According to the United State Census Bureau, the town of Holderness, New Hampshire has a total area of 35.6 square miles with 30.4 square miles being land and 5.2 square miles of water. You might think for such a small town there cannot be that much to do. Well we here at the Inn On Golden Pond are here to tell you that this quaint little town is full of hidden gems just waiting to be found. Here are the things you need to know about Holderness, New Hampshire and the surrounding area!
Holderness, New Hampshire is in the central part of the state, nestled between the foothills of the White Mountains and the shores of Squam Lake. In 1751, the town of Holderness, New Hampshire was named after Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness. However, the French and Indian war prevented settlement until after the 1759 Fall of Quebec. In the earlier 1800’s, Native Americans and European settlers used the region’s Lakes as a trade route.
The land of Holderness had its first settlers, a group of New England families, in 1761. By 1790, the town had 329 residents. The unspoiled beauty of Holderness drew visitors seeking relief from the scorching heat of Boston and Baltimore to the beautiful scenery. By 1890, Holderness was a cool and relaxing retreat from the hot city summers, with dozens of rustic fishing camps on the shores of Squam Lake and hotels scattering the hillsides. Although the town is still small and largely rural, the breath taking natural view of the mountains is nevertheless what draws visitors back to the quaint town.
With so much to do from shopping to eating at the fantastic restaurants, Holderness, New Hampshire holds some true gems. One great place to grab a bite to eat is at Walter’s Basin Pub. Munch on some delicious American style cuisine while enjoying the awesome view of Little Squam Lake. The teriyaki steak tips are the best!
West Rattlesnake Mountain offers visitors to the town a picturesque view Squam Lake. The gradual one and a half mile climb to the top is the perfect distance for a short stroll after lunch!The beautiful view is worth the climb.
Create unforgettable memories on a Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad ride. Enjoy a scenic excursion along the shorelines of the lake on the railroad line that was built in 1849. The ride travels between Meredith and Lakeport with the promise of an awesome view of the lake. The tour starts on Main Street in Meredith, right down the road from Holderness.
A charming place to buy a gift for a friend or yourself is the Country Carriage located at the Mill Falls Market Place, 10 minutes away from Holderness. The store specializes in gifts and decorative accessories for the country home. Located on the third floor of the beautiful old linen mill, shopping at the store is an experience.
When planning your Holderness, New Hampshire vacation, don’t forget to book your stay at the Inn On Golden Pond. Our comfortable rooms are each decorated in a classic country style and feature plush sitting areas, flat screen televisions, private baths and luxurious amenities. For the ideal lodging near Holderness, New Hampshire, choose the Inn On Golden Pond. We look forward to having you!
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