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Laconia Motorcycle Week


Laconia Motorcycle Week, scheduled June 9th-17th this year, is just around the corner here in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. Located only a mile down the road from the heart of the festivities in Weirs Beach, the Summit Resort is ideal for your bike week Lodging. Our suite style two-bedroom units come equipped with a full kitchen, dining room and living area. If you are looking for a bit of peace, quiet, and space among the hustle and bustle of Bike Week then join us at the Summit Resort.

Though many bikers are keen to camp out, truth is sometimes you want a little bit of luxury and space. Take it from Rex Burgess, a longtime rider and frequent guest of the Summit. Rex was recently quoted in RG Magazines as saying, “We have knocked it up a notch especially when we have our wives with us. We have been staying at the Summit Resort for a number of years. It is very comfortable and the people are nice and the wives love it. However, a lot of bikers still camp out.”

We are so lucky to have guests like Rex stay with us year after year, it creates a sense of community both individually at the resort and within the town of Laconia. It’s a great boost for the economy after a long winter and really marks the beginning of the summer season in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region.

Our hotel amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a roman spa, outdoor grills for guest use, an onsite bar, and opening in time for Bike Week our new convenience store, The Market. Located in the lobby of the Amenities Building, our owners and guests will now be able to pick up a fresh brewed cup of coffee as well as a variety of food items, snacks, beverages and Summit Resort memorabilia.

We are currently almost sold out for this year’s Bike Week, but encourage guests to make reservations for next year in order to guarantee a spot! Feel free to check out our list of current packages and enjoy a Summer getaway in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region at the Summit Resort.

Message from the Manager

With the long winter in our rear view mirror, the staff at the Summit have been eagerly preparing for the summer season ahead. The barbeque grills, picnic tables and deck furniture are out and ready for your families to enjoy. The outdoor pool and deck have been freshly painted and are waiting for you and your family to come splash around or just relax in the sun on a warm summer day.

We are looking forward to the grand opening of “The Market” at the Summit this Memorial Day Weekend. Located in the lobby of the Amenities Building, our owners and guests will now be able to pick up a fresh brewed cup of coffee as well as a variety of food items, snacks, drinks and Summit Resort memorabilia. Along with the new market, the Summit lobby area is receiving a bit of a face lift with new tile in the entryway, carpet and lobby furniture. We have worked hard to create a warm and inviting area for you and your families to relax and play.

We have added new refreshing beverages to our drink menu at the bar. What better way to spend the day than enjoying a delicious beverage by the pool or on the back deck while taking in the gorgeous views. Don’t forget about the service window at the indoor pool. We are always happy to serve you.

In addition to the amazing swimming pools on the property, there is volleyball, tennis, basketball, a children’s play area, corn hole and horse shoes. We also have great walking trails right next door at The Prescott Farm. You can access these trails directly from the Summit driveway.

With Weirs Beach just around the corner there are plenty of activities for your family. Take a cruise on the MS Mt. Washington or the Sophie C, ride the Winnipesaukee Railroad, play miniature golf, race go carts, visit the drive in movies, hang on the ropes course, or enjoy great restaurants and ice cream too. We have discounts to area attractions and restaurants available to all of our owners and guests, please inquire at the desk.

Once again, we will be welcoming back our owners and guests that have spent countless summers with us as well as first time guests. We always enjoy hearing about the events that have taken place in your lives over the past year, weddings, graduations, travel and the birth of new children. Swing by the front desk to say “Hi”. We are all looking forward to seeing you all at the resort!

Sincerely,
Sue Violette

Patrick’s Pub & Eatery in Gilford, NH

Located down the road from the Summit Resort in Gilford, NH is Patrick’s Pub & Eatery, which is truly a favorite spot among many in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. Open year-round Patrick’s Pub has recently been named Best Irish Pub in NH and Best Burger in the Lakes Region by New Hampshire Magazine.

Patrick’s Pub offers delicious all-American comfort food along with your proper Irish Fare that includes their take on poutine, shepherd’s pie, and drunken chicken and chips tossed in their special Irish Whiskey BBQ sauce. There is something for everyone whether you want to enjoy a burger, Irish specialties, or a delicious steak you can find it here. They even offer a gluten free menu!

