Things to Do In The Lakes Region NH - Restaurants

Ellacoya Barn & Grille

Ellacoya Barn & Grille

Enjoy a unique dining experience in this restored barn. Twinkling lights, amazing wine and beer and a fantastic, varied menu. $5 burgers every Monday and daily early bird specials make this spot a great choice for lunch or dinner. One of our favorites.

Camp (by Common Man)

Camp is our favorite spot for a nice dinner in a unique, campy atmosphere. Excellent entrees and located near Church Landing in Meredith. Close to shops and views of the Big Lake. Definitely order the camp crackers!

Patrick's Pub & Eatery

Come visit  the Pub all year long! Fun environment, lots of sports on TV. Offering great value, consistently delicious food and really friendly service Open at 11:30AM every day.  Dinner served until 10PM; 11PM on Friday and Saturday.

Town Docks Restaurant

Town Docks is the place to be in Meredith, N.H. during the summer, offering lake-side outdoor seating on Lake Winnipesaukee, free tie-ups to come by boat, and a sandy outdoor Tiki Bar where you can dig in your toes and relax by the water.

Naswa NazBar and Blue Bistro

The coolest spot on the lake. Docking for private boaters and a sandy beach bar with countless frozen drinks to choose from. Also at the Naswa is Blue BIstro, serving lunch, dinner and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Hours vary by season, so call before you go.

George's Diner

Good, honest breakfast in a diner setting. Definitely a great value, great food and one of our favorites for breakfast. Waits can be long during prime breakfast hours, so plan ahead.

Things To See And Do

Hiking - Mt. Major

An easy hike for the family (just a little rock scrambling at the top) and you're rewarded with fantastic views of Lake Winnipesaukee. This is a great choice for a sunrise hike in the lakes region nh!

Castle in the Clouds

Unlike anything you've ever seen before. A long-time landmark. You really just need to visit to see what we mean. Put it on the list on a rainy day.

MS Mount Washington Tour

A grand old boat touring Winnipesaukee for decades. Dinner cruises, champagne brunches and other special events offered for three seasons. Check their website for current events.

Mill Falls / Church Landing, Meredith

Shop, dine, eat,'s all here. And lakeside! Great little area for wandering and exploring. Suggest going on a rainy day when you can't take advantage of the area's outdoor options.

Country Store Hopping

Gilford Country Store, Ashland Common Man Country Store....there are dozens of quaint, fun little stores to visit. Local artisan creations and souvenirs galore. Our favorite? Gilford Country Store!


Quite literally the best gift and sweets shop in the Lakes Region. Located near Weirs Beach, Kellerhaus offers gifts and souvenirs, homemade chocolates and an ice cream sundae bar. You MUST visit!

More Lakes Region Places & Activities


Rattlesnake Mountain, Holderness

Mt. Major/Mt. Percival, Holderness

Lockes Hill, Gilford

Red Hill, Moultonborough


In the State of New Hampshire you will need a Boater's Certificate to operate a boat. You can study, take a test and receive a temporary license at several boat rental facilities on Lake Winnipesaukee. We recommend Anchor Marine for boat rentals.

Fun for the Kids

Funspot Arcade - Weirs 

Weirs Beach Boardwalk and Pier, Weirs

Monkey Trunks - Weirs

Pirates Cove Mini Golf - Weirs

Weirs Drive-In Movie Theater (Summer)

Local Farms

Moulton Farm - Moultonborough

Beans & Greens - Gilford

Picnic Rock Farms - Meredith

Stone Brook Hill Farm - Gilford

Our Favorites

Moulton Farm

The BEST produce, plants, flowers, pumpkins in the fall and lots of tempting baked goods...including our favorite apple cider donuts. You MUST visit Moulton Farm.

Liliukolani's Ice Cream

Accessible by boat or car, this is the best ice cream spot on The Big Lake. Located in Paugus Bay, they offer HUGE portions and creative sundaes designed by the seasonal staff. Only open in summer.

Bank of NH Pavilion

Amazing music venue that attracts big name performers like Zac Brown Band and Luke Bryan. Check their schedule for performance dates. They even offer overnight camping at the venue. Closed in winter.