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A Message From the Manager


As the Lakes Region says farewell to the warm fall and spectacular colors mother nature bestowed upon us, we are looking forward to the winter months ahead. The past month has brought many upgrades to the resort which will help keep us toasty and warm throughout the upcoming winter months. We are currently in the process of installing a new air handler in the Amenities Building as well as 2 new boilers. These new additions will ensure better air and heat control throughout the Amenities Building. There is no better time to pack up the family and swimsuits and head to the resort to enjoy the warm tropical atmosphere. Don’t forget about our poolside bar! Simply ring the bell at the service window and we are happy to serve you refreshing beverages as well as alcohol free drinks for the kids. Our bar menu is constantly changing to provide you with fun and delicious seasonal drinks.

The Lakes Region is the host to many exciting outdoor activities. Discounted ski passes will be available to purchase for our owners and guests right at the front desk of the resort. Not a skier or snowboarder? There are many other outdoor options including tubing, ice skating, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and ice fishing just to name a few.

Don’t forget the Lakes Region is the home to many great restaurants open all year round. We work throughout the year to partner with our local restaurants and offer our owners and guests discounts to many of them. Be sure to check out our online packages which include discounted accommodation rates. Many of our seasonal promotions also contain gift cards to delicious local restaurants.

Once again, we welcome you to join us for a fun-filled winter getaway!
Sincerely,
Sue Violette

The Perfect Time to Visit

The Lakes Region of New Hampshire is a beautiful vacation destination throughout the year but the late autumn stretch will always be one of our favorite times to visit. This is the period where things start to slow down a bit and you can experience all the offerings the area has to offer hassle-free for an unforgettable vacation. Read on to view a list of our favorite late autumn activities.

Take a Hike
Late fall is the ideal time to hit the nearby mountains for a hike. What would typically be considered heavily trafficked hiking trails throughout the busy summer season will now leave you the space to enjoy the mountain’s summit essentially to yourself. Some leaves are still in the process of changing their colors, giving you the opportunity to observe some beautiful late season foliage along the route. Check out our list of favorite local hiking trails found here.

Play at Funspot
The world’s largest arcade is located right down the road from the Summit Resort. Within a five-minute drive, you can experience quality entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. Funspot is open year-round and since the busy tourist season is behind us, crowds won’t be much of a hindrance. Explore all three floors of the enormous arcade including pinball machines, classic arcade games, bumper cars, an eighteen-hole indoor miniature golf course and a bowling alley equipped with Ten Pin and Candlepin lanes. Enjoy lunch at the Braggin’ Dragon restaurant or stop by the D.A. Long Tavern for a drink and a round of billiards before hitting up the classic game of Pac Man to try to beat the high score.

Visit Quaint Neighboring Towns
This is the perfect time of year to visit beautiful bordering towns like Meredith and Wolfeboro. The drive is scenic and effortless during this stretch without the problematic heavy traffic that takes place during the busy season from commuters and tourists alike. You will have the opportunity to spend less time behind the wheel and more time walking around the picturesque towns, stopping by the old-fashioned shops and exploring the offerings of each location. Just a few options in the surrounding area include the Meredith Sculpture Walk, touring Hermit Woods Winery & Deli, or visiting the Wright Museum of World War II.

Enjoy Dinner at Patrick’s
Patrick’s Pub & Eatery is located in our neighboring town of Gilford and is the perfect spot to stop if you are looking for a great meal. Patrick’s is a kid-friendly Irish saloon serving American pub fare and providing great service with a smile. Their extensive menu includes seafood, soups and salads, seasonal dishes, Irish fare, burgers, sandwiches, and even a gluten free menu. There’s no better time to stop by the restaurant to enjoy the variety of delicious food. When you stay with us using our Fall Dinner Getaway Package you will receive a $50 gift certificate to the eatery and 20% off the accommodations of your choice at the Summit Resort!

