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New Hampshire’s Lakes Region!


elcome to New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, an area of exceptional natural beauty coupled with a vigorous and growing economy. The centerpiece of the area includes the 72 square miles of Lake Winnipesaukee, surrounded by mountains, with 182 miles of shoreline and 274 islands. It takes approximately several hours to drive the mostly country lanes that encircle the “Big Lake.” In addition to Lake Winnipesaukee there are 273 lakes, ponds and rivers to enjoy in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. Enjoy spectacular skiing (both cross country and downhill), fifteen golf courses, more then 60 factory outlet stores, hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, sailing, plus the thunder and excitement of NASCAR at the NH International Speedway. You will also find outdoor concerts at Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion & the NH Music Festival, fall foliage, and many other vacation and seasonal activities (all less than two hours from Boston). Take advantage of the numerous hiking trails scattered throughout the region, including the Northeast’s highest peak, Mt. Washington, at 6,288 ft.. Lake Winnipesaukee, NH was rated “the #1 retirement place in the country under the category of “Leisure Living” for recreational and cultural opportunities,” according to the 5th edition of Retirement Places Rated. -Rated by Mac Millan Travel The Lakes Region has a growing and diverse regional economy and is one of the fastest growing areas in the state. It has evolved into a very desirable location to raise children. New Hampshire was rated the best place in the Nation to raise children by the National Kids Count Survey. Additionally, FBI statistics rate New Hampshire with the lowest crime rate in the country.

Much of the market area is conveniently located off Interstate 93, making the area perfect for vacationers, second home buyers or year-round residents. The region is easily accessed by air, with the continuing expansion of Laconia Municipal Airport – which can accommodate private air crafts and corporate jets, not to mention Air Force II. The airport is fully equipped with a state-ofthe-art instrument landing system. The Lakes Region is less than a one hour drive to the Manchester Airport. The towering White Mountains are anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour away offering terrific skiing, camping, hiking and scenic rivers. Gunstock Ski and recreational area, located in Gilford offers year round recreation with downhill skiing and jumping, cross country skiing, camping, outdoor concerts, Octoberfest, craft fairs and mountain biking. The New Hampshire Music Festival with headquarters in Center Harbor, will be constructing a new 9,500 Sq. foot multi-million dollar performance facility—adding to the region’s cultural draw. LRGHealthcare is the center of the areas health care system. Recognized as NH’s Healthcare Business of the Decade, it offers a 137 bed general hospital with more then 30 medical specialties and a level III trauma center, as well as a 25 bed critical access community hospital in Franklin. The hospital recently completed a major expansion and renovation, and acts as a referral center for outlying small hospitals. The Lakes Region lifestyle has attracted a high caliber of medical professionals. Lakes Region General Hospital employs approximately 1,500 active staff members. It is interesting to note that New Hampshire has been ranked the #1 state in the Nation for “Healthy Living.” Our Lakes Region public schools offer a wide range of academic curriculum and athletic programs. It is interesting to note that NH students have consistently placed #1 in the country in high S. A. T. scores. The Lakes Region also offers five private secondary schools including the New Hampton School, the Holderness School, Tilton Preparatory School, Brewster Academy, and Proctor Academy. Post secondary facilities include Plymouth State University, the NH community Technical Colleges, The University of New Hampshire in Durham, and Southern New Hampshire University. Dartmouth College, Colby Sawyer College, and Franklin Pierce Law School are all an hour’s drive from central NH. The sheer beauty of the region is enough to draw you here, but there is more to the Lake’s Region. Some of the finest family attractions in New England are here. There’s a great selection of lodging, dining and tax-free shopping, a wealth of sports, NASCAR racing, outdoor recreation, major concerts and special events… they are all here… along with the warm hospitality that’s been the Lakes Region’s trademark. It is no surprise that NH was named the “most livable state in the nation” for the 8th year in a row.

(Belmont, Cont.) Family Health Center and the NH Technical College culinary arts program. Bordered on one side by Lake Winnisquam and the other by Silver Lake, Belmont offers a variety of water sport activities. The Lakes Region Greyhound Park is located in Belmont on Rte. 106 and the Belknap Mall is located on Rte. 3, offering many shopping conveniences. Population: 7,356 Land Area: 30.5 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 1.9 Sq. Mi. Schools: Belmont Elementary, Belmont Middle School, Belmont High school. Town Office: 267-8300 Rec. Facilities: Town Park and Beach on Lake Winnisquam, Playground with Tennis, Basketball, and an Ice Hockey Rink, Close to Gunstock Recreation Area & Skiing, Lakes Region Greyhound Park.

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Alton Bay is located at the tip of Lake Winnipesaukee and includes 19.3 sq. mi. of inland water area. This small prosperous residential town has many activities to offer including hiking, golf, tennis, fishing, and close proximity to major ski areas and miles of x-country and snowmobile trails. It has a quaint village with craft festivals & town docking and is the southern most port of call for the Mount Washington Cruise ship. Population: 5,250 Land Area: 62.9 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 19.3 Sq. Mi. Schools: Alton Central School, (Elementary & High School) Town Office: 875-2161 Rec. Facilities: Baseball/Softball field, Skating Rink, Tennis, Town Beach, Town Docks, Mt. Major Hiking Trails, Summer Festivals and Fairs.


Chartered in 1727 and officially incorporated in 1859, this accessible New England village has experienced steady growth over the years. Rte. 106 and I-93 provide easy access to southern New Hampshire for commuters and businesses. Belmont has a new community beach on Lake Winnisquam and a new high school, which was constructed in 1998. The Belmont Mill Revitalization project is completed, which includes a community service center, the Belknap

The town of Center Harbor, located on Center Harbor Bay of Lake Winnipesaukee is a scenic resort town. Through the years 1990 to 2000 it experienced zero population growth, maintaining its country charm in an era of rapid growth. It is the new home of the NH Music Festival, one of the most outstanding cultural events statewide. A new 9,500 sqft. multi-million dollar performance facility will be constructed in the near future. It boasts the beautiful 18-hole Waukewan Country Club providing excellent golfing while Lake Winnipesaukee, Squam Lake, and the White Mountains offer the utmost in four-season enjoyment. You may want to take the 1.7 mile hike up Red Hill to experience the panoramic views of Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake. Population: 1,096 Land Area: 13.4 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 3.2 Sq. Mi. Schools: Inter-lakes Elementary, Inter-lakes High School. Town Office: 253-4561 Rec. Facilities: Public Town Docks and Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee, MS Mt. Washington Cruise Ship Headquarters, Senter’s Market Place, Center Harbor Historical Society, Red Hill Hiking Trails, Waukewan Country Club. New Hampshire Music Festival Headquarters.


The city of Franklin was incorporated in 1828 and is situated at the junction of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee Rivers where they meet to form the Merrimack River. Franklin is the

Lakes Region Town Profiles (Franklin, Cont.) location of Daniel Webster’s birthplace. The town was known for a machine-made hosiery mill that used a process developed by the shakers. Franklin Regional Hospital, part of LRGH Healthcare, services a community of approximately 8,763 residents. Webster Lake, the Franklin Greens Golf & Country Club, and nearby ski areas provide recreation resources. Franklin’s original mills and downtown district provide shopping, as well as the neighboring town of Tilton with its factory outlet malls at the intersection of Rte. I-93. Population: 8,477 Land Area: 27.3 Sq. Mi. Inland water Area: 1.8 Sq. Mi. Schools: Paul Smith Elementary, Bessie Rowell Elementary School, Franklin Middle School, Franklin High School. There is also a pre-school program. Town Office: 934-3109 Rec. Facilities: 2 town beaches on Webster Lake, 5 parks (including the River’s Edge skateboard park), the Proulx Community Center, the Franklin Greens Golf & Country Club, the Franklin Footlight Theatre (a community theatre organization) and the Franklin Opera House. Ragged Mt. and Gunstock Ski Areas are nearby.

