THE GREAT OUTDOORS

There is so much to do in this wonderful area, from skiing to hiking to paddle boarding, to shopping and attending a county fair. But we’d not be a bit surprised if you chose to stay in and relax by the fireplace or in one of our private or common areas. If you want to explore our surroundings, here are some ideas to get you started.


HIKING, BIKING & MORE

Birch Ridge Community Forest, New Durham (7.5 mi)

This beautiful area is one of the most recent acquisitions by the South-East Land Trust. It offers trails of all levels for hikers, cross-country skiers, and birders with wonderful views of Merrymeeting Lake and Mt. Washington. 

Devil’s Den Trail, New Durham (8.2 mi)

Length: 4.1 mi | elevation: 461 ft | Out&Back | Level: Easy / Moderate | Dogs on leash

The summit offers views of Merrymeeting Lake. The most valiant explorers will have the chance to discover the haunted cave. Ask us about the tales and legends surrounding the place!  

man admiring lake view from top of mountain

Mount Major Trail (Aka Blue Trail), Alton (11.1 mi)

Length: 1.3 / 3.9 mi | elevation: 1163 ft | Loop | Level: Moderate | Dogs on leash 

A real classic, with a rather steep finale taking you to breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee and unspoilt forests. For harder-core hikers in search of a challenge, the Belknap Range Trail continues, traversing several summits until Gunstock Mountain (2245 ft). Open all year, but crampons are recommended in the winter. 

Blue Job Mountain Loop, Strafford (15.4 mi)

Length: 3.3 | elevation: 659 ft | Loop | Level: Moderate | Dogs on leash

A must to summit, with Mt. Washington, Mt. Monadnock and the Atlantic Ocean all around you. In the summer, a very sweet treat awaits you: blueberries everywhere! Snowshoes recommended for winter ascents. 

Adam’s Point Wildlife Management Area, Durham (32.3 mi)

Length: 1.4 | elevation: 100 ft | Loop | Level: Easy | Dogs on leash

An easy stroll with frequent shoreline views of Great Bay while traversing meadows and woodlands. Over 60 species of feathered creatures live here: a real paradise for bird lovers!

Mount Agamenticus, York, ME (34.8 mi)

Length: 0.1 / 1.5 | elevation: max. 334 ft. | Loop / Out&Back | Level: varied | Dogs on leash

Nine different trails for hiking and biking. The summit features a “Learning Lodge” and a 360 degree observation deck and can also be reached by car. Best from April until October.  MAP

Marginal Way Walk, Ogunquit, ME (40.2 mi)

Length: 2 mi | elevation: 68 ft. | Out&Back | Level: Easy | Dogs not allowed 

A winding, paved path of windblown gorgeousness edging the Atlantic. Access to small, pristine beaches along the way and several benches to rest and take it all in. The cute village of Ogunquit also deserves a visit. Open year-round.

WALK AND CYCLE

woman walking on a trail with dog

Cotton Valley Rail Trail, Wolfeboro (19.3 mi)

Length: 12 mi | elevation: 0 ft. | Out&Back | Level: Easy | Dogs on leash 

Connecting the small town of Wakefield, near the Maine border, and the town of Wolfeboro, the trail showcases glimpses of railroad history as well as natural beauty. If Rail Trails are your thing, check out this page for more in the area. 


Kingman Farm, Madbury (25 mi)

Owned by the University of New Hampshire and used for agricultural research, has plenty of trails to offer for jogging, biking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. 

Odiorne Point State Park, Rye (37.2 mi)

Length: varied (longest loop: 3 mi) | elevation: up to 114 ft. | Loop | Level: Easy | Dogs not allowed | Ticketed

After a visit to the Seacoast Science Center, great place for a stroll or ride through the dense vegetation and a picnic with views of the ocean. 


Easter Trail, ME (40mi)

Choose between an off or on-road 22 mile trail from South Portland to Kennebunk or if you feel adventurous, a scenic 65 mile signed bike route starting at the Piscataqua River in Kittery and ending in South Portland, Maine.


Nature at 360 degrees: 

Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford (18.6 mi)

Known for its winter offerings, the resort is actually a great place to be in the summer too, with hiking and biking trails, a 3-acre fishing pond, mountaintop yoga, ziplining and scenic lift rides. Pets welcome on summer trails, but not allowed on snow surfaces. 


Pawtuckaway State Park, Nottingham (40 mi)

At this park, there is something to do and see for everyone: hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing and kayaking, fishing and picnicking. Dog friendly. 


White Mountains

If you feel ready to head a bit further North, the majestic White Mountains await you, just a couple of hours away for all the skiing and snow activities you can handle. Summer fun include hiking, fishing, kayaking, rafting, or even a ride on a helicopter. 

WINTER SPORTS

Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford (18.6 mi)

Home of the first chairlift in New England, Gunstock offers 55 runs for beginners, intermediate and expert skiers, swiping views of Lake Winnipesaukee and one of the region's largest night-skiing operations.

