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New Hampshire lake resorts offer a delightfully restful vacation stay

Lake resorts of New Hampshire offer a delightful vacation trip or just a weekend getaway for families with children, couples looking for romance or a day at the spa, and anyone else who loves a luxury hotel, beautiful views, and water sports. Among New Hampshire's most beautiful lakes with longstanding vacation traditions are Lake Winnipesaukee, the Squam lakes, and Purity Lake. Get on the water for great swimming, boating, canoeing, and fishing. Many of the resorts have hiking and golf on the premises or nearby. If you’re looking for a family adventure that has programs for kids and all family members – including your dog -- a lakeside resort will keep everyone busy and happy all day.
View from the Lake 500x250 - Center Harbor Inn - Center Harbor, NH
Center Harbor Inn

294 Whittier Highway Center Harbor, NH, 03226 Phone: 603-253-4347 Toll-Free: 877-567-2117

Beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee is the centerpiece for this authentic New Hampshire resort

Let the Center Harbor Inn, upscale beachfront lodging on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee, serve as your headquarters for exploring New Hampshire’s dynamic Lakes Region. The resort, perched along nearly 200 feet of private, sandy beach on the lake’s northwest shore, also has 16 dock slips and eight moorings and, in season, onsite rentals include kayaks, paddle boards and pedal boats. In the area are boating and fishing excursions. In the winter, the lake hosts everything from ice fishing and sled dog derbies to pond hockey tournaments and, all year long, it serves as a stunning vista from your spacious room’s private deck or patio. Even the four-season outdoor hot tub, surrounded by heated pavers, celebrates the water: You can view the harbor while you soak.

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Summer Lakeside View - Purity Spring Resort - Madison, NH
Purity Spring Resort

1251 Eaton Road (Route 153) East Madison, NH, 03849 Phone: 603-367-8896 Toll-Free: 800-373-3754

Relax at a lakeside retreat backed by a century of hospitality

This popular resort is nestled between lake and mountain with stunning surroundings and the conveniences of nearby North Conway. It offers a century’s worth of Yankee hospitality and affordable vacations to couples and families. Choose from 52 rooms in a variety of accommodations from the cozy inn, a colonial building dating back to the early 1800’s, a scenic retreat on the shores of Purity Lake, hillside and fireside cottages in the woods, lakeside cottages with their own sandy beach, spacious and fully-equipped condominium units, to mountain retreats at King Pine Ski Area. Each offers complimentary WiFi, microwave, mini fridge and coffee maker with some lodgings offering common rooms and lounges. Seasonal package rates make it fun and affordable.
Sweet Sunset - Lakes Region Association - New Hampshire
Lakes Region Tourism Association

61 Laconia Road Tilton, NH, 03276 Phone: 603-286-8008 Toll-Free: 800-605-2537

Stay in a resort and enjoy a host of modern amenities, convenient access to activities all year

Sometimes the best vacation is one where you don’t have to drive miles and miles to a great restaurant or fun activity or attraction. And the best vacations are definitely to be had in the many resorts of the Lakes Region. Stay in a comfy room or luxurious suite and have access to a variety of resort activities, including swimming off private sandy beaches, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, sunset cruises, fishing and hiking. In the winter, go skiing, tubing or fat biking. Resorts have heated indoor pools, water slides, saunas, tennis courts, golf courses, live music and exceptional dining. You’ll find unique shops in resort marketplaces, too. And, of course, the views, from the mountain tops or forested trails, are spectacular year-round.
Kayaks Ashore - Margate Resort on Winnipesaukee - Laconia, NH
Margate Resort on Winnipesaukee

76 Lake Streeet Laconia, NH, 03246 Phone: 603-524-5210 Toll-Free: 800-627-4283

Get ready to make some memories at this picturesque resort right on Paugus Bay

Memories are yours to be made when you vacation at Margate on Winnipesaukee, just steps from the lake’s picturesque Paugus Bay, surrounded by soaring pines and deep blue skies mirrored by pristine waters. Stay in a lake-view room or in one close to the outdoor pool. Swim and sunbathe at the resort’s private, 400-foot sandy beach, where you can also rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board. There’s also an indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna, fitness facility and arcade game room. Enjoy lunch or dinner with a view at the Gazebo Beach Bar or head into Laconia for dining and shopping. Other area activities include lake cruises, golf, a scenic railroad, ice arena, leaf-peeping in the autumn and great skiing in winter.
King Room - The Wolfeboro Inn - Wolfeboro, NH - Credit Callan Photo
The Wolfeboro Inn

90 North Main Street Wolfeboro, NH, 03894 Phone: 603-569-3016 Toll-Free: 800-451-2389

Lakeside activities and atmosphere make your vacation at this inn one-of-a-kind

Enjoy all a 72-square-mile scenic lake offers, from kayaking and swimming to relaxing on the beach, when you book your vacation at the Wolfeboro Inn, a unique destination on Lake Winnipesaukee. Consistently acclaimed among the best places to stay in the Lakes Region, this historic inn is located in a charming lakeside town with shops, boutiques and galleries. Lake activities include canoeing, paddle boarding, water skiing and tubing and fishing. You can explore New England’s largest lake aboard the Winnipesaukee Belle, a 65-foot replica of a turn-of-the-century paddle-wheeled boat. Dine in the historic Wolfe’s Tavern, an authentic New England pub, and stay in one of the inn’s 44 guest rooms and suites, some with lake views.
Evening Lights - Naswa Resort - Laconia, NH
Naswa Resort

1086 Weirs Boulevard Laconia, NH, 03246 Phone: 603-366-4341 Toll-Free: 888-556-2792

Experience a quintessential vacation by the lake at this inviting family-owned resort

Wake up to the sounds of summer when you book a lakefront room, suite or cottage at the NASWA Resort. Everything about this family-owned-and-operated resort says relaxing vacation on the water, from the charming pastel-colored cottages to the stretch of private sandy beach (the longest on the lake) to the sounds of kids playing in the sand. Take out a resort kayak, paddle board or paddle boat and enjoy Lake Winnipesaukee at its finest. A sunrise kayak cruise is complimentary, as are spaces at the new dock. Grab a cold brew or boat drink at the NazBar & Grill, and dine on fresh seafood at the Blue Bistro restaurant with delightful lake vistas. Most of the accommodations have lake views.