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Get Out on Lake Winnipesaukee This Summer

Gorgeous aerial view of New Hampshire's lakes region, where you can enjoy Lake Winnipesaukee boat tours and more this summer

When you think of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, what do you see?  For many, what comes to mind are towering, rugged mountains, sparkling lakes, and Mother Nature at her finest.  The Lakes Region, as its name suggests, is made up of a beautiful network of lakes:  Lake Winnipesauke, the largest and perhaps most well-known, followed by Newfound Lake, Ossipee Lake, Squam Lake, Lake Sunapee, and Lake Winnisquam.  Our Bed and Breakfast, the only lakefront Bed and Breakfast in the area, is situated on the quieter and more picturesque Lake Winnisquam. We offer the perfect retreat for those looking to enjoy the peaceful qualities of the area.  While here, you can enjoy boating, hiking, and relaxing on these picturesque waters.  Book your summer vacation with us today.

Boat tours or evening cruises are the best way to explore the stunning Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Zoom around a pristine lake, searching every small island, then ending with a relaxing swim. However, maybe an elegant dinner and dancing cruise watching the sunset is your perfect evening. The Lakes Region has two excellent boat tour and cruise options. The Experience Squam Boat Tours has custom excursions for smaller groups. While Mount Washington Cruises offers larger scenic and dinner cruises on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire’s largest lake.

Wake up to a tranquil lake view every morning while staying at the Lake House at Ferry Point Inn. We are the only lakefront Bed and Breakfast in the region with idyllic views of Lake Winnisquam. Our charming, classic New England inn invites guests to relax and take in the landscape on our breezy lawn or big front porch. Reserve your elegant room at the Lake House at Ferry Point Inn and plan your spring and summer getaway on the lakes today.

Get out on this clear blue water with Lake Winnipesaukee Boat Tours this summer

Best Lake Winnipesaukee Boat Tours

Cruise Mount Washington has been a tradition since 1872 and now has a fleet of one large ship (M/S Mount Washington) and two smaller vessels. All tours cruise the 44,000 acres of crystal clear Lake Winnipesaukee. This impressive lake offers sweeping views of the forested landscape with the foothills of the White Mountains in the distance.

The 230-ft Mount Washington vessel hosts a choice of entertaining, romantic and sightseeing cruises. Visit five ports along the 2 and half hour scenic day cruises during the week. The lively dinner and dance tours have a different theme every night and include a generous buffet. Their seasonal parties are very popular, so plan ahead if you want to add a lobster fest dinner to your cruise or fireworks on the 4th of July. While the awe-inspiring fall foliage cruises book up months in advance.

For shorter tours on their smaller crafts try the Island Mailboat Cruises or tours on the Doris E. Get a more intimate view of life on Lake Winnipesaukee traveling with the oldest float post office in the US. The two-hour mail run visits a number of the small islands.

Our neighbor, Lake Winnipesaukee, has long been the more popular summer destination. As such, it’s a fun place for some summer boating, but is also much more crowded. Surrounded by 3 mountain ranges, Lake Winnipesaukee is truly a beautiful place to see from the water.  There are a number of charming communities around the lake to visit, including Weirs Beach, Meredith, Wolfeboro, Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, Alton, Gilford and Laconia.  Each town is accessible from public docks, making exploring these charming lakeside communities an easy part of your day.  There are a variety of public boat launches and beaches to enjoy on the lake as well.  Like Lake Winnisquam, there are a variety of places to rent a boat and make the most out of your summer vacation in the Lakes Region.  If you’d rather let someone else do all the work, there are also some incredible cruises and tours of Lake Winnipesaukee as well.

For a quiet adventure on the water, launch from the dock, picutred here at sunset, in front of our lakefront bed and breakfast in New Hampshire

More Boat Tours Near our Bed and Breakfast

Lake Winnipesaukee is great – but it’s just one of the great lakes in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region.

One of our favorite ways to enjoy the summer in the Lakes Region is to get out on the water.  Whichever lake you choose to enjoy, you’ll find that they are at the perfect temperature for swimming, waterskiing, boating, and for plunging into after a long hike. Kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and paddleboats are a quiet and peaceful way to get out on the water, and offer outdoor enthusiasts and water lovers the chance to get up close and personal with nature.  Lake Winnisquam, the 4th largest lake in New Hampshire, is perfect for fishing and boating, and is quieter than its larger partner, Lake Winnipesaukee.  All variety of boats, from kayaks to speedboats, can be rented from Winnisquam Marina, many of which don’t require a state boating certificate.  There’s also a sandbar in Lake Winnisquam.  It’s an excellent place to pull up and anchor the boat and play in the water.

Squam Lake Boat Tours

Squam Lake is not the largest lake in New Hampshire but it has a certain magical quality. Afterall it was chosen as the backdrop for the movie “On Golden Pond.” Its’ pristine waters, abundant wildlife and hidden coves make visitors feel they are discovering a personal treasure. While the Experience Squam Boat Tours is smaller, customizable tours enhance that experience. Owner Cindy O’Leary offers several excursion options, almost all can be altered to your party’s liking.

The Essence of Squam tour is a great introduction to this uniquely beautiful lake. While cruising around the sites learn about the environment, wildlife, and history of the local landmarks. One big draw is the On Golden Pond movie sights. Add a beach picnic, an ice cream stop, blueberry picking, or a tour of Church Island. Maybe your group would like to add fishing or a swim to the tour. Your tour guide might even dare you to jump off the aptly named “Jumping Rock.” Fans of the “On Golden Pond” movie and play have two special choices. CJ Willingham, Katharine Hepburn’s personal assistant, and the assistant director joins the tour. She shares many stories from her experiences on the movie set. While Ernest Thompson, writer of the play and screenplay, talks about his memories on the “Golden Pond: Through the Writer’s Eyes” tour.

Their Spring Tour focuses on the nesting birds of the season especially bald eagles, mergansers, blue heron and cormorants. In addition to searching for wildlife guests also tour Church Island, stroll the Chamberlin Reynolds boardwalk, and the On Golden Pond movie house. The Sunset and Moonlight and Island Cookout Cruises are very popular. On warm summer nights, swims have been known to happen with or without bathing suits. Bring a group of up to 8 people and all the food you want for an island campfire cookout. Your guide will supply all the cooking utensils and get the fire started.

After a cruise or boat tour enjoy the convenience of playing in Lake Winnisquam right outside your room. We have kayaks for our guests and a small beach to cool off during hot summer days. Or simply watch the sunset from our gazebo or lovely gardens each night. Reserve your guest suite at the Lake House at Ferry Point Inn for a wonderful Lakes Region vacation.

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