The Lake Sunapee Region offers visitors a year round variety of cultural and recreational opportunities. During the spring, summer and fall, visitors enjoy boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and swimming in the areas many crystal clear lakes as well as hiking and biking the abundant trails and mountains. The most vibrant season is fall when the region is surrounded with colorful, breathtaking foliage. The view from all rooms at The Lake Inn at Mt. Sunapee is like a New England postcard – trees of multicolored leaves overlooking Lake Sunapee with the richly hued mountains in the distance. In the winter, the region offers some of the best alpine skiing and riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice skating and snowmobiling. The Lake Inn at Mt. Sunapee is located around the corner from the State Beach and Mount Sunapee where many of these activities occur.
Mount Sunapee Resort has the best skiing and snowboarding according to SKI Magazine who has ranked them with the best snow surfaces in the East for 5 years running. The Adventure Park at Mount Sunapee includes the following: Clipper Ship Chair Lift rides, Canopy Zip Line Tour, Aerial Challenge Course, Championship Disc Golf, 3-D Archery Course, Airbag Jump, Climbing Wall, “Wild Goose Waters” Miniature Golf and Evolution Bike Park. Check the Mount Sunapee Resort website for more information as well as prices and reservations. www.mountsunapee.com. Mount Sunapee is also home to the annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair. See the Leagues’ website for tickets and information at www.nhcrafts.org. Call early for rooms for this event as rooms go fast!
Sunapee State Beach features a picnic area, public boat launch, bathhouse with restrooms, snack bar and playground. It is a short walk or a minute drive from The Lake Inn at Mt. Sunapee. www.nhstateparks.com/sunapee.html
The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens on Lake Sunapee is one of New England’s finest examples of an early 20th century summer estate. Once the summer retreat of statesman John Milton Hay it is open to the public and features guided house tours, outstanding colorful gardens and woodland walking trails. Children are enchanted when they enter the fairy village and make their own fairy houses. It makes an interesting, educational and fun day for the whole family. Ask us for 1/2 price tickets. www.thefells.org
Cruise Lake Sunapee aboard the MV Mount Sunapee with a narrated tour of the lake. Learn the history of the lake, local lore and points of interest. The boat sails from the town dock in Sunapee Harbor daily at 2:00 pm. www.sunapeecruises.com
Enjoy a dinner cruise aboard the MV Kearsarge featuring a narrated tour by the Captain, two decks of enclosed dining, an open air walkway around the top deck and a delicious roast beef buffet. The boat sails from the town dock in Sunapee Harbor at 6:30 pm (check schedule for sailings) www.mvkearsarge.com
New London Barn Playhouse produces vibrant summer theater created by emerging artists in collaboration with accomplished professionals. The Barn Playhouse is one of the most cherished and historic summer stock theaters in the country. www.nlbarn.org
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner is dedicated to connecting people with 20,000 years of ongoing Native American cultural expression. MKIM is a great place to bring your entire family to enjoy fun educational tours on beautiful grounds. The Village of Warner and Rollins State Park are nearby. The Museum hosts an annual summer weekend Intertribal Powwow featuring craft contests and drum competitions. www.indianmuseum.org
Bob Skinners Ski and Sport is the largest ski race shop in the region with ski and snowboard demos and rentals available. They also offer custom boat fitting, ski clothing and accessories. During the summer months they sell or rent wakeboards, water skies and tubes. www.bobskinners.com
Sargents Marina Boat Rentals offers everything you need to get out on the water with a wide selection of rental boats including: ski, pontoon and fishing boats; personal water craft; and water sports equipment. www.sargentsmarina.net
Village Sports is a small specialty sports shop located in New London with quality sports gear for all your outdoor fun. Offering bicycle (rentals only), kayaks, SUPs, snowshoes, cross country skis and ice skates for rental or purchase. www.villagesportsllc.com
Newport Golf Course is an 18 hole course nestled in the heart of the Lake Sunapee Region and is open to the public. www.newport-golf.com
Meet “The MooseMan”…Rick Libbey Rick has a unique approach to photographing wildlife; he shoots from a kayak using a mix of Nikon film and digital cameras. He has slowly built the MooseMan company and simply loves to share his adventures from the woods. Rick loves to work locally with other businesses and also has a strong recycling theme within the company. MooseMan resides on the board of director’s of Second Chance Wildlife, a facility dedicated to saving baby black bears that have lost their mothers. It is this work that Rick is passionate about as well as spreading the word about how to enjoy wildlife in a respectful manner. Rick resides in Andover, with his wife and partner Donna. www.moosemannaturephotos.com
For more about the area visit www.lakesunapeeregionchamber.com.