The Pub has entertainment and specials every night of the week in the evening so go ahead and enjoy a little entertainment over dinner and drinks on your next stay with us. On Monday nights grab your friends and family and test your knowledge during Team Trivia night. Tuesday’s join in and participate or sit back and listen during open mic night. Wednesday’s are for the ladies where you can order ½ off drinks from 7-9:30pm and earn your chance to win special prizes! Every Wednesday there is also a Pub Mania Shuffle for both Men and Women for a $10 entry fee. The Shuffle includes a 2.5 mile fun walk or run and you will receive a complimentary beverage upon finishing along with an entry into the post-Shuffle raffle.

On Thursday nights enjoy live, acoustic music or head over on a Friday night to participate in the Dueling Piano’s where diners get to pick the music and join in on the show. Tribute nights on Saturday are always a blast; enjoy great music, genres and bands from throughout the decades. Sunday Funday is where it’s at, Lucky Hour is all day long! That means $1 off all beverages at the bar and 1/2 off select appetizers. Patrick’s Pub is a must for dinner on your next vacation to New Hampshire’s Lakes Region.

At the Summit Resort we have partnered with Patrick’s Pub to offer our guests an exclusive Weirs Beach Summer Family Getaway. Stay for three or more midweek nights in a spacious two-bedroom suite and receive 15% off accommodations, this package also includes a $75 gift card to Patrick’s Pub. Enjoy full use of the indoor pool with water slide and the large roman spa. Each guest also receives 25% off vouchers for Gunstock Mountain. During the summer, Gunstock offers unique attractions including Aerial Treetop Adventures, ZipTour Ziplines, a Mountain Coaster and more. To read about all the activities going on at Gunstock check out our blog Gunstock Summer Adventure.

Gunstock Summer Adventure

Although Gunstock is most known for being a winter ski destination, they have so much more to offer year-round! Whether you are looking for a leisurely activity or are up for an adventure, there is an activity or event for everyone. Gunstock provides ZipTour Ziplines, Off-Road Segway Tours, an Aerial Treetop Adventure Rope Course, a Mountain Coaster, Scenic Lift Rides, and more. Purchase either a Premium or a Discover adventure pass and gain unlimited access to specific attractions and activities.

With a Discover or Adventure Pass, you can spend a full day of outdoor fun with the family at Gunstock. Start your day off with a coffee and breakfast from the comfort of your suite at the Summit Resort. Our suites come equipped with a fully stocked kitchen so you have all the tools necessary to spend quality time with the family in the morning before the busy day of adventure ahead.

Head out to Gunstock, which is just a 15-minute drive from the resort and start out on the treetop adventure course, once you’re stuck or feeling tired go ahead and move on to enjoy a scenic lift ride to the top of the mountain with beautiful views overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee and the White Mountains. Before heading in for lunch at Panorama Pub or the Powder Keg Restaurant take a ride down the mountain coaster with speeds up to 25 mph. After lunch head back out to the Aerial Treetop Adventure or try out the ZipTour Ziplines. They also have a climbing wall, slackline park, watercraft and so much more to keep you entertained all day long!

Throughout the Summer Season they have special events planned out from May through September that currently include; Craft Fairs, a Motorcycle Hill Climb during Laconia Bike Week, Two Roads Brewery Jam Festival, Soul Fest, Mountain Brew & BBQ, Tough Mudder, Belknap County Safety Day, and the WOW Ball. Make sure to check out their event calendar for specific information and dates on upcoming events, if one interests you plan a vacation around it and book your stay at the Summit Resort.

We have partnered with Gunstock to offer guests a 25% discount towards a Gunstock Adventure pass of your choice. Our Weirs Beach Summer Family Getaway package offers the best savings for your stay and play vacation that also includes 15% off accommodations and a $75 gift certificate to Patrick’s Pub in Gilford. For more information on all our packages check them out here.

Seasonal Adventures at Prescott Farm

Dedicated to environmental education and preservation, Prescott Farm has activities, workshops, and hiking trails offered year-round. The Farm is located within walking distance of the Summit Resort via a short access trail which provides easy access for guests looking to get out and explore nature in the New Hampshire Lakes Region.

