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Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion Lodging


Summer is almost over, which means it’s time to celebrate before the weather gets cold, and snow hits the ground. So why not plan a trip up to the Lakes Region and celebrate with an outdoor concert at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion while staying at the Summit Resort.

The Bank of NH Pavilion hosts concerts all summer long starting in May through the end of September and the Summit Resort located next to Weirs Beach is just a short 10-minute drive down the road. The outdoor concert venue is widely popular with many big name acts. Concert goers can tailgate, get in early and grab a drink, play some outdoor games, and enjoy shows from all different types of music genres.

For your next musical getaway, plan a trip to the Summit Resort. Wake up, brew up a pot of fresh coffee in your private kitchen and cook up some bacon and eggs for energy. After breakfast head out for a stroll through the trails behind the resort for some early morning exercise. Gather your group together and visit the outdoor pool area for an afternoon of fun before the concert. Make sure you grab a grill and cook up some dogs or burgers and hang out for a few hours while listening to tunes of the artist you are about to see.

Pack up the car with choice drink selections and get to the parking lots for a bit of pre-concert tailgating. With the size of the venue, you want to make sure you get there early, so check the website to see when parking and gates open. Tailgating is a lot of fun because you can walk around and bond with the people who share a similar interest to you; with music flowing, and games galore, it’s always a good time.

Enjoy a night of belting out your favorite songs while taking advantage of the few remaining summer nights. Some concerts can run late into the night, so the Summit is the perfect choice for lodging. The resort is right down the street from the Bank of NH Pavilion and you can get in the car and be in bed within a half hour after the show ends.

For more information on concerts at Bank of NH Pavilion check out their website here.

NH Lakes Region Public Beaches

The Summit Resort is centrally located in the NH Lakes Region within close proximity to a few amazing public beaches. Each location offers unique features that appeal to different vacationers. Weirs Beach, less than two miles from the resort, is one of the more popular spots on Lake Winnipesaukee. Ellacoya State Park, part of NH Parks and Recreation, offers many amenities so your family can stay for a full day of fun. Opechee Park, located in Laconia, offers a more relaxed and quiet setting to enjoy the day.

Weirs Beach

Weirs Beach:

Weir’s beach is located in the heart of Laconia just a mile and a half from Summit Resort. This is one of the most popular spots in the lakes region. With a boardwalk, pier, and many restaurants the Weirs always attracts a crowd. There is a small fee to park at the beach, but once you’re in, a beautiful lakeside afternoon awaits. If you sit towards the right side of the beach you can watch a variety of boats drive up the channel into Paugus Bay which is fun viewing for the kids. Although the beach does not have grills, they do allow beachgoers to bring their own charcoal grills and picnic tables are located throughout the lawn area of the beach. The pier is currently undergoing a major revitalization project which is such an exciting time, check out our blog for more information on the project here.

Ellacoya State Park

Ellacoya State Park:

Ellacoya is located in Gilford, NH on the southwest side of Winnipesaukee. This beautiful, sandy stretch of beach offers views across the lake towards the quaint town of Sandwich and the Ossipiee Mountains. With a wide variety of activities and amenities, you can spend a fully day of family fun at Ellacoya. One of the defining feature of this beach is the shallow sandy bottom that stretches far out into the lake. If you are looking to let your kids play in the lake without the concerns of deeper water, this is the perfect beach for you. There is a small fee to access the park. You can check out the park hours and fees here. Ellacoya also includes a concession stand, picnic tables, a picnic pavilion, playground, and bath houses. There is also a boat ramp available and canoeing and kayaking access.

Opechee Park

Opechee Park:

Opechee Park is located on Main St. in Laconia. The park includes beaches at Opechee Cove and Point, both of which are about 1400 feet. The park is also home to a field hockey field, soccer field, a 400M track, little league baseball fields, and two playgrounds. With all the amenities, there is plenty of space to run around for the little ones. The park also features a concession stand and picnic tables that can be found throughout the area. The beach itself isn’t very big, but it packs a lot of extra amenities without the crowds you would see at the other locations. Opechee is the perfect place to read a book while the kids splash around near the shore. If you are looking for a more low-key spot away from the tourist areas, this is the beach for you.

Guide to Weirs Beach

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If you are new to staying with us at the Summit Resort, and are unfamiliar with the area, don’t fret because we are here to let you in on some of our favorite spots. Weirs Beach has everything from restaurants, arcades, and the boardwalk to live music. There is always something to do and explore. Check out some of these great places below and let us know what your favorites are!

Weirs Beach: Weirs Beach is located on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Spend the day at the beach with your family, swimming, building sand castles or enjoying a book. The beach does not offer charcoal grills but you are permitted to bring your own. Picnic tables are available throughout the lawn area of the beach. One of the most unique features of Weirs beach is the channel into Paugus Bay off to the side where you can watch all types of boats come in and out from under the bridge.

Weirs Beach Boardwalk: The Weirs Beach Pier at the end of the boardwalk is currently undergoing a major revitalization project, check out our last blog (link) for more information. It offers many dining options, benches, souvenir stores and more.

