Blog :: 2014

Mt. Major conservation goal reached

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View of Lake Winnipesaukee from Mount Major

Mount Major is one of the most popular mountains in New Hampshire, with a consistently packed parking lot on summer weekends. There are three main trails - Boulder Loop, Mount Major Trail and Brook Trail - and the summit offers gorgeous views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the White Mountains. Thousands of people hike the mountain each year, ranging from school groups to advanced hikers who like to forge their own trails.

Currently all the land along Boulder Loop and the other trails is privately owned, meaning there's always a risk it could be closed off to public access. Only the parking lot at the base of the mountain and the 60-acre summit are public lands.

For these reasons, three conservation groups wanted to guarantee that the land will always be open to the public. The campaign, called "Everybody Hikes Mt. Major" in reference to the mountain's popularity, aimed to raise $1.8 million to purchase 980 acres of privately owned land on or around Mount Major to ensure its future conservation. They had until December 1 to raise the money.

It was announced this week that the campaign has met its goal, receiving more than 1,900 gifts ranging from $2 to $340,000. The gifts came in from 31 states, including from as far away as Hawaii, Arizona and Oregon. More than 25 volunteers rolled up their sleeves to provide campaign information to hikers and to collect contributions at the Mt. Major trailhead. The successful fundraising campaign ensures that these properties will remain open to the public for hiking, hunting, skiing and other recreational activities.

For more information on the campaign, the Forest Society, the Lakes Region Conservation Trust and the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition, follow this link for the full story.

 

Wakefield Heritage Day

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This coming Saturday is the ninth annual Wakefield Heritage Day in Wakefield, NH. A variety of activities will take place at Heritage Park in Union, one of the town's five villages. Volunteers and commission members will give presentations on the water-powered mills, railroading, and the ice industry. The restored railroad station has extensive displays relating to railroading during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as exhibits on ice harvesting on Lovell Lake. The 1903 rail snow plow once ran on the Bangor and Aroostook line and then on the Wolfeboro Railroad. It has been restored and is open to the public. There will be "putts-putts" - aka track maintenance cars, antique autos, and Drew Mill - a nineteenth century water powered mill - will be open. The blacksmith shop will have its old forge operating. The 1896 freight house has been restored and houses an exhibit on Wakefield's water powered mills and dams. The one must-see here is the HO scale rail line with the five Wakefield villages under construction and operating as it looked in 1909. There will be train models and equipment on sale as well.

The Wakefield Heritage Commission encourages residents and visitors alike to come and enjoy these events as they work to preserve the roles of the railroad, the mills, timber, ice industry and related trades in Wakefield's historical past.

Location:  2 Chapel St, Union

Schedule of events:

10:00     Opening remarks 10:00 - 1:00        A  historical 'treasure hunt' for all ages 11:00     "Ice Cutting on Lovell Lake" 11:00 - 1:30        Barbeque lunch sponsored by the Wakefield Heritage Commission 12:00 - 2:00        "Everything Vanilla" - Sundaes, frappes and root beer floats sponsored by UVCA 12:00 - 3:00        Moose Mountain Brass Band 12:00 - 2:00        "Stage Stop" opens at Heritage Centre in Wakefield Corner 1:00        Drew Mill tour 2:00        "Stories From the Past: Wakefield's 140+ Cemeteries"

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Exploring Lake Winnipesaukee by Boat: Some Favorite Destinations

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Wolfeboro NH town docks

Wolfeboro's Cate Park (http://visitwolfeboro.com)

Spanning a massive distance of 72 square miles, Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in the state of New Hampshire and the third largest lake in all of New England. For years, this gorgeous body of water has served as a hallmark summertime playground for thousands of people from across the nation. Offering panoramic vistas, signature lakeside attractions, excellent marine facilities and superb fishing areas, Lake Winni remains one of the most popular destinations for boaters in the Northeast. If you're looking for some boat-accessible destinations during your Lake Winipesaukee vacation, read on!

Weirs Beach

Located on the western shorelines of Lake Winnipesaukee, Weirs Beach has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of New Hampshire. More than just a beach, it's home to endless activities for all ages. Weirs beach is famous for its thrilling water slides, intensive ropes/obstacle courses, mini-golf, zip lines, bowling alleys, scenic cruises, bi-plane rides, go-karts, and its world-renowned arcades. If you are traveling with your children, be sure to check out this remarkable lakeside area - one of the most popular tourist destinations on the East coast!

Stonedam Island

If your idea of an ideal summer vacation includes getting closer to nature, Lake Winnipesaukee's got that, too.  Amid the tranquil waters of the western part of the lake by Meredith Bay lies a hidden gem known as Stonedam Island. This 112-acre area serves as one of New Hampshire's best-kept nature preserves, and is an extraordinary destination for both locals and tourists alike. If you enjoy hiking, sightseeing, or having picnics in a stunning natural setting, be sure to make your way over to this beautiful archipelago. On the East side of the island, there is a small dock that can accommodate up to two smaller-sized boats.  Alternatively, you can easily and affordably rent kayaks or canoes from spots on nearby shores such as Weirs Beach. On the banks of Stonedam, you will find a historic cabin, built from 200-year-old logs that were moved from Camp Kahona and reassembled here. The trails are gorgeous and provide sweeping views of the lake. If you are a nature lover, be sure to boat to this exquisite island, and experience beauty that you cannot find elsewhere!