Fall Festivities in the Lakes Region

If you love everything pumpkin spice, scarves, and fall, you’ve come to the right place. There is no better way to see the fall foliage than in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Luckily with a stay at the Summit Resort, you will be centrally located to all of the fall fun happenings in the area and surrounded by some of the most brilliant foliage New England has to offer. Take a look at the list of some of our favorite fall events and festivities:

Pumpkin Festival
The NH Pumpkin Festival is a family friendly autumn celebration taking place on October 18th from 4-8pm and all day on October 19th. Admission for this street festival is free to all. You can drop off your carved pumpkin or get creative and carve one out at the carving station to add to the 54-foot tower of jack-o-lanterns. Stroll the streets admiring all of the designs and enjoy 60+ food and craft vendors along the way. For those 21+ there will be a beer garden, and there is plenty of kiddie rides and amusement for everyone. On Saturday, the Runaway Pumpkin run/walk will be starting at 9am and there will be live music playing all day long at the festival. There will also be a performance by the Jumpin’ Jack Car Show and Gunstock Mountain’s Outdoor Adventure Expo. Make sure you stick around later in the evening for the jack-o-lantern lighting beginning at 5pm on Saturday and the pumpkin dump derby at 8:30pm. Check out their website here for more information on events.

Haunted Hike at Steele Hill Resorts
Join us at our sister resort, Steele Hill, for the second annual Haunted Hike. The event will take place from 5 – 9pm on Saturday, October 26th kicking off at the Carriage House barn building. Admission for the event is $5 for children five and under, $10 for children between the ages of six and twelve and $15 for adults and children thirteen and older. With the cost of admission visitors can enjoy a festive hayride up to Steele Hill’s haunted Yellow Trail. Brave the ghouls and goblins along the 0.8 mile trail of terror and finish off the evening with a variety of family-friendly activities including face painting, a warm fire pit, games, crafts, a make your own caramel apple station, and seasonal refreshments. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Norris Cancer Center in memory of our dear friend and coworker, Jan McLaughlin.

Take a Foliage Tour
Peak foliage is here in the Lakes Region, which means it is time to get new batteries for your camera and hit the road to view all of the colors autumn in New Hampshire has to offer. Take the Lakes Region Scenic Fall Foliage drive which will loop you through our neighboring towns surrounding Lake Winnipesauke. During the drive expect to see many fall colors and extraordinary views of the lake and mountain ranges nearby. The drive should last upwards of two hours and presents many opportunities along the way to stop and enjoy a variety of attractions and activities including hopping aboard a foliage cruise on the Mt. Washington, dinner along the lake, a stroll through the quaint Meredith shops and so much more!

Beans & Greens Corn Maze

Fall harvest is upon us here in the Lakes Region which means it is time to visit the local farms for an abundance of entertaining autumn festivities. One alluring attraction located within a ten-minute drive from the Summit Resort, is Beans & Greens Farm, based out of our neighboring town of Gilford, New Hampshire. Beans & Greens is much more than just a typical rural farm, they provide an extensive farm stand containing produce, meats, baked goods and more! The farm also presents a variety of events throughout the year including the upcoming Harvest Festival Weekend, held on October 12th and 13th. Among the various activities offered at the farm, their annual corn maze stands out and draws visitors from near and far.

Voted one of New Hampshire’s best corn mazes by Parenting NH magazine, the maze is open from mid-September through Halloween and provides visitors one of the more challenging mazes New England has to offer. The staff at Beans & Greens have been crafting challenging corn mazes for over fifteen years now and have mastered the art of creating a difficult course by using multiple acres of land, and incorporating several dead ends, turns, loops and even bridges. The corn maze acts as a giant walk through puzzle where you can attempt to navigate, get lost and continue to find your way again, or so you think. Most visitors find themselves successfully completing the maze within an hours’ time and the experience is the perfect opportunity for a fun family outing. For brave visitors looking for a more of a thrill, the farm offers a night maze adventure on Fridays and Saturdays (reservations are required for the night maze, please call the farm at: 603-293-2853).

For visitors attending the farm with younger children, Beans & Greens offers a simpler hay maze and pumpkin maze which is an exciting opportunity for the little ones to try to navigate through. The farm also includes a barnyard where you have the chance to hand feed many of the docile farm animals including goats, cows, pigs, geese and more. If you are planning to visit Beans & Greens this autumn, be sure to wear proper walking shoes and seasonably appropriate clothing. Once you return back to the Summit Resort, relax and kick your feet up in the large Roman Spa while taking pride in your victory over one of New Hampshire’s most difficult corn mazes!

The Best Place to Stay for Bank of NH Pavilion

Bank of NH Pavilion, located in our neighboring town of Gilford and less than a 10-minute drive away from the Summit Resort, is Northern New England’s premier summer concert venue. Formerly known as Meadowbrook, Bank of NH Pavilion is an amphitheater with seating for up to 9,000 guests per show. The Bank of NH Pavilion’s concert series runs from mid-May to mid-September each year featuring top-named artists from a variety of different genres.

