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Fun Things To Do This Fall in the Lakes Region

Beautiful Fall Foliage in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire

Beautiful Fall Foliage in the Lakes Region of New HampshireThe Lakes Region of New Hampshire is very colorful in the fall. In addition to the natural wonder of the foliage season, local businesses and the community celebrate the season in colorful style. There are corn mazes and haunted farms to explore, seasonal beer tastings, live music, karaoke, pumpkin bowling, ax throwing, and leisurely walks along the live animal exhibit trail at the local natural science center. And call me what you will, but please don’t call me late for the jack o’-lantern lighting at the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival (30,581 is the number to beat). Here are some fun things to do this fall in the Lakes Region in greater detail. 

Pumpkin Festival: The New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival was held in Keene, NH from 1991-2014 before moving to its current venue in Laconia, NH. Locals try to meet or beat the Guinness World Record of 30,581 most lit jack-o’-lanterns displayed.  The record was set at the former Keene location in 2013. Jack-o’-lantern lighting begins at 4:45pm and the sun sets at 5:41pm. Don’t be late! 

In addition to setting world records, visitors at the festival are treated to kid's games, pumpkin bowling, ax throwing, live music, and a 6:30pm zombie walk. The festival is Saturday, October 29th, 2022 from 10:00am-7:00pm. There is a 5K/ 10K Run/Walk that begins at 9:00am at Opechee Park. 

NH Pumpkin Fest Ale: The good folks at Twin Barns Brewing in Meredith, NH have brewed up a special beer to celebrate the season and support the Pumpkin Festival. The new beer, Pumpkin Ale, will be officially released at the brewery on October 14th, 2022 from 3:00pm-9:00pm. There will be live music, raffle prizes, food, and of course beer! The celebratory toast is at 4:00pm. 

Live Music, Karaoke & Dancing: When I want to dance I just put on “my my my my my boogie shoes” and head down to the Tower Hill Tavern in Laconia, NH. There is no cover charge. There is live music and live karaoke every weekend, and they recently offered free line dancing lessons. Put on your boogie shoes, warm up those vocal cords and live it up right at night in Laconia! 

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center: Everyone has an idea of what makes an adventure perfect. For those who were looking to immerse themselves amongst giant robotic insects, their calls were answered by Squam Lakes Natural Science Center earlier this year. The gigantic robotic insects were part of the live animal exhibit trail. Sadly, they packed their bags on September 30th and moved to different pastures. Lucky for you and your family, the live animal exhibit trail is open throughout the year! You will want to plan for a 2½ hour walk through the ¾ mile trail. The residents of the trail represent local native wildlife including mountain lions, red foxes, gray foxes, river otters, white-tailed deer, coyotes, black bears, and bobcats. The trail is open 9:30am-3:30pm daily with your paid admission (free for members). 

Farm Fun: Beans & Greens Farm is open year round. If you’re looking for a little farm fun they have you covered. There is a multi-acre corn maze open September 17th through Halloween 2022 and barnyard animals to visit during farm stand hours. This year they are featuring a haunted farm experience for the brave of heart. The Beans & Screams Haunted Fear Farm will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 7:00pm-10:00pm, October 7th-30th, 2022 at the Gilford, New Hampshire Farm. And don’t forget to stock up at the bakery and farm stand. A pumpkin pie or apple caramel nut pie might just be the perfect ending to a frightening trip through a haunted farm (be sure to plan ahead, the farm stand closes at 6:00pm daily, and 7:30pm on Fridays).

The team at Maxfield Real Estate looks forward to helping you find your perfect home. Exciting fall adventures are waiting for you to discover and enjoy in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Contact us today!

Best Fall Foliage In & Around The Lakes Region

Fall Foliage Around Lake

We celebrate the magnificent wonders of nature with great respect during the foliage season in New Hampshire. We have a lot of fun along the way. We think you will too. Foliage season train tours, boat cruises, or hot air balloon flights provide excellent ways to celebrate the colorful leaves and magnificent countryside. There are also [...]

Top Reasons to Move to the Lakes Region

Kayaking in the Lakes Region

Kayaking in the Lakes RegionThe Lakes Region of New Hampshire is a wonderful place to live, learn and grow. There are mountain adventures for the young and old, musical and theatrical performances, excellent schools, and over 270 lakes and ponds to enjoy every season of the year. Maxfield Real Estate has a very successful history of bringing people and homes together in the Lakes Region. Here are some of the top reasons to move to the Lakes Region. 

Safety & Quality of Life: New Hampshire ranked #1 in crime and corrections, #2 in natural environment, #3 in opportunity, and #4 for overall quality of life by U.S. News & World Report in 2021. This is a great place to live! 

Water Recreation: The Lakes Region provides wonderful water recreational opportunities to residents and visitors all year long. There are over 270 lakes and ponds in the Lakes Region to explore! Swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing are enjoyed in warmer weather. Iceboat sailing, ice-fishing, and pond hockey take center stage when the ponds freeze in the winter. The winter fun begins when the ice is safe. 