Wolfeboro

In the southeastern end of Lake Winnipesaukee, the picturesque streets of Wolfeboro are lined with quaint gift shops, signature ice cream stands, food vendors, and an endless number of excellent restaurant options. Perfect for those who enjoy a lively, downtown experience, this New Hampshire town attracts vacationers year-round. On weekends, day-trippers can harbor their boat for up to several hours in one of the town's four public docks, free of charge. Wolfeboro also offers a convenient trolley system for exploring the town, perfect for those who have traveled here by boat. Common activities here typically include shopping the downtown district, enjoying a concert at the Cate Park bandstand, and visiting some of the many museums filled with the lake's memorabilia and information on local boat builders, fishermen, and waterskiers. If you are planning on taking a trip to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Wolfeboro should absolutely be on your checklist.

Boats offer a fun and unique way to get to know Lake Winnipesaukee. Don't have your own or don't want to transport it? A web search can point you to many options for renting boats by the day, week, or month. Come explore!

 

3 Family-Friendly Summer Events in the Lakes Region

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Planning a trip to New Hampshire's Lakes Region? Discover some of the most popular summertime activities and events that our area has to offer! With so many exciting things to do every day of the week, it's no wonder so many NH residents and people from all over the world choose to come here during their summer holiday season. Enjoy panoramic views while relaxing on New Hampshire's beautiful lakefronts, eat out at a few of the most talked-about restaurants in town, enjoy musical performances from renowned artists, but most importantly, be sure to catch the top summer events in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire!

Interlakes Summer Theatre

Integrate the arts into your vacation this year at Interlakes Summer Theatre, a "feel good, broadway style musical theatre." This talented bunch of performers delivers the perfect opportunity to ditch the screens and immerse yourself in a different time and place entirely. Whether you're a theatre veteran or a first-timer, the five different musicals performed over the course of the summer are sure to dazzle. You and your friends and family are sure to find something to love at the Interlakes Summer Theatre. This year, choose from "The Wiz," based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," to "Miss Saigon," by the creators of "Les Miserables," along with many others. Located at the Interlakes Community Auditorium in Meredith, the theatre is convenient for all Lakes Region vacationers. They even have a Children's Theatre; be sure to check out their performances with your little ones!

Weirs Beach Midnight Fireworks

Fourth of July fireworks on Lake Winnipesaukee, July 3, 2012 in Alton Bay, N.H. AP / Jim Cole http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2012/07/2012-fourth-of-july-fireworks.html

Fourth of July fireworks on Lake Winnipesaukee, July 3, 2012 in Alton Bay, N.H. - AP / Jim Cole http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2012/07/2012-fourth-of-july-fireworks.html

Weirs Action Committee is making history this year by celebrating Independence Day the very moment it comes around: 12:01 a.m.! Gather your family and friends at Weirs Beach to ring in this year's Fourth of July with a stunning display of fireworks. For those who'd rather be snoozing by midnight, additional fireworks shows will be held on Friday night at 10:00 p.m. from the shores of Endicott Park at Weirs Beach. You could even take the family on a fireworks cruise- the view from a boat in Weirs Bay is especially lovely, with the fireworks exploding almost directly overhead.  Come enjoy the lively festivities and commemorate America's birthday on a gorgeous sandy lakefront beach at the annual event sponsored by Weirs Action Committee. Come down for an exciting afternoon on the boardwalk and finish the night off by watching the spectacular array of the Weirs Beach fireworks!

Crafts at Cate Park

Ready to use your imagination, let your creativity come to life, and build a fairy house? Yep, that's right: Build a fairy house! Have a blast with the kids at the fourth annual Fairy House-Building event from Wolfeboro Area Children's Center. Located in Wolfeboro's Cate Park from 10 am to 2 pm on July 5th, put your crafting skills to the test with your Lakes Region neighbors. All supplies used must be natural (materials found in nature), so it's a great way to get the kids outside, collecting pebbles, twigs, leaves, grass... all kinds of things to make your fairy house unique.

 

Newly Renovated Spa Opens Today

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Mills Falls in Meredith announced today the newly reopened Cascade Spa at Church Landing on Lake Winnipesaukee. A full-service day spa, it offers everything you need to relax after a day of exploration in New Hampshire. First opened in 2004, it and Church Landing have been known as a premiere destination for guests and travelers. Church Landing was voted one of the Top 25 Hotels for Best Relaxation/Spa in the U.S. by Trip Advisor 2012; and 3rd Most Romantic Hotel in the U.S. by Trip Advisor 2011. You can read the complete article here.