Currently, for adults only they are offering some exciting events including Snowshoe Adventures and Moonlit Walks. If you’re looking for a family activity they also offer Animal Tracking, Winter Bird courses, and Life Under the Snow adventures. The Farm is a great resource for a mix of fun, education, and fresh air.

If you don’t want to join in on a program or event, you are free to use the farm trails, the longest trail is just about a mile, but you can create your own combination of their trail system to make it as long or short as you like. If you have snowshoes this is a great local place near the Summit Resort to adventure to and if you don’t have equipment they offer rentals for specific sign-up activities.

Located on the property Prescott Farm participates in geocaching treasure hunts. This exciting, outdoor activity uses any device with a GPS. Once you find the correct location of an item there will be a box typically with a notebook to log who and when a person finds it and sometimes the boxes include small treasures inside to trade with. For more information check out the geocaching website here.

Maple sugar season is just around the corner here in New Hampshire so keep an eye on their website for events and activities to participate in hands-on experiences during the maple syrup making process. In the past, participants have learned to properly identifying maple trees and even had an opportunity to tap the trees.

Once back at the resort from a day full of adventure, head to the amenities building for a soak in the roman spa or enjoy a cocktail from the bar. On a cold night, snuggle up by the TV and settle in for popcorn and a movie with the family. To explore Prescott Farm with the Summit Resort, check out our packages page for great deals and savings.

Ski Mountain Lodging in NH


Winter is here and the snow is falling which means ski mountains are open for the 2018 season! For great deals on ski and stay getaways and tickets, the Summit Resort is your ideal destination for ski mountain lodging in NH this winter. Our suite style vacation condos offer an abundance of space with plenty of room for guests and their gear. Enjoy discounted tickets to Gunstock Mountain, Loon Mountain, and Waterville Valley.

Gunstock Mountain is located just 15 minutes away from the resort, and we are currently offering the perfect Gunstock Ski and Stay getaway package that includes 20% off accommodations and 25% off ski tickets to Gunstock Mountain for each night of your stay. The Summit Resort is the ideal destination for Gunstock Lodging. The mountain is great for skiers and riders of any level, they offer 55 trails and beautiful views overlooking the Lakes Region from the peak.

Loon Mountain sits in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the quaint ski town of Lincoln. The mountain offers three different peaks to cater to an individual’s ski or snowboard level. Enjoy a ride up Loon Peak in a gondola and appreciate the beautiful snow-covered mountains that surround the area. They offer a variety of other winter activities that include a Winter Zipline, Cross Country Skiing, Tubing, Ice Skating, and snowshoeing. Check in the with our front desk to learn more about discounted ski tickets to Loon Mountain.

Waterville Valley is situated in the White Mountain National Forest. The mountain offers over 265 acres of terrain and trails for all levels of skiers and riders. Waterville offers a more unique experience with their ease-in terrain park, and NASTAR ski racing courses. For more information on discounted ski tickets to Waterville Valley ask for more details at the front desk.

After a long day on one of these Ski Mountains in NH head back to the resort and enjoy a nice soak in our roman spas, or relax in the comfort of your suite with a cup of hot cocoa.

Restaurants in Laconia, NH

The Summit Resort is located just 5 minutes down the road from Weirs beach in Laconia, NH. Offering spacious suites with the convenience of a full kitchen, guests looking to enjoy a meal from the comfort of their own room have plenty of options. But we all know when you’re on vacation, who wants to cook every meal? So, we have created a list of some great restaurants in Laconia, NH for your convenience. Take a look at the list below and let us know your favorite!

Faro Italian Grille:
This is one of our favorites restaurants in the Weirs Beach area, and most guests who head here end up coming back with nothing but great reviews. Faro’s offers authentic Italian dishes made from scratch using the owner’s grandmother’s recipes. We all know grandma’s cooking is the best so you’re sure to enjoy a meal with just a touch of nostalgia. For dining options, they offer both private seating and an upstairs lounge area including sofa seating, high tops, and regular seats, with several flat screen TV’s for good measure. Faro’s is a great spot to catch your favorite sports teams with enjoying a cocktail. For more information check out their website here.

El Jimador:
If you’re looking for not-so-typical New England cuisine, head on over to El Jimador in Weirs Beach for great authentic Mexican food. Their menu offers traditional Mexican specialties that include fajitas, tacos, quesadillas, and nachos galore. Start your vacation off right with a delicious Margarita, did someone say fiesta?! Check out their website here for a full menu.

