Weirs Beach Journals

Week on Lake Winnipesaukee

A May 2005 trip to Weirs Beach by D_a_n

Village at Winnipesaukee Photo, Weirs Beach, New Hampshire More Photos
Quote: We spent a week at the Village at Winnipesaukee resort, hiked around the lake, and made trips to the White Mountains.

Village at Winnipesaukee

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Hotel | "Village of Winnipesaukee"

Village at Winnipesaukee Photo, Weirs Beach, New Hampshire
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Best Things Nearby: Lake Winnipesaukee and many other lakes White Mountains to the north Best Things About the Resort:It was quite quiet, and we got a great lake view from our balcony, which was great for a fanatic picture-taker like myself. The personnel were very nice and helpful.Resort Experience:We went on this vacation a week before the start of the season. We always travel that way since we do not enjoy crowds. Therefore, the resort, and the whole area, was pretty empty. As far as the resort goes, you can quickly tell why it is not a crown resort. It is a residential community lacking many of the standard features, like a w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 27, 2005

Village at Winnipesaukee
243 Endicott Street North
Laconia, New Hampshire 03246
(603) 366-4878

Hike Lake Winnipesaukee - Red Hill

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Hike Lake Winnipesaukee - Red Hill Photo, Weirs Beach, New Hampshire
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The first impression was quite bad. Right after getting out of the car, we were surrounded by tons of mosquitos. We still went ahead, though, since we read somewhere that the view from the top was worth it. While walking, it was not so bad, but any stopping meant lots of mosquitoes all around us. Strangely enough, we did not find too many bites. The locals also said that usually there are a lot of black flies in the area but that this year was good, thanks to a cool spring. I think this is a moderate hike since it is quite steep. But you can comfortably get to the top of this 1.7-mile trail in about an hour. There's a publicly accessible fire tower at the top that you can get a great v...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 1, 2005

Hike Lake Winnipesaukee - Red Hill
Center Harbor, Off Bean Road
Weirs Beach, New Hampshire

Hike Lake Winnipesaukee - Red Hill

Attraction | "Hike Lake Winnipesaukee - Mount Major"

Hike Lake Winnipesaukee - Red Hill Photo, Weirs Beach, New Hampshire
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This is mostly an easy hike, steep at a few spots, with a solid rock under your feet. This 1.5-mile hike to the top is well worth the effort. The views from the top are great. Compared to our other hike to Red Hill, this one would probably win due to the lack of mosquitoes. There were really almost none here.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2005

Hike Lake Winnipesaukee - Red Hill
Center Harbor, Off Bean Road
Weirs Beach, New Hampshire

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves

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Attraction | "White Mountains - Lost River"

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves Photo, North Woodstock, New Hampshire
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Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves are just a few miles from North Woodstock in New Hampshire on Route 112. Glaciers are to blame for the creation of this gorge. As they moved away, they blocked water drainage and the water found a different way - through the Lost River Valley. The gorge trail is a beautiful walk that is about three-fourth’s of a mile long. You will step down to its bottom using a series of steps. Right away you will notice that the park is very well maintained, with all wooden walkways, stairs, and platforms in perfect order, and everything is clean. That can possibly explain the quite steep price of $11 per head. Since I already mentioned it, I will fin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 6, 2005

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves
1712 Lost River Road, Route 112W
North Woodstock

Kancamagus Highway

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Attraction | "White Mountains - Kancamagus Highway"

Kancamagus Highway Photo, Lincoln, New Hampshire
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Kancamagus Highway is definitely at least a full day trip. Anything less will not give you enough time to enjoy many of the sights. We made it a 1-day trip from Weirs Beach and really got only a taste of the highway, missing many of attractively named trails and sites. Kancamagus Highway is an official scenic byway. As it climbs over the slope of Mt. Kancamagus, it reaches an elevation of almost 3,000 feet. Its full route, Conway to Lincoln, was completed in 1959. The visitor center is located on the highway's east side, so you may want to drive it from Conway to Lincoln rather than the opposite. We had a detailed map of the highway with the overlooks and trailheads from our res...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2005

Kancamagus Highway
Route 112
Between Conway & Lincoln, NH