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The Perfect Time to Visit

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

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

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

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

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

Fall Festivities in the Lakes Region

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

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

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

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

Beans & Greens Corn Maze

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

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

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

The Best Place to Stay for Bank of NH Pavilion

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

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

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

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

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.

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.