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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.

NH Ski Mountain Discounts


Winter certainly started early this year with our first snow hitting before Thanksgiving and the temperatures hovering around freezing for months now. Our local ski mountains are already open and working hard to add to the natural snowfall with machine-made powder freshly groomed and ready to be carved. This year we are offering some of the best discounts at multiple different mountains.

The Summit Resort is the perfect destination for Gunstock Lodging. We are lucky enough to have Gunstock Mountain right in our neighboring town of Gilford. Gunstock has 227 skiable acres including 3 terrain parks and unbeatable views of the Lakes Region. When you stay here with our Gunstock Ski and Stay package you are able to spend less time on the road and more time on the slopes with a short fifteen-minute drive to the mountain. The package offers 20% off of your room rate and 25% off tickets for each guest in your reservation. While at the mountain, be sure to check out their tubing hill, mountain roller coaster and cross-country ski trail network!

If you plan to head up to the White Mountains, just under an hour drive away, we offer discounted ski and snowboard tickets to two of the best and well-known ski areas: Loon Mountain and Waterville Valley. Loon Mountain is located in the heart of the White Mountains and has 370 acres open for riding and a progression of 6 terrain parks open for all different levels of riders from beginners to experts. Waterville Valley has 265 acres to ski and has undergone a few upgrades including renovating their base lodge, adding 500 new snow making guns, and completed their Green Peak expansion! Waterville has 4 terrain parks, including one named Stillness, a brand new skate-styled park. Be sure to stop in at the front desk to inquire about all of our great discounted ticket rates.

After a long day at the mountain of your choosing you can come back to the resort to enjoy some nice rest and relaxation in our oversized Roman Spa hot tub or in the comfort of your spacious suite large enough for the whole family or a weekend away with your friends.

Weirs Beach Restaurants

Located just five minutes down the road from the Summit Resort is the popular area of Weirs Beach located on the southern shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. There are an abundance of places to eat with lakeside views and outdoor seating, so whether you’re looking for something more upscale, a quick bite, seafood or ice cream we have it covered with our list of Weirs Beach Restaurants listed below.

Anthony’s Pier Restaurant:
Enjoy a meal with a view at Anthony’s Pier Restaurant located at the end of the Weir’s Beach Pier. With indoor and outdoor seating, grab your favorite seafood specialty including their signature Lobster Roll or Clam Chowder. After spending a long day at the Beach, this is a great option for either lunch or dinner. Anthony’s offers great entertainment Friday and Saturday night with live bands and Fireworks every Friday night at 10pm. For more information on this Weirs Beach Restaurant visit their website.

Lobster in the Rough:
Located along the Weir’s Beach Pier, Lobster in the Rough, a Weathervane Seafood Restaurant is open during the summer season and offers your classic beach fare. With fried seafood baskets, lobsters, steamers, and non-seafood options this is your destination for lunch or dinner after a long day at the beach. Just a short walk from Weirs Beach or a five-minute drive from the resort the Lobster in the Rough is a great option to sit along the pier and take in beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. For more information and a menu visit their website.

Paradise Beach Club:
The Paradise Beach Club, “where life is cool”, is located on the Weirs Beach strip and offers delicious eats and entertainment whether you come by land, car, or boat. They serve up delicious ice-cold specialty cocktails along with great food off of their pub menu that includes fried lobster bites, pizza, soft shell crab, and more. Head outside and enjoy their tiki bar on a sandy beach with lounge chairs and live music. The Paradise Beach Club brings in local bands every weekend where the fun is never ending. For a calendar of events and more information about the Paradise Beach club check out their website.

Tower Hill Tavern:
Tower Hill Tavern is a Weirs Beach Restaurant that sits at the end of Lake Winnipesaukee. This family restaurant and bar serves up delicious and fresh classics like steak and cheese, lobster rolls, seafood and beef. They even offer a vegetarian menu! The Tavern hosts live music and karaoke throughout the week. Whether you are already on Weirs Beach or strolling the boardwalk, head to Tower Hill Tavern for a good time. For more information and a full menu check out their website!

Sawyers Dairy Bar:
Sawyers Dairy Bar located down the road from the Summit Resort serves up some of the most delicious ice cream and American fare food in the area. Their food menu offers favorites from lobster rolls, fried seafood and New England Clam chowder to burgers and chicken tenders. Their ice cream is handmade in-house and they have been in business for over 70 years. Ice cream flavors change weekly, so follow their website or Facebook page to see what they have coming out next!

Patio Garden Restaurant:
Head to The Patio Garden Restaurant where they are serving up Italian and American cuisine. Located on the end of the Weirs Beach boardwalk you can find this restaurant tucked away behind the Winnipesaukee Marketplace. During the summer months enjoy outdoor dining on the patio or in their screened in porch to provide some shade. They also have an indoor air-conditioned dining area if you would prefer to sit inside. This unique spot allows guests to create their own pasta dish and enjoy a delicious lobster roll or steak tips. There really is something for everyone. For a full menu and hours visit their website.

The Market, All New Convenience Store

We are excited to announce the grand opening of our brand new onsite convenience store, The Market, which is now officially open! Located in the lobby of the Amenities Building, our 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.

The Market is open from 8 am to 10 pm every day of the week. For breakfast we have freshly ground coffee, tea, and mochaccinos for a morning pick me up. You can also grab up a dozen eggs and some bacon or pancake mix should you want to enjoy making breakfast in the comfort of your own room. If you are looking for a quick breakfast on your way out for the day, just grab a bagel to go.

Whether you are at the outdoor or indoor pool, stop in for an afternoon snack or candy bar. Keep the family safe out in the hot sun this summer and pick up some sunscreen and a pair of Foster Grant sunglasses.

Should you want to pick up a souvenir from your trip, we have Summit Resort memorabilia such as flip flops, t-shirts, and hats along with local New Hampshire Maple Syrup made from the farm at our sister property, Steele Hill Resorts. As a reminder of your stay pick up a New England towel that highlights the different local areas and surrounding states. The Market is sure to make the Summit Resort a more convenient option for your next vacation in the Lakes Region.

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.