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Labor Day Weekend Fun in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region

Many thanks to the Lakes Region Tourism Association for bringing these great events to our attention. Here are some great events in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region to help you say goodbye at the symbolic end of summer:

These are just a few of the many great things going on in New Hampshire’s Lakes region this coming Labor Day Weekend. And remember, it’s only a few short weeks before you can say hello to fall foliage season in the Lakes Region…

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Fun and Adventure in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region

Looking for some adventure this summer? Well look no further than New Hampshire’s Lakes Region!

Some great outdoor fun in the Lakes Regions includes:


  • Try hiking Mount Major in Alton Bay. This hike starts at the parking lot on Route 11 a little more than 4 miles north of Alton Bay. It is a 3.8 mile round trip hike of moderate difficulty.
  • Another easy to moderate hike is West Rattlesnake Mountain in Holderness. This is a 2 mile hike that gives you great views of Squam Lake.
  • If you are looking for a longer hike that is still easy to moderate in difficulty then you may want to hike Mt. Cardigan in Alexandria. This is a 6.7 mile loop hike starting at the AMC’s Cardigan Lodge.

Northern Rail Trail
We have written about the Northern Rail Trail many times. This gem of a trail offers a great outdoor experience for both bikers and hikers. See some of our previous articles about the Northern Rail Trail:

Picture of Two People ZipliningZiplining
When in the Lakes Region you are never far from a Zipline adventure. Check out one of these for some high-altitude fun:

There you have some great ideas for adventure in the Lakes Region for this summer. Many thanks to the Lakes Region Tourism Association for these wonderful adventure ideas.

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Holiday / Christmas Events in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region

Picture of a Christmas TreeMany thanks to the folks at the Lakes Region Tourism Association of NH for bringing the following great holiday events to our attention.

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Lakes Region Video Contest

The Lakes Region Tourism Association is running a video contest.

The grand prize?

Runner up prizes?:

Check out their video about the contest for more information.

But hurry. The deadline for submissions is July 28, 2013.

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Some Great Multi-Use Trails in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region

Always fans of multipurpose trails that help to get people into the outdoors, we were happy when the Lakes Region Tourism Association sent us information about several multi-use trails in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region that we thought we would share with you…

The Northern Rail Trail in Grafton and Merrimack Counties

The Northern Northern Recreational Rail Trail currently spans 48 miles of a planned 59 miles in Grafton and Merrimack counties in New Hampshire. This hard-pack surface trail is a four season trail that may be used for bird watching, cross-country skiing, cycling, dog sledding, hiking, horseback riding, running, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and walking. The trail also has some really great scenery.

The Northern Rail Trail was voted one of the Top 100 Trails in America by the United States Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

Organizations that help to maintain the trail include:

The Winnipesaukee River Trail

The Winnipesaukee River Trail is a five-mile trail linking Tilton, Northfield and Franklin along the Winnipesaukee River. The trail provides views of the Winnipesaukee River and other great scenery including the famous upside down Sulphite Railroad Bridge.

The trail is open for pedestrian and biking use.

Wolfeboro Recreational Rail Trail

The Wolfeboro Rail Trail runs 11 miles from Wolfeboro to Wakefield, New Hampshire. This is a four-season trail that allows ATVs (with snow cover only), biking, cross country skiing, dog sledding, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, trail biking (with snow cover only). The trail has great views of Lake Wentworth and Crescent Lake.

Organizations that help to maintain the trail include:

The Wow Trail in Laconia, NH

The WOW Trail (Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam, Opechee) in Laconia, NH is a proposed nine mile four-season non-motorized multi-use trail in the City of Laconia adjacent to the railroad tracks used by the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. The trail will be paved and ten feet wide. Phase 1 consisting of 1.3 miles running from the Lake Opechee Inn & Spa in Lakeport to downtown Laconia at Main Street adjacent to the Library was completed and opened in May of 2010. Planning is well underway for phases 2 and 3.

The trail is for non-motorized uses such as biking, cross country skiing, running/jogging, and walking.

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October Fall Fun in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region

Many thanks to the Lakes Region Tourism Association for bringing all of these wonderful things to do in October in the Lakes Region to our attention.