Excited for the next big show? Make it a vacation! When you are planning to see your favorite band or artist you don’t want to feel rushed or have anxiety about the commute to and from the show. Why not stay locally and truly enjoy the concert and everything the area has to offer? Picture this: You have just woken up in your spacious suite and already have your playlist going with all of the songs that you hope will be played during the show later on. You have plenty of time to relax by the pool and get ready before heading into town. You are surprised by the fact that you even have enough time to tailgate after enjoying a delicious meal at Patrick’s Pub and Eatery located just half a mile away from the Bank of NH Pavilion concert venue.

The 2019 concert series is packed full of well-known artists with a lineup including performances by: Jason Aldean, Snoop Dogg, Train & the Goo Goo Dolls, Kidz Bop, Pentatonix, Miranda Lambert, Alice Cooper & Halestorm amongst many other amazing artists. The venue is much more than a stage for performances. There are many vendors and activities to take part in including: Best Beverage Catering bringing you amazing food and beverage options to enjoy during your show with multiple concessions throughout the venue, the Sam Adams Brewhouse which has been made into an exclusive club, Cape Line producing sparkling cocktails and providing some entertainment of their own with games like giant Jenga and cornhole, event apparel for sale, a secondary Magic Hat Stage presenting some of the best New England talent, the chance to pedal boat on their pond equipped with a fountain and so much more.

While staying at the Summit, there is no need to leave the show early so you can try to get home by 3am. You will be able to enjoy the entire performance, grab a late-night snack on your short trip back to the resort and still get back at a reasonable time. Staying so close will give you the opportunity to have more time exploring the Lakes Region as well as enjoying the resort’s amenities! When you stay with us under our Weirs Beach Summer Family Getaway package, you will not only receive 15% off your stay of three or more nights, but the package also includes a $75 gift card to the delicious Patrick’s Pub and Eatery and free access to all of the resort’s amenities including the indoor and outdoor pools, volleyball, horseshoes, racquetball, our exclusive health club and more!

Funspot Lodging


There is never a shortage of things to do while staying at the Summit Resort. We are centrally located in the Lakes Region within close proximity to many attractions worth visiting while on your New Hampshire vacation. One destination that is not to be missed is the world’s largest arcade, Funspot. With over 600 games, Funspot provides quality entertainment for the whole family all year round!

Within a six-minute drive from the Summit, Funspot contains three floors of entertainment and attractions including an entire floor dedicated to the American Classic Arcade Museum. The museum holds hundreds of classic arcade games like Breakout, Asteroids, Pac-Man and so much more. You can spend hours jumping from game to game enjoying classics like pinball, cocktail arcade tables, cockpit games and a variety of upright video games. While gaming in the museum section, be sure to keep an eye out for the written, video, audio and electronic information introducing the history of the classic games and their creators.

There is also an eighteen-hole, indoor, mini-golf course located on the third floor of the arcade. The 5,500 square foot self-service course is a replica of the original miniature golf course that founder Bob Lawton opened in 1952. The course incorporates scaled models of many popular landmarks found in New Hampshire: covered bridges, train stations and the Mount Washington Cog Railway to name a few.

Located right down the stairs from the miniature golf course is a twenty-lane bowling alley that has recently undergone a complete renovation. Both, the Ten Pin and the Candlepin alleys received new lanes and gutters, ball returns, automatic bumpers and animated automatic scoring systems. A lot of guests visiting from outside of the New England area have never heard of Candlepin bowling and many families gravitate more towards Candlepin as it requires much smaller bowling balls, making it easier for younger children to enjoy the sport. However, both types can be equally as competitive and fun making bowling at Funspot a memorable experience for the whole family. Keep an eye out for the bowling specials which Funspot runs throughout the year, offering special rates and deals. In between strings, head over to the D.A. Long Tavern just across from the bowling lanes and grab a drink while you shoot a game of pool, throw some darts, or just relax while watching the game on the bar’s flat screen television.

There are many other games and activities located throughout Funspot including: multi-player racing games, air hockey, Skee ball, bumper cars, pusher games, claw cranes, arcade casino games and an abundance more. Once you have used up all of your tokens, you can utilize one of the many ticket counting machines to print your final tally to use at the Prize Land ticket counter, or save the tickets for your next trip to Funspot!

