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Center Harbor Skatefest


The Center Harbor Skatefest and Winter Beach Party is returning for the sixth annual event taking place on Sunday, February 16th from 11am – 4pm. The event, sponsored by the Center Harbor Community Development Association will be held adjacent to our private beachfront at the Center Harbor Beach. Admission to the party is free and includes hours of fun and entertainment for all ages.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own ice skates however there is much more to this Skatefest than just ice skating! The center Harbor Fire Department will be present demonstrating water rescues and educating techniques on self-rescues. The Moultonboro Snowmobile Club will also be present showcasing their groomers and even offering rides along the lake in them! Attendees will have the chance to see the M/S Mount Washington docked at the Center Harbor port located directly next to all the event happenings. Guests will be able to enjoy music playing throughout the event and warm up next to next to the large bonfire and enjoy delicious s’mores. However don’t fill up on just s’mores, there will be complimentary food provided by Canoe Restaurant, E.M. Heath Supermarket, The Mug Restaurant, Osteria Poggio, Piccolo Market, Rubbin’ Butts BBQ and Gusto Italian Café.

If you are interested in staying in the area even after the Skatefest party on the lake has ended be sure to check out the current specials the Center Harbor Inn is offering. Enjoy our four-season outdoor lakeside hot tub or warm up in our modern sauna after a long day on the ice. In the morning wake up and enjoy our locally sourced continental breakfast before exploring our quaint town of Center Harbor a little more.

2019 Ice Out on Lake Winnipesaukee

Lake Winnipesaukee declared the annual “Ice Out” at 5:24am on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Ice Out is the moment in which the ice on the lake melts enough for the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship to leave its port in Center Harbor and travel to all other ports located around the lake in Alton Bay, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro. Traditionally Ice Out is known as the unofficial start of spring and boating season in the Lakes Region.

Here at Center Harbor Inn, we have had the luxury of viewing the regal 230-foot ship all winter, as it sleeps a little over 100 yards away at the Center Harbor dock awaiting springtime for the first cruise of the new year. Throughout the winter season, some guests were able to rent snowshoes from the Inn to traverse along the snow-topped ice to get a closer look and snap a few photos of the ship in all it’s glory. Viewers are not able to get too close, however, as the port installed bubblers in the water around the cruise ship to prevent the water directly surrounding the boat from freezing which protects the ship from ice and weather damage.

Each year, Emerson Aviation flies over the lake multiple times a day to identify the exact minute of Ice Out, a routine that has been carried out by the Emerson family for forty years now. Dave Emerson from Emerson Aviation was unfortunately unable to take flight the morning of April 24th due to visibility issues but examined the waters from shore and released this message, “I went to the Center Harbor port to inspect the bay from shore. The ice has melted around the Mount and is no longer a hinderance to it’s navigation. Finally we can now welcome spring.” The tradition of tracking Ice Out began back in 1887 and has continued annually with Ice Out dates ranging at the earliest date of March 18th to the latest date of May 12th.

Guests who were unable to make it up to view the beauty of our Lakes Region winter firsthand, had the opportunity to watch for Ice Out via our real-time webcam. Now that the ice has cleared the bay, we can finally kick-off spring and boating season. In honor of Ice Out we are starting our Lakeside Watersport Retreat Package a little early! The package includes 10% off our nightly rate plus access to hours of fun on Lake Winnipesaukee with two half day rentals of one of the hotel’s watercrafts for each night of your stay. Picture yourself gliding through the waters on either a pedal boat, paddle board, or kayak then relaxing in our four-season hot tub once your day of fun on the lake winds down. Celebrate Ice Out and springtime with us here at Center Harbor Inn.

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!