Cruise Lake Winnipesaukee on the Mount Washington


The Lakes Region is unique for countless reasons. One of those reasons is the Mount Washington.

The 230 foot long tour vessel features four levels and is part of the quintessential Lake Winnipesaukee experience. People can board the Mount Washington from one of five ports throughout the Lakes Region: Wolfeboro, Weirs Beach, Alton Bay, Center Harbor, or Meredith. Once aboard, passengers begin their expedition into the vast 72 square miles of magnificence known as Lake Winnipesaukee. Throughout the duration of the cruise, passengers can listen to the captain over the loudspeaker state interesting facts about the vessel, the lake, and some of the lake's 240 habitable islands. Passengers can also enjoy occasional friendly waves from boaters and people in the yards of their waterfront properties. 

The Mount Washington offers foods, drinks, and a range of cruise ship events to partake in depending on individual interests. For more information about the Mount Washington including ticket prices, departure times and ongoing events, visiting their website by clicking here

Click here to read this great article from The Boston Globe, "Seeing Lake Winnipesaukee from the M/S Mount Washington is a N.H. must-do" for a more in depth account as to what an experience is like on the Mount Washington. 

Weekend Events 5/31/19 - 6/2/19

Friday May 31st 

Spring Birding - Holderness

Keepsake Quilting 3 Day Summer Tent Sale - Center Harbor

(Also Saturday)

Meet the Artists - Meredith 

The Wailers - Plymouth  

Saturday June 1st 

Portland Jazz Orchestra - Wolfeboro



Keepsake Quilting 3 Day Summer Tent Sale - Center Harbor

Kirkwood Gardens Day - Holderness

Clean Up the Bay Day - Meredith

Sunday June 2nd

Beginner Stained Glass Class - Meredith

Lakes Region Hiking

Here are some popular hiking destinations in the Lakes Region. Click on each destination to learn more information.

Castle in the Clouds Hiking Trails

Cotton Valley Rail Trail

Mount Major
Alton Bay 

Red Hill
Center Harbor 

West Rattlesnake Mountain

Click here to read this great article from New Hampshire Magazine that feature even more fabulous hiking spots!

5 Reasons to Buy a Waterfront Home in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire

Are you considering buying a waterfront home in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire but you're still undecided? Here are 5 reasons that may help you decide if a waterfront home may be right for you. Melanson Real Estate, Inc. is one of the oldest and most respected real estate firms in the Lakes Region and we are proud to be waterfront specialists. Contact us with any questions that you have regarding your real estate needs. We will help you turn your waterfront dreams into a reality.

1. Gorgeous Views


2. You Can Fish from Home 


3. You Can Play in the Water from Your Backyard 


4. Sunrises 


5. Sunsets



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Last Week of Summer Activities

Photo: BlueFin Studio

This weekend will be the last weekend of summer before Fall officially starts on September 22nd. Luckily, the weather is expected to be marvelous, reaching 80 degrees. Here are some suggestions for how to enjoy your last weekend of summer. Enjoy whatever you do! 

Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough 

This mountaintop estate is a popular tourist destination for its exquisite beauty and unique history. Visitors can choose from several activities while visiting the estate including: touring the mansion, eating at the restaurant located on the property, horseback riding and/or visiting the estate's exhibit gallery.

DeVylder Farm in Wolfeboro 

This local farm offers all the fruits and vegetables you'll need to make a wonderful end of summer meal. 

Rail Trail in Wolfeboro 

The rail trail is a great way to enoy summer scenery before foliage season. The trail is 11 miles long, beginning at Depot Street in Wolfeboro, and ends at Route 16 in Wakefield. 

End of Summer Home Maintenance 

This may not seem like an ideal way to spend your last weekend of summer but it could leave you feeling accomplished and prepared for the upcoming colder seasons. 

Water Activities in The Lakes Region 

Perhaps the best way to enjoy the last weekend of summer should somehow involve one of the many gorgeous lakes in our area. Whether boating, swimming, fishing, waterskiing, etc., enjoy the water now because soon, it will be too cold!

Best Lake Movies

If you love lake life, it's likely that you're partial to movies that feature a lake setting because in certain aspects, it can sometimes make the plot more relatable. 

Here are our top six favorite movies that feature a lake setting: 

1) Meatballs 

Meatballs is a cult classic for a reason. In Murray's first starring role, he plays Tripper Harrison, the lead counselor of a mediocre camp. The plot centers around the antics of the camp counselors over the course of the summer, including a competition with a rival camp. The many laughs that you'll get from watching this move will be well worth your time. 

2) What About Bob

Are you surprised that Bill Murray stars in our top two picks? We're not. What About Bob? tells the story of a psychiatrist (Richard Dreyfuss) and his patient (Bill Murray). Murray's character, Bob Wiley, follows Dreyfuss' character, Leo Marvin, on his family vacation. Soon, Leo's family develops a liking for Bob and hilarity ensues as Leo fails to comprehend how this could ever happen. If you haven't seen the movie, it's a summer must!

3) The Great Outdoors 

This film was written and produced by John Hughes who also wrote several other excellent movies including: Sixteen Candles, Uncle Buck, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, etc. Therefore, if you haven't seen The Great Outdoors, you're guaranteed to like it if you've like his other movies. The movie stars John Candy and Dan Aykroyd as brother-in-laws. Aykroy's character, Roman, imposes on the family vacation of Candy's character, Chet. While all seems well in the beginning, family tensions soon surface. This amusing film has many memorable scenes including a water skiing lesson, the steak eating contest and a bear chase. 

4) Dirty Dancing

We'll bet that you know all of the words to at least one of the songs from this movie. Which one is it? "Hungry Eyes", "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", "She's Like the Wind", or "Be My Baby"? Dirty Dancing is a classic story of a nice girl that meets a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. It stands out as one of the more memorable versions of this storyline for the film's music and of course, lake setting! One of the movie's most memorial scenes is when characters Baby and Johnny practice a dance lift in the lake. This film never gets old and has inspired everything from parodies by the Muppets, to choreographed dances at weddings.  

5) On Golden Pond

On Golden Pond stars Hollywood legends Kathryn Hepburn, Henry Fonda and his real-life daughter, Jane Fonda. The film tells the story of an elderly couple that spends their summers at their lakefront vacation home in New England and their relationships with their daughter and grandson. The film was the second highest grossing movie of the year, for the year it was released, and was nominated for ten Oscars. Henry Fonda and Kathryn Hepburn won Best Actor awards for their roles. 

6)  Indian Summer 

This film features an all star cast and tells the story eight adults that return to their old camp at the request of their former camp counselor, played by Alan Arkin. As the campers reconnect, unresolved past issues resurface. This forces some of the campers to come to terms with the past. The all star cast includes Diane Lane, Bill Paxton and Elizabeth Perkins. 

If you think that we missed any movies with a lake setting that deserved to have made or list, let us know in the comments section!

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