Stay at the Lake, Play in the Mountains—Summer Starts this Holiday Weekend

The Mountain Coaster at Cranmore Mountain Resort, one of two new major attractions to the White Mountains Attractions Association.

The Mountain Coaster at Cranmore Mountain Resort, one of two new major attractions to the White Mountains Attractions Association.

There’s so much happening all around New Hampshire this Memorial Day Weekend it’s hard to know where to begin! But in our opinion, the best place to begin is in the middle—centrally located with easy access to all the festivities that are kicking off summer—and that place is right here in Meredith.

In addition to some great events happening in the Lakes Region, many of the major attractions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains Region are opening this holiday weekend, most of them within a 45-minute drive of Meredith. Mill Falls at the Lake is the perfect place to stay while exploring some of these fun places.

“There’s a lot of pent-up demand this year for summer to get started,” said Jayne O’Connor, President of the White Mountains Attractions Association. “After a long, cold winter, everyone is eager to get outside and enjoy what the White Mountains have to offer.” Continue reading

Make Mother’s Day Special in the Lakes Region

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Cruising on Lake Winnepesaukee

Celebrate Mom in style this year by taking her to the Lakes Region for her special day. There are some wonderful options for brunch, dinner, cruises, and tours, and the weather is expected to be sunny and warm. Nothing says Mother’s Day Love like springtime in New Hampshire, so come and enjoy the beauty of Lake Winnipesaukee!

Right here at Mill Falls by the Lake, our own Lakehouse Grille is offering an elegant Grand Buffet for Mother’s Day Brunch from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. Lakehouse will also serve from the Dinner Menu with some Mother’s Day specials from 4 pm – 9 pm. All moms who attend brunch or dinner will receive a flower, while supplies last, in support of New Beginnings Crisis Center in Laconia, NH. For more information or reservations, please call 603-279-5221. Continue reading

Plaid Friday & Small Business Saturday – Shop Locally This Season

plaid-friday-2013-logo-smPlaid is the new black. Although the day after Thanksgiving in the United States has long been referred to as “Black Friday,” a day when retail stores across the country hold big sales and welcome throngs of holiday shoppers looking for that special deal, in the past few years, small, locally-owned businesses have been participating in “Plaid Friday” in response to the recent trend of big box stores and national chains monopolizing the kick-off of the holiday season. Continue reading

Mill Falls and Common Man Team Up with NH to Create Innovative Rest Areas

Hookset groundbreakingOn October 24th, 2013, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan helped break ground to kick off construction work on a major upgrade of the Hooksett Welcome Centers on Interstate 93. The new and improved rest areas will provide New Hampshire residents and visitors a wide range of services, including multiple dining options, an interactive visitors center, a NH Liquor & Wine Outlet store, a country store, a bank, and fueling stations.

“The Hooksett Welcome Centers project is an innovative public-private partnership that will help boost our economy and support our tourism industry by providing a high-quality welcome for all visitors to the Granite State,” Governor Hassan said. “With the project estimated to create 137 long-term jobs, the new Welcome Centers will help spur economic growth and offer a uniquely New Hampshire experience that showcases what makes our state special.” Continue reading

The 34th Annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

Meredith1Next weekend, the quaint lakeside village of Meredith will come to life with live music, delicious food, and beautiful works of creativity as Main Street and the Mill Falls Marketplace are transformed into an outdoor art gallery featuring the works of over 80 local painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, photographers, and quilters.

The Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 24th and 25th amongst the Meredith Village Shops and the Mill Falls Marketplace. This annual event, organized by the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Meredith Village Savings Bank, is an outdoor, juried exhibition and sale of fine arts and fine crafts.  Now in its 34th year, the festival has gained a solid reputation among New England artists and craftspeople, making it the largest quality arts and crafts event in the area. Visitors will be impressed with the wide variety of exhibits, including wildlife photography, metal and wood sculptures, stained glass, handmade jewelry, baskets, leather works, and abstract and traditional oil painting and watercolors.  All items in the show are original creations, and the artists will be available to meet with customers and talk about their craft. Continue reading

Celebrate Independence Day at the Lake!

Duck raceFor a quintessential summer holiday experience, Meredith Village will be the place to be on Thursday, July 4th. Independence Day on Lake Winnipesaukee promises to be a fantastic celebration, with several fun events and activities lined up for folks of all ages.