O Steaks and Seafood:
For a romantic date night out, we highly recommend O Steaks and Seafood. This steakhouse offers menu items using the freshest ingredients and hand-cut steaks. Signature favorites include Lobster Mac and Cheese, and their Kobe Beef K Pops. The restaurant offers over 24 wines that have been carefully selected by the chef and owner. Great for all times of the year their dining options include bar seating, private dining, and a relaxing outdoor patio to enjoy during those summer months. For more information on this restaurant in Laconia, NH check out their website here.

Tavern 27:
For a great farm to table option, you need to check out Tavern 27, a tapas & piano bar experience. This dining experience brings something new and unique to the New Hampshire Lakes Region. The small restaurant is located inside of a 235-year-old farm house at Mystic Meadows in Laconia. Their farm to table tapas are influenced by international flavors using local New Hampshire and New England ingredients. Some of the ingredients are actually grown on site in their own organic garden. With have limited seating available, they highly recommend making reservations, so be sure to check out their website here for more information.

Laconia Local Eatery:
For another great Farm to Table option, check out the Local Eatery. The owner is a long-time resident of Laconia and features a menu made with as many local ingredients as possible. The menu offers a range of options and twists on classics like butternut squash poutine, crispy salmon, and beef cheek gnocchi. Their drink menu includes local wine, soda and craft beer. They also offer daily specials that range from $1 oysters and ½ off apps, to a pre-fix menu. For a list of local suppliers and full menu check out their website here.

Winnipesaukee Bay Gulls:
For a delicious breakfast or lunch option, head to Bay gulls where they use the finest ingredients and are constantly baking to provide you with the freshest bagels in the New Hampshire Lakes Region. For breakfast enjoy a bagel with cream cheese or go for the ever-popular breakfast sandwich. For lunch options they offer bagelwiches including burgers to steak and cheese or the classic PB& J. Don’t want to eat there? Grab a dozen to go and bring these fresh baked delicacies back to your room to enjoy throughout your stay. Don’t forget, the Summit offers full kitchens, so you can come up with your own delicious bagel treat each morning. For more information and hours check out their website here.

Patrick’s Pub:
Just down the road from the resort, Patrick’s Pub located in Gilford, NH offers a comfortable setting with great quality food. The menu has your typical pub food including sandwiches, burgers, seafood & steak, authentic Irish cuisine, and even a gluten free menu. They host events every day of the week that range from trivia, to open mic night and dueling pianos. If you’re looking for great food and live entertainment you can’t go wrong with this local favorite. Be sure to check out their website here for a full menu and list of events.

Hiking Trails in the New Hampshire Lakes Region

With the fall colors spreading across the landscape and the cooler air setting in, this is the perfect time of year to enjoy a hike in the Lakes Region. The Summit Resort’s central location offers easy access to some of the best hiking trails in the area. Check out our favorites below, and let us know which ones you like best!

Mt Major:
Located just 14 miles from the resort in Alton Bay, this popular hiking destination offers beautiful views overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. At 1,785 feet in elevation, this family friendly hike includes three main trail options. The Mt. Major Trail is approximately 1.5 miles to the top and is marked with blue blazes, the Boulder Loop Trail is 1.6 miles from the summit to the trail head and is marked with orange blazes. For something a bit longer, you can try out the Mt. Major and Brook Trail which is 2.4 miles, you will follow the blue blazes and then take the yellow blazes. Whether you are a beginner, a kid, advanced, or an adult this hike can be done by anyone. With the arrival of peak foliage season, the views from the summit are sure to be beautiful.

Red Hill:
This moderate hike located in Center Harbor, NH is a 3.5-mile loop trail to the summit and offers beautiful panoramic views of Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake. With more than six different trail options, you can find something to fit your fitness level at Red Hill. The summit includes the scenic fire tower lookout and wardens cabin. If you are brave enough climb the tower (weather permitting), they may even let you in to show you the 360-vistas of the surrounding area. Red Hill has a long history that dates back to a time when the Native Americans would hunt on the slopes; to read more on the history check it out here. On your way out of town be sure to check out our new sister resort, the Center Harbor Inn. Visit the beautiful waterfront and stop by the front desk to find out more information on the hotel.