(Gilford, Cont.) school system with a new middle school and construction underway for a new town library. Convenient shopping with Hannafords, Shaws, Wal-Mart, TJ Maxx, Home Goods and a new Lowes store. There are many fine restaurants and marinas on Lake Winnipesaukee in the town. Pheasant Ridge Country Club offers 18-holes. Gilford boasts one of the finest and largest town beaches on the big lake and the public town docks in Glendale. Ellacoya State Park is an outstanding natural sand beach in Gilford. Breathtaking lake and mountain views are enjoyed from the top of Gunstock Ski-Area, and along the shoreline of Lake Winnipesaukee. Prestigious Governor’s Island is located in the town as well. The Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion plays host to major national country, rock and pop stars from spring to the fall. Gunstock recreation area, owned by the county, includes one of New Hampshire’s oldest and most popular ski areas. Expanded base lodges, snow making, a new high speed detachable quad chair, and expanded Nordic Center have been completed. The area also offers an outstanding summer camp ground, a fall Octoberfest, craft fairs, and antique car shows. Population: 7,126 Land Area: 38.9 sq. mi. Inland Water Area: 14.8 Sq. Mi. Schools: Gilford Elementary School, Gilford Middle School, Gilford High School Town Office: 527-4700 Rec. Facilities: Lincoln Park, Village Field, Ice Rink, Gunstock Recreation Area and Skiing, Gilford Town Beach, Ellacoya State Beach & RV Park, Pheasant Ridge Country Club, Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion, Marinas, Cinema 8 Complex, Hiking Trails, Restaurants, and Town Docks.


Settled in 1777, Gilford has retained historical charm while attracting new-comers with its natural beauty and convenient location. The village, originally incorporated in 1812, with its white clapboard antique homes, country store, and popular old home day parade retains the ambiance of days gone by. Recognized for its quality of life, Gilford boasts a top quality


Incorporated in 1727, Gilmanton is a classic New England village - large in geographical area, including three villages: Gilmanton Corners, Gilmanton Iron Works, and Lower Gilmanton. Gilmanton Corners is a true “Currier and Ives” setting, with its large, white historical homes gracing the gradual approach into the village, it is a gem of its kind. The huge old church, The Gilmanton Academy where Emerson attended school, the 1793 Tavern with its 18th century wall stencils, and the village store bring much history to this historic community. Population: 3,777 Land Area: 57.2 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 1.8 Sq. Mi. Schools: Gilmanton Elementary, Gilford Middle School, Gilford High School Town Office: 267-6700 Rec. Facilities: Near Gunstock Recreation Area and Skiing, Camping, Gilmanton Tavern, Horseback Riding, Crystal Lake, Shellcamp Lake and Sawyer Lake.


Holderness remains a lakeside community to NH’s second largest lake, Squam. Squam Lake includes 6,755 acres of water area with 67 islands to explore. It is blessed with natural beauty which has been protected and preserved through the years. Its pace is leisurely and its people are friendly. It is best known for the 1980’s film “On Golden Pond”. This area is also home to the Squam Lake Science Center, with its unique outdoor classroom for all ages. The center includes exhibit trails and features native NH animals in their natural environment. The town is conveniently located off of route I-93 and is within close proximity to Plymouth State University; with many cultural and educational opportunities available. Holderness School – a private school, is located within the community. Major Ski Areas are within a 30 minute drive. (Cont.)

(Holderness, Cont.) Population: 2,1008 Land Area: 30.5 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 5.4 Sq. Mi. Schools: Holderness Central School, Plymouth Regional High School, Holderness School (Private) Town Office: 968-3537 Rec. Facilities: Town Beach, Golf Course, Restaurants, Marinas, Lodging, Shops, Squam Lake Tours on Golden Pond, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center… a 200 acre site with exhibit trails and animals in natural enclosures.


Nestled among three Indian Lakes: Winnisquam, Opechee, and Winnipesaukee. It lies almost in the geographical center of New Hampshire. Laconia is the hub of the area known as the Lakes Region. Laconia offers excellent advantages for a great variety of year-round pleasure activities. Summer recreation includes all of the water sports (boating, sailing, water skiing, swimming, yachting, fishing, jet skiing, and wind-surfing.) The Laconia Country club is an outstanding 18 hole golf course. Laconia’s downtown has undergone extensive renovations and buzzes with activity, shopping and restaurants. The Belknap Mill constructed in 1823 is the nation’s oldest unaltered brick textile mill and “NH’s official meeting house.” The historic lake cruise leaving from Weirs Beach aboard the M.S. Mt. Washington holds 1,250 passengers, and includes public and charter rides, clam-bakes, moonlight and special theme cruises. Winter activities include skiing at Gunstock Ski Area, cross country trails, snowmobiling; ice skating, ice fishing, tobogganing, and winter hiking. The O’Sheas Industrial park & New Lakes Business Park attracts industry to Laconia. Laconia boasts a new 15,000 Sq. Ft. Police Station and recently expanded its historical library. The Laconia area provides excellent newly expanded school systems and sports programs. Several elementary schools and the middle school have undergone extensive renovations and additions. Many special events take place throughout the year including: country fairs, antique car and boat shows, flea markets, regattas, water skiing competitions, art shows. One of the largest and most well known communities found within Laconia is Weirs Beach. Weirs Beach is the center for family entertainment with its indoor arcades, miniature golf and boardwalk and sandy beach area with large public docking facility. Laconia’s Weirs Beach is home to the Laconia Motorcycle Rally and Race Week, and the World Champion Sled Dog races each February. Population: 15,951 (this number increases during the summer months) Land Area: 20.1 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 6.5 Sq. Mi. Bodies of Water: Lake Winnipesaukee, Lake Winnisquam, Lake Opechee, Pickerel Pond. Schools: Elm Street School, Pleasant Street School, Woodland Heights Elementary, Memorial Middle School, Laconia High School, NH Voc. Tech. Town Office: 527-1270 Belknap County Economic Development Council: 524-3057 Chamber: 524-5531 Rec. Facilities: 5 Public Beaches, 12 City Parks, Ahern State Park, 2 Health Clubs, Belknap Mill, Seaplane Services, Winnipesaukee Scenic RR, Lake Winnipesaukee, WOW Recreational Trail,

(Laconia, Cont.) Historical Society, Laconia Municipal Airport, Quaint downtown with specialty shops, Restaurants, Funspot Amusement Center, Weirs Beach Water slide, Miniature Golf, Several Marinas, Laconia Country Club, Laconia Library, and close to Gunstock Rec. Area and Skiing.

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Loudon was incorporated in 1773 with a total area of 47.5 sq. mi. New Hampshire International Speed-way, which is home to NASCAR racing and the Loudon Classic, features a 100,000+ seat stadium – the largest stadium in New England. Loudon is only a 20 minute commute to the Lakes Region and Concord—the state’s capital. Races are held regularly during the spring, summer & fall. For one weekend every June, motorcycle fans from all over the country attend the oldest Grand National championship motorcycle road race in the country - The Loudon Classic, which attracts approximately 300,000 tourists to the region. Loudon has an 18 hole public course—the Loudon Country Club. The town enjoys a rural character with a number of original farmstead properties. Population: 5,317 Land Area: 46.8 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 0.6 Sq. Mi. Schools: Loudon’s Grade School, Merrimack Valley Penacook Schools Town Clerk: 798-4541 Rec. Facilities: New Hampshire International Speedway and the Loudon Country Club.


