Hotel at a Glance: Sunapee Lake Lodge
Lake Sunapee is one of the most popular summer getaways in New Hampshire, as the 9-mile-long lake is "one of the purest in the nation," according to Frommer's. Vacationers flock to the sandy shores of Sunapee State Beach to swim, canoe, and fish. Less than a five-minute walk away, Sunapee Lake Lodge offers family-friendly guest rooms close to the action.
- Go for a swim in the indoor heated pool or relax in the spa.
- Wake up to a complimentary continental breakfast.
- In-room amenities: microwave, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, coffeemaker, and complimentary WiFi
- The great outdoors: Go hiking or mountain biking on nearby trails at Mount Sunapee Resort.
- Local eats: The lodge is near Nonni's Italian Eatery, a deli with handcrafted Italian dishes, and Mountain Spirits Tavern, where you can lounge on the outdoor deck and enjoy a beverage.
Newbury, New Hampshire: Quiet Hamlet Amid Mountains and Lakes
Rolling hills and thickets of untouched forest mark the landscape around Newbury, a tiny town about an hour north of Manchester. The centerpiece of the area is arguably Mount Sunapee, one of the tallest peaks in the state. Hiking trails crisscross the terrain at Mount Sunapee State Park, leading to a picturesque lakefront popular for kayaking and fishing.
The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens once served as a summer retreat for John Milton Hay, the secretary of state and chief party planner under Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt. It spans 84 acres of manicured grounds and woodland trails on the other side of Lake Sunapee. Sign up for a guided walking tour of the 22-room Colonial Revival home, or stop in for one of its featured exhibits, such as an open-air painting demonstration.
Historical buildings, family-owned cafés, and farm stands line the Main Street of New London, located about 20 minutes north of Newbury by car, making it a worthwhile day trip.