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A Message From The Manager

Springtime in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire sometimes comes late and stays only briefly. The spring days of April, May and June are a delight, with cool temperatures in the evening and just the perfect degree of warmth during the day, in bright, clear sun.

We all rejoice when spring arrives to the Lakes Region. After our long winters, the longer days and greener landscapes are exceedingly welcome. The Center Harbor Inn is situated on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee so boating, fishing, swimming, and water sports are always in style. If that is not your thing, the small quaint towns all around the Lakes area is full of independently owned gift shops, restaurants, breweries, Maple Sugar Houses, the World’s Largest Arcade (according to Guinness World Records), outstanding hiking trails, and oh yes, peace and quiet.

We have put together some exciting specials to help make your Springtime “Get out of Dodge”, more pleasurable. Enjoy a refreshing and relaxing soak at our lakeside outdoor Hot Tub or sit by the outdoor fire pit while taking in the cool clear evening skies and magnificent views of the harbor before settling into one of our plush king size beds. Wake up fresh each morning to a light and fitting breakfast, our compliments of course, before setting out to explore the lakes and mountains.

Make your reservations early and rejoice in spending part of your springtime with us on the Big Lake.

Thank you,
Denis Longchamps

Discounted Ski Tickets in NH

With a couple of big snowstorms under our belt, and more to come this winter season, we are set to launch another round of great ski discounts for the best mountains in the area! The Center Harbor Inn is located just a short drive from some of our favorite ski destinations including Gunstock Mountain, Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain.

For skiers and snowboarders searching for the ideal New Hampshire ski vacation, be sure to look into our Gunstock Ski and Stay Package. Located just thirty minutes away from the Center Harbor Inn, Gunstock provides riders pristine trails with incredible views of the Lakes Region. This year, we are offering guests remarkable discounts of 25% off midweek lift tickets and 15% off weekend and holiday tickets to Gunstock mountain, making us the perfect choice for Gunstock Lodging. After spending the day on the best trails in the region, come back to the Inn to comfort your muscles in our four-season outdoor hot tub equipped with heated walkways. Relax your body and mind while watching the snow fall peacefully over frozen Lake Winnipesaukee before retiring to your comfortable accommodations for the evening.

Our guests are also able to save on midweek lift tickets to Loon Mountain and Waterville Valley this year. Our ski discounts will begin on Monday, January 4th and we are asking all guests who are interested in taking part of this amazing offer to please book your tickets in advance and read about the changes at each mountain this season.

A Message From The Manager

We had one HOT summer and one COOL autumn, so what do you say I get you all fired up for one COLD and SNOWY winter. Winter is right here at our doorsteps and nothing is going to stop it now. I bet you cannot wait; well we cannot wait either. Let me set it up for you: The wind is blowing, the snow is falling and the lake is frozen. Ski slopes and snowmobile trails are groomed, bob houses staked in place and rinks just waiting for your ice-skates.

If you are feeling cooped up these days then there is no better way to break out and be outside enjoying fresh air, sunshine and recreations. Soon enough, visitors will be out ice skating, snowshoeing and snowmobiling just beyond our very own beachfront shores. Guests are welcome to take advantage of other great snow sports in the area with discounted skiing and snowboarding lift tickets from our partner ski areas or rent a pair of snowshoes from the Inn and enjoy a walk at the nearby conservation trails or across frozen Lake Winnipesaukee.

Be sure to check out our seasonal promotions including a Winter Adventure Package, Dinner and a Movie and Romantic Getaway with Dinner for two at the Canoe Restaurant and Tavern. Enjoy ice fishing right off our shores or cross-country skiing and snow shoeing at nearby conservation areas and Gunstock Mountain. If you feel the need for speed, bring along your snowmobile and zip through the winter wonderland.

After a full day of adventure, come back to the Inn to enjoy several nearby eateries, distilleries, and breweries. Relax in our four-season outdoor lakeside hot tub to shake off the chill in your bones and delight in the comfort of your very own king or queen size bed before retiring for the night. Get a great night’s rest and in the morning enjoy breakfast on us to get you fueled for another amazing day. Shake off that cooped up feeling and escape with us at Center Harbor Inn for some winter fun and relaxation this winter.