Meredith, a charming New Hampshire town, features an exquisite combination of lake and mountain scenery including a scenic waterfront park & town docks. There are several award winning inns, fine restaurants, specialty stores, antique shops, and galleries. There are numerous craft festivals, fishing derbies, and chowderfest events. Known as the “Latchkey to the White Mountains,” Meredith is approximately a two hour drive from any metropolitan area such as Boston, Worcester, Montpelier, or Portland. Meredith offers a great variety of year-round activities. Summer recreation includes hiking, golfing, tennis, and water sports such as boating, sailing, waters skiing, swimming, yachting, fishing, and wave runners. Winter activities include cross country trails, snowmobiling, ice skating, ice fishing, ice sailing, and winter hiking. The Inns and Spa at Mills Falls include four unique country Inns with 156 designer rooms surrounded by a restored 19th century mill with a 40 ft. waterfall converted into shops, galleries, and restaurants. Beautiful Lake Waukewan provides the water supply for the town. Meredith has recently added a state-of-the-art community center and new police station. Population: 6,241 (In summer 15,000) Land Area: 40.0 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 14.3 Sq. Mi. Bodies of Water: Lake Winnipesaukee, Lake Waukewan, Lake Wicwas, Lake Winnisquam. Schools: Inter-Lakes Elementary, Inter-Lakes Junior/Senior High School Rec. Facilities: Beaches & parks, Public Docks, The Annalee Doll Museum, Children’s Museum, Train Services, Scenic Waterfront Park, Inns, Restaurants, Shopping, Winni Fishing Derby, N.H., Arts & Crafts Festivals, Chowderfest, Summer Theatre. Waukewan Country Club Fire: 524-1545 Police: 279-4561 Ambulance: 524-1545 or 279-5901 Town Office: 279-4538


Moultonborough is the largest lakefront community in the Lakes Region with 65 miles of shorefront, encompassing several lakes. This small four-season lakefront community has one of the lower property tax structures in the state and offers an excellent school system. The numerous lakes and ponds provide many water sport activities. The villages Old Country Store is on the National Register of Historic Places. At the Loon Center you can walk along quiet lakeside paths and listen for their call. Population: 4,044 Land Area: 59.5 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 15.1 Sq. Mi. Schools: Central School, Moultonborough Academy Town Office: 476-2347 Rec. Facilities: Town Beaches, Camping, Squam lake, Lake Winnipesaukee and others, Moultonborough Airport, Home of Castle in the Clouds & Castle Springs.


Located across the Winnipesaukee River from Tilton, this Merrimack County town serves as a residential community and is very convenient for commuting to Laconia or Concord. Country properties abound! Population: 4,829 Land Area: 28.8 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 0.3 Sq. Mi. Schools: Winnisquam Regional Town Office: 286-7039 Rec. Facilities: Highland Mountain Bike Park, easy commuting to nearby shopping and factory outlets at Exit 20.


Sanbornton embodies all that one expects to find in an old New England town. This historical community features many original homes, churches, and gathering buildings, constructed by its earliest settlers. The rural character of the town is embraced with stone walls, open fields, and grazing livestock; agriculture is important to the community shown by its many farm stands. Located on the high lands between Lake Winnisquam to the east and the Pemigewasset River to the west, there are many attractive reasons to settle here. Inspiring and marvelous views can be seen in all directions. Sanbornton offers a rural lifestyle to its residents, yet its close proximity to exit 20 off I-93 offers unlimited conveniences, shopping, and restaurant choices. Population: 2,966 Area: 47.6 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 2.2 Sq. Mi. Schools: Sanbornton Central, Winnisquam Regional, Sant Bani Ashram and Sant Bani School. Town Office: 286-4034 Rec. Facilities: Beaches, Boating, Band Concerts, Fairs, Hiking, Fishing, Snowmobiling, 2 Golf Courses, Lake Winnisquam, Close to Factory Outlet Mall, Shopping and Restaurants.


New Hampton

New Hampton is virtually the geographical center of New Hampshire. It is a rural New England village located at Exit 23 off I-93. Demographically it is blessed with ideal North/South, East/West exposure. Routes 93 and 104 place a resident within close proximity to all New Hampshire regions. The Pemigewasset River intersects the community which is located between Lake Winnipesaukee and Newfound Lake – one of New Hampshire’s treasures. New Hampton also has several additional lakes within its boundaries – Lake Waukewan, Lake Winona, Pemigewasset Lake, Jackson Pond, and Sky Pond. The village is enhanced with New Hampton School – a college preparatory school for high school aged and post graduate students. New Hampton embodies rural characteristics with its farms, fields and antique homes. New Hampshire’s best ski resorts are within 30 minutes. Population: 2,165 Land Area: 36.7 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 1.6 Sq. Mi. Schools: New Hampton Community Kindergarten, New Hampton Elementary, Newfound Area School District, New Hampton School – private college prep. Town Office: 744-8454 Rec. Facilities: Pemigewasset River, Lake Waukewan, Fish Hatchery, Maple Sugaring.

Sandwich is a quaint New England village with crisp white antique capes, colonials and a village influenced by artisans and fine craftsman. This scenic town has retained its “country atmosphere.” Located in the foothills of the Sandwich range and Whiteface Mountain, old fashioned swimming holes along the river dot the scenic landscape. A very artistic community, the village and country roads along Squam Lake offer true New England charm. Sandwich enjoys some of the most spectacular fall foliage scenery in all of New England. It is also home to the popular Sandwich Fair, which is a yearly statewide attraction. Squam Lake – New Hampshire’s second largest lake, provides a breathtaking setting for this historical community. Population: 1,326 Area: 90.2 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 3.2 Sq. Mi. Schools: Sandwich Grade School, Inters School in Meredith. Town Office: 284-7701 Rec. Facilities: Numerous Hiking Trails, Boating on Squam Lake, Town Beach, Arts and Crafts Shops.


One of the “Twin Towns” of the Lakes Region, Tilton hosts Exit 20 on Interstate 93 a major jumping off point for local excursions. Located at the southwest corner of Belknap County, it’s a local business and trade center. The 60+ store Tanger Factory Outlet Mall, Lowes, Wal-mart, Home Depot, Staples, J. Jill group distribution, B.J.’s Wholesale and other retailers, grocery chains & numerous chain restaurants have opened up at exit 20. A number of small industrial companies have located or expanded here. Tilton’s Riverfront Park project, fronting on the Winnipesaukee River, has revitalized the downtown district. Tilton boarders Lake Winnisquam - New Hampshire’s 3rd largest lake. The Lochmere Country Club is located on route 3. Population: 3,567 Land Area: 11.1 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 0.9 Sq. Mi. Schools: Winnisquam Regional District, Tilton School (Private) Town Office: 286-4521 Rec. Facilities: Retail shopping at 60+ Factory Outlet stores, numerous chain restaurants, Hemingway State Reservation, 18-Hole Lochmere Country Club.


Located just west of Wolfeboro, Tuftonboro is called “The Diamond in the Heart of New Hampshire”. The town comprises the villages of Mirror Lake, Tuftonboro Corner and Melvin Village. It has miles of water frontage on Lake Winnipesaukee and Mirror Lake with scenic lake and mountain views. Located on the northern side of Lake Winnipesaukee, this charming, small New England community is like stepping back in time. The Bald Peak Colony Club in charming Melvin Village features a historical private country club and private residential community along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Since 1954 Melvin Village Marina has been serving the needs of boaters in this community. Population: 2,387 Land Area: 41.0 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 9.0 Sq. Mi. Schools: Tuftonboro Central School, Kingswood Regional Middle and High School in Wolfeboro. Town Office: 569-4539 Rec. Facilities: Beaches, Boating, Marinas, YMCA, Snowmobiling, Bicycle Trails, CrossCountry trails, Fishing, Hunting and various youth organizations.


