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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.

A NH Foliage Vacation

There is no better place to be in autumn than the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Foliage season is a magical time on the lake, with the ability to see brilliant colors from all different vantage points while not feeling rushed along the way. When you join us for a fall getaway at the Center Harbor Inn, you can have an authentic seasonal vacation while experiencing the striking phenomenon of peak foliage.

When planning your fall getaway to the Center Harbor Inn, be sure to reference the New Hampshire foliage tracker to figure out the perfect time to book your trip. The tracker pinpoints the time of peak foliage across the state of New Hampshire and will provide a solid timeline to reserve your room at the Inn. Once you arrive to your vacation destination you can continue to use the tracker for scenic drive ideas, whether you decide to stay local and take the Lakes Region Tour which will loop around Lake Winnipesaukee (the largest lake in New Hampshire) or travel a little north to view the intense colors along the Kancamagus Highway on a White Mountains adventure drive.

Be sure to pack your digital camera and tripod for this special retreat as you will want to capture all the fall colors that northern New England has to offer. While traveling along your Lakes Region foliage tour, take a pit-stop at Mount Major located right off of NH-11 E for a moderate hike to one of the Belknap Mountain Range’s most popular summits. Mount Major is a heavily trafficked hiking destination with a couple different trail options ranging in difficulty levels but each leading to the same summit providing spectacular, unparalleled, panoramic views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Some hikers enjoy a picnic lunch atop the summit while others are content with snapping a few photos of the remarkable views before descending. If you are ambitious enough to take multiple hikes or nature walks during your stay with us, view the list of our favorite spots here, all of which including amazing fall colors along the way!

Once you return to the Inn after your foliage tour around the lake, take one of our kayaks out to view nature’s fireworks from a different perspective. The lake is lined by various trees providing all different colors including yellows, oranges, purples, and brilliant reds and crimsons. While on the lake, keep an eye and ear out for the Common Loon, a native bird of North America. Loons, also known as great northern divers, are tuxedoed birds known for propelling themselves underwater to catch fish. Loons have a very unique call that can be easily distinguished as they echo across the water. Loons tend to stay on the lake as late as November before migrating to the Atlantic Ocean for the winter. To learn more about this beautiful bird, visit the Loon Preservation Committee, only a twelve minute drive from the Center Harbor Inn!

Paddle back to the Inn and relax your muscles in our four-season outdoor hot tub while you let the brisk autumn air flow through your lungs and take some time to reflect on the beautiful fall day you were able to experience. When you take advantage of our Fall into Romance package, you can receive 20% off your stay for two or more nights as well as a $75 gift certificate towards dinner at the delicious Canoe Restaurant, located just walking distance from the Inn.

Sandwich Fair Lodging

Autumn is fast approaching which means we have an abundance of fall festivals and fairs taking place here in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire. One fall attraction that cannot be missed this season is the Sandwich Fair, located within a fifteen-minute drive from the Center Harbor Inn. The Sandwich fair, celebrating its 109th year, is an annual event held on Columbus Day weekend and is open Saturday through Monday during the extended holiday weekend.

The Sandwich fair, originally agriculturally based, continues to focus on the state’s farming roots with exhibit halls presenting award winning vegetables, oxen and horse showing rings, tractor pulling areas and many more agriculturally founded activities. Whether you are living in the area or just vacationing in the Lakes Region, the Sandwich fair provides a great experience that brings the community together.

The fairground offers free parking for attendees and general admission tickets to enter the fair are reasonably priced at $12 for guests twelve years or older and children under twelve are free! Once you enter the gates there is an abundance of attractions to keep you occupied throughout the day and well into the evening. Grab a fairground map, or print one in advance, to plan your day accordingly. (You can find the fairgrounds map here). The Sandwich Fair offers many exhibits, attractions, and events including: 4-H animal showings and judging, Disc Dog presentations, clowns, comedians, juggling, musical and ventriloquist acts, parades and much more. Be sure to view the full list of the schedule of events throughout the long weekend to get more information to plan your day. In between events and showings, take advantage of some of the traditional and unique fair concessions like: fried dough, candied apples, blooming onions, tacos and burritos, and soup in a bread bowl. The rides at the midway are always a popular attraction and provide both a fun and exhilarating experience for all ages!

Many fair visitors find just one day spent at the fairgrounds is much too short and they cannot take advantage of the various activities, or they are stuck deciding between the Antique Auto Parade on Saturday or the Grand Street Parade on Sunday. Throughout the month of September there is an advance ticket sale where a 3-day pass is only $24. Why not attend all three days and get the full experience? The Center Harbor Inn is conveniently located just fifteen minutes away and is the ideal lodging location for people planning a visit to the Sandwich fair, whether they are attending just one day or all three. By staying at the Inn, you can spend more time enjoying the fair and less time stuck in traffic. Once you arrive back at the hotel after a fun-filled day exploring the fair, relax in our four-season outdoor hot tub or stargaze from our Adirondack chairs near the warmth of our fire pit.