Thank you,
Denis Longchamps

Twin Barns Brewing Located in the NH Lakes Region

Guests of the Center Harbor Inn have the option to discover a vast amount of activities in the Lakes Region during their NH getaway. Nearby options include boating on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee, getting some fresh air while hiking the local and well-maintained trails and mountains, or visiting one of the region’s delicious offerings of food, wine and beer. After an exciting day exploring the area, there is no better way to unwind than enjoying an evening with a cold, craft brew in hand. Located in Meredith only 10 minutes from the Inn, Twin Barns Brewing Company is a newly established brewery sharing their handcrafted creations in the Lakes Region.

There’s a wide variety of brews available at Twin Barns catering to every beer lover’s unique taste buds. With diverse styles including IPAs, porters, wheat beers, stouts, and more, the brewery makes it a point to provide an array of signature taps for visitors to enjoy. The food menu at the brewpub is just as enticing as the beer list with options including chowders, flatbreads, a variety of burgers and even a children’s menu. You can’t go wrong with a delicious meal paired with an equally delightful brew under the beautiful antique twin barns!

During the warmer months, the brewery opens their large outside beer garden for guests to enjoy. Offering an outdoor bar and a variety of spaces to relax, play lawn games, take in some fresh air and catch up with friends and loved ones, the beer garden is a high-season hotspot for both locals to the region and vacationers. Throughout the summer weekends there is scheduled live music and events for all to enjoy in the beautiful and natural outdoor location. The live entertainment extends into the fall, winter and spring with the music moving inside the conjoined barns as well as other fun activities available throughout the week including music bingo and trivia nights!

After returning back to the Inn from your visit to Twin Barns Brewing Company, continue the laid-back vibes by enjoying a relaxing soak in our spacious outdoor four-season hot tub overlooking beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. There is no better way to experience the Lakes Region than appreciating some delicious locally crafted brews and taking in the beauty of the region firsthand by lodging lakeside.

Silver Medal for Romantic Getaway

If you are looking for a romantic getaway, the Center Harbor Inn is your ideal destination. With our beachside setting, private balconies and beautiful outdoor, four season hot tub, there is no better way to rekindle the flame in your relationship. The Inn is conveniently located close to many nearby restaurants and offers a variety of promotional packages throughout the year which include restaurant gift certificates and room discounts, providing the perfect opportunity for a romantic night out.

The Center Harbor Inn has recently received the Silver Medal in the Romantic Getaway category for the Best of the Lakes Region Contest presented by Bank of New Hampshire. We are so thankful for this recognition and appreciate the continued support from our guests and deserving employees. If you are looking for ways to keep your relationship alive, book a stay at the Center Harbor Inn today.

A Message From The Manager


My favorite time of year is autumn in New Hampshire. Experiencing a New Hampshire autumn should be on everyone’s bucket list! In autumn, New Hampshire is famous for the glorious foliage as billions of leaves change from green to a kaleidoscope of colors. The air is crisp and cool — perfect for hiking, biking or a leisure drive along back roads. Stop and take a break where farm stands are piled high with crunchy apples and orange pumpkins.

In the beautiful Lakes Region, you can stand on the top of several local mountain peaks to catch a panoramic view of Lake Winnipesauke. Cruise the big lake on the M/S Mount Washington or go on an adventure with one of our kayaks, peddle boat, or paddle boards right off our own sandy beach. With mountains as a backdrop, the foliage seems to wrap around the lake from all angles. All throughout the Lakes Region you will find areas covered with endless unspoiled scenery.

If you haven’t yet joined our family, now is the perfect time to plan your first trip to New Hampshire. Hurry and book soon for the upcoming autumn season as we have put together some exciting and affordable lodging packages such as our Fall Into Romance and Romantic Lakeside Retreat.

After a full day of adventure, head back to the Inn to enjoy several nearby eateries, distilleries and breweries. Afterwards, relax in our outdoor lakeside hot tub or just enjoy a glass of wine lakeside by the fire pit before retiring in the comfort of your own king or queen sized bed. Get a great night’s rest and in the morning enjoy our continental breakfast to get you ready for another amazing day.

Autumn in New Hampshire, together with you, is our best time of year. Put fall in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region on your bucket list and get away with us.

