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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

Seasonal Adventures at Prescott Farm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ski Mountain Lodging in NH


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

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

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

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

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

Restaurants in Laconia, NH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hiking Trails in the New Hampshire Lakes Region

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

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

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

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

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

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion Lodging


Summer is almost over, which means it’s time to celebrate before the weather gets cold, and snow hits the ground. So why not plan a trip up to the Lakes Region and celebrate with an outdoor concert at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion while staying at the Summit Resort.

The Bank of NH Pavilion hosts concerts all summer long starting in May through the end of September and the Summit Resort located next to Weirs Beach is just a short 10-minute drive down the road. The outdoor concert venue is widely popular with many big name acts. Concert goers can tailgate, get in early and grab a drink, play some outdoor games, and enjoy shows from all different types of music genres.

For your next musical getaway, plan a trip to the Summit Resort. Wake up, brew up a pot of fresh coffee in your private kitchen and cook up some bacon and eggs for energy. After breakfast head out for a stroll through the trails behind the resort for some early morning exercise. Gather your group together and visit the outdoor pool area for an afternoon of fun before the concert. Make sure you grab a grill and cook up some dogs or burgers and hang out for a few hours while listening to tunes of the artist you are about to see.

Pack up the car with choice drink selections and get to the parking lots for a bit of pre-concert tailgating. With the size of the venue, you want to make sure you get there early, so check the website to see when parking and gates open. Tailgating is a lot of fun because you can walk around and bond with the people who share a similar interest to you; with music flowing, and games galore, it’s always a good time.

Enjoy a night of belting out your favorite songs while taking advantage of the few remaining summer nights. Some concerts can run late into the night, so the Summit is the perfect choice for lodging. The resort is right down the street from the Bank of NH Pavilion and you can get in the car and be in bed within a half hour after the show ends.

For more information on concerts at Bank of NH Pavilion check out their website here.

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

NH Lakes Region Public Beaches

The Summit Resort is centrally located in the NH Lakes Region within close proximity to a few amazing public beaches. Each location offers unique features that appeal to different vacationers. Weirs Beach, less than two miles from the resort, is one of the more popular spots on Lake Winnipesaukee. Ellacoya State Park, part of NH Parks and Recreation, offers many amenities so your family can stay for a full day of fun. Opechee Park, located in Laconia, offers a more relaxed and quiet setting to enjoy the day.

Weirs Beach

Weirs Beach:

Weir’s beach is located in the heart of Laconia just a mile and a half from Summit Resort. This is one of the most popular spots in the lakes region. With a boardwalk, pier, and many restaurants the Weirs always attracts a crowd. There is a small fee to park at the beach, but once you’re in, a beautiful lakeside afternoon awaits. If you sit towards the right side of the beach you can watch a variety of boats drive up the channel into Paugus Bay which is fun viewing for the kids. Although the beach does not have grills, they do allow beachgoers to bring their own charcoal grills and picnic tables are located throughout the lawn area of the beach. The pier is currently undergoing a major revitalization project which is such an exciting time, check out our blog for more information on the project here.

Ellacoya State Park

Ellacoya State Park:

Ellacoya is located in Gilford, NH on the southwest side of Winnipesaukee. This beautiful, sandy stretch of beach offers views across the lake towards the quaint town of Sandwich and the Ossipiee Mountains. With a wide variety of activities and amenities, you can spend a fully day of family fun at Ellacoya. One of the defining feature of this beach is the shallow sandy bottom that stretches far out into the lake. If you are looking to let your kids play in the lake without the concerns of deeper water, this is the perfect beach for you. There is a small fee to access the park. You can check out the park hours and fees here. Ellacoya also includes a concession stand, picnic tables, a picnic pavilion, playground, and bath houses. There is also a boat ramp available and canoeing and kayaking access.

