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Center Harbor Inn Wins Community Pride Award

On October 25th, the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual meeting which included an awards ceremony where local businesses were honored for making a positive impact in the community. With our recent renovations of the inn just behind us, we are very grateful to have been presented the 2018 Community Pride Award for the rehabilitation and reopening of the Center Harbor Inn.

Chamber board of director member Julie Hayward of Hayward & Company presented the award plaque to long-term Path Resorts employee Jill Ober. Julie stated, “Throughout the renovation, they partnered with a number of local businesses to ensure the inn’s style and amenities were true to the area and best met the needs of the community and the visitors. The work took longer and cost more than expected (there’s a shock if anybody’s renovated anything because that is always the case) they were committed to restoring the inn to its glory and filling the large void in a growing and vibrant community of Center Harbor. Today the fully restored inn’s Adirondack facade brings new charm to the town along with many new and returning visitors. Guests enjoy upscale amenities and professional staff; the inn has fully reclaimed its place as a premier lakeside luxury resort.”

In March of 2016 Path Resorts purchased the Center Harbor Inn and immediately kicked off extensive renovations. The building was completely restructured with new exterior decks, douglas fir clad beam work and decorative cupolas to highlight the new Adirondack style. Interior work included complete modernization of the bathrooms and design updates incorporating rustic tones. Hotel amenities were improved with the addition of a four-season outdoor hot tub including heated walkways, as well as complete refurbishment of the nearly 200 feet of sandy beachfront. After all the updates the only thing that remained the same was the name of the property. Less than a year later, in January of 2017, the extensive renovations were completed and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to mark the grand opening.

We are honored to accept such a significant award and would like to thank the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce for presenting it to us. It is wonderful to hear that the community is just as proud of the hard work that went into our widespread renovations as we are. We are committed to providing an upscale hospitality experience that does justice to the beautiful lakeside town of Center Harbor.

S’mores Three Ways at the Center Harbor Inn

At the Center Harbor Inn one of our lakeside favorites on a cool summer or fall night is a classic campfire. What’s better than sitting around a cozy fire unplugged from the world surrounded by family and friends? We can think of something… adding in a good old-fashioned s’more! We have taken the traditional s’more and upgraded it with a few twists of our own. Watch our video or check out the recipes below for our special concoctions. If you’re looking for ingredients, head across the street from the Inn to EM Heath’s Grocery Store for everything you might need. Just ask the front desk when you’re ready to start a fire and they will be more than happy to help!

The Classic: A straight up classic, if you have no idea what a s’more is, let us introduce you!

Ingredients:
2 Pieces of Hershey’s Chocolate Bar
2 Graham Cracker Halves
1 Marshmallow

Peanut Butter Lovers: Who doesn’t love Peanut Butter? For those who can’t get enough, try this one!

Ingredients:
1 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
2 Graham Cracker Halves
1 Marshmallow
Spread of Peanut Butter

Chocolate Covered Pretzel: For extra crunch try out this twist on the classic.

Ingredients:
2 Chocolate Covered Pretzels
2 Graham Cracker Halves
1 Marshmallow

Canoe Restaurant in Center Harbor, NH

When you stay with us at the Center Harbor Inn you can expect to be immersed in the small lake town life where everything is a short walk away. One of our favorite places and hotel partners, Canoe Restaurant, is located within walking distance of the Inn. Canoe features laid-back American cuisine in a boathouse-inspired setting. This Spring they recently completed a full renovation that will be sure to bring in new guests year after year. They may have renovated the restaurant but when you walk in you still feel like you are at the same place it’s been for years.

The bar area has been completely redone with high top tables so you can look over the window sill to see lake views. They also purchased a wood fired oven which can be seen from just about anywhere in the bar area adding a rustic feel to the space and delivering excellent flavors for your meal. For the women pocketbook hooks were placed under the bar, so no worrying about draping it behind your seat or placing your bag on the floor anymore. In the main dining area, the dividing wall was opened up to provide the whole room with a view. Six-person booths were added for larger groups and a newly redesigned ceiling adds character to the room.

Check out our Midweek Winnipesaukee Romance package for a great deal which includes 15% off accommodations of your choice during two or more midweek nights and receive a $75 gift certificate to the wonderful Canoe Restaurant.

Guests can expect a casual and communal experience. In the bar there is 80s music playing, sports on tv, and local craft beer flowing from the tap tree. In the dining room you can have a more romantic and private, slow-paced experience. During the warmer months you can dine in their three-season porch and enjoy the fresh air. There has been nothing but positive feedback on the renovations and we highly suggest Canoe Restaurant on your next trip to the Center Harbor Inn. They are open seven days a week for dinner, and lunch is served Friday – Sunday.