After a long, fun-filled day, if you don’t feel like cooking dinner in your suite’s full kitchen, stop by the Braggin’ Dragon Restaurant before hitting the road. The Restaurant is located on the first floor of Funspot adjacent to the prize counter with a menu that includes: chicken fingers, chili, hot dogs, fish & chips, cheesy nachos, and of course Topsnuf’s famous 17” pizzas! Be sure to save room for dessert as Funspot just opened their ice cream stand for the season, now serving Richardson’s Farm Fresh Ice Cream. At the Summit Resort we have partnered with Funspot to offer our guests an exciting Lakes Region Getaway! When you book with our Family Summer Savings package you will not only receive a $20 Funspot gift card but also 15% off your accommodations and free use of all resort amenities! Once back at the resort, unwind in the large Roman Spa while the children enjoy multiple rides down the indoor pool’s waterslide.

Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad


All Aboard! Now that Ice-Out on Lake Winnipesaukee has been declared, Weirs beach and the Lake Winnipesaukee area is starting to come alive with activities and attractions. Here at the Summit Resort, we are excited for the 2019 Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad season! The season kicks off this weekend, May 25, 2019, where the railway will begin conducting weekend excursions until mid-June when they will be switching to daily rides.

Ideal for all ages, the railway allows passengers to choose the one or two-hour trip. Riders have the option to board the train right down the road at the Weirs Beach Station located on the historic boardwalk or at the Meredith Station, which is less than a 15-minute drive from the Summit Resort. Once boarded and seated in the restored vintage coaches, you can sit back and enjoy the ride. Don’t forget your camera because the train will bring passengers on a scenic journey along the western shores of Lake Winnipesaukee with some really great photo opportunities along the way.

The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad hosts multiple dinner train rides as well as many other special events throughout the late spring, summer, and autumn seasons. During Memorial Day Weekend, which is opening weekend for the Winnipesaukee Railroad, they are giving a well-deserved thank you to all active duty, retired and honorably discharged military veterans by offering free rides throughout the long weekend. During the month of October, the railroad offers extended four-hour fall foliage excursions which are very popular for both locals and out-of-state visitors as you cannot beat the New England autumn views.

If you do not wish to try the famous “hobo picnic” lunch offered on the train ride, feel free to visit one of the many Weirs Beach Restaurants in the area or go back to your spacious two-bedroom suite at the Summit Resort to make your own lunch or dinner in your fully equipped kitchen. After a day of scenic adventures, wind down by relaxing poolside or soaking in our large Roman Spa hot tub in the amenities building.

A Message From The Manager


Spring has sprung at The Summit Resort! We are busy preparing the resort grounds, pools and recreation areas for your families to enjoy this summer.

Last year we expanded our family outdoor recreation area to include a sanded volleyball court, tetherball, a horseshoe pit, Corn Hole, and the tennis courts also received a bit of a face lift. The entire court has been painted and one of the two courts has been transformed into a basketball court. Guests can ask for racquets, balls, horse shoes and other items at the front desk. Also available in the recreations area, you will find barbecue grills and picnic tables for you to enjoy if you are using the facilities for the day.

“The Market”, located in the lobby of the Amenities Building, will celebrate its 1-year anniversary in May. We continue to listen to your request for new items in the store and are adding to our inventory weekly. Please stop in and check out our wide variety of candy, snacks, beverages, toiletries, toys, Summit Resort T-Shirts, mugs and beverage bottles. “The Market” also boasts a fresh ground Starbucks coffee machine and coming soon we will have a nacho chip station complete with warm nacho cheese.

This season we will be bringing back our “bucket drinks” to the poolside bar, located in the Amenities Building. These 32-ounce fruity and tropical concoctions are perfect for you to enjoy on a warm summer day while you are lounging in the pool area or relaxing in the sun on the back deck of the Amenities Building. Don’t forget to use the pool bar service window, we are happy to serve you.

This year we are also expanding our coupon program. We have partnered with many area restaurants, businesses and attractions and we are currently working on adding some new names to our list. Please feel free to ask us for recommendations on where to visit and dine.

We are looking forward to a fabulous summer season in the Lakes Region as well as welcoming you and your family to The Summit Resort, your home away from home.

