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.

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 days are longer, the scent of lilacs is in the air, trees and lawns all over New England are growing greener every day, and the lakes are calling. Summer is just around the corner! This burst of new life coincides with a day set aside to honor our fallen heroes, and to mark the occasion, the Lakes Region will be alive with events and celebrations all next weekend…

There’s something special about summertime in the Lakes Region. The warm evenings just seem to call for relaxing outdoors with friends and music, perhaps around a campfire, with the fresh lake air cooling as the sun sets behind the distant hills. For generations, folks here have enjoyed many such evenings at family camps and vacation spots, including one private property on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee that was destined to evolve into New England’s premiere outdoor concert venue, drawing artists and guests from all over the country.

After a long winter, spring is finally starting to show its true colors! Flowers are blooming, trees are unfurling their leaves, and people are out in their gardens and on the trails enjoying the mild weather. The spring season in New England is a short one, and many folks are ready to spend time playing in the dirt or simply soaking up nature. Here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, there are some great events happening this weekend that celebrate this much-loved season and help us enjoy everything it has to offer.