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Lake Winnipesaukee
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One of the most popular lakes in New Hampshire due to its many tourist facilities and attractions.
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD12,095 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
There is something about this lake that draws everyone to it. First of all, it is huge. It covers a lot of ground – 72 square miles and sits at the foot of the White Mountains. Here you can enjoy the clear shimmering waters of the largest lake in New Hampshire! It has something for everyone from boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming, and dining just name a few. Forty different communities surround the lake.
Written September 21, 2021
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Holly H
Rochester, NH3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We stayed at the Modern Lakefront Siena hosted by Vacanza in Alton Bay, NH. It was perfect! Walking distance to restaurants, ice cream shops, the boat marina, and the dock for the Mt Washington Cruise. Three steps from the water and dock. The owner was super attentive. It was new and clean. Check out Vacanzanh.com. Its perfect for a couple getaway!
Written August 5, 2022
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Victoria
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We stayed at Mills Falls at Church Landing in beautiful renovated room that face the lake. Gorgeous lawns and Adirondack chairs to relax and enjoy the beauty of Lake Winnipesaukee. We rented stand up boards from the EKAL which is right around the corner from the hotel. Also enjoyed drinks and apps at the town docks, with live music one night.
Highly recommend staying at Church Landing and all the nearby activities. Rooms 356 and 357 are very nice and the balconies have unobstructed lake views.
Written September 10, 2022
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eagle12342015
Boston, MA44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Lake is no where close to freezing. No Bob houses yet. No long term freeze in the forecast. Hoping it will freeze for the pond skate in Merideth the first weekend in February.
There is snow on the ground,streets clear with easy access to Gunstock.
Written January 12, 2020
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GaryWT
The Villages, FL825 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
What a nice lake, just a good size learning curve with all the rocks and a new boat. Have hit ground, hit a rock and drifted into some rocks when we ran out of gas. I do have a map, I did buy an extra 12 gallon gas tank and I will never leave the motor in gear when we run out of gas. All on the learning curve. Last fall and this spring we have left our marina in Alton Bay and have traveled to Roberts Cove, Wolfsboro, Christmas Harbor, Center Harbor, Meredith, Weirs, Paugus Bay, Sandbar at West Marine, Mingo Cove. We love being out there, mostly just my wife, our dog and me. So glad we bought a boat last year to enjoy this beautiful area.
Written June 15, 2021
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zacsmimi1
Biddeford, ME218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Lots to do and see in the area. My husband and I are in our early sixties and went for a long weekend. Enjoyed several visits to different areas and walking around. Dont miss a boat ride or two. We went on the Mt. Washington. Lovely lake.
Written September 5, 2022
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH10,965 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
Each year I begin my Farewell-to-Summer Tour about mid-August, visiting new or favorite summer places that are either closed or miserable in the winter. Lake Winnipesaukee is a longstanding favorite place. It’s a great place for relaxing, casual entertaining, and water sports.

It’s a clear, clean glacial lake that is 21 miles long and up to 9 miles wide. It has 258 islands and nearly 290 miles of shoreline. It’s the largest lake in NH and third largest lake in New England after Maine’s Moosehead Lake and Vermont/New York’s Lake Champlain.

On this year’s near-end-of-season visit, I attended an afternoon party at the lakefront year-round home of friends in the Winter Harbor section of Wolfeboro.

It was a bright, sunny, picture perfect day with temps in the mid-80’s, making the terrace, decks, and dock nice perches for enjoying the sun, the outdoors, and the lake with its crystal clear water. Late in afternoon, it was so peaceful to watch the sun dance on the tiny ripples in the lake’s surface.

Lake Winnipesaukee is noted for boating, and we partook of that activity with the owner’s restored classic 1950’s antique mahogany Chris Craft boat. Neighboring homes were also entertaining with guests also enjoying rides in similar antique mahogany Chris Craft.

Many enjoyed swimming in the lake. There were some paddle-boarders.

But, one doesn’t have to wait for an invitation to a private lakefront home to enjoy these activities. One can find rentals, inns, hotels, and motels in any of the towns along Lake Winnipesaukee’s shores that include the most popular towns such as Wolfeboro, America’s First Resort, which is on the eastern shore and Laconia/The Weirs on the western shore which is popular with motorcycle enthusiasts and the site of the annual Laconia Motorcycle Week held in June. Other popular tourist towns on the northern shores include Moultonborough on the northeast corner, adjacent Center Harbor, Meredith, and Tuftonboro, plus Alton and Alton Bay at the southern tip and on the western shore along with West Alton and Gilford.

