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Best Places to Propose in New Hampshire: 5 Spots to Pop the Question

Asking someone to marry you. It’ll get your heart pumping quicker than a first-time skydiver.

You’ve gone through a whirlwind of pep-talking, permission-asking, and ring-shopping leading up to the big day. Now, the only detail left to nail down is the proposal location itself (and how to keep it all hush-hush). If you envision the big moment happening in New Hampshire, we’ve got good news — our section of the Granite State is far from short on perfect places to propose.

Best Places to Propose in New Hampshire: 5 Favorites Around the Lakes Region

Places to Propose in New Hampshire: Castle in the Clouds

Castle in the Clouds, Moultonborough, NH. Photo: Roger H. Goun via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Castle in the Clouds

How ‘bout adding the royal touch to that post-proposal cloud nine feeling? Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, N.H. is one of the most popular places to propose in the area, and for good reason. The view overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee is knee-dropping on its own, and there are even more ways to add magic to the moment. Rope in a horseback riding outing or horse-drawn carriage from Riding in The Clouds to bring the fairytale feelings full circle. Afterward, celebrate on-site with a trolley ride back to The Carriage House Restaurant for lunch or dinner with a view.

A Scenic Train Ride Over Dinner

Popping the question over dinner is a classic maneuver, but how about doing it at a moving restaurant? In September and October, the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad pairs breathtaking lake views with mouthwatering Turkey Dinner rides. As one of the more limelighted proposal spots, expect some photographs and cheers as fellow sightseers watch the moment unfold.

Echo Lake Cathedral Ledge State Park

Whether you’re lake-level or closer to the clouds, Echo Lake Cathedral Ledge State Park is an expert matchmaker between outdoorsy couples and memorable moments. Located just over an hour from Meredith in Conway, N.H., the scenic location boasts a beautiful lake shadowed by the aptly-named 700 ft. Cathedral Ledge. Hiking trails take you to the top of the ledge and set the “say yes” scene with sweeping views of the Saco River Valley and White Mountains.

Places to Propose in New Hampshire: Cathedral Lake State Park

Echo Lake Cathedral Ledge State Park. Photo: Robert Linsdell via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

On Lake Winnipesaukee

To add a little more lake to your Lakes Region proposal, pull out all the stops with a private charter on Lake Winnipesaukee. One of our experienced captains will commandeer the 26 ft. pontoon boat and the entire excursion will be at your whim. Bring the ring along in a packed picnic lunch to enjoy on a private sandbar or cruise across the water to nearby Wolfeboro or Weirs Beach — you have the wind at your back and plenty of proposal spots to choose from.

The Gazebo at Church Landing

If your shared love language is quality time, save the proposal for the tail-end of a meaningful day together. Personalize an afternoon with brunch, wine tasting at Hermit Woods Winery, or a couples date at Cascade Spa before setting out for golden hour on the Church Landing gazebo. This waterfront spot is a fast friend for newlywed photo ops and doubles as one of the most popular places to propose in Meredith. Just think — you may invite your closest friends and family to celebrate in the same spot someday.

Whether you choose one of these area favorites or carve out your own special proposal spot around the Lakes Region, you can count on having options to keep your engagement excitement ignited. Swing by Mill Falls at the Lake for a celebratory dinner or turn the entire occasion into the highlight of a romantic getaway for the books (we say yes, every time!).

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