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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

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

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.

Beveridge Ice Fest


The greatest show on ice returned this past weekend on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Guests layered up and threw on their Yaktrax for the third annual Beveridge Ice Fest, a beer festival that takes place on the ice-covered waters of Lake Winnipesaukee in the midst of winter. Each year the event sells out and this year was no exception. Beer lovers from around New England gathered together to enjoy a variety of craft brews from upwards of thirty breweries.

Located just a short thirty-minute drive from the Center Harbor Inn, the ice brew fest was held from 12pm – 3pm at 19-Mile Bay. Tickets were $40 per person and the designated driving tickets only $10 to ensure guests of the event could leave safely. There was a free shuttle departing from nearby Seven Suns Coffee & Tea that offered pick-ups and drop offs throughout the course of the event as parking at the Bay is limited. Once guests arrived there were plenty of things to do and beers to try. Twin Barns Brewing Company was a popular vendor featuring two of their winter favorites: an imperial stout at 10% ABV called Below Zero and an American Pale Ale at 5.4% named Catch & Release. The event had a popular retro pop band named Copilot playing live music right from the ice top. There were many additional vendors selling items like winter gear to keep you warm, beer soap, and plenty of options if you got the munchies including selections like juicy burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches and a Mac & Cheese Brisket! However, one of the most popular vendors in attendance was Jolie Rogers Traveling Raw Bar. Owners Ryan Jolie and Andy Rogers pride their business on sourcing the best oysters and setting up beautiful displays and they did not disappoint! Beer lovers found an unexpected new favorite at this (raw) bar. We are already looking forward to 2021 Beveridge Ice Fest!

NH Ski Area Discounts 2019-2020

Winter has officially arrived and we are excited to announce another year of great local ski mountain discounts. Center Harbor Inn’s guests are welcome to stop by the front desk and pick up discounted tickets or passes to three of the best ski mountains in New Hampshire: Gunstock Mountain, Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain.

Within a half hour drive from Gunstock Mountain, the Center Harbor Inn is the ideal choice for Gunstock Lodging. You will spend less time on the road and more time on the slopes while lodging with us. Take advantage of a $20 discount on a Flex Pass (originally $49) that can be used for 50% off your lift ticket, rental equipment, group lessons and more, every day you visit Gunstock Mountain this winter.

Once your day on the mountain winds down, return back to the Inn to relax your sore muscles in our four-season outdoor hot tub overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee or warm up in our spacious electric dry-heat sauna before retiring for the night.

The Perfect Date Night

Are you searching for ideas to have the perfect date night? Look no further, as we have all the elements for an evening you won’t soon forget! Whether you are looking to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or your just need some inspiration in your relationship, let us help you plan a romantic lakeside staycation.

When you book a stay at the Center Harbor Inn with our Dinner and a Movie package, you will bring the spark back to your love life and have the opportunity to enjoy an amazing getaway together. After visiting the front desk to check into the Inn, stop by your room to drop off your luggage and get a glimpse of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee from your private balcony. This special promotion includes a $50 dinner certificate for a romantic dinner for two at Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Ristorante and two adult movie tickets to BarnZ’s Cinema. While relaxing at the Inn, take advantage of our free WIFI to peak at the menu and view all of the delicious offerings of the Italian-styled restaurant. While finishing up your first cup of complimentary coffee, don’t forget to check the showtimes of the movies currently playing at BarnZ’s Cinema, just a three-minute drive from Giuseppe’s and an eight-minute drive from the Center Harbor Inn. Once your night has been planned, let the date begin!

Giuseppe’s, located in the heart of our neighboring town of Meredith, New Hampshire, is a full-service restaurant providing gourmet pizza, pasta specialties, seafood, steak, chicken, veal, sandwiches and a variety of gluten-free options. Giuseppe’s offers two full bars serving a diverse selection of beer, wine and spirits and provides live musical entertainment every night of the week. Enjoy a romantic dinner with your significant other with the easy listening of an acoustic or piano performance playing in the background or sing a duet for some live karaoke on Thursday evenings downstairs in The Grotto.

Post dinner, head down the road to the recently renovated BarnZ’s Cinema, offering blockbuster hits throughout the entire year. Relax in their spacious new reclining seats while watching the latest box office favorite. Whether you choose a horror, action or romantic film for your date night, watching a movie with your significant other is a great way to spend time together. After the movie, head on back to the Inn to share a moonlit soak in our four-season outdoor hot tub or retire for the night in the comfort of your king or queen sized bed.