The shoreline of Lake Winnipesaukee winds for more than 180 miles, making it easily the biggest lake in New Hampshire. Dozens of sandy beaches hug the shore and lead to the lake's crystal-clear waters, which are populated by secluded coves and tiny islands. Just half a mile from the water's edge, Summit Resort provides easy access to seasonal lake activities.
The hotel plays host to aquatic action of its own inside its 25,000-square-foot amenities center, replete with a large heated pool, a slide, and a stone waterfall grotto that gives way to an enormous roman spa and sauna. For a quick workout, head to the fitness center's racquetball courts. Kids can lasso tetherballs on the children's playground.
The resort's two-bedroom standard and deluxe suites recall home with a full kitchen, an in-room washer and dryer, a private, furnished balcony, and poorly wrought refrigerator art. At day’s end, guests can cozy up to a red-brick fireplace.
Laconia, New Hampshire: Bustling Boardwalk and Mountain Activities
Laconia is the largest town along Lake Winnipesaukee, and it sits in central New Hampshire, in the heart of the Lakes Region. The town has been a vacation destination for more than a century due to its laid-back boating culture and family-friendly attractions, such as a three-story arcade and bumper carpool lanes.
The snowcapped peaks of the Ossipee Mountains, one of three ranges surrounding Laconia, hover above Lake Winnipesaukee. Eight miles from the hotel, Gunstock Mountain offers winter skiing and summer biking and hiking. It’s also home to an adventure park where you can zipline through tree canopies and hop aboard segways to explore.