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woman skiing cross-country

Abenaki and Sewall Woods Cross Country Ski trail network (17.3 mi) 

The Wolfeboro cross country ski association - who manage these quiet trails in the woods - also offers classes, rentals. Trail passes can be purchased at the Nordic Skier shop.  

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White Mountains

Home to several downhill ski areas, XC trail systems, and miles and miles only for snowshoers, they are definitely a snow lover dream. Oh, and what about a dog-sledding ride?

WATER ACTIVITIES

Beaches

Generally speaking New Hampshire state park beaches do not allow pets. Still, there are quite a few friendly spots for our four-legged friends while others tend to turn a blind eye off-season, when it is more common to see pets and owners having a great time by the sea. We recommend to check online before your trip!

sand dunes at the beach

Lake Winnipesaukee area:

Ellacoya State & Beach Park | The 600-foot long sandy beach, which stretches far into the pristine waters, offers views to the Sandwich and Ossipee mountains. (17.3 mi)

Weirs Beach | Ideal for a picnic under the shade of the trees, a sunbathing session out on the golden sand, and a dip in the crystal clear water. Simply picture-perfect. (24 mi)

Portsmouth area:

Wallis Sands State Beach | Oceanfront swimming, sandy beaches with views of the Isles of Shoals, and a grassy area for picnics. (37.8 mi)

Hampton Beach | Miles of sandy beach on the ocean, located on the South end of a lively “Village District” buzzing with entertainment, attractions, restaurants and events. (46.7 mi) 

Maine:

York | Long Sands, Shorts Sands, York Harbour: Three alluring beaches with easy access to shops and restaurants. Their popularity peaks in the summer, but off-season you will still see some die-hard surfers and dog walkers having a good time. The nearby Fisherman’s Walk, Wiggly Bridge and the Cliff Walk trails will offer you a chance for a scenic stroll. (37.6 mi) 

Ogunquit & Wells | Main Beach, Moody Beach, Footbridge beach: Clean sandy stretches, morphing with the tides, for invigorating walks exploring the rock pools, sunbathing and swimming (if you dare brave the cold water!) (38.1 mi) 

CRUISES & SAILING

Mount Washington Cruise (23.9 mi)

Daytime scenic cruises, evening dinners and Sunday brunches: whatever you choose, make sure not to miss this perfect opportunity to comfortably sail over Lake Winnipesaukee and be mesmerized by its beauty. Departures from as close as Alton and Wolfeboro.

211 Lakeside Ave. Weirs Beach, Laconia

(603) 366 5531

boat on the lake

Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association (20.3 mi)

The association offers sailing class or - if you prefer to sit back and relax - customized excursions on Lake Winnipesaukee. 

25 Davis Rd., Gilford

(603) 589 11 77

Gundalow Company (34.3 mi)

Relax sailing along the Piscataqua River learning about the area from its best vantage point. And if you wish to catch some local musicians, get aboard on Thursdays and Saturdays.

60 Marcy Street, Portsmouth

(603) 433-9505

Portsmouth Harbour Cruises (33.9 mi)

The Isles of Shoals is home to several Seacoast mysteries: if the open sea is your desire, this cruise is your thing. The company also offers “Inland River Cruises”, very popular during the Fall Foliage. 

64 Ceres St., Portsmouth

(800) 776-0915 

Granite State Whale Watch (39.2 mi)

Each trip with them is a true expedition rather than just a sightseeing excursion, guided by experienced naturalists and with a 99% sighting record! 

870 Ocean Blvd, Rye

(603) 964-5545

WATERS SPORTS

Feet First Watersports

Merrrymeeting Lake, New Durham

(603) 948 6484

Stand Up Paddle NH

10 Mount Major Highway, Alton

(603) 833 1211

Full Moon Paddleboard

23 N. Main St, Durgin Stables, Wolfeboro

(603) 569-MOON

Lakeside Watersports

263 Lakeside Avenue, Laconia

(603) 520 8333

woman in canoe on the lake

Adventure & Catch Charters | Deep sea fishing on Piscataqua and Jeffrey’s Ledge 

Great Bay Marina, 61 Beane Lane, Newington

(603) 953-5791

Tim Moore Outdoors | Year round fishing guide, leading fresh and saltwater boat and kayak trips as well as ice fishing expeditions.

197 Golf Course Lane, Barrington

(603) 842-3572


If you have your gear and all you need is water, Lake Winnipesaukee, Merrymeeting Marsh and Lake are just around the corner. Also, at this link you’ll be able to find all the local fishing spots. Just type in our zip code: 03855.

FISHING

Adventure & Catch Charters | Deep sea fishing on Piscataqua and Jeffrey’s Ledge 

Great Bay Marina, 61 Beane Lane, Newington

(603) 953-5791


Tim Moore Outdoors | Year round fishing guide, leading fresh and saltwater boat and kayak trips as well as ice fishing expeditions.

197 Golf Course Lane, Barrington

(603) 842-3572


If you have your gear and all you need is water, Lake Winnipesaukee, Merrymeeting Marsh and Lake are just around the corner. Also, at this link you’ll be able to find all the local fishing spots. Just type in our zip code: 03855.

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