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

As much as we love sunny, beautiful beach days here at the Center Harbor Inn, we know that it’s not always possible and that sometimes you need to take a break from the Lake to go explore other attractions in the area. A favorite of ours for both the kids and adults is the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. It is the center’s mission to inform guests about ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural state through live animal exhibits, educational programs, a public garden, and lake cruises.

The live animal exhibits feature animals native to New Hampshire’s landscape and include: Barred owl, white-footed mouse, mink, painted turtle, spotted turtle, snapping turtle, various fish and amphibians, coyote, red fox, gray fox, fisher, bobcat, mountain lion, white-tailed deer, river otter, black bear, Black-crowned Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Great Horned Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Bald Eagle, and Turkey Vulture. It’s not every day that you get to see these animals up close and personal, so take your time and enjoy reading the descriptions and participate in the little activities they have set up along the relaxing, wooded nature path that winds through the exhibits.

If you’re interested in an extended walk, there are hiking trails around the property that range from 1/3 of a mile to a mile long. The Ecotone Trail, meaning edge, shows off the point where two habitats meet, in this case the lake and the forest. The Forest Trail provides insight into the past and present use of the land by humans and the Mt. Fayal Trail offers an elevation of just over 1000 feet and boasts beautiful views overlooking Squam Lake. Guests are invited to use this map for self-guided, nature tours through the trail system.

Trail hours are open May 1 – November 1 from 9:30am to 5pm with the last trail admission ending at 3:30pm. All guests of the Center Harbor Inn are eligible to receive $3 off trail admission coupons, just swing by the front desk and grab one.

With easy access to the science center via NH25B and US-3N it is only a 15-minute drive from Center Harbor, so spend a morning or afternoon visiting the animals and head back to the Inn to enjoy the rest of your day on the waters of the beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee.

For more information on packages at the Center Harbor Inn visit our Packages Page.

Message from the Manager

The Center Harbor Inn is excited to announce that this summer season’s preparations to our lakeside beach are just about complete and ready for guests to enjoy. We recently finished installing our swim line, mooring field, and swim raft for the brave ones ready to immerse themselves in the inviting waters of Lake Winnipesaukee. The beach furniture, fireplace seating, and our fleet of kayaks, paddle boards, and pedal boats are now available just in time to begin enjoying summertime fun as the warmer weather finally arrives.

Come out and experience the magnificent sunrise each morning while enjoying a fine cup of locally roasted coffee offered at our continental breakfast. Sit out on our 200 feet of sandy beach and spot all the new wild birds returning from the South to enjoy the early summertime weather. You may even catch a glimpse of our resident otter swimming around the boat docks.

If you are a boat owner, don’t leave her behind. Your boat is welcome to stay in one of our 16 boat slips or 8 moorings where you can unleash her to roam 71 square miles of New Hampshire’s largest lake. From sightseeing, to water sports to casting out your line, you are sure to find it all right here off of our beautiful shores.

When the day winds down you can ease right into the night with a relaxing soak in our year-round, lakeside, outdoor hot tub or sit around our lakeside fire pit to catch the night falling over the lake.

Make your reservations early and try not to miss out on all that the Big Lake has to offer. Make this summertime your summertime.

Thank you,
Denis Longchamps

Lake Winnipesaukee Ice Out

If you haven’t heard yet, Ice out was declared on Lake Winnipesaukee for the 2018 season on Thursday April 26 at 5:40 pm. Which means it is officially Spring in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and Summer is just around the corner! The sounds of boats, laughter, and splashes in the water are soon to come.

The Ice Out date is defined by the moment the ice melts enough so that the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship can navigate between Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro. Residents and tourists anxiously await Ice Out as they can regain access to the beautiful waters. The Ice Out date has been recorded for over 130 years and though it is not a scientific calculation it is determined by an observer in a small plane that flies over multiple times a day and once the pilot makes his final call that is considered the official day of Ice Out. Ice out has even been as late as May 12!

At the Center Harbor Inn we are already preparing for what will be our second Summer season since we purchased the Inn and underwent renovations through the early Winter of 2017. The watercraft and beach lounge chairs will be put out in the next couple of weeks! Though the water may still be freezing cold, on a nice sunny day we encourage our guests to go ahead and take one of our pedal boats to explore Lake Winnipesaukee by water. To see how much Lake Winnipesaukee has melted for yourself check out our Live Webcam overlooking the harbor. The bay is open and the birds are chirping.