For those without their own boats, there are several opportunities to get out on the lake with cruises on the 230-foot M/S Mount Washington, M/V Doris E, and US Mail Boat M/V Sophie C. based in Weirs Beach, plus the Wolfeboro-based 65-foot paddlewheeler Winnipesaukee Belle and the Millie B., a 28-foot, triple-cockpit replica of the antique mahogany 1928 HackerCraft which is similar to the antique mahogany Chris Craft that my friends own. The Millie B. is affiliated with the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro. The Wolfeboro boats leave from the Town Docks of Main Street.

For those with boats, there are numerous free public boat launches and marinas on all sides of the lake. One of the most popular is at the Alton Public Docks on Mount Major Hwy/NH State Route 11 in Alton Bay on the west side of the lake near Shibley’s at the Pier; another is the Wolfeboro Public Boat Launch at the Town Dock on the east side. Both are free.

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Written September 3, 2015
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SCRAPPYJupiter
290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
I have completed only one day of a three day visit and recall reading reviews before we came here looking for an overview/introduction. First, I would decide on where you will stay around the lake (we picked Holderness on Lake Squam) which really is like a section of the overall Winni Lake Area. We drove from Maine to NH and Holderness is about 5 miles from Meredith which is a quaint town right on Lake Winni with a nice town dock area and pier. I would also stay in Meredith next time as it is lovely. Do not stay in Weirs beach. In my opinion, that being the busiest area on the lake is a place to drive through once (about 4 miles from Meredith on the same rd) unless you have kids and want honky tonk/ gocarts/ arcades/ crowds / drive in theatres.) No offense.
We arrived at the lake winni area in Holderness midday on a saturday in August and by the time we checked in and headed out to dinner, most places on the lake surround road were mobbed so we ended up in a joint in Weirs Beach which will never happen again. But every restaurant for about 16 miles on the lake surround road looked packed. So, my advice so far is get a map in advance and see where you are coming from north/south/east/west, and read about the towns you are heading to/ find a hotel or place to stay that makes sense geographically because you can be 1-2hours away from other towns on Lake Winni.. It's a really big lake with lots of geography/.

With that as a backdrop, you will be able to take the lake Winni boat tours that are all offered by the Mt Washington Cruise Co, from Meredith as well as Weirs Beach (4-5 miles apart) so you do not need to go to Weirs to get on one of the three boats they run. Schedules available online.We took the 2 hour DORIS cruise on a Sunday AM in August and recommend it as a good way to spend your first day to orient to the lake. We packed a lunch. Good idea from 11-1 PM. This is a large area to get familiar with and for first timers it is a challenge when crowded.. BTW, the lake with 300 plus islands and most of them habitable is exquisite naturally and architecturally.. Maybe I should have said that first. Pls forgive me. I was just trying to be helpful to newcomers like ourselves.
Written August 17, 2014
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steve_buell
North Reading, MA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
I've been blessed to have a family house on Lake Winnipesaukee for over 50 years. The number of attractions and things to do are endless. Have a boat hike the three islands that are open to the public, visit the quaint towns of Wolfeboro, Alton, Meredith, or commercially developed Weirs Beach, train rides, hang out at Braun Bay, see water ski tournaments in Back Bay of Wolfeboro, go to fairs, Castle in the Clouds, climb Abenaki Tower or Bald Knob, antique, Gunstoke Mountain alpine ride or zip cord, fish, sail, swim, etc. To me Lake Winnipesaukee offers more than the beach or straight mountains or farms. I highly recommend a visit if you have not been as fortunate as I have to experience.
Written May 11, 2013
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GeoffDB
Shelton, Connecticut13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
We were in the Weirs Beach area on a three-day getaway in mid October when pretty much was closed down. We picked the brochure at the Weirs Beach pier about the lake cruise. It was a spectacular day, sunny, clean and warm and the lake was as smooth as glass. The MS Mount Washington was huge, by lake standards, and had all the amenities you needed, including clean restrooms, food, and beverages. There was a description of the interesting points of interest coming over the PA system, just often enough to keep interest. Definitely worth the time and price.
Written November 8, 2012
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