Lakes Region: Places to Explore


  • Alton Bay

    Lake Winnipesaukee's southern shore is alive with visitors from the moment the first flower blooms until the last maple sheds its leaves. Two mountain ridges hold 7 miles of the lake in Alton Bay, which... Read more

  • Bristol

    The small workaday town of Bristol serves as a base for exploring one of the Lakes Region's greatest treasures: 4,000-acre Newfound Lake, one of the state's deepest and purest bodies of water. You reach... Read more

  • Center Sandwich

    With Squam Lake to the west and the Sandwich Mountains to the north, Center Sandwich claims one of the prettiest settings of any Lakes Region community. So appealing are the town and its views that John... Read more

  • Holderness

    Routes 25B and 25 lead to the prim small town of Holderness, between Squam and Little Squam lakes. On Golden Pond, starring Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda, was filmed on Squam, whose quiet beauty attracts... Read more

  • Laconia

    The arrival in Laconia—then called Meredith Bridge—of the railroad in 1848 turned the once-sleepy hamlet into the Lakes Region's chief manufacturing hub. It acts today as the area's supply depot, a perfect... Read more

  • Meredith

    Meredith is a favored spot for water-sports enthusiasts and anglers. Lodgers will love the luxurious beds at the Inns at Mill Falls, which are next to an old factory filled with gift and clothing shops... Read more

  • Plymouth

    Home to Plymouth State College, whose small but attractive campus clings to a steep hill looming over a bustling downtown, Plymouth acts as a bridge between the Lakes Region and the White Mountains. There's... Read more

  • Tamworth

    President Grover Cleveland summered in what remains a village of almost unreal quaintness—it's equally photogenic in verdant summer, during the fall foliage season, or under a blanket of winter snow. Cleveland's... Read more

  • Weirs Beach

    Weirs Beach is Lake Winnipesaukee's center for arcade activity. Anyone who loves souvenir shops, fireworks, waterslides, and hordes of children will feel right at home. Cruise boats also depart from here... Read more

  • Wolfeboro

    Quietly upscale and decidedly preppy Wolfeboro has been a resort since Royal Governor John Wentworth built his summer home on the shores of the lake in 1768. The town bills itself as the oldest summer... Read more