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Lake Winnipesaukee Towns

Center Harbor:

The quaint town of Center Harbor sits between Meredith and Moultonborough on the northwest shores of the beautiful waters of Lake Winnipesaukee. Center Harbor is in close proximity to major tourist attractions such as Weirs Beach, Meredith Center, the White Mountains, Gunstock and more. Boasting easy access to many of the most popular destination in the Lakes Region, Center Harbor also offers a low key, more laid-back setting for those looking for a little more peace and relaxation. The small town provides easy walking access to a variety of wonderful dining options, galleries, and shops and retains much of its original ambience dating back to the golden days of tourism on the big lake. Key area attractions include the home port of the M/S Mount Washington, the Canoe Restaurant, Lavinia’s Relaxed Dining, Lemon Grass Restaurant and Yikes Gallery.


The bustling town of Meredith, NH is located on the north side of Lake Winnipesaukee just minutes from the Center Harbor Inn. With an abundance of tax free boutique shopping options, Meredith is one of the most popular spots on Lake Winnipesaukee. Although the town is always busy with its great mix of tourist attractions and restaurants including Guiseppe’s Pizzeria located in the original mill building, Meredith manages to keep its small-town charm. The town offers a variety of dining spots with lakeside views, whether you want to have a casual drink by the lake or a romantic dinner for two you can find it in Meredith. If you’re looking for some great local entertainment the Winnipesaukee Playhouse and Interlakes Summer Theatre put on shows all summer long. The town is also home to Hermit Woods Winery, they offer tastings on the weekends so make sure to check them out for a taste of local NH wine.


Laconia is situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Winnisquam, and includes the village of the Weirs. The town offers a public beach as well as a pier that boasts a lively atmosphere all day and night. Weir’s Beach is currently undergoing a major revitalization project of the pier and you can find more information about that on on our sister resort’s website here. The town is also home to Motorcycle Week in the early summer, and the NH Pumpkin Festival in October. Check out the blog post on our sister resort’s website, a Guide to Weirs beach, for more information. Other key attractions in and around Laconia include Funspot Arcade and the main embarkation for the M/S Mount Washington Cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee.


The town of Alton, located on the southeastern end of Lake Winnipesaukee, is home to the village of Alton Bay. This town is a popular destination for hikers as it is home to Mt. Major, which offers some of the most beautiful views overlooking Winnipesaukee. With food options including fried clams at Pop’s Clam Shell, lakeside dining at Shibley’s at the Pier and variety of ice cream stands, Alton presents a 1950’s vibe that allows you to relax and slow down life a bit as you watch the boats cruising in and out of the bay.


The town of Wolfeboro sits on the eastern shores of Lake Winnipesaukee at the head of Wolfeboro bay. Wolfeboro which is commonly referred to as “The Oldest Resort in America” offers a picturesque New England lake town. During the summer months, the town is bustling with concerts, theater, and craft fairs. Water enthusiasts and shoppers alike flock to this town where they can enjoy locally owned shops and boutiques, fishing opportunities and more. A tempting array of restaurants line the backstreets of town as well as the harbor itself which provide beautiful sunset views along Winnipesaukee. Key attractions include Garwoods Restaurant and Pub, the Downtown Grille Café, Nolan’s Brick Oven Bistro and Seven Suns Coffee and Tea Shop. For those looking for specialty treats try out the new Lone Wolfe Brewery location or hit up Bailey’s Bubble for some delicious ice cream.

Lakefront Oasis on Winnipesaukee

” 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.


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.