The quiet side of Lake Winnipesaukee
NH offers rest and
relaxation in America's oldest resort community
Article and photo by Eric H.
WOLFEBORO, NH (New England USA) -- Lake Winnipesaukee's personality never changed, just what goes on around it. Once a location of true serenity and a place to "get away from it all," parts of New Hampshire's largest lake have become highly commercialized -- from the honky tonk to new inns made to look old (and charge a hefty price for their fabricated charm). Sadly, some of the Lake -- particularly on the west side -- doesn't look the same to many New Englanders as it once did.
America's oldest resort community at more than two
When in Wolfeboro, the greatest thing to do is nothing. The lake is a gift to our senses, the fresh air a blessing to our lungs, and the quiet, star-filled nights a vehicle to feeling refreshed.
To its credit, it's hard to find an ATM in Wolfeboro, or a place to buy obnoxious souvenirs. It's not a place to drink too much at the proverbial lakeside club that offers 1970s rock revival acts playing to 20 down and out people. You'll find none of that here, just lush green fields and splendid lakeside viewing in the spring, summer and fall, and a classic wintery village scene in the colder months. More than 40 miles of groomed ski trails also offer scenic beauty. You will also notice that not every other house is a bed and breakfast or inn like in so many other tourist communities. There are only a few places to stay in town, the most notable being the esteemed Wolfeboro Inn (with its main building constructed in 1812) sitting majestically off Main Street and with a straight ahead view of the Lake.
At first glance, Wolfeboro may not seem like anything special to those driving by on Route 109. Many other New England towns have the stately old homes seen here. Countless communities in New England have the fortune of being located on a lake. The downtown retail district is not as spectacular as some of New England's most popular destinations. What those other communities lack, however, is authenticity. When authenticity is present, one can feel the real pulse of a community more than towns, villages and cities with fragmented spectacular areas, and with commercialism undermining those great scenic moments. Wolfeboro is consistently good.
Wolfeboro is like your best friend -- honest, friendly and loyal. Perhaps that is why it is a well-loved vacation area after all these years.
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