Colonial Wolfeboro “the oldest summer resort town in America” is situated on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee and is nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains. South and North Main Streets are lined with shuttered white colonial homes with shopping at water’s edge on Wolfeboro Bay. Quaint shops, fine dining, and cultural events are offered year round. There is an 18 hole public golf course, plus upscale private courses in the immediate area, tennis courts, marinas, cross-country skiing trails, and downhill skiing. Population: 6,269 (20,000 in summer) Land Area: 48.3 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 10.1 Sq. Mi. Schools: Carpenter Grammar, Kingswood Junior and Senior High, Governor Wentworth, Wolfeboro Academy of Music, and Brewster Academy Town Office: 569-5328 Rec. Facilities: Town Docks on Lake Winnipesaukee, the Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club and Kingswood Country Club, Several town beaches and parks, Libby Museum, Street Fairs, Hampshire Pewter, Link Metal Corp., Governor Wentworth Summer Home, The Wright Museum, Clark House, Kingswood Summer Theatre, League of N.H. Craftsmen. * Please note that although we aim to provide you with accurate information regarding the Lakes Region, figures change, and so this publication is subject to errors and omissions. The source for town demographics was found through htm (cities and towns) and other sources.

Water Access Communities in the Lakes Region A sampling of some of the diverse water access communities the Lakes Region has to offer…

Balmoral Balmoral on Lake Winnipesaukee Located in Moultonborough is one of Lake Winnipesaukee’s largest waterfront communities, with over 500 homes and a 500 ft. natural sandy beach, including docking.

Gunstock Acres Gunstock Acres Gilford’s largest mountainside community including approximately 600 acres with over 500 ft. of shorefront on Lake Winnipesaukee.


Grouse Point Club

Suissevale One of Lake Winnipesaukee’s larger waterfront communities with 2,500 ft. of shared waterfront. Sandy beaches, marina, clubhouse, tennis, waterfront homes and water access homes in Moultonborough.

South Down Shores South Down Shores A gated, private, planned community on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in Laconia. Consists of 260 acres and approx. 4000 ft. of shorefront. Sandy beaches, boat slips and yacht club with forklift (18 intimate villages plus individual single-family homes).

Samoset Samoset on Lake Winnipesaukee Luxury waterfront townhouse community with 850 ft. of shorefront, outdoor pool, clubhouse, tennis, beach, docks and moorings in Gilford.

Long Bay Long Bay A luxury gated community on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Laconia with 100+/- acres and 1500 ft. of shorefront. 2 Sandy beaches, boat slips available, single family homes and condominium homes.

Grouse Point Club A luxury gated community on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith. 3 Sandy beaches, a private yacht club, a 7,000 sqft. club house with heated indoor pool, fitness room and function rooms, plus lighted outdoor tennis courts. Custom single-family homes and luxurious condominium homes with panoramic lake and mountain views.

Waldron Bay Waldron Bay Luxury waterfront and water access community on Lake Winnisquam in Meredith, with 3,482 ft. of shorefront. Only 61 custom homes on 344 acres.

Water Access Communities in the Lakes Region (continued)

Stonecrest Condominium Waterfront community of 45 two and three bedroom townhouse style condominium style homes with 200 ft. of shorefront on Paugus Bay in Laconia.

Eastern Shores Eastern Shores Condominium 23 individual, detached condominium homes sited on 550 ft. of shorefront on Lake Winnipesaukee, with sandy beaches, docks, and moorings in Laconia.

Winnstock Lake Winnipesaukee waterfront community including 44 two level, 3 bedroom townhouses. Sandy beaches, day dock, moorings and tennis in Gilford.


Stonedrift Small 9 unit complex of two level townhouses plus basement. 200 ft. of shorefront on Lake Winnipesaukee with day docking, moorings, and sandy beaches in Gilford.

Broadview Condominium Located in Gilford, luxury condominium homes with breathtaking views and 640 ft. of shorefront with sandy beach and docking on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Dockham Shore Estates Dockham Shore Estates Single family home community of 63 custom built homes, with a deeded natural sandy beach on Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford.

Patrician Shores Patrician Shores Single family homes in Meredith with deeded access to a spectacular 400 ft. natural sandy beach with boat slips available.

Mallard Cove Mallard Cove 30 single family and duplex style condominium homes with garages. Includes 988 ft. of shorefront on Lake Opechee in Laconia, across the street from Laconia Country Club.

The Havens The Havens Approx. 70 custom built homes will be offered in this unique community in Laconia. Views of Lake Winnipesaukee; includes a state-of-the-art 25,000 sqft. amenities center with indoor pools, water slides, fitness center, plus outdoor pool and tennis.

Country Club Shores Country Club Shores Approx. 600 ft. of shorefront on Lake Opechee with sandy beach, 18 custom single family homes with garages, located directly across the street from Laconia Country Club.

Timber Bay 400 ft. of natural sandy shorefront on Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford. With 11 unit owners, with individual docks. Cottages, Duplexes and attached condos.

Old North Main Village Old North Main Village Single family home community with a beautiful sandy deeded beach on Lake Opechee in Laconia.

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Lakes Region (continued) Jonathan’s Landing Jonathan’s Landing Luxury waterfront townhouse community in Moultonborough with substantial shorefront on Lake Winnipesaukee, sandy beaches, and an inland marina. Cedar Lodge Three level condominium hotel with an outdoor pool and spectacular lake and mountain views, located in Laconia.

Misty Harbor Yacht Club Vista Yacht Club Vista 500 ft. of shorefront on Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford, huge sandy beach, outstanding docking for all unit owners, pool and tennis.

Misty Harbor Waterfront community on Lake Winnipesaukee with one and two bedroom condominium suites (condominium hotel). 335 ft. beach, indoor/outdoor pool and tennis in Gilford.

Marina Bay Choice location across the street from Mountain View Yacht Club. Desirable 2 and 3 bedroom, two level townhouses in Gilford with pool and tennis. Gilford Meadows Desirable two level, 2 and 3 bedroom townhouses in Gilford. In ground pool, tennis court, and close proximity to Gilford Town Beach and Gunstock. Windover Condominium Luxury small waterfront community on Lake Winnipesaukee, with 6 single family homes and duplexes, individual docks and beach in Laconia. Meredith Bridge Garden style one and two bedroom condominium homes in Laconia with clubhouse, fitness room, outdoor pool, and tennis court.

Meredith Bay Windward Harbor Windward Harbor National award winning community in Moultonborough with 1,000 +/- ft. of shorefront on Lake Winnipesaukee. 36 luxury condominium homes on 36 acres, with sandy beaches and boat basin for 44 boats.

Meredith Bay Located in the heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, Meredith Bay is a 410+ acre private gated community in Laconia. Featuring residential home sites overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee, many new custom homes. The community will include a small marina on Winnipesaukee and a private beach club with a natural sandy beach.

Hampshire Village 803 ft. of scenic river frontage on the Gunstock Brook in Gilford, with 16 single family ranch style homes with attached garages. Brookside Crossing 55 single family condominium homes with attached garages in Gilford on 63 acres, with an in-ground pool. Country Village Way 39 single family homes with attached 2 car garages, including 2,000 +/- sq. ft. of living space in Gilford near Ellacoya State Beach. Sundown Condominium Architecturally designed townhouses with a lovely sandy beach on Lake Winnipesaukee and tennis court near Governor’s Island in Laconia. Winnipesaukee Springs 16 three level townhouses with fireplaces near Weirs Beach with an in-ground pool and Jacuzzi.

Christmas Island Wildwood Village Wildwood Village Award Winning community of luxury townhouses and condominiums in Laconia, with rights to a 350 ft. sandy beach on Lake Winnisquam.

Christmas Island Private bridged island of 28 luxury condominium homes in Laconia, with 1900 ft. of shorefront on Lake Winnipesaukee, sandy beaches, and docking for every unit.

