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The Lakes Region of New Hampshire encompasses a large area and the many towns that surround the lakes. Lakes Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam, Newfound and Squam provide a focal point for activities in the winter. Ice fishing derbies, snowmobiling, and skating replace summer water sports, and Laconia is the site of annual dogsled races. Skiers get great views of the lakes from the summits of Gunstock ski area and Mount Sunapee as well as from the scenic routes that circle the lakes. Both local ski areas offer very good skiing without the overwhelming crowds of a multiple-mountain resort, and offer plenty of activities for non-skiers too. Many towns ...

The Lakes Region of New Hampshire encompasses a large area and the many towns that surround the lakes. Lakes Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam, Newfound and Squam provide a focal point for activities in the winter. Ice fishing derbies, snowmobiling, and skating replace summer water sports, and Laconia is the site of annual dogsled races. Skiers get great views of the lakes from the summits of Gunstock ski area and Mount Sunapee as well as from the scenic routes that circle the lakes. Both local ski areas offer very good skiing without the overwhelming crowds of a multiple-mountain resort, and offer plenty of activities for non-skiers too. Many towns like Alton, Sandwich, and Meredith are exceptionally picturesque during the holiday season and after, when snow adorns the beautiful village centers to create picture-perfect scenes. After a long day on the slopes (or perhaps all day, while everyone else is in the cold), relax with a spa treatment at the Inn at Mills Falls in Meredith, or the Common Man Inn in Plymouth. Any one of the Common Man restaurants in the region are sure to please the entire family with both value and culinary excellence. Shoppers can take their time visiting the unique shops found in towns around the lake, or marathon shoppers can visit the popular outlet mall in Tilton. Kids of any age will enjoy Funspot in Weirs Beach, the world's largest arcade, where the family can play both candlepin and regular bowling, indoor mini-golf, or a multitude of new and old arcade games.

Lura Seavey
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Lura Seavey is the author of Fun with the Family in Vermont and New Hampshire and she has contributed to several Thomas Cook guidebooks, including Drive Around Catalonia, Travellers Mallorca, and Travellers Barcelona.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: The region of mid-state New Hampshire surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam Lake, and Squam Lake.
  • Research: | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Winter sports begin in mid-December and last through March.