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Region 5

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Lakes Region

Best of both worlds A fter living a somewhat nomadic life, Amanda Crawford and her husband Ben started to search for the ideal place to settle.

Right: Mirror Lake in Tuftonboro Below: Ben and Amanda Crawford

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That place turned out to be near the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in the town of Meredith. Married for just about two years now, the couple met in 2010 while living in San Diego. From there they moved to Colorado, Lake Tahoe and the Philippines. All of the places they lived, says Crawford, offered a huge range of outdoor fun. “We’ve lived in so many great places with amazing beaches, skiing, boating and hiking, and when it became time to settle down, we wanted to find a place we could do all the things we love,” she says. “We found New Hampshire is the best place for us since it has all the things we love to do. We like to live in places where other people vacation.” Living in Meredith offers them quick access to everything on their list — they can go boating, hiking, easily drive up to ski in the White Mountains or get to the airport in Manchester within an hour. “It’s also important for us to be near Boston to have a main city and support our favorite sports teams,” says Crawford. Though access to both the great outdoors and city life were the main goals, they discovered other perks when making the move. For one, says Crawford, the cost of living was a pleasant surprise. “We were able to get a beautiful home for a fraction of the price we would pay out West,” she says. Another surprise? All of the craft breweries and wineries. “We love all the New Hampshire breweries we have been discovering, including Tuckerman and Moat Mountain.” Still, it was the landscape itself that ultimately did the trick. “Our first impression was what a beautiful place it really is,” says Crawford. “Our first trip a few years ago we hiked Mount Major in Alton and were really impressed. We call Winnipesaukee the Lake Tahoe of the East!” Currently they’re planning a camping trip to Crawford Notch and a hike up the iconic Mt. Washington. Their favorite thing about living in the Granite State, she says, is that it’s truly “four-season living, and there’s always something to do. It’s hard to be bored in New Hampshire!”

Destination NH | 2017

SNAPSHOT OF THE area Located in the middle of the state, the Lakes Region comprises the areas surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam Lake, Squam Lake and Newfound Lake. With all its aquatic beauty, it’s no surprise that this region has been a recreation destination for centuries (really). Lake Winnipesaukee serves as the region’s star attraction, first made popular in the 1700s by John Wentworth. Laconia, as the region’s largest city, is the business center for the area, with Wolfeboro, Meredith and Weirs Beach as the major tourist hubs. Tour the lake on the historic M/S Mount Washington, ride the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, view the spectacle of Laconia Mortorcycle Week, shop the Tanger Outlets or learn about the surrounding natural world at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.

Destination NH 2017  
Destination NH 2017