Explore New Hampshire
Experience Squam Lake
Squam Lake is known as one of the most peaceful and pristine in the country. The fog rises from the water early in the morning, loons fill the air with their haunting call. - Conde Nast Magazine
No visit to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire is complete without an opportunity to explore Squam Lake, the lake featured in the movie, On Golden Pond.
Ways to experience Squam Lake:
- There are several beaches, a swamp boardwalk, and over 4 miles of hiking trails located at Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest
- Rental of kayak, sailboats and paddleboards are available from Squam lakes Assoc for a self guided tour is available for a half day or full day
- Motorized boats, paddleboats, and canoes are available at several marinas such as Asquam Marina, Riveredge Marina, and Squam Lakeside Farms. If you are bringing your own boat, you can rent a slip at Riveredge Marina on Little Squam Lake or launch your boat right in town at the public access ramp.
- For a guided tour of Squam Lake, enjoy the Science Center Lake Cruise available for public tours each day in the summer.
- For a more personalized experience and to customize your adventure “Experience Squam.” Captain Cindy has lived on Squam Lake for many years and has tales to tell. Along with her tour of Squam Lake, she can take you fishing, swimming, or nature watching as you request.
Reminiscent of its English heritage, the Manor’s fourteen-acre estate includes a host of recreational activities—tennis on our clay court, croquet, badminton, and an over-sized heated swimming pool and pool cabana on top of Shepherd’s Hill overlooking Squam Lake where you can also relax over lunch.
Exploring Squam Lake is a must to experience one of the most pristine lakes in New Hampshire. Guests who visits Squam Lake enjoy a boat tour, hosted by the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, to see Purgatory Rock and hear the call of the loons. Guests have found a pleasing solitude kayaking on Squam in the early morning when the mist floats over the lake and lends a mystical light to the scene Kayak to one of the many islands where you can enjoy an afternoon of swimming and sunbathing with a picnic lunch from The Manor’s kitchen. If fishing with one of our fellow fishing guides is your sport, you’ll love the tranquility of this well-protected lake. At dusk you may hear the loon’s haunting cry, a distinctive sound that is well-remembered long after your Manor stay.
You may choose to simply relax on one of those clear summer or fall days in an Adirondack chair overlooking the lake and mountains. There are also wonderful areas in the Manor and fireplaces on chilly days where you can unwind with a good book or challenge your partner to a game of chess or backgammon.
The leaves change from summer green to reds, yellows, oranges and golds and New Hampshire bursts into brilliant color. Pumpkins and corn stalks dot the landscape and everyone carries a camera to record this spectacular season.
- The 260-ft M/S Mount Washington cruises the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee.
- This is a beautiful time of the year to go hike the White Mountains, bike New Hampshire’s scenic roads, golfing , visiting antique and crafts shops , art galleries and museums .
- Several crafts festivals, such as the Meredith Crafts Fair , occur in the fall. Wolfeboro hosts an Antique and Classic Boat and Car Show in October as well as the Vintage Race Boat Race Regatta at the town docks in September.
- Numerous attractions are available to guests in addition to hiking , biking , horseback riding, Squam Lake Tours and visits to nearby shops and galleries .
- A favorite trip is a drive up I-93 where you can stop at The Flume, a natural chasm with hiking trails. The Aerial Tram at Cannon Mountain, just through Franconia Notch, offers a ride to the top of the mountain. Lost River Gorge in North Woodstock is a fascinating tour of the remnants from the glacier age, as are the Polar Caves in Plymouth.
- Continue on to Mt. Washington and ride the Cog Railway to the top or take the Auto Road, both of which will bring you to the Mt. Washington Observatory .
- The Lakes Region has many craft fairs and fine arts festival to enjoy. To name a few, The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair in August, the Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival in late August, or a visit to Pepi Herrmann's Studio in Gilford.
- Theatre and live productions abound in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire which include the Silver Arts Center, Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center in Gilford, and Winnipesaukee Playhouse a year-round theatre company
- New Hampshire International Speedway has two NASCAR races (July and September) as well as an Indy car race, In mid-June bikers gear up for Laconia Motorcycle/Bike Week , one of the largest motorcycle events in the East.
- Castle In The Clouds in Moultonborough is literally a beautiful castle set on almost 6,000 acres and now home to Castle Springs Bottling Company.
- Canterbury Shaker Village is a beautifully restored historic Shaker site offering many weekend events and tours throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons.
If golf is on the docket do play a round at the Owl's Nest Golf Course in Campton. It is listed as one of the 100 Must Play Golf Courses in New England and the views alone are worth the trip. Another premier and challenging golf course is Canterbury Woods Country Club.
If you are looking for New Hampshire hotels near ski areas , come to the Manor in winter and enjoy the proximity of five ski areas—all within a half-hour of the Inn. Cannon Ski Resort, Waterville Valley Ski Resort, Loon Mountain Resort, and Gunstock Mountain , and Tenny Mountain Ski resorts to name a few.
- Enjoy snowshoeing on many nearby hiking trails and skating on the Lake.
- The World Championship Sled Dog Derby is held in Laconia during its February WinterFest,
- Sleigh rides are held throughout the season at nearby areas.
As the days grow longer and the sun rises higher, the true harbingers of spring appear, usually in late February. These are the metal buckets hanging on the sugar maples collecting gallons of sap that will be boiled down into maple syrup in over 50 “sugar houses” throughout New Hampshire. Visit the many Sugar houses that dot the landscape.
- The Lakes Region Flower and Craft Fair is held the first week in April with over 100 exhibitors and most of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s shops are open throughout the year.
- Once spring is firmly entrenched, the golf courses sprout their greenery and it’s time to brush up on your game.