Opechee Park

Opechee Park:

Opechee Park is located on Main St. in Laconia. The park includes beaches at Opechee Cove and Point, both of which are about 1400 feet. The park is also home to a field hockey field, soccer field, a 400M track, little league baseball fields, and two playgrounds. With all the amenities, there is plenty of space to run around for the little ones. The park also features a concession stand and picnic tables that can be found throughout the area. The beach itself isn’t very big, but it packs a lot of extra amenities without the crowds you would see at the other locations. Opechee is the perfect place to read a book while the kids splash around near the shore. If you are looking for a more low-key spot away from the tourist areas, this is the beach for you.

Guide to Weirs Beach

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If you are new to staying with us at the Summit Resort, and are unfamiliar with the area, don’t fret because we are here to let you in on some of our favorite spots. Weirs Beach has everything from restaurants, arcades, and the boardwalk to live music. There is always something to do and explore. Check out some of these great places below and let us know what your favorites are!

Weirs Beach: Weirs Beach is located on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Spend the day at the beach with your family, swimming, building sand castles or enjoying a book. The beach does not offer charcoal grills but you are permitted to bring your own. Picnic tables are available throughout the lawn area of the beach. One of the most unique features of Weirs beach is the channel into Paugus Bay off to the side where you can watch all types of boats come in and out from under the bridge.

Weirs Beach Boardwalk: The Weirs Beach Pier at the end of the boardwalk is currently undergoing a major revitalization project, check out our last blog (link) for more information. It offers many dining options, benches, souvenir stores and more.

Arcades and Games: There are two main arcades at Weirs Beach. Located along the boardwalk is Half Moon Amusement Arcades there are actually two gaming areas within this location. There is the infamous Penny arcade which includes over 120 games from pinball to whack a mole, and the Family Fun Center arcade that offers classics from Pac Man to Galaga. The other big arcade in the area, Funspot, is just down the road from the main Weirs Beach area. Billed as “the biggest arcade in the world” it offers two floors of all the classics, bowling, an indoor 18-hole mini golf course and bingo five nights a week. There is also a Tavern where you can grab a drink and some small bites including pizza, and one of our personal favorites the mac n cheese bites.

Ice Cream: There is nothing better than ice cream in the summer and you can find it just about anywhere, but our two favorite spots in the area are Jordan’s Ice Creamery and Kellerhaus. Jordan’s is a family run ice cream shop operating for the past 23 years. They home make all of their over 150 flavors of ice creams, they also have frozen yogurt and sugar free options as well as a variety of other novelties including homemade waffle cones. Kellerhaus is an ice cream buffet style joint. You pick your flavor and then hand pick your favorite toppings. They also have a gift shop where they are famous for delicious chocolates, candy, gift basket, jellies & jams and NH Maple Products.

Options for the Active Traveler: If being active is your thing and you are looking for the next big thrill, check out Monkey Trunks. At Monkey Trunks, you can do either an adventure ropes course, or zipline tour, or both! There are height and weight requirements so check out their website for more details. If you have a need for speed, then the Daytona Funpark is for you. They offer go-karts, bumper cars, and batting cages.

Scenic Adventures: Hop aboard the M/S Mt Washington for a cruise around Lake Winnipesaukee. They offer a variety of different types of cruises including a scenic, sunset dinner dance, and Sunday champagne brunch style cruises. Check out their website for more details and where to get tickets. If being on the water isn’t your thing you can check out the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. Always within the views of the lake you will travel from Meredith to Lakeport. If you really want to take in the full experience ask about caboose rides, it’s one of the best kept secrets in Weirs Beach. While on the website check out the Rail & Sail package where you can ride the scenic railroad, then hop on the M/S Mt Washington cruise ship.

Night Life: Weirs Beach is always rocking at night, with plenty of live entertainment and restaurant options you won’t be bored. Our favorites include Paradise Beach Club, Tower Hill Tavern and the Patio Garden.

The Summit Resort is the perfect location in the heart of the NH Lakes Region. With so many attractions and activities within minutes of the resort, there is something for everyone. We hope you enjoyed this list and find it to be helpful when planning your vacation. If there are any attractions not on the list that you think would make a great addition we would love to hear from you!