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Best Romantic Getaway in the Lakes Region

There is nothing more romantic than a luxurious beachside getaway with your significant other. Picture yourself relaxing on a private sandy beach hand-in-hand with your partner before deciding to explore Lake Winnipesaukee in a convenient two-person kayak. Once you have adventured around Halfmile Island and returned back to shore, unwind in the tranquil four-season outdoor hot tub taking in the incredible views overlooking the harbor. As soon as you know it, it will be dinner time where you can take advantage of one of the many romantic and delicious restaurant offerings located within walking distance of the Center Harbor Inn. After dinner, take a stroll around the quaint town before retiring for the night in your comfortable and modern accommodations.

The Center Harbor Inn is honored to announce that we have recently won the Gold Medal for Best Romantic Getaway in the Lakes Region in the 2021 Best of the Lakes Region contest. We truly appreciate this acknowledgment and would like to thank our guests and employees for their continued dedication and support over the past few years to make this achievement possible. We promise to remain committed to our guests and will continue to provide an extraordinary vacation experience for all.

BeachaPalooza at the Center Harbor Inn

Are you ready for a beach party like you’ve never experienced before? We are gearing up for our first ever BeachaPalooza bash taking place on Wednesday, September 15th! Join us for an end of the summer beach party located on the shores of our very own Center Harbor Inn. The party will be held from 3pm – 8pm and it is important to note that ALL proceeds will be benefiting the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction going towards local children in need.

Matt the Sax, a talented New Hampshire based musician, will be performing live entertainment with his saxophone, guitar and gifted vocals. Matt recently played at our sister resort, Steele Hill during the successful Brew with a View event and guests enjoyed singing along and dancing throughout the entire brewfest to his catchy tunes! His musical style is the perfect choice to set the tone for our charity beach party event. Each ticket purchased will also include a variety of delectable food offerings catered by our Inn neighbors, Canoe Restaurant and Tavern. Canoe will also be providing a cash bar onsite producing some of your favorite summer beverages. Save room for dessert as Gusto Italian Café will be providing a selection of their mouthwatering desserts, made right at their onsite bakery across the street from the Center Harbor Inn.

We have never heard of a beach party without exciting games and activities to take part in, therefore we will be hosting multiple friendly beachside competitions on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. Attendees are encouraged to participate in epic pedal boat races and a nail-biting cornhole tournament with incredible prizes from some of our favorite local businesses including: Polished and Proper Barbershop, Mind & Body Oasis, Hannaford Supermarket and Path Resorts. Our friends at North Water Marine will be in attendance providing a fun opportunity to cruise the lake on one of their exhilarating Starcraft boats.

The fun doesn’t have to stop when the party does! Stay with our BeachaPalooza package and receive 50% off that Wednesday night in the accommodations of your choice. Each package also includes two tickets to the exciting onsite event. Once the party has come to an end, take time to relax in the outdoor hot tub overlooking the harbor or take in the gorgeous lake views from your private balcony before retiring for the night. In the morning, refuel with our delicious continental breakfast offering before enjoying another fun-filled day in the Lakes Region.

Tickets for the BeachaPalooza bash are just $40 per person and can be purchased here. ALL proceeds benefit the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction to help the local children in need with everything from basic necessities to broadening their opportunities and life experiences. The Children’s Auction works with multiple non-profit community organizations to raise funds to distribute to under resourced children and families in the immediate area. If you are unable to make it to the event and would like to make a donation please visit the fundraising page here.

A Message From The Manager

Oh, Autumn! There are just so many reasons to love the season—where to even begin? The seasons change so swiftly. One day we are in the riches of Summer and without pause we find ourselves in the graces of Autumn. As I sit and contemplate writing this Autumn Blog, I find myself so very lost for the words to express its beauty. So, in this season, I choose to go directly to the great poets and writers of our times. To those who have taken their souls clearly into the subject matter of Autumn, where they have so eloquently expressed into words, what I can only see in my mind’s eye:

“And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep, and autumn was awakened.” Raquel Franco

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.” Stanley Horowitz

“Dancing of the autumn leaves on a surface of a lake is a dream we see when we are awake.” Mehmet Murat Ildan

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” Oscar Wilde

“A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.” Unknown

Come and experience Autumn in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire! Witness the magical kaleidoscope of colors firsthand atop several local mountain peaks or from a cruise along the magnificent Lake of the Winnipesaukee in one of our kayaks, paddle boards, or pedal boats right from the shores of our own sandy beach.

Fill your senses with the aromas of leaves baking in the last of summer’s sun. Sip your favorite wine by the open fire and take in the mountain backdrop where the foliage seems to wrap around the lake from every direction. Take a soak and relax in our lakeside outdoor hot tub as the sun begins to trail away. Retire in the comfort of your own king or queen size bed for a great night’s sleep and in the morning join us for breakfast before you get ready to enjoy another amazing fall day.

Add to your experience by taking advantage of one of our Special Autumn Packages. Make your reservations early so that you do not miss out on this hopeful of seasons.

