A scenic cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee is the best way to enjoy the stunning beauty of the New Hampshire Lakes Region. Mount Washington Cruises offer a wide variety of daytime, sunset and specialty cruises. Guests can choose a cruise that includes a romantic dinner, a serene Sunday brunch or a fun dance party. However, all cruises have the amazing views of the crystal clear water and the three surrounding mountain ranges. Stay at the tranquil Lake House at Ferry Point that’s just a short drive from Lake Winnipesaukee. Our Bed and Breakfast offer a quiet retreat on the shores of Lake Winnisquam that’s also close to all the tourist attractions. Book a summer getaway and experience the magical views cruising New Hampshire’s breathtaking lakes.
Choose the Perfect Cruise
There’s a lot to see on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire’s largest lake. The sparkling water, surrounded by wooded shoreline and foothills of the White Mountains, also include many charming ports to explore. Mount Washington Cruises have three vessels that treat visitors to an array of trips. Take an afternoon scenic cruise, discover a lovely town, or dance the night away on a dinner cruise. There’s something for everyone, all with panoramic lake and mountain views.
All scenic day tours are two and a half hour long, and depending on the season have three different route choices. Cruises depart from Weirs Beach. And Sunday trips also have a delicious buffet brunch option with live entertainment and champagne.
The Sunset Dinner Dance Cruises offer up a fun night out with great
food, dancing and live music. Every day of the week has a different theme and music from all eras. The great “oldies” tunes are celebrated on Monday evenings. While Wednesday nights the youngsters join the party on family night, with kid friendly food and entertainment. Check the schedule for the Friday night themes that include Country Rock, Rad 80’s music, and a Beach Boys tribute. Every Saturday night the Mount Washington throws a big Rock and Roll party.
For more low-key cruises, hop on one of the two smaller vessels in the fleet. The nimble US Mail Boat, Sophie C., can navigate the small channels and delivers mail to several inhabited islands. Join them on one of the two daily mail runs, while the Skipper points out areas of interest along the way. And the M/V Doris E. runs one and two hour cruises along Weirs Bay and from Meredith.
Cruise to Charming Port Towns
In addition to the splendid views, many visitors love to explore the charming port towns all around Lake Winnipesaukee. Weirs Beach in Laconia has all the nostalgia of a postcard from the past. Explore the shoreline boardwalk with arcades, waterslides, and a classic drive-in theater. Historic Wolfeboro, oldest summer resort in the country, has a lively downtown with many galleries, stores and restaurants. While Meredith’s Mill Falls Marketplace has unique shops and restaurants. Also stroll the quaint Main Street lined with boutiques and bistros.
It’s not too early to plan ahead for the wonderful and festive Fall cruises. Early September brings the mouthwatering Lobsterfest cruises. While the stunning Fall foliage cruises begin late September and go into early October. There is no better view of the brilliant Autumn colors reflecting on the crystal clear lake and these tours fill up fast. Lastly, the very popular Halloween Masquerade Ball wraps up the cruising season on October 27, 2018.
A Mount Washington ship has been cruising beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee since 1872. After a fire destroyed the original vessel in 1939, no time was wasted and the S.S. Mount Washington II was launched August 15, 1940. Visitors have always been attracted to the lure of grand mountain views reflected in the serene waters. It’s not surprising that the Native American word for Winnipesaukee translates to “smile of the great spirit” or “beautiful water in a high place.” And after an enchanting day on the water return to your lovely guest room on the quiet shores of Lake Winnisquam. Reserve your relaxing vacation today at The Lake House at Ferry Point.