Hotel at a Glance: Center Harbor Inn
There’s an unlimited supply of fresh air and natural splendor at Center Harbor Inn. The resort sits on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in central New Hampshire, where it overlooks lush forests and the distant peaks of the White Mountains. A private beach with kayak and boat rentals as well as docks, slips, and moorings (available for additional fees) allow guests to take full advantage of the water.
- In-room amenities: Guest rooms come with a mini refrigerator, flat-screen TV with cable, a private balcony, and free WiFi.
- Free continental breakfast with bagels, fruit, coffee, and tea (served mid-June through October)
- Walk to town: It’s just a few blocks from the inn.
- Close to: Weirs Beach, Mt. Washington Cruises, and White Mountain National Forest.
Center Harbor, New Hampshire: Century-Old Resort Town on Lake Winnipesaukee
Visitors have been coming to Center Harbor for more than a century to lounge on the sandy beaches and frolic in Lake Winnipesaukee’s sparkling waters. In the early days they arrived each summer on trains and steamboats, which ferried passengers to resort towns all along the 72-square-mile lake. One of the best known steamboats was the S.S. Mount Washington. Built in 1872 and rebuilt in 1940 after being lost to a devastating fire, the storied vessel now hosts sunset dinner cruises.
Center Harbor thrives during the summer, when boaters, jet skiers, kayakers, and swimmers descend on Lake Winnipesaukee. But there’s plenty to do throughout the year. A number of hiking trails encircle the lake, offering up-close views of fall foliage and spring wildflowers. You can also fish the lake from private or public docks all year long, though you’ll have to switch to ice fishing in the winter. The White Mountains are just an hour up the road; head here to hike, ski, and visit historical small towns dotting the landscape.