Why We Love Lake Winnipesaukee
with xplore expert Blair

Why We Love Lake Winnipesaukee

Enjoy the serenity and beauty of New Hampshire's gem, Lake Winnipesaukee. A popular vacation spot for several decades, Lake Winnipesaukee is the ultimate playground for boating, hiking, swimming, fishing, and horseback riding. Explore the nearby state park, or head to Wolfeboro and check out the boardwalk. There's something for everyone! Relax and let us do the planning! Use this helpful guide, put together by our Xplore expert, Blair, prepare your memorable getaway to Lake Winnipesaukee.

Affectionately known by locals as “Lake Winni,” Winnipesaukee is one of the most sought-after destinations on the east coast because of its picturesque landscapes and myriad, exciting year-round activities on nearly 300 miles of unimpeded shoreline. Treat yourself to a sunset cruise, or explore the water by kayak, no matter what your mode of transportation is, you're guaranteed an incredible experience. Spring and summer are the perfect for exploring the lake in your favorite watercraft. In the fall, witness the leaves changing color and admire the beauty of New Hampshire. When winter hits, the lake freezes to depths that support the weight of motor vehicles, and is perfect for ice fishing, “bob” house building, and ice skating. You can also hit the slopes at the nearby Gunstock Ski Resort. It's truly a dream destination for every season.

Day 1

Explore Lake Winnipesaukee

Admire the scenic lake from the comfort of your pontoon boat.


Pontoon Ride on the Lake

Stop by the Meredith Marina to rent your pontoon for a day on the lake. Before boarding, stop by one of the many farmer's markets in the area to stock up on snacks and treats for your excursion.


Downtown Meredith

Tour the quaint town of Meredith and browse the local shops for unique souvenirs.


Giuseppe's Ristorante

After a day on the lake, you're sure to have worked up an appetite. Dinner is served at Giuseppe'e, where there are plenty of authentic Italian dishes to choose from, ice-cold beer, and live music.

Experience the Adventure and Excitement

Day 2

Admire the Scenery from a Bird's Eye View

Enjoy miles of zip lines and sky bridges at the thrilling Alpine Adventures.


Alpine Adventures

See the New England landscape like never before with Alpine Adventures. Fly through the trees on a zipline, bump along the terrain on an off-roading adventure, and in the winter, snowshoe across the snow-covered ground. It's excitement and fun for everyone!


Woodstock Inn and Brewery

Found in North Woodstock, this popular eatery specializes in great beer and quality food. Experience what has been the talk of New Hampshire for more than 20 years. Perfect after a morning of ziplining.


Castle in the Clouds at Lucknow Estate

Discover the astounding architecture that was once a mountain escape for owners Tom and Olive Plant in the early 1900’s. The grounds are complete with a museum, art gallery, gift shop, restaurants and hiking trail to insure that guests will enjoy their visit to the estate.

Dare to Try Something New

Day 3

Hike the New England Landscape

Start your day with a hike and admire unimpeded views of mountains and lake.


Mount Major Hike

Complete with fantastic views, this 3-mile trek can be found off Route 11 by Weirs Beach. Pack plenty of water, a few snacks, and of course a camera to document your exploration.


Weirs Beach

Take a stoll along the boardwalk and pop into one of the many arcades and challenge your family to a game or two.


Mount Washington Cruise

Exchange your hiking boots for boat shoes and climb aboard the Mount Washington Cruise for a scenic tour of the lake. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the fantastic views.

Explore the Lake Like Never Before

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"My husband and I love skiing at Gunstock Mountain Resort in the winter, and kayaking around Lake Winni in the summer."

Blair spent 2 years in the educational travel market working with universities on their short term study abroad before joining Natural Retreats. She enjoys traveling to new destinations, skiing, and college basketball.