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Lakefront Oasis on Winnipesaukee

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” The CHI project was a great opportunity for our team to bring new life to a once run down landscape and inn. The different outdoor spaces on the property allow guests to enjoy every aspect of life at the lake.” – John Stephens, Stephens Landscaping Professionals LLC

Overlooking the pristine waters of Lake Winnipesaukee, the lakefront at the Center Harbor Inn was made possible by vendors such as Stephens Landscaping who helped us bring our vision to reality. Upon your first arrival to the Inn you may be able to see the water from the parking lot, but it isn’t until you step to the top of the grand lawn steps that the beautiful transition from the hotel parking lot to the unique oasis of lakefront luxury becomes apparent. The steps open up in descending arch patterns to the lower lawn and offer a peaceful vantage point to watch activity on the hotel beach. We’ve even seen a guest or two read a book while looking down on the lake from here.

As you descend the steps while gazing out onto the lake, the luscious manicured green lawn offers a soft contrast to the blue waters, metal railings, and wooden structure of the Inn. To your right you’ll notice the two weber grilling stations with bluestone pads that allow you to grill delicious burgers and still take in views of boat traffic and swimmers out on the water. Just down the slope towards the beach a beautiful, four-season hot tub awaits. Set in front of a beautiful stone retaining wall crafted by Miracle Farms and surrounded by hand-laid, heated pavers, the hot tub has been positioned at a grade to offer a breathtaking view over the lawn and beach toward the harbor. Enjoy basking in the warm water and watching guests glide across the bay in kayaks during the Summer or take in the scene of the local ice fisherman searching for the next big catch in the winter months. The fence surrounding the hot tub includes a long plexiglass span toward the beach side for year-round, unimpeded views of Lake Winnipesaukee.

If you look left the fire pit was strategically placed far enough away from the hot tub and farther down towards the docks so you could get a clear view of the bay including the other side of the hotel. Sit by the fire at night surrounded by friends and family and watch as the stars come out over the lake. The oversized, Adirondack chairs by the fire also offer a great spot to unwind during your New Hampshire getaway.

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We took a natural lakefront that was already one of the ideal spots on Winnipesaukee and transformed it into a true oasis of unparalleled lakeside beauty. With a natural sandy beach, the team wanted to accentuate the existing strengths and add design elements to bring together a truly ideal Winnipesaukee experience. Throughout the lakefront, flowers and plants enhance the area with a romantic feel. We picked a variety of short plants so not to block the view from anywhere you are. One big white birch tree was left as we felt it helped to romanticize our vision.

If you continue down the hill onto the nearly 200 feet of sandy beach, a rock wall separates you sitting on the beach in one of our new beach loungers from the rest of the lawn enabling you to fully soak in the beautiful lake views. We added a top coating of several inches of fresh sand during the construction process to improve what was already one of the best locations on the lake. Enjoy an afternoon of watching the boats come in and out of the hotel docks and moorings from the comfort of your chair. The Inn also offers an array of water craft rentals, so grab a kayak and head out on the water or simply take a dip in our swim area and head out to the raft.

The Center Harbor Inn lakefront offers something for everyone, whether you want to be right on the water, sit under a tree and enjoy a book, hop in the hot tub for a late-night soak, or sit around a fire with family and friends; take your vacation to the next level with the lakefront oasis at the Center Harbor Inn.

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Lake Life With a Boat: Experience Series

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If you’re a boater, you know boating isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. At the Center Harbor Inn, we want you to bring your boat with you and explore all that Lake Winnipesaukee has to offer. With 16 Dock Slips, 8 Moorings, and easy access trailer parking you can be sure to enjoy a hassle-free vacation. If you are new to the area and aren’t sure what to do or where to go by boat we have a great day planned out for you. As we all know life at the lake is more fun when you are out on the water exploring.