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Spectacular Beauty In and Around 273 Lakes and Ponds‌ Lake Winnipesaukee is one of the three largest natural fresh water lakes in the continental U.S., which lies wholly within the borders of one state. Winnipesaukee, NH’s largest lake, with an area of 72 square miles and a shoreline length of 283 miles, is dotted with 274 islands. The lake has a maximum depth of 180 ft. and a volume of 625 billion gallons of water and is surrounded by the foothills of three mountain ranges, the White Mountains, the Ossipee Range and the Belknap Range. Other major lakes include Big Squam, Little Squam, Winnisquam, Waukewan, Opechee, Newfound, Ossipee and Wentworth. Directions to Roche Realty Group (Meredith Office): Tel. (603) 279-7046. Take rte. 93 N. to Exit 23, travel East on Rte. 104, 8.5 miles to light, turn Right onto Rte. 3, one mile to Roche Realty Group on the left. (Located at the entrance to The Grouse Point Club in Meredith). Directions to the Laconia Office: Tel. (603) 528-0088. Take Rte. 93 N. to Exit 20, follow Rte. 3 to downtown Laconia. Take a left onto Rte. 106 North to Parade Rd. approx. 2 miles to Laconia office on Right (at the entrance to South Down Shores). Please visit us online at:

L Region A K E S Skiing

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Gunstock Mtn. Resort Loon Mtn. Waterville Valley Cannon Mtn. Bretton Woods Mt. Washington Cog Railway White Mtns. Weirs Beach Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad M.S. Mt. Washington Cruises NH & Maine Seacoast Numerous Golf Courses

Popular Lakes Region Golf Courses The Lakes Region has a wide variety of 20 individual golf courses to choose from within close proximity. Take advantage of the many challenging and scenic courses offered throughout the region. Panoramic vistas of lakes and mountains, plus scenic courses along rivers and ponds, all create a wonderful backdrop for a relaxing day on the course. In addition to the spring and summer months, golfing during the spectacular fall foliage is unsurpassed.

Bald Peak Colony Club Route 109 Melvin Village, NH Phone: 603-544-2511 Holes: 18 Private

Kona Mansion Inn Moultonborough Neck Rd. Moultonborough, NH Phone: 603-253-4900 Holes: 9

Oak Hill Golf Course 159 Pease Rd. Meredith, NH Phone: 603-279-4438 Holes: 9

Bolduc Park Par Three Golf Course 282 Gilford Ave. Gilford, NH Phone: 603-524-1370 Holes: 9

Laconia Country Club 607 Elm St. Laconia, NH Phone: 603-524-1273 Holes: 18

Owl’s Nest Golf Club 1 Clubhouse Lane Campton, NH Phone: 603-726-3076 Holes: 18

Den Brae Golf Course 80 Prescott Rd. Sanbornton, NH Phone: 603-934-9818 Holes: 9

Lake View Golf Club Ladd Hill Rd. Belmont, NH Phone: 603-524-2220 Holes: 9

Pheasant Ridge Country Club 140 Country Club Rd. Gilford, NH Phone: 603-524-7808 Holes: 18

Farmington Country Club Route 153 Farmington, NH Phone: 603-755-2412 Holes: 9

Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club Middleton Rd. Wolfeboro, NH Phone: 603-569-3055 Holes: 18 Private

Ridgewood Country Club 258 Governor Wentworth Highway Moultonborough, NH Phone: 603-524-7808 Holes: 9

Highland Links Colony Golf Course Mount Prospect Rd. Holderness, NH Phone: 603-536-3452 Holes: 9

Lochmere Country Club Route 3 Tilton, NH Phone: 603-528-4653 Holes: 18

S. Effingham Province Lake Golf Club Route 153 S. Effingham, NH Phone: 603-524-7808 Holes:18

Indian Mound Golf Club Route 16B Center Ossipee, NH Phone: 603-539-7733 Holes: 18 Kingswood Golf Club South Main St. Wolfeboro, NH Phone: 603-569-3569 Holes: 18

Mojalaki Golf Club 321 Prospect St. Franklin, NH Phone: 603-934-3033 Holes: 18

Waukewan Golf Club Waukewan Rd. Meredith, NH Phone: 603-279-6661 Holes: 18 White Mountains Country Club N. Ashland Rd. Ashland, NH Phone: 603-536-2227 Holes: 18

Lakes Region Ski Areas: The lakes region is located within a 10 to 40 minute drive to NH’s major ski resorts featuring unparalleled alpine downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snow showing and tubing. As a year round destination, the region is packed with activities during all 4 seasons!

Mount Sunapee Town: Newbury Trails: 65 Lifts: 10 Vertical Feet: 1,510’ Acreage: 232 Snow-making Coverage: 97% Phone: (603) 763-3500 Snow Report: (603) 763-4020

Cranmore Mountain Resort Town: North Conway Trails: 40 Lifts: 10 Vertical Feet: 1,200’ Acreage: 200+ Snow-making Coverage: 100% Phone: (603) 356-5543 Snow Report: (603) 356-5544*1

The Balsams Town: Dixville Notch Trails: 16 Lifts: 4 Vertical Feet: 1,000’ Acreage: 87 Snow-making Coverage: 80% Phone: (800) 255-0600 Snow Report: (603) 255-3951

Pat’s Peak Ski Area Town: Henniker Trails: 22 Lifts: 9 Vertical Feet: 710’ Acreage: 80 Snow-making Coverage: 100% Phone: (888) PatsPeak

Crotched Mountain Ski Area Town: Bennington Trails: 20 Lifts: 5 Vertical Feet: 875’ Acreage: 75 Snow-making Coverage: 100% Phone: (603) 795-2143 Snow Report: (603) 588-3668

Ragged Mountain Ski Resort Town: Danbury Trails: 55 Lifts: 7 Vertical Feet: 1,250’ Acreage: 220 Snow-making Coverage: 95% Phone: (603) 768-3600 Snow Report: (603) 768-3971

Waterville Valley Resort Town: Waterville Valley Trails: 52 Lifts: 11 Vertical Feet: 2,020’ Acreage: 255 Snow-making Coverage: 100% Phone: (800) 468-2553 Snow Report: (603) 236-4144

Dartmouth Skiway Town: Lyme Center Trails: 31 Lifts: 3 Vertical Feet: 968’ Acreage: 106 Snow-making Coverage: 65% Phone: (603) 795-2143 Snow Report: (603) 795-2143

Tenney Mountain Town: Plymouth Trails: 48 Lifts: 5 Vertical Feet: 1,400’ Snow-making Coverage: 85% Phone: (603) 536-4125 Snow Report: (603) 536-4125

Cannon Mountain (cont.) Snow-making Coverage: 97% Phone: (603) 823-8800 Snow Report: (603) 823-7771

Attitash www.attitash.comAttitash Town: Bartlett Trails: 75 Lifts: 9 Vertical Feet: 1,750’ Acreage: 163 Snow-making Coverage: 98% Phone: (603) 374-2368 Snow Report: (877) 677-7669 Black Mountain Town: Jackson Trails: 40 Lifts: 4 Vertical Feet: 1,100’ Acreage: 143 Snow-making Coverage: 98% Phone: (603) 383-4490 Snow Report: (800) 475-4669 Bretton Woods Mountain Resort Town: Bretton Woods Trails: 101 Lifts: 9 Vertical Feet: 1,500’ Acreage: 434 Snow-making Coverage: 92% Phone: (800) 258-0330 Snow Report: (603) 278-3333 Cannon Mountain Ski Area Town: Franconia Trails: 55 Lifts: 9 Vertical Feet: 2,146’ Acreage: 163

Loon Mountain (cont.) Acreage: 325 Snow-making Coverage: 96% Phone: (603) 745-8111 Snow Report: (603) 745-8100