We are anticipating a busy summer season, so we highly recommend making reservations as far in advance as possible. Take advantage of one of our packages and make the most out of your trip to New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. The Center Harbor Inn is the perfect setting for a romantic summer getaway or a family adventure right on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Don’t forget we offer dock slips and moorings if you want to bring your own boat along with you!

Restaurants in Meredith, NH

If you’re staying with us at the Center Harbor Inn, then you are in luck, because we are just down the road from some of the greatest restaurants in the New Hampshire Lakes Region. These restaurants in Meredith, NH offer something for everyone and every occasion. So, take your pick from the list below and let us know what your favorite is!

Giuseppe’s Pizzeria:
Giuseppe’s Pizzeria is a restaurant located in the heart of Meredith, NH directly across from Lake Winnipesaukee and offers a festive Italian atmosphere. Though they have some of the best pizza around, they also specialize in seafood, sandwiches, pasta, steak, and desserts! We love Giuseppe’s so much we have partnered with the restaurant to offer a Romantic Winnipesaukee Getaway package with the Center Harbor Inn. The package includes 10% off accommodations for each night of your stay and a $75 gift certificate to Giuseppe’s.

Camp:
Camp is a restaurant in Meredith, NH on Daniel Webster Highway Just across the road from Lake Winnipesaukee. Camp offers a unique, rustic experience that will bring back those memories of spending endless summers at camp on the lake. Signature dishes are meant to be shared including Camp crackers, family style salad starters, famous buttermilk fried chicken, and everyone’s favorite dessert which is the Camp’s very own take on s’mores. If you’re feeling a little summer camp nostalgia we highly recommend Camp.

Lago:
Lago specializes in rustic Italian-American cooking inspired by the travels of Marco Polo. With beautiful views overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee this restaurant in Meredith is located right on US Route 25. Guests have the option to dine in the dining room, on the patio, or in their lounge, all of which boasts views toward the lake. We recommend Lago for a date night out or a special occasion. Only the freshest ingredients and seafood are used to give you a rustic Italian meal that you won’t forget.

Harts Turkey Farm:
Hart’s Turkey Farm located on Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith is a Lakes Region staple. Locally owned and operated this restaurant specializes in… you guessed it, turkey! Here It’s Thanksgiving year-round. But that’s not all they serve up, from pasta to seafood there is something good for the whole family. After dining, don’t forget to stop by their New Hampshire made gift store, you can even pick up one of their turkey pies to-go.

Town Docks:
Town Docks, a seasonal, outdoor, lakeside bar and restaurant, is THE place to be during the summer. This dining option offers free boat tie-ups and a Tiki Bar situated on a beautiful sandy beach area. Get your classic summer favorites here such as a choose your own lobster dinner, fried seafood, and clam chowder. They also feature their very own homemade ice cream with dozens of different flavors. Their delicious specialty drinks are sure to cool you down on a hot summer day. Enjoy an afternoon of fun, food and more at this restaurant in Meredith, NH located on Daniel Webster Highway.

Lakehouse Grille:
The Lakehouse Grille offers a unique dining experience with an Adirondack style setting and beautiful views overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, NH. Specializing in classic New England Style cuisine, you can get your favorites such as Lobster Corn Chowder, fresh seafood, and delicious hand-cut steaks. During the New Hampshire growing season, they use fresh local produce as much as possible. It doesn’t just stop at dinner as you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Lakehouse Grille.

George’s Diner:
George’s Diner is a local mom and pop kind of diner where their motto is “Just Good Food.” With this alone, you know you’re in for a real treat. Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner they use fresh and simple ingredients that pack a lot of flavor. Don’t forget to try out one of their homemade desserts and be sure to try something new and check out their nightly specials which the staff come up with daily!

The Center Harbor Inn Wins Golden Trowel Award

Each year the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce holds its annual membership meeting where local businesses get recognized for their economic development, construction or improvements in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. We are proud and honored to be nominated and presented with the 2017 Golden Trowel Award for the Center Harbor Inn.

The Center Harbor Inn was purchased in March of 2016 and underwent extensive reconstruction and remodeling under new ownership. The renovation process involved stripping the building down to its studs and completely rethinking the structure. Key changes included the addition of Douglas 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 roof (which became a key piece in the design of our logo).