Mountaintop Recreation: Lake Winnipesaukee lies just below the White Mountain range. The range is one of the most rugged in the state providing spectacular views and outdoor challenges to hikers, climbers, skiers, and snowboarders. The Lakes Region also includes the Belknap Mountains and the Ossipee Mountains. There are a lot of excellent ski areas in New Hampshire. Locals enjoy wintertime skiing and riding at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford and Wolfeboro Abenaki Ski Area (a smaller community run ski area with 7 trails, a tow rope, and $8 lift tickets). The White Mountains include Wildcat Mountain, Attitash, Bretton Woods, and Cannon Mountain. Mountain bikers and rock climbers enjoy a wide variety of terrain and challenges while hikers and bird watchers enjoy the mountain landscape at a more relaxed pace after the snow melts. 

Schools: New Hampshire is a top state for K-12 education. Parents can choose from public schools, private schools, charter schools, and homeschooling. The Lakes Region includes Brewster Academy, a boarding school for students ages 9-12 established in 1820. St. Paul’s School is a short 22 mile drive south of the Lakes Region in Concord, NH. The boarding school was established in 1856. St. Paul’s alumni include a number of Pulitzer Prize winners, US ambassadors, US congressmen, and US senators. 

Art & Culture: New Hampshire has been the inspiration for many artists, musicians, actors, and writers for hundreds of years. Art & culture is alive and well in New Hampshire. It is celebrated through festivals, galleries, museums, and stage performances large and small. The Lakes Region has a wide variety of musical venues including The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, several opera houses, and the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra. The Winnipesaukee Playhouse has been entertaining audiences with summer stock and community theater since 2004. 

The team at Maxfield Real Estate is passionate about life in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. We look forward to helping you find your perfect home in the Lakes Region. Life is good here. Contact us today!

Fun Facts About Lake Winnipesaukee

Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire

Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in New Hampshire. The lake has a rich and colorful history. Its name is derived from a local legend of forbidden love between a young woman and a young man from enemy tribes of the Indigenous population. The story ends well. The good karma of the lake continues today and has found itself the subject of [...]

Things To Do This Summer On Lake Winnipesaukee

View of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire

View of Lake Winnipesaukee in New HampshireThe Lakes Region of New Hampshire is ripe with activity and adventure all year round. Summertime is the right time for hiking, biking, swimming, and more. Enjoy the thrill of lift-access mountain biking, a refreshing dip in the water at the beach, a summer stock professional musical or play and then wind things down and watch the mail being delivered from the mailboat while enjoying the scenery from the comfort of a guided cruise. Here are some fun and interesting things to do this summer on Lake Winnipesaukee. 

Hike Mt. Major: Stretch your legs and enjoy a birds-eye view of Lake Winnipesaukee with a hike to the summit of Mt. Major in Alton. There are several trails that reach the 1,785 foot summit. Main Trail (Mt. Major Trail) is 1.5 miles and the steepest route. You can start on Main Trail and connect to Brook Trail for a 1.8 mile hike to the summit: the route is longer but less steep. Boulder Loop Trail is a 1.6 mile hike to the summit and a very popular route. For a longer day hike you can start on Boulder Loop Trail and pick up Beaver Pond Trail for a 2.6 mile hike to the summit of Mt. Major by way of Straightback Mountain (a beautiful hike complete with blueberries in the summer). The parking lot is plowed during the winter so you can return for a more technical hike when the snow falls (remember your microspikes, snowshoes and the hiker's code). You will be better prepared for your winter hike by familiarizing yourself with the mountain trails in the summer. Hike on! 

Castle in the Clouds: Visit the 1914 mansion and country estate of Tom and Olive Plant in Moultonborough. You can tour the mansion, enjoy a delicious lobster casserole in the restaurant, and peruse the shoe making exhibit “The Shoes that Built the Castle” in the exhibit gallery. The exhibit documents how the Plant's fortune was made in the shoe production industry. After you’ve learned the ins and outs of shoe production and filled your belly to your heart’s content with a delicious meal of lobster (baked in butter and sherry) you can enjoy another delightful hike. There are 28 miles of hiking trails accessible from the estate, ranging from casual walks to more challenging trails for the more experienced hiker. The Falls of Song waterfall is just a 0.1 mile hike from the road, and a great way to pique your interest in summertime hiking (especially if you are a waterfall lover). 

Weirs Beach: Enjoy a postcard perfect summer boardwalk celebration in Laconia. Swimming is best enjoyed on the lake beach from the end of June to the end of August when water temps are in the 70ºs. After a cool and refreshing dip in the water, you can enjoy the arcades, bumper cars, and shopping with a walk along the boardwalk. Firework displays are scheduled throughout the summer, including a motorcycle week show in June. Laconia has been home to an annual motorcycle rally since 1916, which first started with an unofficial gathering of 150 riders. The AMA Gypsy Tour event has grown considerably and now attracts hundreds of thousands of bikers during the nine day rally. It is the third largest motorcycle rally in the United States. 

Daytona Fun Park: If your younger household members are looking for a step up from the bumper cars on the boardwalk at Weirs Beach simply drive down the road (less than a mile) to this family-friendly fun park for a go kart race! There is also a high ropes adventure course, mini-golf, batting cages, and bumper boats.