Wake up early and visit the continental breakfast to grab some locally sourced bagels and fresh coffee to go. Head out at first light to take advantage of the quiet harbor with an early morning ski or wake board ride. These early hours offer the perfect mix of calm, chop-free waters and amazing lighting to enjoy the natural beauty as the sun comes up over the bay. Stretch your legs from the active morning adventures and head across the street to the EM Heath Supermarket for your standard boating fare; load up a cooler with cold beer, white wine, cheese and crackers, and a few waters.

Get back on your boat and head across the lake to the quaint town of Wolfeboro. This route will take you along the length of the big lake and offer a life changing perspective on why Winnipesaukee is truly a natural gem of New England. When you arrive at Wolfeboro Harbor, grab a spot at the town docks. Enjoy sitting on the lakeside deck and patio at Garwood’s for an early lunch and sample some delicious oysters while watching the boat traffic taxi in and out of the docks.

After lunch, take a relaxing cruise up to Moultonborough Bay away from the crowds; throw in the anchor, turn up the tunes, and enjoy a refreshing afternoon of swimming the waters and sunbathing on your boat. Take in the breathtaking views of the Ossipee Mountains while sipping on an ice-cold beer and fully experience the Winnipesaukee lake life. Moultonborough Bay offers some great views of the local mountains with the Castle in the Clouds Estate perched up in the high tree line

Head back to the Inn and dock your boat so you can freshen up, shower, and get ready for dinner. Take a short walk into town to enjoy a meal at either Canoe or Lavinia’s. Lavinia’s offers fresh fare made by local ingredients and puts a new twist on traditional New England comfort foods. At Canoe enjoy sitting back with a glass of wine in their rustic style restaurant with the most beautiful views of the Lake.

Don’t forget to save room for dessert, stop by Dewey’s Ice Cream Parlor. They serve up some awesome homemade ice cream. If you can, try out their specialty homemade soda’s because Coke will never taste the same again. Then, get back on your boat for a sunset cruise to tour the beautiful lake homes along the shores of Center Harbor Bay and out towards Long Island as the sun settles into the nearby mountains.

Once the sun goes down, head back to the Inn to relax and enjoy the outdoor fire pit. Gather round with other guests at the Inn and share your favorite spots from the day. Head in to sleep, wakeup, and repeat. That is the lake life after all.

Lake Life Without a Boat: Experience Series

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The Center Harbor Inn is your key to living the lake life, and as they say; Life is better at the Lake. But don’t take our word for it, get out there and experience it for yourself. With direct access to Lake Winnipesaukee we bring the experience to you. Start your day off with our continental breakfast, grab a locally made bagel and fresh roasted coffee and head to your balcony where you can start out the morning with peace, serenity, and views of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee.

The Inn offers watercraft rentals that include: kayaks, paddle boards, and pedal boats. You don’t need a motor boat to enjoy life at the lake, it’s all about taking advantage of what is right in front of you. Spend the first part of your day exploring Halfmile and Mile island, the nearest of the 260 islands around Winnipesaukee.

After a long morning of exploring the islands you must have worked up an appetite for lunch. So, walk across the street and grab a table by the windows at Mug By the Bay restaurant or go to Bellies – N – Butts for some Texas style BBQ take out and enjoy some savory ribs back on your deck overlooking the lake.

Head back down to our nearly 200ft of sandy beach, grab a lounge chair, and settle in with a good book for a few minutes. After all you are supposed to wait 30 minutes after eating to start swimming again. Wade into the water for a refreshing swim and head out to the raft to bask in the sun for a bit.

After a long day of being in the sun, go back to your room; take a nap, shower, and refresh for dinner. Center Harbor offers many dining options; walk to Lavinia Dining for a delicious meal inspired by local ingredients and a tasty IPA in the pub. For something more low key go to the EM Heath Supermarket to pick up some choice grilling meats and head back to the Inn to enjoy dinner using one of the lakeside grills we offer overlooking the bay.

Post dinner, feel free to sit by the fire pit where there is always a fire going. Enjoy conversation amongst other guests who love the lake as much as you do. Don’t forget to do a late night hot tub session, there is nothing better on a cool summer night. After a long day, get ready for bed, sleep, wake up and repeat, lake life.