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Lake Escapes Summer Series

People gather at the sandbar on Lake Winnisquam last Saturday afternoon.
(GEOFF FORESTER/Monitor staff)

Lake Escapes: On Lake Winnisquam, the sandbar is where it’s at

Monday, August 25, 2014

Temperatures hovered in the mid-70s Saturday afternoon, with some cloud cover and no breeze. Sure, it could have been a bit sunnier on Lake Winnisquam, but those who had dropped anchor in the shallow waters of the Winnisquam sandbar certainly weren’t complaining “Basically, we just come here to chill and have a good time,” said 27-year-old Angela Morrison of Acton, …

Lake Escapes: New Hampshire Lakes Association challenges world record – and aquatic invasive species

Monday, August 4, 2014

The white sticker on my life jacket noted me as No. 277. I stood among a colorful line of canoes and kayaks, poised on the Lake Winnipesaukee shoreline at Weirs Beach in Laconia yesterday morning. Like other boaters around me, I held the end of my kayak and crouched at the ready. The …

Meredith Bay event aims to raise $150,000 for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire

Monday, August 4, 2014

Looking for another day out on Lake Winnipesaukee? The organizers of “Rafting for Wishes” are raising money for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire in Meredith Bay this week. Jason Perry and Jason Tremblay will spend 44 hours straight on a raft in Lake Winnipesaukee from Wednesday to Friday. Up to 20 rafts will join them on the lake, and each raft will be occupied in …

Lake Escapes: Lonesome Lake ‘well worth the hike’

Monday, July 28, 2014

The small docks at the lakeshore were crowded at midday with people eating lunch, relaxing in the sunshine and resting from their trek to reach this small, beautiful body of water. Children laughed and played, a few people …

Lake Escapes: For Loons on Squam Lake, 'location, location, location'

Monday, July 21, 2014

The sleek, black heads tipped with long beaks bob above the water’s surface. “There,” a woman says excitedly, pointing several hundred feet to the left. “At 11:30!” All 18 passengers aboard the pontoon boat quickly pull their binoculars …

Lake Escapes: Best time to visit Weirs Beach? Well, that depends.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The best time of day to visit Weirs Beach in Laconia is early in the morning. The boardwalk is almost empty and Lake Winnipesaukee, rimmed by purple mountains, serenely reflects the pink and orange of the sunrise back …

Lake Escapes: A short walk up Rattlesnake Mountain offers a high payoff

Monday, June 30, 2014

Normally, a great panoramic view involves a long, steep hike. Not so in Holderness, where a 2-mile walk on the Old Bridle Path leads to a rocky plateau atop West Rattlesnake Mountain. And down below, spread out like …

Eating, before and after, walking the trail

Sunday, June 29, 2014

If you’re looking for a light bite, sandwich platter or summer treat before hiking up West Rattlesnake Mountain, stop at the Dipsy Doodle Dairy Barn off Interstate 93, Exit 19, on Route 132 in Northfield. Whether it’s a …