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Lakes Region’s Fall Activities


The cooler air is starting to set in and the leaves will soon begin to transform into a beautiful medley of colors here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Autumn is our absolute favorite time of year for a multitude of reasons: the seasonably comfortable weather, picturesque foliage and scenery, and of course the variety of exciting fall activities in the area. Below is a list of our favorite fall festivities and activities all located within the Lakes Region.

Harvest Festival at Prescott Farm
Our neighbors, Prescott Farm, will be hosting their annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 11th from 10am – 3pm. It’s time to celebrate harvest season and Prescott Farm knows just how to throw a family friendly event. This festival is free to attend and will provide activities like tractor and horse-drawn wagon rides, live entertainment, field games and local craft and food vendors. Visiting guests are encouraged to explore the miles of hiking trails as well as other offerings at the farm.

Sandwich Fair
The Sandwich Fair is a traditional event which takes place over Columbus Day Weekend. This year the fair will be held from October 9 – 11, at 7 Wentworth Hill Rd – Route 109 North in Sandwich, New Hampshire. The Sandwich Fair does a wonderful job highlighting the state’s agriculture roots through activities and events including antique tractor pulls, 4-H shows, hand milking demonstrations, oxen and horse showings, and so much more. The fair also features many forms of entertainment including musicians, hula hoopers, jugglers and magicians. The popular midway will be set up with exhilarating rides and games for guests of all ages to enjoy ranging from Ferris wheels to kiddie rides.

Foliage Tour
The brilliant foliage in the Lakes Region is undeniably one of the most beautiful and natural phenomena. Travelers from around the states visit the region to view the stunning colors and unparalleled views. We have put together a gorgeous and worthwhile road trip route for your next autumn visit at the Summit Resort. Check out our scenic fall foliage drive here.

Apple Picking
An activity that must be included in every fall to-do list is apple picking! Of course, you can go to the store to buy a bushel of apples but there is something special about picking your own that makes the experience extra unique. We are lucky enough to call the Lakes Region home to multiple pick your own orchards worth paying a visit to. Two of our favorites, both located within a 15-minute drive from the Summit Resort, are Smith Orchard and Stone Mountain Farm. Each orchard is located within our neighboring town of Belmont, NH and provides additional offerings such as pumpkins for sale, delicious homemade apple cider donuts, farm stand or gift shop items and tractor trailer rides.

Corn Maze
Beans & Greens Farm located at 245 Intervale Rd in Gilford New Hampshire sure knows how to bring the fall fun. Only a 10-minute drive from the Summit Resort, the farm welcomes guest of all ages to enjoy their offerings. Beans & Greens Farm develops a challenging corn maze each year incorporating many turns, dead ends, open squares and even manmade bridges! The 2021 corn maze is open daily from September 17th – October 31st from 11am – 4pm. The farm also offers a thrilling nighttime maze experience open Friday nights from 7pm – midnight. To purchase tickets for this year’s multi-acre maze, click here.

Scenic Hike
We often get asked where the best viewing point for the fall foliage is located. Although you can see the beautiful colors almost everywhere in the region, there is no better way to view the beautiful colors of autumn than to look down from a bird’s eye view. The Lakes Region has a diversity of trees producing a variety of vibrant colors ranging throughout the entire spectrum including radiant reds, oranges and yellows to deep purples and maroons. The brightest of these colors typically congregate around the edges of the lakes. We have a few easily accessible hikes to recommend where views from the summit offer a unique vantage point on all the colors that set the region ablaze, especially during peak foliage season. Click here to check out our favorites.

There is no shortage of activities to do during the autumn season here in the Lakes Region. Centrally located, The Summit Resort is the perfect home base during your upcoming fall getaway. Stay at the resort with our Fall Savings Promotional Package and receive 25% off your accommodations as well as full use of our resort amenities. What better way to unwind after an exciting brisk autumn day than relaxing in our oversized Roman spa hot tub?

