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A Message From The Manager


Hello Summit Resort guests and owners. We hope this message is finding you and your families healthy and safe. It has been an interesting past few months to say the least. While we were closed for several weeks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are happy to report we are open and the resort is fully operational. Our new normal has certainly changed however. We are continuing to take every precaution to provide you with a healthy and safe vacation experience.

Some of the changes we have implemented include curb side check in, plexiglass surrounding the front desk, mandatory face coverings for our Summit Resort staff members and recommended coverings for our guests, more frequent sanitizations throughout the property’s common areas, social distancing signs throughout the property, adjusted seating in our pool areas to follow social distancing at 6 feet apart, maximum occupancy for the indoor pool is 50 people, maximum occupancy for the outdoor pool is 30 people. We are also asking that owners desiring to use the amenities for daily usage to call 24 hours in advance to make an appointment and we have yet to turn anyone away since putting this policy in place. The housekeeping staff is also working tirelessly to make sure the accommodations are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.

The entire Lakes Region has also taken their job seriously regarding the reopening of our area businesses. Most businesses are open with social distancing guidelines and outdoor dining and an increased amount of sanitizing. It is amazing to see how everything came together with a lot of brain storming. The Lakes Region is busy with tourists but certainly taking precautions to keep our guests and visitors safe. We have already welcomed many of our owners and guests back onto the property and look forward to welcoming some of you back for the beautiful fall season ahead. While things may seem to be very uncertain right now, please rest assured we are working to provide you and your families with a relaxing safe vacation experience that you have experienced in past years.

We hope to see and your families soon,
Sue Violette

A Message From The Manager


Greetings from the Summit Resort! What a rollercoaster this winter has been. The Lakes Region has experienced some very unseasonably high temperatures throughout the winter months this year. With some recent days reaching the 50’s we can’t help but THINK SPRING. Keep in mind that there is still some great skiing to be had during these next few weeks, as unpredictable as Mother Nature has been, we could still get hit with additional snow fall. We have some great packages online and will still be offering discounted passes to our owners and guests through the end of the ski season.

And so we begin to think about spring. March is Maple Sugar Month and we have Prescott Farm right in our back yard! Prescott Farm will host “Tap into Maple” tours every Saturday through the month of March. On this guided tour you will learn all about the process of making maple syrup, from tapping to boiling in their onsite sap house. Be sure to check out our very own bottles of maple syrup for sale in our Market as well! Prescott Farm also has an extensive trail system with great walking trails that are accessible right from the Summit’s property. We also have snow shoes available at the front desk should you desire to go on a self-guided walk through their trail system.

The Summit Resort’s staff has also been busy planning some upgrades in the Amenities Building. In the fall we installed a new air handling system, as well as 2 new boilers. All systems seem to be working well and have kept the building & pool area at comfortable temperatures. Next month we will begin work on a new roof for the Amenities Building. Additionally, we will be upgrading the interior of the sauna with tile walls, a new floor and benches. Last year we installed a new heater in the sauna and look forward to having the new modern look for this space. Be sure to swing by and check it out!

Many of you have asked about upgrades to the game room located on the second floor of the Amenities building and we are pleased to announce we will also be installing 3 new XBOX 1 gaming stations.

Please note the Indoor pools will be closed for annual maintenance from Monday, March 30, 2020 and re-opening for business Friday, April 10, 2020. We will take this time to freshen up the pools and work on additional maintenance projects so we are able to provide you with a fresh, clean atmosphere for your families to gather and enjoy. The resort will still remain open during that period so take advantage of the best rates of the year with our Pool Closed Super Savings Package.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the resort!
Sue Violette

Pond Hockey Classic

Lake Winnipesaukee is not just a seasonal spot for summer fun. During the winter season, the Lakes Region is a great destination for sports like ice fishing, skating and of course ice hockey. The 11th annual New England Pond Hockey Classic was held at Meredith Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee January 31st – February 2nd. The 26 ice rinks hosted over 275 hockey teams, equating to over 2,200 hockey players, throughout the weekend, many of which flew in just for the tournament. With over 500 games played, the teams were giving their all to earn the coveted trophy.

Spectators from across New England (and beyond!) flocked to what some consider Lake Winnipehockey and were able to enjoy a mix of intense hockey action and cold Labatt Blue, the best-selling Canadian beer. The Pond Hockey Classic offers spectators and players alike a competition experience unlike any other. The event was free to attend and included a Bank of NH Pavilion Stage with live music playing from multiple bands throughout the weekend for all to enjoy. The Common Man Restaurant held concessions and there was a Labatt Blue zone selling cold beer and delicious cocktails as well.

The Summit Resort is only a 17-minute drive from all the pond hockey action and provided a nice home base for players and spectators. Players found our spacious suites large enough to fit their teams of four (plus two more people) and all their hockey equipment as well as their luggage. After a long day on the ice, our over-sized Roman Spa hot tub and sauna were the perfect spot to relax sore muscles and game plan for the following day’s tournament play.

Recent Resort Renovations


One of our primary goals at the Summit Resort is to consistently improve the guest experience. In doing so we have taken on a few renovation projects that will be sure to enhance your next Lakes Region vacation. Measuring in at 25,000 square feet, our amenities center is one of the major attractions at the Summit. Earlier this season we installed a new air handler in our large amenities building to both improve circulation and better regulate the air. Our indoor, heated pool area includes a glass enclosure allowing the sunlight to come in and provide some natural heat. The newly installed system offers significant improvements in ventilation, heat and air conditioning to regulate the space. To assist our new air handler with heating and provide additional humidification, we also installed two new energy efficient boilers. The new boiler system allows us to reduce fossil fuel consumption and relax while enjoying the warm, tropical feel of our highly adored amenities building.

Another renovation that is currently in progress is updating our electric dry heat sauna. Since beginning the project, we have installed a brand-new heating unit and control panel to regulate the heat and allow you to truly “sweat it out”. Within the next month we plan to modernize the entirety of the sauna, including reconstructing the walls and floor with Ansley Amber ceramic tile and updating the seating area to form a custom cedar bench.

Outside, guests can enjoy a smooth, seamless ride to get to their suites after checking into the resort. Before the winter hit and the ground was frozen, we were able to pave the parking lot of our Summit Resort Building Two. Now there is level asphalt, free of any bumps or potholes. Additionally, we were able to backfill the walkways with fresh loam to provide the final touches to our paving project.

As part of the comprehensive renovation project and resort wide updates, we will be installing a brand-new roof on our amenities center this coming spring. There has been minimal downtime throughout these renovations and resort updates and we would like to thank all the hardworking staff for completing the projects thoroughly and in a timely manner.

NH Ski Mountain Discounts 2019 – 2020

Another winter is upon us, which means big skiing discounts at our favorite New Hampshire ski mountains. This season, the front desk will be offering exclusive deals on tickets and passes to three of New Hampshire’s most popular ski mountains: Gunstock Mountain, Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain.

This year, take advantage of a $20 discount on a Flex Pass (originally $49) that can be used for 50% off your lift ticket, rental equipment, group lessons and more, every day you visit Gunstock Mountain this season. When you stay with our Gunstock Ski and Stay package, you will receive the flex pass discount voucher as well as 20% off your accommodations. Just minutes away from Gunstock Mountain, the Summit Resort is the perfect destination for Gunstock Lodging, and just a relatively short drive to both Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain. Plan your next ski vacation with your closest friends and family. After an exciting day on the slopes, come back to the resort to unwind in our 25,000 square foot amenities center including our over-sized Roman Spa hot tub and indoor pool with waterslides and waterfalls.

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

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!

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