“I hope I can be the autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.” Dodinsky

We are so looking forward to your visit with us.
Denis Longchamps
General Manager

Gusto Italian Café

Located right across the street from the Center Harbor Inn is quite possibly our new favorite breakfast and brunch spot, Gusto Italian Café. Offering authentic Tuscan Italian food in a setting where you truly feel as if you are dining in Italy, the café is the perfect spot to visit and relax, learn a bit about Italy and enjoy a true taste of Italian cuisine.

Owners Nick and Elena work hard to bring a sense of Tuscany to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Offering breakfast and lunch Wednesdays through Sundays, the menu is stock full of authentic Italian classics including paninis, bruschetta, detailed charcuterie displays and of course authentic fresh pasta dishes. Gusto’s menu is inclusive providing options for individuals with dietary restrictions including gluten free, keto, vegan and nondairy dishes. Be sure to save room for dessert as Gusto always has a delectable selection at the onsite bakery providing authentic Italian pastries made daily.

There are many customers who come through the doors of Gusto café to enjoy a delicious meal, snack or cup of coffee including familiar faces who stop by as regulars and out-of-state vacationers looking to try something new (many of which return on the daily during their trip!) Many customers stay a while to enjoy not only the delightful food offerings, but the live entertainment that the café offers frequently as well. The musicians certainly add to the atmosphere, enhancing the Italian experience.

Gusto also offers an onsite Market where they sell pasta noodles, homemade sauce, meatballs and the option to preorder meals for the whole party including: classic lasagna (with a vegetarian option), cannelloni stuffed shells, chicken parmigiana, pasta salad, their signature panini bites trays, quiche and more! Nick and Elena are working hard on their newest project and will soon have their very own storefront providing many more options in their upcoming expanded Gusto Market! The new Market will also be located in Center Harbor, situated behind the café and provide imported goods, exhibit Tuscan themed works of art and of course sell traditional Italian food. Other great offerings the café provides consist of a pasta of the day dish, events like wine tastings and cooking lessons and catering. Next time you are in the Lakes Regions, be sure to visit Gusto Café, ciao!

Latest Covid-19 Update

June 16, 2021

The Governor’s Economic Reopening Taskforce for the state of New Hampshire has recently transitioned from Universal Guidelines to Universal Best Practices intended to assist with preventing the spread of Covid-19. Here at the Center Harbor Inn, we continue to stay committed to providing our guests a safe and relaxing vacation by prioritizing the health and safety of our visitors and team members. Here are our recent updates and list of the steps we will continue to take to deliver the safest and most comfortable vacation experience possible:

  • In accordance with CDC guidance, fully vaccinated guests are no longer required to wear facial coverings on property. We ask that our unvaccinated guests continue to wear their masks or facial coverings and continue practicing social distancing when they are in public spaces around the inn
  • Our housekeeping staff will continue to use enhanced cleaning technologies with hospital-grade disinfectants while cleaning common areas and guests’ quarters
  • We will continue providing additional sanitizing stations throughout campus
  • All of our regular seasonal amenities are now available, including our sauna, fitness center, watercraft rentals and outdoor hot tub
  • Employees are required to stay home if they are not feeling well and we ask that our guests also stay home if they feel ill or have symptoms or exposure to Covid-19

We are excited to bring back a sense of normalcy after such an unpredictable year. We are happy to provide a safe vacation spot for couples, friends and family to visit, relax and enjoy precious time together while experiencing all of our hotel offerings.

A Message From The Manager

To our many satisfied guests and our dedicated staff, I would like to extend my gratitude for growing our reputation right into the Ten Best Lakefront Hotels & Resorts to stay in New Hampshire for 2021 listed by EXPEDIA.COM. Not only have you helped us to make a substantial presence within this quaint lakeside community of Center Harbor NH, but your loyalty to our hospitality has pushed us to the top of a very competitive industry during uncertain times.

Unwind and sunbathe on 200 feet of sandy beach. Plunge yourself into crystal clear waters to our swim raft to cool down while taking in all the boat action passing in and out of the Harbor. Experience the magnificent sunrises each morning coming up over the lake while enjoying a fine cup of locally roasted coffee from the comfort of your own balcony or patio. If you are a boat owner, you will want to tie up to one of our 16 boat slips or 8 moorings. At your leisure, feel free to unleash that urge and roam 71 Square Miles on New Hampshire’s largest lake, Winnipesaukee.

Center Harbor and the surrounding lake sports some of the finest hiking trails for all experience levels. There are activities for all ages to enjoy and explore all around the lake. Hop onto one of our kayaks, paddle boards or pedal boats, and brave the calm waters of the Harbor while exploring the many islands and coves. You will also be within walking distance of some of the finest restaurants and ice cream shops with many more to enjoy all around the lake.

When the day winds down you can ease right into the night with a relaxing soak in our outdoor lakeside hot tub, or just sit back around our lakeside fire pit to catch the night falling over the Big Lake. Let our comfortable beds lullaby you into a restful night’s sleep. In the morning we will have a complimentary breakfast waiting for you to get your day started right.

To make this summer vacation memorable, please ask about all of our summer packages and specials that we are offering. Be sure to reserve your vacation place on the lake early, because “This is where you want to stay this summer!

Denis Longchamps

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.