The interior work echoes 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 with a modern glass panel divider. All new plumbing fixtures were added, custom hickory vanities and floating shelves finished off these spaces. Guest rooms were fixed with all new carpeting, custom furniture and beautiful floor to ceiling hickory headboards with floating nightstand shelves.

The improvements of amenities included a complete refurbishment of the nearly 200 feet of sandy beachfront along Lake Winnipesaukee and the construction of a four-season, outdoor hot tub overlooking the lake surrounded by heated walkways. The new walkways offer direct access to the building including an all new fitness center in the interior common space with an adjacent sauna facility.

With the completion of this extensive renovation, the hotel now provides a high-end, lakeside hospitality experience allowing guests to enjoy wading into the big lake from the sandy beach or walking into town to experience all that Center Harbor has to offer.

We want to thank the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce for presenting us with this award, it is a true testament to all the hard work that went into this extensive renovation project. We also want to thank Conneston Construction, Stewart Associates Architects, Frances G Hodges Interiors, and Stephens Landscaping for making our vision a reality. Lastly, we want to thank the community and our guests for making the Center Harbor Inn such a resounding success.

Ski Areas in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region

Located directly on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, enjoy the full experience of Winter in the Lakes Region at the Center Harbor Inn, where we are close in proximity to great ski areas in New Hampshire. Enjoy discounted ski tickets to Gunstock Mountain, Loon Mountain, and Waterville Valley.

Wake up in the morning from the comfort of your room and look out the windows on your private balcony to beautiful views over frozen Lake Winnipesaukee. Head down to our continental breakfast room and start your morning off with a locally sourced continental breakfast including bagels and coffee before heading out for a day on the slopes.

For a ski mountain close by, head to Gunstock Mountain in Gilford, where you can take on the slopes with breathtaking views overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. With 55 trails snowboarders and skiers can ride at any level. Make the most out of your trip and take advantage of our ski and stay package with 20% off accommodations and 25% off ski tickets to Gunstock Mountain each night of your stay.

If you are looking to head into the White Mountains, Loon Mountain is a great option. Located in Lincoln, NH the mountain offers over 60 trails with a variety of terrain to match your ski or snowboard level. The mountain has a total of three peaks, South Peak, The North Peak, and Loon Peak with each catering to something different whether it be a terrain park, backcountry or typical New England skiing. Take the gondola up and enjoy beautiful views of Franconia Notch and Mt. Washington.

Waterville Valley is a beautiful ski town and has over 265 acres of terrain. Deep in the White Mountains of New Hampshire you can ski as a beginner, intermediate, or expert and never get bored.

After a long day on the mountains head back to the Center Harbor Inn and head out to our four-season outdoor hot tub with heated walkways to relax and warm up. Enjoy a great night of sleep in one of our king or queen beds, wake up, and hit the slopes again!

Lake Winnipesaukee Ice Fishing Derby

With Lake Winnipesaukee frozen over, ice fishing enthusiasts from all over are flocking to New Hampshire’s Big Lake for a chance to catch their share of lake trout. When all the boats are stored for the season, there is still plenty of opportunity to throw a line in and enjoy a refreshing beer or beverage. Ice fishing offers the perfect activity to enjoy all of the beautiful scenery in the heart of winter on Lake Winnipesaukee. You certainly don’t need to wait until summer to get your fish on.

Aside from the peace and relaxation that comes with ice fishing, the sport includes plenty of opportunities for social interaction. So, bring out the friends and family, spark up a charcoal grill and enjoy cooking lunch on the lake with a hot cocoa or cold beer in hand.

Another added benefit of this winter sport is how much cheaper it is to ice fish. With the surface frozen over, you don’t need a boat to get out into the middle of the lake. With no boat, comes no cost for fuel or repairs, just take your equipment and head on out.

If ice fishing is your thing and you’re interested in earning more than just a fish then you’re in luck, because it’s Fishing Derby time in the Lakes Region! So, join us at the Center Harbor Inn located right on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, just down the road from the derby site in Meredith, NH. The Derby is taking place on February 10 – 11, 2018. With over $50,000 in prizes this is an event you won’t want to miss. The Center Harbor Inn is offering a fantastic promotion on rooms during the event which includes 15% off accommodations of two or more nights. For more information on the package check it out here.

Besides being directly on the Lake, the Center Harbor Inn offers a delicious and locally sourced continental breakfast, a four-season outdoor hot tub with heated walkways to unwind in after a day on the ice, a relaxing sauna and a fitness center. Don’t miss out on this year’s Fishing Derby and stay in style at the Center Harbor Inn!