Thank you,
Denis Longchamps

Our Hot Tub Is Reopening

As we welcome our guests back to the Inn, the safety and health of our employees and guests remain our top priority. With our hot tub and fitness center opening back up on June 18th, we would like to take this time to summarize the safety plan and strategies we have implemented to provide you with the most enjoyable and safe vacation possible. We have established a comprehensive reopening strategy that will be following CDC guidelines as well as the COVID-19 Reopening Guidance provided by the Governor’s Economic Reopening Taskforce, taking all precautionary measures to protect your health and safety. Here are some of the new procedures we would like you to know about:

  • Our new hot tub hours will be 8AM – 8PM daily
  • There will be signage stating social distancing rules and max occupancy that must be adhered to
  • We have installed alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations and encourage guests to use them frequently
  • We have rearranged the chairs and lounge furniture to follow social distancing guidelines and will disinfect them regularly
  • Our cleaning staff is using hospital grade disinfectant to regularly sanitize public spaces including all frequently touched areas such as railings and door handles
  • Our Fitness Center will be opening Thursday, June 18th and will be limited to a maximum of 2 people
  • Grab and Go breakfast will be available to guests starting the weekend of June 20th
  • Masks are mandatory in all common areas and required in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, where guests are unable to or do not consistently maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from persons outside their own households

Our four-season hot tub provides the perfect vantage point to view beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. After a day of fun on the lake, soak in our outdoor hot tub and unwind with the sounds of lake life surrounding you. There is no better way to relax on vacation than enjoying a moment to appreciate the magnificent lakeside setting. Reserve your accommodations using one of our current promotional packages to save money and get additional perks with your stay!

We’re Reopening on June 5, 2020

We are excited to announce that the Center Harbor Inn will reopen with reservations beginning on June 5 and beyond. Per Governor’s Orders, until further notice, the sauna and continental breakfast will remain closed. Guests are still welcome to enjoy the beach area, the grilling stations and kayak rentals during their stay or just relax and enjoy the lake views from their private decks. Please read on below for special health and safety protocols we will put in place to adhere to federal and state guidelines.

  • Occupancy will be limited to comply with state and federal guidelines.
  • To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, all operations staff has been specially trained and equipped with personal protective equipment and sterilization tools.
  • Reservations staff will be working with operations staff under a coordinated protocol to ensure all rooms remain vacant for an adequate period of time to allow for proper deep cleaning.
  • No maid service will be performed during these stays but supplies to freshen up your suite can be provided per request.
  • Limited contact, curbside check-in will be implemented to ensure convenience and safety.

Available Amenities and Services at the Center Harbor Inn:

  • The beach and swimming area will be open with special provisions to maintain social distancing between lounge setups.
  • Grilling stations will be available for guests to enjoy the outdoors while cooking up some burgers.
  • Kayak, paddle boards and pedal boats will be available for rental during specific hours as directed by the desk.
  • Slip Rentals are available for guest to bring their own boat and enjoy access to the lake.

Covid-19 Update


March 18, 2020

We wanted to reach out to let you know what we are doing at Path Resorts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. The health of our team and guests is our top priority as we face the challenges of this pandemic.

We have been closely following the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines and recommendations on the steps required and as a result, we have chosen to take a difficult course of action and will suspend all Hotel and Food & Beverage Operations beginning March 19– until further notice.

This decision has not come easily and we want to thank all of our owners, guests and employees who have shown so much understanding and flexibility as we work together to share the burden and lessen the negative impact of this virus.

During this suspension of operations, we will be deep cleaning all areas and surfaces in our guest rooms, lobby area, public restrooms, amenities and restaurant in preparation for the time we can announce re-opening.

We will be evaluating CDC guidelines and current NH State Regulations to determine on a week-by-week basis whether reopening is advisable and we will provide you with updates.

We hope you and your families remain safe through this terrible pandemic and we look forward to serving you again in the very near future.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,
The Management Team

A Message From The Manager


Spring is in the air and old man winter has one foot out the door. We will soon find ourselves between seasons with our sights, of course, set on summer. What a perfect time to plan a small trip to the big lake to watch the ice move out and to enjoy the quietness of this beautiful change of seasons. Maple sap will soon be flowing and the many local sugar houses will be in full swing making all our favorite sweets. Snow covered grounds will transform into new undergrowth welcoming hikers to the now accessible hiking trails where you will be able to take in all of the sites and sounds of the returning wildlife.

We have put together some exciting packages for you to help make your spring escape more pleasurable. Enjoy our refreshing modern sauna or a relaxing soak in our lakeside outdoor hot tub while taking in the great views of the harbor before settling into one of our plush king size beds. Wake up fresh the next morning to a bountiful breakfast before setting out to explore the lakes and mountains once more.

Make your reservations early and experience this remarkable change in the seasons on the Big Lake with us.

Thank you,
Denis Longchamps