One of the best things about a visit to the New Hampshire Lakes Region is, of course, the lakes! There are a variety of ways to enjoy the water during your stay at the Inn On Golden Pond. One popular endeavor is a Mount Washington Cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Based out of Weirs Beach in Laconia, the Mount Washington Cruise company offers a number of cruising options. With the crystalline waters of lake Winnipesaukee beneath you and the scenic vistas of the White Mountains surrounding you, your day on a Mount Washington Cruise is sure to be memorable. Daily roundtrip cruises generally last two and a half hours. Cruises out of Weirs Beach depart daily at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm, A Mount Washington Cruise visits four other area ports including Meredith, Wolfeboro, Center Harbor and Alton Bay on alternating days. For a Mount Washington cruise schedule, click here.
Along with the daily scenic cruises of lake Winnipesaukee, you may also partake in an evening cruise. Special them cruises are available on Monday, with themes such as the Groovy 60s and Elvis cruises. Family Party Night cruises depart each Wednesday and on Fridays you can enjoy nightlife out on the water with a Dinner Dance Cruise. Saturday nights, have a romantic dinner and dancing with live entertainment for the perfect date. Other special cruises include a Fall Sunset & Foliage Dinner Cruise as the summer season turns into fall. Or climb aboard mail boat Sophie C. for an inland cruise of the islands on the lake.
The Mount Washington Cruise fleet includes three boats. The M/S Mount Washington is the fleet’s flagship and is a first class, 230-foot long with vessel 4 decks offering both indoor and outdoor seating. The Mount Washington can accommodate up to 1,250 passengers depending on seasonality and weather conditions. The second boat in the fleet is an old U.S. Mail Boat called the Sophie C. She is the “oldest floating post office in the United States” and continues to provide mail service on the lake , just as she has since 1892. Sophie C. is 74 feet long with a capacity of 125 and has a small Gift Shop, restrooms and indoor and outdoor seating. The final ship in the fleet is the 74-foot Doris E, which can handle up to 125 people. Passengers on this Mount Washington Cruise boat can visit the smaller islands around Weirs Bay during a one hour tour.
If you’re planning a stay at Inn On Golden Pond for a special occasion and need a venue to host an event, you can reserve one of the boats in the Mount Washington Cruise fleet for a private charter. The Mount Washington has three dance floors and can host a banquet of up to 500 people or a reception of 1,000. The Doris E. can host banquets of up to 40 guests and receptions for 75, while Sophie C. does not accommodate banquets but is suitable for receptions of up to 75.
When you’re making plans to go on a Mount Washington Cruise, don’t forget to book your stay at the Inn On Golden Pond. Our Squam Lake bed and breakfast has the perfect country style accommodations and luxury modern amenities to make your time in the Lakes Region perfect. We look forward to having you with us very soon!
Photo courtesy Craig Michaud.