So you may already be thinking of heading up to New Hampshire for a little leaf peeping. Here are a bunch of things going on in the Lakes Region to really make you want to go…

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Fall Foliage in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region

Picture of Fall Foliage Reflected Off a LakeIn our post on how to take a great fall foliage picture (How to Take a Great Fall Foliage Picture) we discussed adding a water element. What better backdrop than one of the 273 lakes and ponds in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region?

In the Lakes Region, the water serves as a mirror to amplify the warm fall colors and the waterfalls, rivers, and lapping waves on the lakes provide a delightful soundtrack. With the fall the crowds are also much smaller than in the summer. Enjoy the miles of unaltered nature, enjoy a great fall picnic, go hiking, look for wildlife, or simply take in the breathtaking beauty that is the Lakes Region in Fall.

In the Lakes Region there are approximately 70 native species of trees including birch, maple, hickory, aspen, and other trees whose leaves turn in fall putting on a spectacular and colorful show against the backdrop of evergreens and water. Do you have your camera ready yet?

How can you enjoy the regions fall beauty? Try one of the scenic driving routes such as the Lakes Region Tour (PDF), which is one of New Hampshire’s Scenic and Cultural Byways.

How else to view the fall foliage? How about on the water with a cruise of Lake Winnipesaukee aboard the M/S Mount Washington or the Winnipesaukee Belle? You can also get above it all with a biplane view of the foliage with Lakes Biplane Rides. And don’t forget the train! Hop on one of the Foliage Trains on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad from Meredith and Weirs Beach.

A more active way to get right up into the foliage is on one of the region’s many ziplines, such as:

Along the theme of active foliage viewing, don’t forget the region’s wonderful hiking trails. The Lakes Region Tourism Association has a wonderful list of the more well-known and accessible trails for your fall hiking pleasure.

So be sure to put the Lakes Region on your fall foliage itinerary. You will be happy you did.

Picture credits: The foliage picture is courtesy of the Lakes Region Tourism Association.

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Fun in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region for September, 2012

Many thanks to the Lakes Region Tourism Association for bringing these fun September activities in the Lakes Region to our attention:

  • September 15, 2012: Third Annual Harvest Festival at Prescott Farm in Laconia, NH. Admission is free!
  • September 21 to 23, 2012: NH Highland Games & Festival at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH. This is the largest Scottish festival in the Northeast
  • September 22, 2012: WOW Fest at the Laconia Athletic and Swim Club in Laconia. Road races, a trail walk, kids’ activities, live music, and more.
  • September 23, 2012: Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup at the in Loudon, NH.

Of course, it should be mentioned that the Lakes Region is a great place to view fall foliage and as we get further along into September Mother Nature will be putting on her annual fall spectacular against the backdrop of New Hampshire’s beautiful lakes…

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Still Some Summer Time Left to Get Out on The Water in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region

It’s called the “Lakes Region” for a reason. There are 273 lakes and ponds in this part of New Hampshire! We thought we might give you a quick rundown on some boat excursions that can be found on some of these lakes…

There is still some of unofficial summer left (the time up to Labor Day – real Summer actually end in September…), so seize the opportunity to enjoy the Lakes Region in these last few weeks of summer (official or unofficial).

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Still Plenty of Summer Fun Left in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region

Many thanks to the Lakes Region Tourism Association for reminding us of some of the summer fun still to be had in the Lakes Region.

  • Cruise Nights – If you are a fan of retro diners and classic cars this is tailor made for you. Cruise Nights will be held at the at 104 Diner in New Hampton on Tuesday’s from 6 to 8 PM and at the Tilt’n Diner in Tilton on Wednesday’s also from 6 to 8 PM.
  • Great Waters Music Festival – The Great Waters Music Festival continues on August 17 and 24 at the Kingswood Arts Center in Wolfeboro. See the Masters of Motown on August 17 and The Manhattan Transfer on August 24.
  • Acoustic Mondays – Acoustic Mondays (PDF) are held from 6 to 9 PM at the Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough.
  • Annuals for Color and Texture – Take an educational tour of Tarbin Gardens in Franklin from 11 AM to 12:30 PM on Thursday, August 16.
  • Cabaret – See the play Cabaret at 8 PM Saturday, August 25 at the Little Church Theater in Holderness.

This is just a little sample of the summer fun that awaits you in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region.

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