Gunstock Ski Area Town: Gilford Trails: 51 Lifts: 7 Vertical Feet: 1,400’ Acreage: 220 Snow-making Coverage: 80% Phone: (603) 293-4341 Snow Report: 800-GUNSTOCK King Pine Ski Area Town: East Madison Trails: 17 Lifts: 6 Vertical Feet: 350’ Acreage: 48 Snow-making Coverage: 100% Phone: (603) 367-8896 Loon Mountain Town: Lincoln Trails: 47 Lifts: 12 Vertical Feet: 2,100’

Whaleback Ski Area Town: Enfield Trails: 30 Lifts: 4 Vertical Feet: 700’ Acreage: 85 Phone: (603) 448-1489 Wildcat Mountain Town: Jackson Trails: 47 Lifts: 4 Vertical Feet: 2,112’ Acreage: 225 Snow-making Coverage: 90% Phone: (603) 466-3326 Snow Report: (888) 754-9453

Public, Town & State Beaches in the Lakes Region Wentworth State Park Ahern State Park off Rte. 106 Laconia

State Landing Beach State Landing Road off Rte. 109 Moultonborough

Allen “A” Beach Rte. 28 North Wolfeboro

Swim Dock Rte. 11 Alton Bay Town Dock

Alton Town Beach Rte. 28A Alton Bay

Twenty Mile Bay Beach Rte. 109 Tuftonboro

Bartlett Beach Winnisquam Avenue Laconia

Waukewan Beach Waukewan Street Meredith

Bond Beach Bell Street Laconia Brewster Beach Clark Road off South Main Street Wolfeboro Carry Beach Forest Road off North Main Street Wolfeboro Center Harbor Town Beach Rte. 25 Center Harbor Duncan Lake Duncan Lake Road off Rte. 16 Tamworth

Gilford Town Beach

Ellacoya State Park

Wellington State Park West Shore Road off Rte. 3A Bristol

Ellacoya State Park Rte. 11 Gilford

Long Island Beach Long Island Road Moultonborough Neck

Endicott Park Rte. 3 Weirs Beach

Melvin Village Town Beach Governor Wentworth Highway off Rte. 109 Tuftonboro

White Lake State Park Rte. 16 Tamworth

Nineteen Mile Bay Beach Rte. 109 Tuftonboro

Winter Harbor Wolfeboro Neck Wolfeboro

Gilford Town Beach Varney Point Road Gilford Leavitt Park Veasey Shore Road off Rte. 25 Meredith

Opechee Park Cove Beach North Main Street, Rte. 106 Laconia Opechee Point Beach North Main Street, Rte. 106 Laconia Plummer Ledge Natural Area off Rte. 25 Wentworth Sculptured Rocks State Park Rte. 3A Groton

Wentworth State Park Rte. 109 East Wolfeboro

Waukewan Beach

The New Hampshire Advantage

New Hampshire was named the “most livable state in the nation” for the 8th straight year according to Morgan Quitno Corp. of Kansas. This ranking is based on a list of forty-four factors including….median household income, crime rate, business tax, climate, employment, health, environment, and education. Picked the #1 state for retirement in the country, according to This ranking was based on the cost of living, unemployment rate, tax burden, average climate, violent and property crime rates, and life expectancy. Highest median income in the nation, according to statistics released by the US Census Bureau. NH’s first place ranking was followed closely by New Jersey and Connecticut. 6th Lowest unemployment rate in the country at 5.1% according to the Bureau of Labor statistics. Lowest crime rate in the country according to FBI statistics. Lowest poverty rate in the country, which reflects the highest standard of living in the United States. Highest ranking in the country for senior citizens health-related quality of life.

Rated the best place in the nation to raise children by the National Kids Count Survey. Highest ranking in the country for child and family well-being by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Lowest tax burdens in the United States, according to Government Own Source Revenue and a Washington research group.

population employed by manufacturing.

Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, was rated the #1 retirement place in the country under the category “leisure living for recreational and cultural opportunities”….rated by MacMillan Travel – fifth edition of Retirement Places Rated.

Over 30 major ski touring centers and downhill ski resorts, 45 covered bridges, 32 state parks, 760,000 acres of national forest, 2,000 miles of mountain hiking trails, 17.8 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, and about 40,000 miles of rivers & streams which provide year round fishing and recreation in scenic surroundings, as well as power for the state’s many industries.

Lowest teenage birthrate and lowest infant mortality rate in the country. No state broad based income tax, sales tax, capital gains tax, use tax, or inventory tax. 2nd Best insurance rates in the country. Ranks #3 in the USA for the healthiest housing market according to Lending Tree which evaluated all states on six key criteria: debt as percent to income, unemployment rate, home ownership percentage, negative equity percentage, average home price, and the average loan to value ratio. Ranked the #3 state in the country for healthy living. Students have consistently placed among the top of the country in high SAT scores. Over 87% of the land in New Hampshire is covered by forests, making New Hampshire the 2nd most forested state in the country. 14th most industrialized state in the USA.

Ranked top in New England as “best states for business” by Forbes Magazine. Ranked 10th in the USA for “pro-business climate” by Business Facilities Magazine, the highest in New England. Ranked 9th in the USA according to the Milken Institute State Technology & Science Index. Ranked 8th in the USA according to average download Internet speed by the Communications Workers of America. 2nd Fastest growing population in New England with over 1.3 million people. Over 32% of the people in NH over 25 years of age have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Ranks 1st in the northeast in terms of percent of

57 lakes and rivers in New Hampshire are used as drinking water supplies.

1,300 lakes & ponds in New Hampshire covering 115,000 acres.

New Hampshire

Fun Facts About the State and the Environment State Capitol: Concord State Nickname: The Granite State State Flower: Purple Lilac State Tree: White Birch State Bird: Purple Finch State Motto: “Live Free or Die” State Animal: White Tailed Deer State Rock: Granite State Mineral: Beryl State Saltwater Game Fish: Striped Bass State Sport: Skiing State Butterfly: Karner Blue State Insect: Ladybug State Wildflower: Pink Lady slipper State Freshwater Game Fish: Brook Trout

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9,350 sq. mi. • Average high temperature in January is 30.8, in July is 82.6 Annual average precipitation is 41.4 Average annual snow fall from 60” to over 100” across the state NH boasts an average of 200 sunny days each year 17.8 miles of coastline 40,000 miles of rivers and streams 1,300 lakes and ponds 760,000 acres of National Forest Highest mountain peak in the Northeast at Mt. Washington (6,288 ft.) 85 other major peaks in the White Mountains with 182 mountains over 3,000 ft. Over 30 major ski touring centers & downhill ski resorts 45 covered bridges 33 camping or picnic sites in White Mtn National Park 2,000 miles of mountain hiking trails Over 200 Bed and Breakfast Inns 32 State Parks Craft Fairs, Fall Fairs, summer and yearround theater companies New Hampshire is no more than a days drive away from 6 million people Population of 1,309,940 (2005) Largest cities are Manchester, Nashua, and Concord Over 87% of the land in NH is covered by forests, making NH the 2nd most forested state in the country in terms of percentage of land covered by woods

Mount Washington, which is 6,288 ft., claims the title of having “the worst weather on Earth” and is home to the Cog Railway, the 1st mountain climbing railway in the world New Hampshire’s Cannon Mountain’s aerial tramway is the 1st erected to a mountaintop in North America NH Ranks 44th in land area and 41st in population of the 50 states NH has the 1st in the nation’s presidential primary NH has the 3rd largest citizen legislative body in the world NH has 10 counties, 13 municipalities, 221 towns, and 22 unincorporated places NH was one of the original 13 colonies and became the 9th state to ratify the US Constitution in 1784 The oldest summer resort town in the U.S. is Wolfeboro, located on Lake Winnipesaukee NH has four nick names, they are the Granite State, Mother of Rivers, White Mountain State, and the Switzerland of America New Hampshire is about 180 miles long and 50 miles wide, although the extreme width is 93 miles Five of the great streams of New England originate in New Hampshire’s granite hill, that’s why the state is sometimes referred to as “The Mother of Rivers” New Hampshire entertains annually over 1,000,000 summer visitors, who resort in the mountain and lake & seashore scenery The White Mountains are the natural features which have the widest fame Lake Winnipesaukee is 22 miles long and 8 miles wide with a maximum depth of 213 feet and includes an area of 72 sq. mi., and a shoreline length of 283 miles, dotted with 274 islands and includes a volume of 625 billion gallons of water.

