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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.

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.