Arcades and Games: There are two main arcades at Weirs Beach. Located along the boardwalk is Half Moon Amusement Arcades there are actually two gaming areas within this location. There is the infamous Penny arcade which includes over 120 games from pinball to whack a mole, and the Family Fun Center arcade that offers classics from Pac Man to Galaga. The other big arcade in the area, Funspot, is just down the road from the main Weirs Beach area. Billed as “the biggest arcade in the world” it offers two floors of all the classics, bowling, an indoor 18-hole mini golf course and bingo five nights a week. There is also a Tavern where you can grab a drink and some small bites including pizza, and one of our personal favorites the mac n cheese bites.

Ice Cream: There is nothing better than ice cream in the summer and you can find it just about anywhere, but our two favorite spots in the area are Jordan’s Ice Creamery and Kellerhaus. Jordan’s is a family run ice cream shop operating for the past 23 years. They home make all of their over 150 flavors of ice creams, they also have frozen yogurt and sugar free options as well as a variety of other novelties including homemade waffle cones. Kellerhaus is an ice cream buffet style joint. You pick your flavor and then hand pick your favorite toppings. They also have a gift shop where they are famous for delicious chocolates, candy, gift basket, jellies & jams and NH Maple Products.

Options for the Active Traveler: If being active is your thing and you are looking for the next big thrill, check out Monkey Trunks. At Monkey Trunks, you can do either an adventure ropes course, or zipline tour, or both! There are height and weight requirements so check out their website for more details. If you have a need for speed, then the Daytona Funpark is for you. They offer go-karts, bumper cars, and batting cages.

Scenic Adventures: Hop aboard the M/S Mt Washington for a cruise around Lake Winnipesaukee. They offer a variety of different types of cruises including a scenic, sunset dinner dance, and Sunday champagne brunch style cruises. Check out their website for more details and where to get tickets. If being on the water isn’t your thing you can check out the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. Always within the views of the lake you will travel from Meredith to Lakeport. If you really want to take in the full experience ask about caboose rides, it’s one of the best kept secrets in Weirs Beach. While on the website check out the Rail & Sail package where you can ride the scenic railroad, then hop on the M/S Mt Washington cruise ship.

Night Life: Weirs Beach is always rocking at night, with plenty of live entertainment and restaurant options you won’t be bored. Our favorites include Paradise Beach Club, Tower Hill Tavern and the Patio Garden.

The Summit Resort is the perfect location in the heart of the NH Lakes Region. With so many attractions and activities within minutes of the resort, there is something for everyone. We hope you enjoyed this list and find it to be helpful when planning your vacation. If there are any attractions not on the list that you think would make a great addition we would love to hear from you!

New Floor System at the Indoor Pool

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This spring kicked off with a bang at the Summit Resort with demolition of a major section of decking surrounding the large, indoor pool. In an effort to run new utilities for ambient heat and resurface the lower tier with fresh Pebble Tec flooring, our staff made quick work of the tear down process. Outside contractors have been brought in to professionally finish the balance of the project.

Scheduled to be fully delivered by Thursday, April 13th, this major upgrade will ensure a new level of creature comfort for guests enjoying our star amenity. While the improvements might not visually stand out when finished, this is just one of the many details the resort tackles to ensure we deliver the best hospitality experience possible.

Upgraded Bathrooms in our Deluxe Suites

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This summer season opens with major enhancements to the master bathrooms in our 2 Bedroom Deluxe Suites. When these units were originally constructed, the master bathroom included a large Jacuzzi tub with no shower facilities. Guests were there to enjoy a long awaited vacation and offering a large format Jacuzzi off the main bedroom was a fair tradeoff. After all, there was still a shower available in the guest bathroom.

Times have changed and so haven’t the needs of our vacationers. In an effort to offer more flexibility and greater guest convenience, the resort embarked on a significant renovation project to completely retrofit the master bathroom facilities in the Deluxe Suites. The project involved completely gutting the bathrooms and removing the original large Jacuzzis. New whirlpool tubs along with full shower fixtures were installed in their place. Along with the new bathroom amenities, fresh vanity cabinets with granite countertops were added to upgrade the furnishings. New laminate, plank flooring and a fresh coat of contemporary paint colors finished off the conversion.

With the renovation project fully complete, guests staying in our Deluxe Suites will enjoy these upgraded and inviting master bathrooms without needing to share a shower with their family or friends. This renovation is just one small example of the Summit Resort continuously improving to meet the needs of modern vacationers.

The Secret Grotto

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With an expansive indoor amenities center, The Summit Resort stands apart from other hospitality options in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. Known for the large, indoor pool, new guests anticipate a fun time basking in the warm water or sliding down the slide. Returning visitors, who are familiar with the pool area, are oftentimes more excited about a secret, hidden feature.

Tucked away in the rocks, beyond the waterfall, lies a hidden oasis. Passing through the falls from the main pool, guests find themselves enclosed in a secret grotto. With high rocky walls and another mood setting waterfall perched over a submerged bench, the grotto offers a special spot to unwind after a long day, think deep thoughts or just enjoy a conversation with your fellow guests. This relaxing feature adds a distinct character to the indoor pool facility, setting it apart from your standard hotel pool area.