The Meredith Lions Club will start things off with a splash for its annual Rubber Duck Race. This event is not to be missed! It is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, benefiting many local charities, including scholarships for local students. At 4pm, over 4,000 yellow duckies will tumble down the waterfall at the Mill Falls Marketplace and float to the finish line just past the footbridge in Hesky Park. Tickets for cash prizes will be on sale until 3:30 that day, and the grand-prize winner will take home $1000. The duck race is truly an amazing sight! For more information, call Duck Central at 603-279-6016. Continue reading

Arts Alive! to Celebrate Summer at the Mill Falls Marketplace

Arts Alive13Happy Solstice! Today we enjoy the longest amount of daylight all year! It is also the official first day of summer, and although the weather has been mostly spring-like up until this point, schools are now on their long break, and folks all over New England are ready to kick back and welcome the season. To celebrate, the Mill Falls Marketplace will once again be hosting Arts Alive!—a vibrant Lakes Region festival for the whole family!

On Saturday, June 29th from 1– 3pm, stroll through Meredith’s historic Mill Falls Marketplace and take in the sights and sounds of Arts Alive! This mini festival will feature performances and presentations by local arts, nature, and entertainment specialists, including presentations on New Hampshire wildlife by Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, and live magic by Andrew Pinard. Pink Avatar will also be wowing the audience with bubbles, balloons, and juggling, and there will be a coloring contest for all ages with some cool prizes. Continue reading

Memorial Day Weekend in the Lakes Region

M:S Mount WashingtonThe trees and lawns are finally green and lush, and after this weekend the danger of frost in New Hampshire will be past us. Summer is almost here! The change in weather coincides with a day set aside to honor our fallen heroes, and to mark the occasion, the Lakes Region will be alive with events and celebrations you wont want to miss…

Memorial Day Specials and Cruises on the M/S Mount Washington

  • Specials for Veterans and Military – Veterans & Military Personnel receive a special $10 rate aboard the M/S Mount Washington on Lake Winnipesaukee Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of Memorial Day Weekend. This offer is good on all daytime cruises from all ports (Weirs Beach, Wolfeboro, Alton Bay, Center Harbor and Meredith). The regular adult rate for a daytime cruise is $29.
  • Memorial Day Weekend Kids Cruise Free – Take your children on a cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee and show them one of NH’s natural wonders. Memorial Day weekend they cruise for free! This offer is good on all daytime cruises from all ports. Free for all children 12 and under. Continue reading

Celebrate Winter in the Lakes Region this Weekend

The ice rink at Bay Point is ready!

The ice rink at Bay Point is ready!

With snow finally covering the terrain and ice thickening on the lakes, it definitely feels like winter New Hampshire! And with special events happening throughout the Lakes Region, this weekend is the perfect time to get out and celebrate the beauty of the season…

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia has a couple of fun outdoor events this Saturday, January 19th. The Snowshoe Fitness Walk, which takes place from 10 – 11 am, takes hikers on a trail that winds through the majestic farm forest with stunning winter scenery. Snowshoes are available for those who don’t have their own. Prescott Farm will also be open in the afternoon for a free Family Sledding Party from 12:30 – 3:00. Bring your own sled and Prescott Farm will provide the snow-covered hill and a toasty campfire! Folks are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy in the farm’s “green” building, where hot cocoa, s’mores, and other light snacks will be available to purchase. Continue reading

Celebrate Small Business Saturday by Shopping Locally

The day after Thanksgiving in the United States has long been referred to as “Black Friday,” a day when retail stores across the country hold big sales and welcome throngs of holiday shoppers looking for that special deal. However, in recent years, the day has become more of a mass exodus to the big box stores and national chains as folks line up early to be among the first to get their hands on limited offers for big ticket items. Some of these big retailers have begun to open earlier and earlier each year for the event, with several now opening on Thanksgiving evening to get a jump on the Black Friday craze, disrupting employees’ holiday time with family and causing smaller retailers and “Mom & Pop” stores to suffer as their customers flock to the well-hyped super sales. In response, several small merchants, together with American Express®, organized Small Business Saturday, a day when everyone is encouraged to shop locally while taking advantage of some special offers as well. Continue reading