Some Special Ways to ‘Leaf Peep’ in New Hampshire

Fall Foliage Special Train, Winnipesaukee Railroad

Fall Foliage Special Train, Winnipesaukee Railroad

It’s that time already—the air is crisp and the warm sun is shining on the bright colors of early fall. Some of the leaves are beginning to turn red, orange, and yellow as the foliage season gets underway in New Hampshire, especially in the northern regions, and there are some great ways to track how the colors are progressing and enjoy your autumn getaway to the Granite State to catch those colors at their brilliant peak! Continue reading

Celebrate Independence Day at the Lake!

Duck raceIt’s not too late to head to Lake Winnipesaukee to catch some fun 4th of July events! For a quintessential summer experience, Meredith Village will be the place to be today and tomorrow, with many traditional activities lined up. Don’t let the weather forecast rain on your holiday parade! The festivities are still on! 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

Dinner Dance Cruises – Magic on Lake Winnipesaukee!

sunsetLtAs the end of summer slowly begins to take on the crisper evening air of fall, the stars seem to shine brighter over New Hampshire. Now is the perfect time to step aboard the M/S Mount Washington for a romantic dinner cruise, where you and your sweetheart can enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, dance to live music, and stroll the deck under the sparkling night sky—reflected in the tranquil water all around. 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

Getting Crafty for Mother’s Day in the Lakes Region

M:S Mount WashingtonMother’s Day is just around the corner, and in anticipation, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire is offering some crafty ways to show some love to the special women in your life!

This weekend, May 4th and 5th, don’t miss the Mother’s Day Craft Fair at Laconia High School. The event takes place on Saturday from 10 – 4, and on Sunday from 10 – 3. This wonderful fair will feature over 70 exhibitors with great gifts for Mother’s Day or any occasion, including beautiful quilts, quilted jackets, table runners, glass art, handcrafted scarves, fine jewelry, bat & bird houses, gourmet pickles, dips, and jellies, hand-poured soaps, unique wax room fresheners, American girl clothing & accessories, wearable art, clothing, and much more! Fairgoers will enjoy the music of Tim Janis, as well as free admission. What a great way to find a special gift and support our local craftspeople at the same time! Continue reading

Columbus Day Weekend in the Lakes Region

Fall Foliage Special Train, Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad

This is the pinnacle of the season—the sun is warm, the air is crisp, and the colors throughout the Lakes Region are glorious—welcome to autumn in New England! For residents and visitors to New Hampshire, the high point of fall has long been Columbus Day Weekend, when peak colors often coincide with the three-day holiday. This year is no exception, with the foliage expected to be very colorful in the central part of the state over the next few days. Here are some fun ways to enjoy the scenery this weekend: Continue reading

What’s New on the M/S Mount Washington for 2012

Now that spring is here and summer is just around the corner, thoughts are turning to the age-old NH tradition of sailing, paddling, and cruising on Lake Winnipesaukee. In keeping with that tradition, the biggest party boat on the lake has its customary schedule of cruises and events—as well as some new options—lined up for a fun-filled season on the water!

The M/S Mount Washington is a first-class, 230-foot excursion ship that sets out on scenic cruises every day and sunset dinner cruises each evening. “The Mount” has many ports on Lake Winnipesaukee, including Weirs Beach, Wolfeboro, Alton Bay, Meredith, and Center Harbor. During the summer months, the ship visits all its ports frequently during the day, and passengers can take a cruise from one lakeside town, get off and spend some time visiting another little town, then board again and return to the home port.* At night, the Mount becomes a hot spot, with a themed dinner dance cruise every evening.  Check out the Tribute to Elvis, the Summer Lobsterfest, or the Parrot Head Party Cruise, to name a few. Continue reading

Early Ice-Out on Lake Winnipesaukee This Year?

View from Church Landing on March 15: Ice still covers much of Lake Winnipesaukee

This winter has been extremely mild, and the thickness of the ice on Lake Winnipesaukee was questionable for much of the season.  In fact, the annual Pond Hockey Classic moved to Lake Waukewan, a smaller nearby lake, due to concerns about the safety of the ice for the hundreds of people that would be on the lake at once. The big question on everyone’s mind now is, will the milder temperatures this winter bring a record-breaking early “ice-out” this spring?

“Ice-Out” on Lake Winnipesaukee occurs when the ice that has covered the lake all winter melts enough to allow the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship to navigate to all of its stops in Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith, and Wolfeboro. As the traditional, unofficial start of the spring season, this event is greatly anticipated by locals and visitors alike. Many Islanders regain water access to their cottages, and boaters are free to explore the lake. Continue reading

Family Fun Aboard the M/S Mount Washington

View from the M/S Mount Washington's web cam, 7/14/11, 7:55pm

Families visiting the Lakes Region of New Hampshire in the summer have many pastimes to choose from, and boating on Lake Winnipesaukee is among the favorite activities of locals and tourists alike.  From a quiet kayak ride to a dinner dance cruise, there is a water activity for everyone.  But for families, the M/S Mount Washington offers something extra special.

On Fridays in July and August, Mount Washington Cruises hosts Family Fun Day.  This activity-themed day cruise aboard the M/S Mount Washington offers parents and children a chance to explore Lake Winnipesaukee while enjoying entertainment geared for the young crowd.  The ship’s mascot, Monty the Mallard, will be on deck to meet the kids, along with a special guest, who may be a magician, a clown, a puppeteer, or storyteller.  On Friday, July 29th, Captain Radical will take over the ship for a pirate party, complete with a treasure hunt, pirate stories, and games.  A special princess tea party will take place in August.  Adults can enjoy the cruise while the children have fun with the crew!

Another family-friendly event also takes place on the M/S Mount Washington on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer—Family Party Night!  At this festive evening of dining and dancing, there is always a special entertainer for the kids on the Main Deck, and dancing to live music for adults in the Flagship Lounge on the second deck.  Folks of all ages can enjoy a buffet dinner as the ship cruises for two and a half hours around the lake.  What an elegant way to spend time with loved ones!

Celebrate summer with a quintessential cruise on the big lake aboard the M/S Mount Washington, and create lasting memories for everyone in the family!  For more information on these or many other fine cruises, please visit the Mount Washington Cruises website or call 603-366-5531 or 888-THE-MOUNT (888-843-6686).

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

photo courtesy of Mount Washington Cruises