Gunstock:
You may be familiar with Gunstock as the ski mountain, but it’s much more than just a place to go get your winter skiing in. Gunstock Mountain has things going on all year round. With zipline tours, an aerial treetop adventure, and hiking trails you can spend a full day of fun here all year long. There are six different trails you can embark on, so try one or make it a goal to try all six. Trail distances range from .85 miles up to 3.6 miles so whether you are just a beginner or an avid hiker you can find something for everyone here. Aside from the hiking trails, Gunstock also offers a ¼ mile handicap accessible boardwalk for those that can’t make it up the hiking trails but still want the opportunity to get out and enjoy nature. Be sure to check out their website here for other fun things they offer year-round.

Belknap Mountain Range:
This range of mountains, the subject of the magnificent views at our sister resort, Steele Hill, offers one of the best kept hiking secrets in the Lakes Region. Comprised of three primary mountains in Gilford, New Hampshire: Piper, Belknap and the backside of Gunstock, the Belknaps offer beautiful views of Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Winnisquam. The Belknap Range includes a variety of Moderate to Difficult hikes so if you are up for the challenge this hiking destination is just for you. Shoot up piper Mountain, for a short but rewarding hike with a treeless, granite peak and plenty of options to take in wild flowers or foliage depending on season. Other options include the more lengthy loop up Piper over the ridge to the top of Belknap Mountain where you can explore the fire tower and finally down the backside of Gunstock back to the parking lot.

Lakes Region Scenic Fall Foliage Drive


The Summit Resort is centrally located in the New Hampshire Lakes Region offering close proximity to Weir’s Beach, and some of the best fall foliage viewing in the state. It’s the perfect time of the year to enjoy a scenic drive around Lake Winnipesaukee. Take note of the beautiful fall colors, don’t forget to get out and stretch your legs along the way for some great food and tax free shopping. For more information on the towns you will be driving through check out the blog from our sister resort on Lake Towns here.

Start your day off taking Rt. 3 From Weirs Beach, all the way into Meredith Town Center. Grab some delicious breakfast at Sunshine and Paws and take a walk-through downtown for some awesome shopping and lakeside views before hopping back into your car.

From Meredith town center, continue on to Rt. 25 until you hit Center Harbor. Don’t blink, because this small town packs a lot of New Hampshire punch. This section of the lake avoids the heavy crows that Meredith and Weirs Beach bring while offering a variety of excellent restaurants and inviting shops. Enjoy the small town charm and appreciate the beautiful oranges and reds on the trees surrounding the route. While in town don’t forget to head down to the lakefront and check out our new sister resort, the Center Harbor Inn.

Once through Center Harbor and into Moultonborough, hop on Rt. 109 and head towards Wolfeboro. The long stretch on 109 is surrounded by beautiful trees and will give you a front row seat to the famous fall foliage of New Hampshire. Keep your eyes peeled for some beautiful houses along the way. There are a few spots that give you clear views of the lake right in Tuftonboro, pull off to the side, step out, and enjoy the fresh crisp air coming off the lake and take a photo with your family before getting back in the car and heading towards Wolfeboro.

Once you hit downtown Wolfeboro find a place to pull over on Main St. to get out and stretch those legs. Wolfeboro is your quintessential lake town, downtown is located right on the southeast shores of Winnipesaukee. With coffee shops, boutiques, and restaurants, you can enjoy being on the lake without actually being on the lake. Try one of our favorite spots for lunch at Garwoods! They are open year-round and offer a waterfront patio overlooking Wolfeboro Bay. Whether you are craving seafood, or a hearty fall soup, they have it here.

From Wolfeboro take Rt. 28 until you hit Bay Hill Rd. and take a right onto Rt. 11 on Mt Major Hwy, where you will cross the Southernmost point of the Lake at Alton Bay. Continue onto 11 until you get to 118 and take that straight back to the Summit Resort. The entire drive should take about 1hr 45min, with stops along the way you can make a full day of experiencing Fall in the New Hampshire Lakes Region. This is a lakeside adventure you will remember for a long time.

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.

View our current list of Packages and Accommodations to plan your concert getaway at the Summit Resort.