Whether it's winter, spring, summer or fall, life in the Lakes Region is relaxing, adventurous and enjoyable for a number of reasons that change right along with the seasons. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the area's variety of opportunities, ranging from water sports during the summer to ice fishing and cross country skiing during the winter.
"The Lakes Region is an ideal location for a vacation any time of the year," says Amy Landers, executive director of the Lakes Region Tourism Association. "Year-round, the area offers scenic beauty, tax-free shopping in quaint little village shops and premium outlets, and a diversity of attractions and outdoor recreation for all ages."
Visitors are captivated by the beauty of the Lakes Region and often run out of time before they run out of things to do, Landers adds. Here are some of the best ways to enjoy the area in each of its four lovely seasons.
On hot summer days, residents and visitors to the Lakes Region relish swimming, canoeing or kayaking in one of the area's crystal clear lakes, or hitting the links at a local golf course. There are also numerous opportunities for guided enjoyment, including "scenic boat cruises, train rides, castle tours, zip lining, segway tours, or take a splendid scenic bi-plane ride over Lake Winnipesaukee," Landers says.
Visitors who just can't get enough of the Lakes Region's splendid summer style often inhabit the islands around the area throughout the warmer months. A mail boat is used to deliver letters and packages to these island dwellers.
When the nights get cooler, life maintains its energetic pace in the Lakes Region. "Fall is filled with beautiful colors, hikes, scenic drives, and horseback riding," Landers says.
Residents and visitors enjoy camping, fall foliage tours, and opportunities for apple- and pumpkin-picking at local farms. The area is also home to a number of fairs and festivals during the autumn months, and evening entertainment and shows are available throughout the year.
During the colder months, the Lakes Region is often blanketed in snow, creating a winter wonderland where adults and children alike enjoy sled dog tours, ice fishing, downhill and cross country skiing, tubing and ice skating.
During January and February, the most daring snowmobilers enjoy drag racing in the Lakes Region. And every February, the area hosts a popular pond hockey tournament.
For those who opt to stay out of the cold, "enjoy a relaxing day in front of the fireplace and visit one of our many exclusive spas," Landers says.
As the weather grows warmer, spring is a glorious time to be in the Lakes Region. There are maple sugaring tours and packages available, and a number of craft fairs to enjoy.
Each spring, Castle in the Clouds, the historic Lucknow Estate, reopens for views and tours. Gunstock Mountain Adventure Park offers zipline tours and treetop climbs. Popular museums like Canterbury Shaker Village and the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center are open year round.
Explore the Lakes Region, where "each season is filled with adventure, activity and relaxation," Landers says.
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