Message From The Manager

What a year it has been so far! We are pleased to report that with the more relaxed Covid-19 guidelines, we are now operating back on our normal schedule. The Amenities Building is once again open from 8:00am to 10:00pm. While the pandemic put a damper on our resort projects for 2020, we are catching up on those projects in 2021. The Amenities Building now has new roof and we are replacing the atrium on the front of the building both upstairs and down. The back decks on the Amenities Building have also been freshened up and are ready for you to relax and enjoy the splendid views throughout the year. The game room now has some new additions including a foosball table, air hockey, claw machine and a tabletop gaming station with 100s of your old school video game. Don’t forget to swing by the Summit pool bar, we recently unveiled a new selection of refreshing adult beverages and we always have something for the children as well.

Summer will soon be coming to an end, but we are looking forward to all things fall in the Lakes Region. It is never too early to start planning fall getaways, check out our website for some fantastic packages. If you need help with ideas of where to go and things to do, please stop by the front desk as we are happy to assist with recommendations and directions.

Looking forward to seeing you around the resort!
Sue Violette
General Manager

Latest Covid-19 Update


June 16, 2021

The Governor’s Economic Reopening Taskforce for the state of New Hampshire has recently transitioned from Universal Guidelines to Universal Best Practices intended to assist with preventing the spread of Covid-19. Here at the Summit Resort, we continue to stay committed to providing our guests and timeshare owners a safe and relaxing vacation by prioritizing the health and safety of our team members and visitors. Below is a list of our recent updates and steps we will continue to take to deliver the safest and most comfortable vacation experience possible:

  • In accordance with CDC guidance, fully vaccinated guests are no longer required to wear facial coverings on property. We ask that our unvaccinated guests continue to wear their masks or facial coverings and continue practicing social distancing when they are in public spaces around the resort
  • Our housekeeping staff will continue to use enhanced cleaning technologies with hospital-grade disinfectants while cleaning common areas and guests’ quarters
  • We will continue providing additional sanitizing stations throughout campus
  • All of our regular seasonal amenities are now available, including our saunas and indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs
  • During high demand periods, usage of the Indoor pool facility may be limited to 90-minute increments and require a reservation
  • Day-use timeshare owners will be provided access to onsite pools on a reservation basis. Please call 603-366-4896 ext. 0 within 24 hours of your planned visit
  • Employees are required to stay home if they are not feeling well and we ask that our guests also stay home if they feel ill or have symptoms or exposure to Covid-19

We are excited to bring back a sense of normalcy after such an unpredictable year. We are happy to provide a safe vacation spot for friends and families to visit, relax and enjoy precious time together while experiencing all of our resort offerings.

Renovating the Amenities Building

Our 25,000 square foot amenity center is a major attraction here at the Summit Resort. It holds some of our most popular amenities including the indoor pool with waterslide, oversized Roman spa hot tub, fitness center, game room and more! As one of the main elements to our guest’s first and lasting impressions of The Summit Resort, our management team has decided to take on some widespread renovation projects and updates to our amenities building.

The ongoing renovation project began during the fall season of 2019 and was unexpectedly put on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Throughout this comprehensive renovation process, we have installed a new air handler for better air circulation and completely overhauled our electric dry heat sauna. We are currently in the process of installing a brand-new roof to the entire amenities center building. Reconstruction included bringing in a team to conduct the stripping of all the old shingles, woodwork and insulation and completely refurbishing it with new materials creating a beautiful new rooftop. We have also welcomed the addition of an air hockey table, claw machine, foosball table and an arcade game table providing hundreds of classic arcade games to our amenities building game room. We also purchased an industrial dryer proving to be an asset for our laundry attendants in the housekeeping department, making their workloads much more efficient.

Here at the Summit Resort, we aim to consistently improve our guest’s and owner’s experiences and we cannot wait to see how these new updates are enjoyed by all!

Message From The Manager

Spring is finally here in the Lakes Region and we are gearing up for our summer season. We have enjoyed seeing many of you back at the resort and anticipate we will see many more familiar faces this coming summer. We are still practicing many Covid-19 safety procedures, some of which include continuing to mask up in common areas, social distancing and extra sanitation in the units as well as the pool areas. This winter we introduced some fun children’s drinks at our pool bar, and we will be unveiling a few more in the coming weeks. The kids seem to really enjoy having items they can order from the bar and love using the convenient service window and doorbell from the pool area. We will also be introducing a few more fun adult beverages, so make sure to check out our beverage menu in the pool area during your next visit. Also new this spring are the additions to our game room. We now have foosball, air hockey, a claw machine and a tabletop video game station that has over 400 classic video games to choose from. This was a great addition to the already existing pool table and the three X-Box gaming stations. There is now a change machine in the game room for your convenience as well.