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March 22 Open House! 30 Currie's Way, Brookfield

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This home, located in a new subdivision just off a quiet country road in Brookfield, New Hampshire, has curb appeal galore. Its four thousand square feet of living space is chock full of high-end upgrades: custom cabinets in the kitchen along with granite counters and a center island ... huge stone fireplace in the living room ... custom molding and a custom staircase ... radiant heat in the basement and first floor ... insulation even in the interior walls. Wood floors run throughout the first floor. The kitchen and bathrooms are all granite and tile. You can choose a master bedroom on the first floor or the second. The floor plan is open and spacious, built-in bookshelves stand at the ready for your collections, and there is a luxurious master bath. A nice deck overlooks the two acre property. A lot of thought went into the design and building of this house, and it shows.

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A few words about Brookfield ... a small town settled in the late 1700s, it exists mainly because of the building of the Governor John Wentworth Road from Portsmouth to his summer mansion in Wolfeboro. By the 1780s settlements had sprung up along the northern side of the Moose Mountain range and up Tumbledown Dick, a mountain named for Oliver Cromwell's ill-fated son (I have yet to research how that fact is tied to Brookfield, but it is interesting; if anyone knows the answer, please let me know). Over the years Brookfield was home to grist, bobbin, cider, saw and shingle mills; also tanneries and blacksmiths, inns and shoemaker shops. Today its Town House is on the National Register and it is within the Governor Wentworth Regional School District. Shopping needs are met in Wolfeboro, Wakefield and Rochester.

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This home's location provides easy access to Route 16, the main north-south commuting road in these parts. If you're looking for all the comforts of home in a rural community that has resisted the commercial development that has affected so many other towns, come visit us this weekend. The house will be open from 12:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, March 22, and the price is $439,000. For more information and photos, go here. We'd love to see you!

 

 

In Housing, Big is Back

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Luxury homes

Despite the housing bubble burst, recession and resulting slow recovery, it seems buyers have not abandoned luxury homes. In fact, when it comes to new homes bigger seems to be better. This article from the New York Times suggests that affluent buyers are once again driving up the housing market . . . you can read the entire article here.

Whether you're looking to buy or sell, we can help. We are able to unite luxury homes with the right buyer at the right price. Now is a great time to start that process!

 

Driving distances to local ski areas

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When buying a house here in the Lakes Region people often ask about winter activities and proximity to local ski areas. Skiing is very popular here in northern New England and there are numerous excellent resorts in New Hampshire and Maine that are an easy drive from Wolfeboro and the towns surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee. Whether new to the sport or an experienced skier, there is something for everyone here. Take a look at the graphic below to get an idea of the distances between our towns and some of the best weekend getaways around!

If anyone is interested in having these numbers in Excel spreadsheet format, email Adam at adamd@adamdow.com .

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Third Annual Team Trivia Tournament

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What is the world's largest lizard? Who wrote "The Shipping News"? How many points are on a backgammon board? If you know the answers to these trivia questions, then you should form a team and join the third annual Team Trivia Tournament to benefit the Wolfeboro Area Children's Center. The tournament is held each Wednesday night at the Wolfeboro Inn Ballroom from 5-8 pm through February 19; tickets are $15 per person, which includes hearty soups, breads, and a salad bar. Advance tickets are strongly recommended. Amaze yourself with your ability to recall meaningless information! Come test your knowledge of useless facts! With teams that go by the names of "Know It Alls" and "Trivialities," anything is possible.

Weeks One and Three Winners - the Geez Louise Wheezers

Weeks One and Three Winners - the Geez Louise Wheezers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Two Winners - the Marauders I

The Dow Realty Group is happy to support this event for such a great cause. For more information about the Team Trivia Tournament or the Wolfeboro Area Children's Center call 569-1027 or e-mail info@wolfeborochildren.org.

 

 

 

Wolfeboro is looking for new businesses - Commercial Real Estate Available

Congratulations Zach Tarter and the rest of the Wolfeboro Economic Development Committee for looking to enhance Wolfeboro's future.

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By LARISSA MULKERN Special to the Union Leader

Economic Development Committee drawing business to Wolfeboro

Wolfeboro - Summer activities in full swing

Wolfeboro - Summer activities in full swing

WOLFEBORO -- The town's economic development committee is spreading the word that the Wolfeboro area is more than just a scenic place by the lake.

The 10-member Wolfeboro Economic Development Committee, headed by Chairman Zach Tarter, a professional investment adviser with Edward Jones, and Vice Chair Denise Roy-Palmer, executive director of the Wentworth Economic Development Corp., has worked with business and municipal leaders on a number of fronts to strengthen -- and publicize -- the region's business-friendly appeal.

Enhancing online presence from the town's website was accomplished recently by including links from the home page to maps and details on the town's two economic revitalization zones, the business park off Pine Hill Road and Wickers Drive, and on Center, Lehner and Pine streets.

"We believe our region has a lot to offer to business and industries throughout the U.S.," Tarter said. Those assets include potential tax credits from the state, no sales tax, a family-friendly, high quality of life, and relatively close proximity to major metropolitan areas including Manchester and Boston.

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