One of many reasons The Summit defines itself as a step above your average accommodations near Lake Winnipesaukee, the grotto is something for returning guests to reacquaint themselves with and new guests to discover.

A New Road to the Summit


Mentor Ave, the primary road leading to the Summit Resort, has been completely resurfaced and repaved. In November, Bryant Paving removed the 30 year old original surface and brought in bulldozers to further refine the grades. Along with a fresh layer of asphalt, new curbs were added along the edge of the drive.

The repaving project marks a continued commitment to elevating the standards at our already exceptional facility. Along with the major room renovations currently underway, these overall facility improvements will help the Summit Resort continue to provide one of the best hospitality offerings in the Lakes Region.

Announcing the Signature Suites


The Summit Resort is proud to introduce our new Signature 2 Bedroom Suites. Designed to set a new standard for accommodations in the Lakes Region, these immaculate new rooms are the pride of the resort. The byproduct of intense coordination between our management team and our contracting partners, these completely gutted and renovated 2 bedroom suites are guaranteed to impress our guests for years to come.

Enjoy high-end details including spacious, modern kitchens with new appliances, granite countertops and built in breakfast bars to spend time with friends and family. Hardwood style, laminate flooring adds class and color to the kitchen and opens up to fresh carpets throughout the balance of the wide-open living space. All new furniture provides ample opportunity to kick back and watch a movie on the mounted flat screen TV in the living room. Additional features include mounted flat screens in the master bedroom and the guest bedroom, a Jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom and granite counters in both the master and guest bathroom. With a king bed in the master, a guest bedroom with 2 twin beds and a queen sized pullout sofa in the living room, the Signature Suites offer plenty of room for friends and family.

Situated in the heart of the Lakes Region near Weirs Beach, enjoy convenient access to all the local attractions and a true home away from home. The Summit Resort’s new Signature 2 Bedroom Suites offer the ultimate choice in vacation accommodations in the Lakes Region.

Let the Renovations Begin

2014 marked a major step in the evolution of the Summit Resort. After an important vote by the association it was decided to embark upon the biggest renovations project in the history of the resort. This 3 year undertaking will witness a massive overhaul of the 2 bedroom suites at the Summit.

Things kicked off with a bang in January. Contractor teams descended on the suites intent on gutting and transforming them into some of the best rooms in the Lakes Region. Granite countertops will be installed throughout the units. Hardwood-style floors will be added to class up the kitchen areas along with new cabinets and appliances. New carpeting, fresh paint, new valences, crown molding and brand new furniture round out a long list of improvements intended on raising the bar on the guest experience.

Get excited to stay in style and prepare to be amazed by the finishing touches. This complete overhaul of the majority of the rooms on the property will set the Summit apart and make the resort a must-visit spot in the Lakes Region.

Weirs Beach and Lake Winnipesaukee

Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee has a long history of tourism and family fun. Long before the initial strip of sand was added along the shores of the big lake, the native Abenaquis Indians used the inlet into Paugus Bay as a primary fishing spot to support their village. Large fish traps called “Weirs” were built along the channel to capture fish swimming into the bay. Surrounded by natural beauty and eventually serviced by a train station, the Weirs grew into a tourist destination. A narrow strip of sand was added along the rocky shores to provide a space for vacationers to enjoy the newest trend of sunbathing in the 1930’s. Beginning in 1950, the city of Laconia began a shorefront transformation project that brought loads of sand to the area to create the expansive lake front beach that is now present day Weirs Beach. The Town eventually added “Beach” to the village’s name in the 1950’s to promote tourism.

As the area grew, tourist attractions and lodging grew up around it. The boardwalk that tourist and motorcycle enthusiast know so well developed around the train station. Businesses opened to service the foot traffic. Many of today’s establishments operate out of buildings that were constructed during this period. From swimming the pristine waters of Lake Winnipesaukee to grabbing some fried dough along the boardwalk, the Weirs Beach area provides an exciting and enjoyable tourist destination. Made famous by Laconia’s Motorcycle Week rally that brings hundreds of thousands of bikers to the region each year, the Weirs also offers a variety of attractions for vacationers. From go-cart rides and mini-golf to boat rentals and classic arcade gaming, Weirs Beach is a great place for family fun. Funspot Arcade, the self-proclaimed biggest arcade in the world, is just a short drive up the road from the beach. For visitors who enjoy outdoor adventure, the Lakes Region offers a variety of lakeside hiking trails with spectacular views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Gunstock Ski Mountain in nearby Gilford is another great area amenity offering family skiing in the winter and summer adventure at the new zip line.

For those looking for a pleasant balance of family fun or an adventurous weekend with a special someone, Weirs Beach is the perfect destination. Situated on a slope above Paugus Bay just a short distance from the beach, the Summit Resort offers the perfect home base to explore the Lakes Region during the day and relax during the night. Come visit Weirs Beach and book a room with us, hopefully you will be coming back for years to come.