See you soon!
Sue Violette

Maple Syrup Season in NH

Spring has finally arrived and as the warmer weather starts setting in, the sap starts flowing! Here in New Hampshire, the month of March is considered New Hampshire Maple Month, the period where the majority of the maple sap harvest is collected and processed into maple syrup. Although New Hampshire Maple Month lasts only 31 days, the maple harvest typically spans from mid-February to mid-April producing over 160,000 gallons of syrup throughout the state of New Hampshire annually. This year, over one hundred sugar shacks across the state are participating in NH Maple Month 2019, some of which are right in our back yard!

Prescott Farm, located within walking distance from the Summit Resort, is a nonprofit organization devoted to environmental preservation and education for all ages. Every Saturday throughout the month of March, Prescott Farm hosts an event titled “Tap into Maple” where you can experience one of New Hampshire’s oldest traditions. During the program, educators teach guests about each step in the sugaring process with hands-on learning opportunities. The class covers identification of the appropriate trees, the proper tools used to tap (including some historical equipment and methods), the technique used for sap collection and the chemistry behind the boiling and production process. Prescott Farm’s event calendar lists all of their upcoming events including their Maple Everything event taking place on April 20th where you can join the local 4-H group and learn both traditional and unconventional uses of maple syrup.

Another local farm participating in Maple Month is HT Farm located at 60 Federal Street in Belmont, New Hampshire. Only a 20-minute drive from the resort, HT Farm produces maple syrup at their onsite sugar house and is also the home of registered belted Galloway beef cattle during the winter months. Tim Duval, owner of HT Farm, taps from the maple orchards at our sister resort Steele Hill, located in Sanbornton, New Hampshire. Tim also raises the cattle and calves at the resort’s pristine pastures atop Steele Hill Road during the summer months. Stop by the sugar shack to see their brand-new machinery and learn about the filtering, boiling, and finishing processes.

After returning to the resort, stop into The Market, our onsite convenience store, to pick up your very own 500ML bottle of pure NH maple syrup produced by Tim right at HT Farm. In the morning you can whip up some pancakes in your 2-bedroom suite’s fully equipped kitchen and top it off using your newly acquired liquid gold!

Gunstock Winter Adventure

Gunstock Mountain, just a ten-minute drive from the Summit Resort, is New Hampshire’s closest major ski area to Boston. Gunstock is primarily known for their 227 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain however they are much more than just your typical ski mountain. Gunstock has something to offer the whole family with winter activities including skiing, snowboarding, tubing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, mountain coaster rides, skijoring, yurt yoga and more!

Staying at the Summit Resort will save you 25% on ski passes so be sure to stop in at the Front Desk to pick up your discounted skiing, snowboarding and tubing tickets before the short drive to the mountain. After arriving at Gunstock, start your day out at the Cobble Mountain Food Court located in the Main Lodge. Cobble Mountain is one of five dining options at the mountain and opens thirty minutes before the lifts even start running! Once you have some fuel, head over to try out the brand-new Yurt Yoga to prepare your mind and body for an amazing day of winter adventures.

After you are all limbered up, hit the slopes whether it be skiing, snowboarding or heading to the tubing hill. Gunstock has 8 lifts and 55 alpine trails catering to all different experience levels. When guests purchase tubing tickets, they not only have access to New Hampshire’s longest tubing run (1,068 feet!) but also gain admission to unlimited Mountain Coaster rides. The Mountain Coaster is a unique roller coaster in which you can control the speed that lasts about six minutes with long swooping turns through the Belknap Mountain forest.

Once the sun starts setting, it’ll be time to gear up with your headlamps and snowshoes, which the mountain provides, for your snowshoe ridge tour. Kickoff the evening by taking the lift up and hiking the ridge back. Be sure to reserve your spot before arriving as this is a special activity that requires a reservation.

Gunstock Mountain’s adventures are not just limited to the winter months. They are open throughout the warmer, summer season with many more unique activities that can’t be missed. Whether you are planning your winter or summer vacation, after booking your stay at the Summit, be sure to check out Gunstock’s Event Calendar to get information about any special events, live performances, races and much more.

Gunstuck does offer equipment rentals but feel free to bring your own accessories as our suites are spacious enough to hold your gear and all of your friends. Our Gunstock Ski and Stay deal not only includes 25% off your day of skiing and tubing but also 20% off your accommodations at the Summit where there are no additional charges for the use of our amenities when you are our guest.