There’s nothing like being out on a NH lake in the summer. Whether you like to paddle a kayak, drive a speedboat, or relax on the deck of a pontoon or cruise ship, there’s just something about the smell of the clear, fresh water from the surrounding mountains that is just so calming yet invigorating. Here in the Lakes Region, we see folks enjoying all kinds of vessels on the water! For those who like to explore the history and natural wonder of these lakes with cruises and tours, the Lakes Region has plenty to offer. Here are a few of the various cruises available this summer…

At the height of summer in New Hampshire, blueberries of all varieties come into season. The wild, low-bush berries can be found in the woods and along the water’s edge throughout the Lakes Region, and many folks enjoy kayaking for blueberries. In addition, several varieties of domestic high-bush blueberries are grown at local farms, where visitors can pick their own or buy them by the pint. Either way, these sweet berries are not to be missed!

There is nothing like the haunting call of a loon on a quiet night—it is an unmistakable and soothing sound of summer in the Lakes Region. Here in New Hampshire, loons are treasured as an integral part of lake life, and folks all around the state are working together to monitor, protect, and celebrate this beautiful and endangered animal. The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) was created in 1975 in response to concerns about a dramatically declining loon population and the effects of human activities on loons. Since then, the LPC staff and a large grassroots network of over 1,500 members and volunteers have undertaken state-wide monitoring, research, management, and outreach to preserve loons and their habitats. Their work of over 40 years has had a profound positive effect, not only for the loon population, but also for other species that depend on clean water, natural shorelines, and functioning ecosystems. In celebration of these efforts, the LPC has some great events this summer that the whole family will enjoy…

Lake Winnipesaukee is rich with history and tradition, especially when it comes to boats. As long as there have been people at the Lake, there have been canoes, sailboats, speedboats, ferries, and cruise ships! The annual Antique Boat Show that takes place in Alton Bay is one of the most well attended summertime events in the Lakes Region, demonstrating that folks really treasure the timeless adventures that boats can offer. In that spirit, EKAL Activity Center is now offering antique speedboat rides with the newest addition to their fleet, Miss Meredith.

Summer is the perfect time to leave the car behind and get out for a walk or bike ride! Some of the best places to visit are those where you can park the car and not need it for the rest of your stay. We love towns that are easy to get around, especially by foot, and Meredith is one of the most pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly towns in NH. There are already some great pathways connecting the Village to many beautiful features of the Lakes Region, and now there is another nature trail in the works!

The Lakes Region of NH is getting ready for the event of the season—two fun nights of fabulous food, wine, and music on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee that will showcase wines from around the world, along with fabulous food from local restaurants—all while raising funds for a local charitable cause. The 11th Annual Charitable Winnipesaukee Wine Festival’s grand tasting event will take place on Thursday, June 23rd in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing in Meredith. Festivities begin at 5:30 pm with auctions for getaways, appetizers from local restaurants, and samples of more than 100 wines, craft beers, and spirits from local, national, and international producers. Hosted by The Common Man Family of Restaurants and The Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire, and sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank, this year’s festival will benefit Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care’s new radiation therapy equipment and technology.

As spring moves into summer across New England, thoughts turn to outdoor adventures of all kinds. In addition to hiking, boating, and scenic drives through the state, some fun things to in New Hampshire include Geocaching and Letterboxing, two forms of a type of hide-and-seek treasure hunting game that are growing in popularity and can involve the whole family. There are hundreds of hidden “caches” in the state, many near this New Hampshire resort.

The Lakes Region is well known as a destination for family vacations, storybook weddings, and fishing expeditions of all types. However, less known is that this little pocket of New Hampshire is also ideal for a womens’ trip—a few days away with your besties can do wonders for the soul, any time of year! Here are just a few ideas for fun things to do on your next “girls’ getaway” at the Lake…