Winnipesaukee Playhouse: Take in a show at his 200+ seat theater in Meredith. The playhouse features a professional summer stock season and community theater season. The theater opened its doors in 2004 in Weirs Beach and moved to Meredith in 2013. Lionel Bart’s OLIVER! (based on the 1838 novel by Charles Dickens) is a musical currently playing by the professional company Aug 18-Sept 3, 2022. Upcoming shows include The Conference of the Birds Sept 7-17, 2022, and Murder for Two Sept 21-Oct 9, 2022: both by the professional company. The community theater players will retake the stage in November with the tale of spies, murder, and love in a 1940’s style radio broadcast performance of Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play. 

Highland Mountain Bike Park: Located a short 30+ mile drive south of Gilford is the perfect lift-access mountain bike adventure for beginners and experts alike. The bike park in Northfield has fifteen miles of trails on 600 vertical feet. The technical and freeride terrain areas are clearly marked with ratings from easier, more difficult, most difficult, to extremely difficult. Lessons and coaching are available, as well as summer camps, adult sessions, and women’s programs. The Highland Mountain Bike Park has been steadily building their dream and fostering a welcoming biking community for over 16 years. Bike on! 

Deliver the Mail by Boat: You can slow things down a notch, after racing through the mountain trails at the bike park, by channeling your inner postal worker and watching the mail being delivered by boat on Lake Winnipesaukee. Mailboat cruises are offered on the Sophie C. (the oldest floating post office in the country). The cruise will give you a front row seat to the spectacle of delivering mail by boat to residents on a number of different islands on the lake. You will also be invited to write a postcard and mail it while on board (it will include a unique collectible cancellation stamp). 

The team at Maxfield Real Estate looks forward to helping you find your perfect home while you explore the communities we represent. An adventure is waiting for you this summer, and every season of the year, when you choose to live in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Contact us today!

7 Best Shops Around Lake Winnipesaukee

Boutique on Lake Winnipesaukee

Boutique on Lake WinnipesaukeeThere is an excellent selection of unique boutiques, country stores, outlet shops, home furnishing, and outdoor gear shops all around the Lakes Region in New Hampshire. You will enjoy tax-free shopping as you find the perfect rustic pool table, canoe, snowboard, fishing pole, boutique clothing, and brand-name outlet shopping treasures. Here are some of the best shops around Lake Winnipesaukee for your shopping pleasure. 

Gilford 

Gilford Country Store: When you are looking for unique gifts specific to the Lakes Region from local artisans stop by the Gilford Country Store. The store features NH made products, home décor, and candy. A framed lake map might just be the finishing touch needed for the guest room in your new lake house, and there are plenty to choose from. Perhaps you would like to commemorate your new home with a lively round of America’s favorite real estate board game. The store features a version specific to Lake Winnipesaukee, WinniOpoly. The game includes local favorite spots around the region. 

Meredith 

The Marketplace at Mill Falls: The shops and restaurants are open year round at Mill Falls in Meredith. You won’t be far from a great meal at the Lakehouse Grille, homemade soup at Waterfall Café, or a “Three Little Pigs” pizza-pie from Giuseppe’s while you stroll through the interesting shops at the marketplace. 

Great Northern Trading Company: This Mill Falls Marketplace shop features baby fashions from Patagonia and organic clothing for children from Hatley. 

Innisfree Bookshop: For your reading pleasure, stop by the Mill Falls Marketplace shop that has been providing the perfect book (when you know where to look) to discerning readers for 25 years. 

Cozy Cabin Rustics: Are you looking for the perfect pool table for your upscale rustic game room? This Mill Falls Marketplace shop is where you will find it. The store specializes in locally made furniture (from cedar, pine, birch, and barnboard). There is also a delightful selection of unique dining room sets, benches, and bedroom sets to choose from. 

The Tackle Shack: Camping supplies, fishing gear, and hunting gear are well stocked at this family owned store. The shop opened its doors in 2010. They understand getting outdoors is a great way to spend time with your children, so they are family friendly. The staff is very knowledgeable of the area and looks to cultivate responsible hunters and anglers in New Hampshire. 

Wolfeboro 

Made on Earth: This charming little boutique in Wolfeboro has been treating locals and tourists to unique treasures with a strong focus on fair trade and social justice since 1993. You might discover the perfect dress, shoes, or jewelry lovingly created by an artisan from the worldwide community or find a book to enjoy by the fireplace after a day on the lake. You can relax at the coffee shop right next door and then get back to shopping. 

The team at Maxfield Real Estate is passionate about life in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. We look forward to helping you find your perfect home and enjoy the wonderful lifestyle on Lake Winnipesaukee. Contact us today!

6 Best Restaurants on Lake Winnipesaukee

Dining on Lake Winnipesaukee

You will never be far from a unique and delicious dining experience living in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. The variety of cuisine is certain to tempt the palates of the most discerning individuals. You will enjoy upscale dining, and more casual dining (including a horse stall in a beautifully restored barn) as you discover your [...]

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