We are finding that these past several months we have been as busy as ever and would like to express that planning ahead is key. If you are looking to attend any organized event or rent a boat for the day, buy tickets and situate your boat rental early. Everything is starting to open up and the Lakes Region is going to be hopping. Also new to the Lakes Region this spring are Rail Bike Adventures, what a great way to explore the Lakes Region! The staff at our front desk are continuously keeping an eye on current events and keeping up with guidelines for area attractions and businesses. If you have any questions please reach out to our front desk prior to your arrival or while you are on property and we are happy to help. We are looking forward to a busy summer season. If you haven’t made your reservation yet, call us today before your desired dates are booked up.

See you around the resort,
Sue Violette

Summit Kids Drinks

Here at the Summit Resort, we know that vacations are a time for guests to decompress from all of the stresses going on in their everyday lives. Our goal is to provide the most comfortable and relaxing stay possible and we take pride in creating a family-friendly atmosphere while doing so.

We know that nothing goes better with poolside relaxation than the ability to enjoy a delicious cocktail in hand. We realize that children vacationing at the resort deserve an equally delightful, non-alcoholic, thirst-quencher to enjoy as well. Our bar is fully stocked and our bartenders are eager to make the most refreshing tropical drinks for the whole family!

We have recently come out with two signature children’s drinks that are tasty enough for your little fish to leave the water, for a few minutes at least. The Blue Lagoon tastes as tropical as it looks (and sounds), made with blue mixed berry punch, lemon-lime soda and assorted gummy fish, this drink is not only refreshing but also fun to look at! Our next drink, the Strawberry Patch mocktail, is the perfect balance of sweet and sour. Made with strawberry syrup, strawberry lemonade and sour fruit gummies, this tangy drink tastes like paradise. So next time you take the little ones down to the big Summit Pool, don’t forget to check out the bar and pickup some tasty creations for the whole family to enjoy.

Message From The Manager

Hello to all from our beautiful neck of the woods. Hoping this finds everyone healthy and safe. With the winter winding down and the days getting warmer we are looking forward to all things spring in the Lakes Region. This past year has been a challenging one for everyone to say the least. We have been taking extra steps in providing a clean and safe environment for you and your families to relax and let loose a bit. We have enjoyed seeing so many families coming back to the resort because, let’s face it, everyone is just ready to get away from the confines of their own homes.

Our pools are 100% in operation and we have been busy, busy, busy. Please know that we are still practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings, our new normal. We are asking our timeshare members to make reservations for pool space 24 hours in advance. Everyone using the pools will be asked to check in at the front desk and we will assign your party a table. There is a cap of 2 hours for use should there be other guests waiting to enjoy the pools as well. If there is no one waiting you may stay as long as you wish. We are still restricted to allowing a maximum of 50 guests at a time in the pool area and truly appreciate your cooperation in respecting this requirement when using the pools.

We still have a great snow base and know people are getting outdoors now more than ever. The Summit Resort is located next door to Prescott Farms which is accessible right from the property. Prescott Farm has a great trail system and we have snow shoes available at the desk to rent which has been very popular this season. Let’s not forget about Gunstock which is just 10 miles from the Summit Resort. March is Maple Sugar month in NH. All sugar houses will be following their own Covid-19 protocol. To learn more about maple sugaring in NH please check out the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association website.

The pools will be closed for annual maintenance from April 5 – 16, 2021. During this time we will be putting a new roof on the amenities building as well as taking care of all of the pool maintenance. Additionally, we will be tiling the sauna which is the only thing that is currently not available for use as we are not able to social distance in the sauna. Rest assured it will be fresh and ready for use when COVID-19 protocol has relaxed a little. We would also like to take a moment to remind you to make your reservation early as the Lakes Region is booking up fast for the spring and summer months. This includes all activities you may be planning to enjoy with your families. Call and reserve your spot now to plan ahead.

As always, we look forward to seeing you and your families at the resort.
Sue Violette

Gunstock Mountain Resort

The Summit Resort is only a fifteen-minute drive from the Lakes Region’s premier recreation destination, Gunstock Mountain Resort. Gunstock provides outdoor adventure opportunities throughout the entire year at the mountain and is considered the closest major ski mountain to Boston.

