For over a century, Lake Winnipesaukee has been a prime vacation destination for residents in the greater Boston area, but in recent decades people from all over the nation have been traveling to this fantastic New Hampshire lake. Surrounded by over a dozen small communities, Lake Winnipesaukee is known in New England for being New Hampshire’s biggest lake and for the 253 islands located within its waters. Due to the peaceful, secluded nature of the region, Lake Winnipesaukee vacation rentals are the best way to enjoy the water, mountains, and forests of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region.
The area bordering Lake Winnipesaukee is a gorgeous example of New England nature – while visiting the lake you’ll be within a short distance of the Ossipee Mountains, the Belknap Range, and Red Hill. These geographical features are great for hiking, climbing, exploring, skiing, camping, or even just for a relaxing drive. All vacationers will want to check out Gunstock Mountain, which has all of the aforementioned activities, and more! Also, don’t forget to take your boat (or hop on a ferry) and explore the 250 islands in Lake Winnipesaukee. Long Island is the largest of these islands, covering over 1,000 acres! Long Island, as well as several others, is connected to the mainland by a bridge, and is thus accessible year-round. Explore the acres of forestland, see the beautiful residences, and check out the diverse wildlife, like loons, eagles, owls, salamanders, turtles, bats, moose, otter, and woodchuck.
The Lakes Region of New Hampshire comprises Lake Winnipesaukee, Lake Winnisquam, Squam Lake, Newfound Lake, Lake Wentworth, and Ossipee Lake. Amongst all this beautiful water lie several fun communities, each with its own brand of small-town charm. Gilford is located on the southwestern end of the Lake, and is home to the Gunstock Recreation Area (great for skiing), Ellacoya State Beach, and the Belknap Mountain State Forest. Further north is Laconia, the largest city on Lake Winnipesaukee, which hosts annual sled dog races, has several museums, and is home to Weirs Beach. Finally, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, bills itself as “the Oldest Summer Resort in America,” and those seeking a calm, peaceful vacation to small-town New England will definitely feel at home here.
Other enchanting features make Lake Winnipesaukee a place worth visiting. The historic and fascinating experience of riding on a paddlewheel steamboat can be realized on Lake Winnipesaukee via the MS Mount Washington. With daily tours of the lake during the summer season, you’ll get an up-close and personal view of the islands, mountains, and wildlife that Lake Winnipesaukee is known for. Sometimes, special events are held on the Mount Washington, like dinner dance cruises and concerts. Another well-known aspect of Lake Winnipesaukee is the annual “Ice-Out Guess Contest,” in which residents try to predict when the ice will melt enough for the Mount Washington to leave port.
Whether you are a permanent resident of the northeastern United States or just want to vacation to picturesque New England, Lake Winnipesaukee has something for you. Scenic drives, golf, nature, swimming, fishing, and boating- it’s all here. Check out the best Lake Winnipesaukee vacation rentals at LakeRentals.com today!