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Lake Winnipesaukee Hotel Blog

Lake Winnipesaukee Hotel Blog

Watercraft Take Float

The waters along the beachfront at the Center Harbor Inn are bobbing with excitement. Our recent shipment of brand new watercraft has arrived and guests are sure to be delighted. Featuring six Abaco Single Kayaks, two Abaco Double Kayaks, four Jimmy Styks Scout Paddle Boards and two Pelican Pedal Boats, the new fleet offers a variety of options for anyone looking to launch from our sandy beach and explore Lake Winnipesaukee.

This exciting new addition sets the Center Harbor Inn experience apart from other lodging options along the Lake. Each reservation includes one free half day rental of a watercraft of the guest’s choosing based upon availability. The new water activities program also offers additional half day rentals for $20 and full day rentals for $35. Enjoy a one-stop shop for your ideal lakeside getaway. Get out on the water with your friends or family and make the most of your trip to scenic Lake Winnipesaukee.

A Taste of Something Local

Coffee and bagels have always made for a good pairing. This statement is particularly true if you are on vacation and looking to kick off a fun-filled day by the lake. As construction neared completion on the Center Harbor Inn, management looked to re-envision the continental breakfast offering. Too often a hotel’s continental breakfast is underwhelming and leaves a bad taste in your mouth. After much consideration, the team decided that the key to a positive continental breakfast experience was sourcing select, quality items from local vendors.

Coffee is king and we wanted our guest to be happy with their early morning beverage. The inn partnered with Wayfarer Coffee Roasters to deliver the perfect cup of joe. A local roaster based out of nearby Laconia, Wayfarer struck a deal to supply a variety of freshly roasted beans and even came onsite to calibrate the handpicked grinders and train the staff. With the breakfast area just steps from check-in, any new guest will be greeted by a welcoming aroma of hand-roasted, freshly made coffee. The partnership also supplied homemade granola and signature energy balls to the breakfast counter at the inn. If you are looking for a power snack before a big hike, we highly recommend the energy balls.

For some additional local flavor, the Inn struck a deal with Winnipesaukee Bay Gulls. This local bakery is widely known as the best bagel shop in the Lakes Region. Just a few minutes down the road from the hotel, Bay Gulls handmakes a variety of bagels and delivers them for the enjoyment of our guests. Imagine a delicious sesame bagel with a piping hot cup of locally crafted, dark roast coffee. Are we getting hungry yet?

While the selection might be limited, the continental breakfast at the Center Harbor Inn packs in a few local staples that are sure to impress. Kick off your morning by tasting the local flavors and enjoying the sunrise on your deck. It’s hard to imagine a better start to your lakeside vacation.

Ribbon Cutting at our Winnipesaukee Hotel

Ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Center Harbor Inn.

On Friday, January 20th, the Center Harbor Inn held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of the new facility after nearly a year of aggressive renovations. Originally a series of vacation cottages dating back to the 1920’s, the main lodge building on the property was erected in 1968. The Inn offered comfortable hotel rooms with private decks on a sandy Lake Winnipesaukee beachfront just walking distance from the shops and restaurants in Center Harbor. Over the years, however, the facility experienced a prolonged period of deferred maintenance and was no longer positioned to do justice to its unique and valued location.

Following a lengthy negotiation process, the hotel group that operates Steele Hill Resorts was able to purchase the inn this past March. With the support of town officials and local businesses, a major renovation project kicked off to completely revitalize the hotel. Conneston Construction spearheaded the contracting services using architectural plans from Stewart Associates Architects and interior design input from Frances G Hodges Interiors. The renovation involved stripping the building down to the studs and completely rethinking the structure. Key changes included the addition of Douglass Fir clad beam work to frame out the new decking system, new accent gables to break up the roofline and two large decorative cupolas along the center of the main lodge.

The interior work echoed the appearance of the exterior with an emphasis on both modern and rustic features. Inside the main lodge, bathrooms were completely gutted and fully tiled. The addition of modern glass panel dividers, new plumbing fixtures and custom hickory vanities finished off these spaces. All new carpeting, custom furniture and beautiful floor to ceiling, hickory headboards with floating shelves dressed out the upscale, lakeside accommodations. The addition of amenities included complete refurbishment of the nearly 200 feet of sandy beachfront and the construction of a beautiful, 4-season outside hot tub facility overlooking the lake surrounded by heated pavers offering direct access to the building. Interior improvements also included the addition of an all new fitness center with an adjacent sauna facility.

With the completion of this extensive renovation, the hotel will now offer an upscale, lakeside hospitality experience allowing guests to enjoy wading into the relaxing waters of Lake Winnipesaukee from the sandy beachfront or walking into town to experience all that Center Harbor has to offer.