Whether you plan on adventuring with your family, friends or significant other, Gunstock provides plenty of options for the entire party to enjoy. In the winter, guests enjoy skiing and boarding the 48 alpine trails accessed by 7 different lifts, 2-hour tubing sessions, 27 cross-county skiing trails, snowshoeing and winter hiking. Guests who stay with us for our Gunstock Ski and Stay promotion enjoy 20% off their spacious accommodations at the Summit Resort as well as discounted lift tickets for their day trip to Gunstock Mountain, making us the ideal choice for Gunstock lodging.

Although Gunstock Mountain is primarily recognized as a popular ski destination during the winter season, the mountain transforms into a summer adventure park after the blanket of snow has melted. Offering a wide variety of activities, Gunstock even caters to thrill seekers looking for an adrenaline rush with one of the longest zip line tours in the United States and an aerial ropes course suspended high above the ground. Visitors can also choose their own speed on the mountain coaster, designed to tour through the forest on a twisting track. Other warmer seasonal options include off-road Segway and E-bike tours, scenic lift rides to the top of the mountain to witness the incredible views from the mountains peak, miles and miles of hiking trails and so much more!

Ski Mountain Discounts in NH

Experience an authentic New Hampshire winter this season by visiting one of our partnered ski mountains at a discounted rate! Beginning on January 4th, 2021, we will be offering our guests exclusive discounts to three of the best ski mountains in the state: Gunstock Mountain, Loon Mountain and Waterville Valley.

Our guests are able to receive 25% off midweek lift tickets and 15% off weekend and holiday tickets to Gunstock Mountain, located only fifteen minutes away from the Summit Resort. Ski or board Gunstock’s 227 acres, excellent for all levels of riders, while taking in the fresh, crisp air this winter. This incredible discount paired with our premier two-bedroom accommodations makes the Summit Resort the destination of choice for Gunstock Lodging.

We are also offering Summit guests savings on midweek tickets to both Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain this year. Whichever mountain you choose to shred, be sure to check the new policies and also remember to purchase your tickets online in advance at each mountain.

Message From The Manager

What a year 2020 has been so far! While we question what is going on during these crazy times, we are finding that our members and guests are looking to us for the comfort and safety of a home away from home. We have taken pride in providing a clean and safe environment for your families to get away to. This past spring, summer and fall we welcomed back many of the families that we are accustomed to seeing year after year as well as some new guests. It was a busy summer and autumn season and we made it through safely. Keep in mind that we did so while masking up and abiding by social distancing guidelines as the safety of our guests, owners and team members is key.

Looking forward to the winter ahead we will continue to work towards making your vacation a memorable one. The amenities building is open with some restrictions of course, primarily limits on the number of people in certain areas at one given time. We are also asking that all members and guests wear face coverings throughout the building. Face coverings are not necessary in the pool area but we do ask that you maintain a safe social distance from other guests not in your party. We plan to continue our curb side check in to avoid crowds in the lobby area. Please know that once you check in you are free to come and go in the amenities building as you wish however we ask that all guests check in at the front desk when entering and leaving the amenities building so we can keep track of the numbers as we currently have an occupancy limit in the pool area at this time. We are also asking that all timeshare owners wanting to use the amenities for daily usage make a reservation 24 hours in advance.

What does this winter hold for us? Well rest assured that winter activities are still available for the winter 2020/2021 season. The Lakes Region has a lot to offer through the winter months including skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, ice skating, ice fishing and more. We have great walking trails next door at Prescott Farm, that can be accessed right from our property. The Summit Resort also offers snowshoe rentals at the front desk, what better way to spend the day than outside exploring and getting some much-needed fresh air? Gunstock Mountain will be opening soon for winter sports and activities and there will be some new policies at the mountain including the requirement of reservations to keep all visitors safe. We are excited to have our guests enjoy their offerings. We are also thrilled that the Ice Castles plan to return this year to Woodstock, NH, as this has always been a popular attraction for our guests. There will be restrictions and reservations required for most local events and activities so be sure to plan ahead and book your upcoming getaway today.

We know this has been a challenging year and would love nothing more than to welcome you and your families back to a warm, relaxing and clean environment to unwind at.

See you soon, be safe and be well!
Sue Violette