and originally named Lucknow, the architecture displays hand-crafted details that honor natural forms. You will take a winding road up to the property, passing vistas and a waterfall, and finish with a trolley ride from the parking area to the house. You can explore the period furnishings and even the mistress’s wardrobe, find mementos in the gift shop, enjoy lunch at the Carriage House Restaurant, and browse a revolving display of artwork in the Art Gallery. Children are welcome. Hiking trails beckon you into the mountains and horseback riding is allowed. Open weekends through May and daily from June to October.
312 Daniel Webster Highway
Meredith, NH, 03253
Lakes region activities in a vibrant New Hampshire community
Discover great food, culture and the many pleasures of the Lake’s Region at this unique lodging on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Four distinct Inns, each with views of the lake and surrounding mountains, offer smoke free rooms, coffee makers, refrigerators and Wi-Fi. Relax in indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, on sandy beach areas and there are docks for your boat. The Mills Falls Marketplace features 11 unique shops and 8 eateries serving tasty regional cuisine from morning til night. Savor the world class Cascade Day Spa and stop in at the EKAL Lake Activity Center for canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and chartered boat cruises. Be sure to walk Meredith’s vibrant Main Street Community adjacent to Mill Falls.
Beautiful Lakes; Beautiful Shopping
The Lakes Region of New Hampshire is a place of great natural beauty year-round. For people who want to or need to shop
, the interior sights are grand, also. Visitors find excellent (and sales-tax-free) shopping at places like Tanger Outlets in Tilton, with 50 designer outlet stores, and, at the other end of the spectrum, antique shops in almost every town. A vast quilting store is Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, with its adjacent knitting supply store, Patternworks. Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith, right at hand, has 14 shops (including a candy store, clothing stores, and a bookstore) in a historic mill. The Kellerhaus in Weirs Beach, is one of the few candy makers still making ribbon candy and candy canes onsite. Drop in to taste the homemade ice cream and make-your-own sundae.
Antique Goods in an Antique Location
The Laconia Antique Center
at 601 Main Street in Laconia
is appropriately housed in a former Newberry’s Department Store built in the 1950s. What can you find here? Take a breath: vintage books (in a comfortable reading area); furniture, lamps, glass- and dishware, include Depression glass; primitives; estate jewelry; coins; ephemera, and on and on. One last enticement: the store has an ice cream and soda fountain and juke box. Open year round; hours vary by season. Phone: 603-524-9484.
Beautiful and Unique Crafts From Experts
Three retail galleries in the towns of Center Sandwich, Meredith and Wolfeboro display and see the fine work of potters, woodworkers, fiber artists and more who have achieved the high standards of membership in the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.Glassware, lamps, home décor, shawls and scarves and more make gifts with staying power in your home.
Galleries in the Lakes region are the Center Sandwich Retail Gallery
, 32 Main Street, Center Sandwich, 603-284-6831 (open May-October); Meredith Retail Gallery
, 279 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, 603-279-7920; and Wolfeboro Retail Gallery
, 15 North Main Street, Wolfeboro, 603-569-3309.
Escape to Laconia; Escape In Laconia
In summer, especially, we escape to Laconia
because, well, it’s on Lake Winnipesaukee… and need we say more? For a deeper adventure (it’s indoors, so good for a rainy day) try the Escape Room Experience
at 555 Main Street. You’re heard of escape rooms: they present a physical adventure game in which players are locked in a room where they receive clues to solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit. Great fun for families, couples, and groups. The Laconia escape room offers various themes, like solving a puzzle initiated by the mysterious Leonard DaVinci or unraveling the escapades of a lost night in Vegas. Get some pals together and find your inner Indiana Jones. 603-366-6296.
Handmade Pottery and Chocolate in One Neat Stop
The handiworks of Winnipesaukee Chocolates and SkySong Pottery
are on display and for sale at Winnipesaukee Chocolates at 53A North Main Street in Wolfeboro
. Toffees, caramels, and hand-rolled, fresh cream truffles by Jonathan Walpole and unique, nature-inspired pottery from Sally Cornwell ideal gifts for yourself for friends back home. Open Tuesday through Saturday in July and August, and more limited hours during the rest of the year. 603-569-4831.
Civil War-era Barn Houses Thousands of Prints
As you approach the grounds on the Winona Road from Route 104, in the distance across a field you will see a large 1790 farm with many buildings under the trees of nicely landscaped grounds. You are at the Old Print Barn
, 343 Winona Road in Meredith
, a Civil War period barn that has been re-created as a 21st century art gallery. Inside, you will find more than 2,000 original works of art on display, in all forms of printmaking from etchings to mezzotints. In addition to having an extremely large stock of original art. Open year-round, daily. 603-279-6479.