New Hampshire, with its serene lakes and captivating landscapes, offers a perfect escape for those seeking natural beauty and adventure.
The Lakes Region, known for its charming towns, is a delightful starting point for a road trip through central and northern New Hampshire. In this itinerary, we'll take you on a journey through this picturesque region, highlighting two must-visit accommodations: Steele Hill Resort and the Center Harbor Inn.
Day 1: Begin your journey by arriving in the picturesque Lakes Region, where you'll find Steele Hill Resort. This sprawling resort offers breathtaking views of Lake Winnisquam and Lake Winnipesaukee as well as the surrounding mountain range. Check in, unwind, and take in the stunning scenery. The resort boasts numerous amenities, including pools, saunas, a golf course, gaming center, restaurant, bar and more, making it the perfect place to relax and recharge.
Day 2: Rise early and start your day with a hearty breakfast at Margaret's Kitchen. Or if you're starting your adventure during the weekend, enjoy a buffet brunch at the Hilltop Restaurant. Afterward, venture out to explore Lake Winnipesaukee, one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in New Hampshire. Rent a kayak or a boat to get up close and personal with the pristine waters, or enjoy a scenic drive around the lake.
In the evening, dine at a local restaurant to savor delicious New England flavors. Visit our Virtual Concierge for a few of our recommendations.
Day 3: Take a break from your adventures and enjoy the various amenities at Steele Hill Resort. Whether you prefer a game of golf, bike ride, nature walk, or just lounging by the pool, the resort offers something for everyone. It's a perfect opportunity to unwind and soak in the natural beauty surrounding you.
Day 4: Check out from Steele Hill Resort and hit the road towards the quaint and inviting town of Center Harbor. Once you arrive, settle into the Center Harbor Inn, which offers a tranquil waterfront setting on Lake Winnipesaukee.
After checking in, explore the town's picturesque streets, visit local shops, and enjoy lunch at Gusto Italian Cafe. In the afternoon, take a scenic drive to Squam Lake, where you can enjoy a boat tour or explore the nearby Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.
Once in the White Mountains, consider a visit to Franconia Notch State Park for breathtaking mountain views and beautiful hikes. Enjoy dinner back in Center Harbor at Canoe Restaurant, relax by the fire pit at the Center Harbor Inn and get ready for another day of exploring.
Day 6: Start your day with a visit to the Flume Gorge, a natural wonder with boardwalks that wind through towering granite walls and waterfalls. Then, embark on a scenic drive along the Kancamagus Highway, one of the most picturesque routes in New Hampshire.
In the evening, return to Center Harbor and enjoy a relaxing soak in the outdoor hot tub overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee.
Day 7: Before heading home, enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the inn and take in the serene beauty of the region one last time. You can make a few stops at interesting spots along the way, like Moulton Farm, Funspot or Twin Barns Brewing Company, to round out your trip with a couple more fun and unique experiences.
A road trip through New Hampshire's Lakes Region and northern parts of the state is a journey that offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. From the hilltop serenity at Steele Hill Resort to the intimate ambiance of the Center Harbor Inn and the natural beauty of the White Mountains, this itinerary provides a diverse and memorable New Hampshire experience.
Whether you're seeking outdoor activities, cultural exploration, or simply a peaceful escape, a road trip through the Granite State offers something for everyone. So pack your bags, hit the road, and get ready to create lasting memories.