Education in

New Hampshire NH has more than 150 public schools, many of which serve more than one town additionally there are at least 20 private high schools in the state. Excellent preparatory schools include Phillips Exeter Academy, St. Pauls, Tilton Prep., Kimball Union, Brewster Academy, Proctor Academy, and the Holderness School. NH students have consistently placed #1 in the country in high SAT scores.

Colleges and Universities

University System of New Hampshire: Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH Keene State College Keene, NH University of New Hampshire (UNH) Durham, NH UNH at Manchester Manchester, NH UNH School of Law Concord, NH Granite State College Berlin • Littleton • Conway • Nashua • Lebanon • Claremont • Concord • Rochester • Portsmouth Manchester

Community College System of New Hampshire: White Mountains CC Berlin • Littleton • Conway Lakes Region CC Laconia, NH River Valley CC Claremont • Keene NH Technical Institute Concord, NH Great Bay CC Portsmouth, NH Manchester CC Manchester, NH Nashua CC Nashua, NH

Antioch University New England Keene, NH New Hampshire Institute of Art Manchester, NH Chester College of New England Chester, NH Colby-Sawyer College New London, NH Rivier College Nashua, NH Daniel Webster College Nashua, NH Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH Dartmouth College Hanover, NH Southern NH University (7th oldest in the country) Manchester, NH The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts Merrimack, NH Franklin Pierce University Rindge, NH New England College Henniker, NH Hesser College Nashua • Concord • Portsmouth • Manchester • Salem

Major Employers in the Lakes Region Business Name LRG Healthcare Aavid Engineering Corp. Winnisquam Regional School District Gunstock Recreation Area NH Ball Bearings, Inc. Governor Wentworth School District Pike Industries Vutek PCC Structurals Webster Valve & Foundry j.jill Huggins Hospital Wyman Gordon Wal-mart Shaws Supermarket Gilford School District Laconia School District NH International Speedway Interlakes School System Brewster Academy Meredith Village Savings Bank Tanger Outlet Stores Town of Wolfeboro Hannaford Brothers Freudenberg- NOK Town of Gilford New Hampton School Home Depot

Town / City Located Laconia, Franklin Laconia Sanbornton, Tilton Gilford Laconia Wolfeboro Belmont, Northfield Meredith Tilton, Franklin Franklin Tilton Wolfeboro Franklin, Northfield Tilton, Gilford Laconia, Gilford, Tilton Gilford Laconia Loudon Meredith Wolfeboro Meredith, Gilford, Laconia Tilton Wolfeboro Gilford Northfield Gilford New Hampton Tilton

Industry Medical care Semiconductor heat sinks Education Recreation Manufacturing of spherical bearings Education Heavy construction and asphalt paving Color ink machinery Aluminum castings Plumbing, heating controls Catalog distribution center Healthcare Investment castings Department store Grocery / supermarket Education Education NASCAR auto, motorcycle race track Education Private school Banking Outlet stores Municipal services Supermarket Manufacturing automotive gaskets & seals Municipal services Secondary education Retail home improvement

# of Employees 1500 620 617 550 478 472 430 380 370 340 325+ 323 311 310 308 260 250+ 250 228 225 210 200+ 200 200 200 175 154 150+

Town of Alton Laconia Clinic Lewis & Sanders, Inc. Golden View Sunbridge Alton School Department Bank of New Hampshire Hampshire Hospitality Holdings Autoserv Wilcom Products, Inc. Eptam Plastics Tobin Tool Lowes

Alton Laconia Laconia Meredith Wolfeboro Alton Laconia, Gilford Meredith Tilton Belmont Northfield Northfield Tilton, Laconia

Municipal services Healthcare Metal tubular assemblies Nursing home Nursing care Education Banking services Hospitality Car dealership Telecommunication test equipment Manufacturing Manufacturing Home improvement center

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Please Note: The above information is subject to errors and omissions. Not all employers are listed. Data is always subject to change. The source for employment information was found through products/cp/index.htm (counties, cities and towns) and other sources.


“Most Livable State in the Country” Every year since 2004!

New Hampshire has been awarded “The most livable state in the nation” every year since 2004 by CQ Press (formerly Morgan Quitno Press of Lawrence, Kansas). The annual award is announced in State Rankings; a reference book of state statistics published by the company. The 1st place ranking is based on 44 factors, ranging from median household income, job growth, crime rates, educational rankings and environmental & health statistics. The award and top ranking is unique because it does not focus on any one category of data, instead it focuses on a broad range of 44 critical factors and picks a winner. The top five winners in 2011 in descending order were New Hampshire, Utah, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Iowa.

Surrounding Lakes

Newfound Lake

Lake Winnipesaukee Area: 44,568 acres Max Depth: 187 feet Shoreline: 240 miles Location: Alton, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro. Info: Lake Winnipesaukee is NH’s largest and most famous lake. It has 72 sq. mi. of surface area, 274 islands, and approximately 625 billion gallons of water! Its length is 22.9 miles and its width is 7.5 miles and its average depth is 62 ft. It is very popular lake for all water sports, with many lakeside restaurants dotting its Shoreline. Lake Winnipesaukee is the 6th largest natural lake completely inside US boarders. The largest island on the lake is Long Island (1,186 acres), followed by Bear Island (780 acres), Cow Island (522 acres) and Governors Island (504 acres). Lake Winnisquam Area: 4,264 acres Max Depth: 154 feet Shoreline: 28.2 miles Location: Sanbornton, Tilton, Laconia, Meredith, Belmont. Info: Lake Winnisquam is NH’s third largest lake and offers pristine waters; it offers a length of 5.4 miles, a width of 1.7 miles and average depth of 52 ft.

Squam Lake

Ossipee Lake

Big Squam Lake Area: 6,765 acres Max Depth: 98 feet Shoreline: 60.5 miles Location: Holderness, Center Harbor, Sandwich, Moultonborough. Info: Squam Lake is New Hampshire’s second largest lake with 67 islands to explore. The movie “On Golden Pond” was filmed on this scenic lake. It has a length of 3.7 miles and a width of 3.4 miles. Little Squam Area: 408 acres Max Depth: 84 feet Shoreline: 4.3 miles Location: Holderness, Ashland.

Info: Little Squam has a length of 1.7 miles, a width of .6 miles and an average depth of 23 feet. Little Squam is connected to Big Squam Lake at the Squam Lake Bridge in Holderness, near the Squam Lakes Science Center. Newfound Lake Area: 4,105 acres Max Depth: 168 feet Shoreline: 19.8 miles Location: Bristol, Hebron, Alexandria, Bridgewater. Info: Newfound has a length of 5.7 miles and a width of 2.7 miles, with an average depth of 65 ft. Newfound is one of the cleanest lakes in the United States. Ossipee Lake Area: 3,091 acres Max Depth: 73 feet Shoreline: 10.6 miles Location: Ossipee, Freedom. Info: Ossipee is moderately developed and many any of the waterfronts have sandy beaches. Lake Wentworth Area: 3,018 acres Max Depth: 49 feet Shoreline: 14 miles Location: Wentworth, Wolfeboro Info: There are many summer cottages and homes along the shores of Wentworth in the scenic resort town of Wolfeboro, the oldest summer resort in America. Lake Wentworth is accessible via the Smith River into Lake Wentworth. Great East Lake Area: 1,706 acres Max Depth: 102 feet Shoreline: 18 miles Location: Wakefield Info: There are many seasonal cottages and vacation homes on Great East Lake.

