Visiting Wolfeboro, NH and the Lakes Region

A friend recently pointed out that Wolfeboro is “the Oldest Summer Resort in America” and Camp Kehonka was America’s first summer camp for girls. How cool is it that Lake Winnipesaukee is such an integral part of two things we love so much?

My family has summered on Winnipesaukee since 1932. As a third-generation lake lover, I adore hearing from people who still come to the lake, if not every summer, then at least as often as they are able.

Here are some links and information to help you plan your next visit to Wolfeboro and New Hampshire’s Lakes Region.

Arriving by Air: the closest major airports are

  • Portland International Airport (PWM) in Portland, ME,  about 45 miles from downtown Wolfeboro
  • Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) in Manchester, NH, approximately 47 miles from downtown Wolfeboro
  • Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) is about 90 miles southeast of downtown Wolfeboro
Airport Transfers and Car Rental:
  • C & J: Hourly service from Logan International Airport to Dover, NH to their terminal at Exit 9 off the Spaulding Turnpike (approximately 38 miles away from Wolfeboro). I have used this service many, many times. Clean buses with free WiFi, water, headsets for onboard radio/TV. Only catch: someone has to get you from Dover to Wolfeboro (and my mom probably can’t come get you! ha!).
  • MHT Airport Service: Airport service to or from your door. Town car service available 24/7.
  • Sutton Limos: Airport transfers throughout New England, including Maine and NH.
  • All of the above airports have the Usual Suspects for car rentals.
Lodging: Many of the “legacy” hotels, motor inns and cabin rentals you knew from “back in the day” are still in operation!
  • The Wolfeboro Inn: A lake staple since 1812 and recently renovated. Located on the lake and within walking distance of everything you’d want to see and do in downtown Wolfeboro.
  • The Lake Motel & Lake House: Set on Crescent Lake in Wolfeboro (on the right on Main Street as you head into town….adjacent to where the old non-dockside Bailey’s was located).
  • Allen A Motor Inn: Two miles north of the center of Wolfeboro on Lake Wentworth (amazing beach!). Right next door to the NH Boat Museum and adjacent to an incredible biking and jogging trail that leads you right into downtown Wolfeboro.
  • Clearwater Lodges: Under the pines in Winter Harbor on Lake Winnipesaukee. Fourteen individual lodges are lovingly maintained by the family that has owned and operated the property for 45 years.
  • Piping Rock Resort: Motel, suites and cottages on Winter Harbor, just three miles from downtown Wolfeboro. Sandy beach, free canoeing and kayaking and more.
  • Pine View Lodge: A little further down the road in Melvin Village. Eight guest rooms and two efficiencies PLUS the Pine Cone Cafe (just had a great lobster roll there!!)
  • Yankee Pedlar Rentals: A comprehensive selection of lakefront rentals, from cottages to castles (well, some of them look like castles!).
  • Note: the Lakeview Inn as of August 2011 was closed…but it looks like renovations are underway. Not sure when this will reopen and under what name/capacity, etc. Stay tuned.
Dining
  • The Yum Yum Shop: Why am I listing the Yum Yum shop FIRST? Because it’s the most-mentioned food establishment in all the comments on this blog….short of Bailey’s. Really old timers (I include myself in this classification): you remember when the Yum Yum Shop used to be in a tiny building on the opposite side of Main Street, where The Art Place now operates. The “new” Yum Yum Shop now boasts a deli that serves breakfast and lunch, in addition to all of your usual bakery favorites (e.g. GINGERBREAD MEN!)
  • Bailey’s Dockside: Fooled you…sort of. It’s now called the “Wolfeboro Dockside Grille & Dairy Bar”. The view is still amazing, you can still see the M.V. Mount Washington come and go from Wolfeboro Bay (albeit, less frequently than in days of yore), and you can still get ice cream from the side window (oh, and there are public restrooms on the side of the building! Might be useful information. You can thank me later).
  • Bailey’s (on Main Street): Ahhh…this is “gone,” too. It’s now Morrissey’s Front Porch. I have not personally eaten here, but I believe the interior still looks the same with the paneled walls and jalousie windows. There’s also still an ice cream window. When we left town this August Sunday afternoon, there was a line of people about 20-deep (guess they needed their ice cream fix before battling traffic on Rte 28 South. Completely understandable).
  • Bailey’s Bubble: OK. If you want the REAL DEAL Bailey’s ice cream like you used to be able to get in the Olden Days, then you need to saunter over to Railroad Avenue and step on up to the window to get your Peppermint Stick ice cream (or whatever “your” flavor is). You’ll see the stand at the corner of Railroad and Main, opposite Black’s. Note: these folks have not updated their web site since 2004, so price and selection vary a bit. If anyone from Bailey’s Bubble stumbles on this page, note to self: updating the site would be a GREAT winter project for someone. I’m just sayin’.
  • Mast Landing: Fooled you AGAIN! This heritage diner is now known at The Wolfeborough Diner. NOTHING is level (thank God they couldn’t change THAT)…so watch your step on the way in the door. Open for breakfast and lunch. Had a good lobster roll here in August 2011.
  • East of Suez: Located across from Kehonka Hill on Rte. 28 as you head into Wolfeboro. I have never been able to figure out this place in the 44 years it has operated. We drove by today and it had a “CLOSED” sign on it…just like it did a few days ago. Open for the season? Closed for good? Who knows?! Your guess is as good as mine.
  • The Woodshed Restaurant: If you want to get your prime rib on, this is still the go-to place. The tables aren’t formally set anymore, people come in dressed pretty casually (jacket and the tie were the norm when my parents used to go), kids are welcome now, and the Indian Pudding is no longer a regular on the dessert menu. That all being said: we had two great meals here this summer. Worth the drive to Moultonboro.
  • Canoe: Why drive to Center Harbor? Very simple: LOBSTER MAC N CHEESE. OMG.
  • Town Docks in Meredith: Ahhhh…part of the Common Man family of restaurants (= you’re in for a food treat!). Note: this is where Frankensundae used to be. If you’re on the “other” side of the lake, and it’s a sunny day….get your sweet self over here and get comfy at a water-side table. They play great music on the outdoor speakers and even fashioned a faux beach for the outside tables so you can sink your toes in the sand. I had an amazing lobster salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, watermelon. Super Yumalicious. They also have an ice cream window. There is absolutely nothing to dislike about this place, I’m telling you!
  • ….or click here for Wolfeboro restaurant reviews

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Responses

  1. […] Visiting Wolfeboro, NH and the Lakes Region Posted by: Cheryl S. | October 24, 2011 […]

  2. Update: The Lakeview Inn has reopened as the Inn on Main: 603 569-1335.

    As of today: the Lake Motel is due to undergo major renovation, so I’m not sure what (if any) availability it will have for the 2012 season.

  3. As always East of Suez appears to be out of- or going out of-business but we dine there at least once a summer and enjoy a good time and good food. Reservations are recommended.


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