Surrounding Lakes (continued) Paugus Bay Area: 1,205 acres Max Depth: 90 feet Shoreline: 9.7 miles Location: Laconia Info: Paugus Bay is 3.3 miles long and has a width of .9 of a mile. Lake Winnipesaukee feeds directly into Paugus Bay through the Weirs channel. Paugus Bay then flows into Lake Opechee through the Lakeport Dam. The city of Laconia obtains its municipal water from this lake. Merrymeeting Lake Area: 1,111 acres Max Depth: 122 feet Shoreline: 10.8 miles Location: New Durham Info: Merrymeeting Lake feeds into Lake Winnipesaukee and is a very popular destination. Webster Lake Area: 612 acres Max Depth: 40 feet Shoreline: 4.3 miles Location: Franklin. Info: Webster Lake is a popular quiet lake in Franklin dotted with second and primary homes. Pine River Pond Area: 593 acres Shoreline: 12.2 miles Location: Wakefield. Info: Pine River Pond is a scenic body of water located in Wakefield with seasonal residents and second homes. Lake Waukewan Area: 912 acres Max Depth: 68 Feet Shoreline: 8.1 miles Location: Meredith, New Hampton Info: Lake Waukewan is 2.1 miles long and has a width of .9 miles. It is Meredith’s water supply, featuring clean water and an average depth of 22 ft. Waukewan flows into Meredith Bay of Lake Winnipesaukee through the Inn at Mills Falls.

Crystal Lake Area: 440 acres Max Depth: 51 feet Location: Gilmanton Info: Crystal Lake flows via the Suncook River into the Merrimack River. This Peaceful Lake is located in the historic town of Gilmanton and includes a number of vacation properties. Lake Opechee Area: 426 acres Max Depth: 65 feet Shoreline: 5.9 miles Location: Laconia Info: Lake Opechee is 1.9 miles long and is .7 miles wide. Paugus Bay flows into Lake Opechee at the Lakeport Dam and Opechee flows into Lake Winnisquam in downtown Laconia.

Lake Wentworth

Mirror Lake Area: 377 Acres Max Depth: 44 feet Shoreline: 3.5 miles Location: Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro. Info: Mirror Lake is moderately developed and is heavily wooded. Lake Kanasatka Area: 371 Acres Max Depth: 30 feet Shoreline: 5.2 miles Location: Moultonborough Info: Kanasatka is a peaceful lake with scenic views of Red Hill. Stinson Lake Area: 346 acres Max Depth: 75 feet Shoreline: 3.5 miles Location: Rumney, Ellsworth. Info: With an average depth of 39 ft., it is situated in a high elevation of 1,303 ft. surrounded by mountains.

Merrymeeting Lake

Lake Waukewan

Surrounding Lakes (continued) Lake Wickwas Area: 322 acres Max Depth: 30 feet Shoreline: 5.9 miles Location: Meredith. Info: Lake Wickwas has a length of 1.2 miles and a width of .5 miles. White Oak Pond Area: 290 acres Max Depth: 32 feet Shoreline: 3.2 miles Location: Holderness. Info: White Oak Pond is .9 miles long and .9 miles wide and has an average depth of Lake Kanasatka 16 ft. Pemigewasset Lake Area: 241 acres Max Depth: 30 feet Shoreline: 3.8 miles Location: Meredith, New Hampton. Info: Pemigewasset has a length of 1.1 miles and a width of .5 miles.

Lake Wickwas

Silver Lake Area: 216 acres Max Depth: 11 feet Shoreline: 3.9 miles Location: Tilton. Info: Silver Lake has a length and width of .8 miles. Sawyer Lake Area: 79 acres Shoreline: 1.7 miles Location: Gilmanton. Info: Sawyer Lake has an average depth of 11 ft. Hermit Lake Area: 176 acres Shoreline: 5.4 miles Location: Sanbornton

Pemigewasset Lake

Lake Winona Area: 154 acres Max Depth: 41 feet Shoreline: 3.1 miles Location: Center Harbor, New Hampton Info: Winona is 1.3 miles long and .3 miles wide.

Shellcamp Lake Area: 148 acres Shoreline: 3.3 miles Location: Gilmanton Forest Pond Area: 124 acres Shoreline: .7 miles Location: New Hampton Loon Pond Area: 121 acres Shoreline: 1.9 miles Location: Gilmanton Duncan Lake Area: 114 acres Shoreline: 1.7 miles Location: Ossipee Hawkins Pond Area: 92 acres Max Depth: 27 feet Shoreline: .8 miles Location: Center Harbor Info: Hawkins Pond has a length of .5 miles and a width of .3 miles. Wakonda Pond Area: 92 acres Shoreline: 1.8 miles Location: Moultonborough Info: Wakonda Pond has an average depth of 35 ft. Rust Pond Area: 210 acres Max Depth: 39 feet Location: Wolfeboro. Crescent Lake Area: 184 acres Max Depth: 18 feet Info: Crescent Lake has a Shoreline length of 3.8 miles. Location: Wolfeboro

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Meredith Office 97 Daniel Webster Highway Meredith, NH 03253 603-279-7046 1-800-926-5253 (1 mile south of Rte. 104 on Rte. 3)

Lakes Region Association and Chamber of Commerce Affiliations Associations & multiple Listing Services

Laconia Office 1921 Parade Road Laconia, NH 03246 603-528-0088 1-888-214-0088 (At the entrance to South Down Shores)

Our office is a member of the Lakes Region Board of REALTORS®, the State of New Hampshire Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®. We are a member of the Northern New England Real Estate Network- a statewide multiple listing service.

WEB MARKETING Visit the lakes region’s most comprehensive website,, to view multiple photos and virtual tours, and learn about towns, schools, restaurants, golf courses, lake demographics, ski areas and attractions in the region. Use our new expanded searches, sign up for daily real estate updates, find open house listings and local weather updates, navigate our innovative maps, and stay informed with our continuing blog articles. We offer a comprehensive internet marketing program with exposure on 38 of the leading national and international internet search engines and real estate websites in the industry including:,, www.zillow. com,, Wall Street Journal Online,,,,,,, ,, www.homesandland. com,,, www.,, & Our presence on major search engines and web portals ensures that we appear near the top for Lakes Region searches. We feature display ads on many websites for added visibility and exposure for our listings.

Local Ownership • Local People • Local Decisions Today, Roche Realty Group is one of New Hampshire’s largest independent real estate companies. Not being tied to corporate or regional ownership or franchises gives us the ability to be flexible, the power to be creative, and the strength to be leaders.

PRINT ADVERTISING We advertise in numerous Local, Statewide, Regional & National Publications on a regular schedule.

Color Magazine Mass Distribution Several times a year, our company publishes a 40-page full color properties magazine, which displays all of our available properties. Approx. 75,000 copies are produced with each issue. 225,000 copies annually and are distributed at 270 high traffic locations throughout Central New Hampshire. In addition to the distribution, thousands of copies are mailed with each publication to our entire customer database.

Full Color Property Flyers We prepare color flyers on each individual property listed through our office.

Meredith Office 97 Daniel Webster Hwy Meredith, NH 03253 603-279-7046 800-926-5253 • Fax: 279-7604

Laconia Office 1921 Parade Road Laconia, NH 03246 603-528-0088 888-214-0088 • Fax: 528-3151

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