Inn on Golden Pond http://innongoldenpond.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:28:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 White Mountain Attractions to Make Time Forhttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/04/white-mountain-attractions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=white-mountain-attractions http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/04/white-mountain-attractions/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:28:34 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=1829 The Inn On Golden Pond is located in a wonderful part of New Hampshire that gives guest access to all the joys of the Lakes Region and the wonders of the White Mountains.  The White Mountains are a part of the Appalachian Mountain range and contain the most rugged peaks in New England. The range includes […]

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White Mountain AttractionsThe Inn On Golden Pond is located in a wonderful part of New Hampshire that gives guest access to all the joys of the Lakes Region and the wonders of the White Mountains.  The White Mountains are a part of the Appalachian Mountain range and contain the most rugged peaks in New England. The range includes White Mountain National Forest and several state parks.  We’ve put together a list of White Mountain attractions you should make time for during your stay.

 

Mount Washington

Mount Washington is the most famous of all the White Mountains and at 6,288 feet, it is the highest peak in the Northeastern US. A part of the Presidential Range, the mountain is located in Coos County.  The summit is surrounded by Mount Washington State Park. The area offers hiking and the Appalachian Trail crosses the summit.  Many of the hiking trails should only be attempted by serious hikers but the views from the surrounding area are spectacular and there is an Auto Road for vehicles to attempt the “climb.”

 

Alpine Adventures

A standout among White Mountain attractions due to the high excitement factor, Alpine Adventures offers a variety of zip line and off road tours.  For a new perspective on our beautiful landscape, take to the canopies of the White Mountain forests and zoom over the backcountry on zip lines.  or go on an Off-Road Tour and see spectacular views and terrain you’d not be able to experience otherwise.

 

Flume Gorge

This 800 foot gorge is at the base of Mount Liberty in Lincoln. Amazing views of Mount Liberty and Mount Flume are afforded during hikes over boardwalks and stairs.  Hikes start and  end at the Flume Visitor’s Center.

 

Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University

The Museum of the White Mountains tells the story of the history of the region as well as explores and preserves the culture and environmental legacy of the mountains.  The museum is fairly new, opening in February of 2013 on the campus of Plymouth State University.  This is one of the best White Mountain attractions for those interested in the part the White Mountains have played in our history.  Admission to the museum is free.

 

Clark’s Trading Post

Clark’s Trading Post has a variety of attractions to entertain you. A selection of museums, rides, demonstrations and even a trained bear show.  There is also a large gift shop where souvenir’s to commemorate your time at these White Mountain attractions can be procured.

 

 

Polar Caves Park

This park is home to a series of glacial caves made of granite boulders.  The Park includes a boardwalk trail through the caves, a small petting zoo, and mining activities.

 

When planning which of these White Mountain attractions to visit, don’t forget to book your stay at the Inn On Golden Pond.  Our spacious rooms are each decorated in a classic country style and feature cozy sitting areas, flat screen televisions,  private baths and luxurious amenities.  For the ideal lodging near all the best White Mountain attractions, choose the Inn On Golden Pond.  We look forward to having you!

 

 

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Experience New Hampshire Scenic Railroads This Summerhttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/04/new-hampshire-scenic-railroads/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-hampshire-scenic-railroads http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/04/new-hampshire-scenic-railroads/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:36:56 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=1818 When you visit the Inn On Golden Pond, there is so much to see and do. The New Hampshire Lakes region is full of natural beauty and exciting activities. There are several ways to enjoy the scenery and soak in the great outdoors. There are miles of hiking trails, horseback riding and biking opportunities and […]

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New Hampshire Scenic RailroadsWhen you visit the Inn On Golden Pond, there is so much to see and do. The New Hampshire Lakes region is full of natural beauty and exciting activities. There are several ways to enjoy the scenery and soak in the great outdoors. There are miles of hiking trails, horseback riding and biking opportunities and lake cruises to partake in. Another popular way to take in the landscape of the Lakes Region is a ride on one of several New Hampshire Scenic Railroads. There are two New Hampshire Scenic Railroads near the Inn On Golden Pond, so here is a brief overview of what you can expect should you decide to ride the rails.

 

Hobo Railroad 

The Hobo Railroad invites you to forget your responsibilities and “become a hobo for a day.” Your adventure begins with a departure from the classically styled Hobo Junction Train Station in Lincoln. You then travel through the woods of the White Mountains along the Pemi River, crossing bridges and taking winding turns past points of interest along the way. Get the full Hobo experience by purchasing the famous Hobo Picnic Lunch which includes a sandwich, chips, cookie and drink along with a souvenir hobo bindle stick. During the summer, special entertainment such as storybook characters and Hobo Buddy the clown will perform at Hobo Junction.

 

Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad

The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad’s locomotive travels between Meredith and Lakeport and offers great lake views. This is one of New Hampshire scenic railroads that was once part of the Boston & Maine Railroad that shuttled summer tourists into the New Hampshire resort towns between the 1890s and the 1950s. Cruise by historic and luxurious resort homes, practically passing through their front yards. The mostly downhill ride has a stretch of unobstructed views of Lake Winnipesaukee with Mt. Belknap standing in the background. The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad also offers unique Caboose Rides, where you can experience the click of the rail joints like railroaders of the past did.

 

These New Hampshire Scenic Railroads are a great way to take in the beautiful summer scenery of the Lakes Region, but if your plans bring you back in the fall, foliage train rides are another popular pastime. See the colors of the forest change as you ride along scenic railways. It’s another experience you won’t forget!

 

When you’re planning which of these New Hampshire scenic railroads to ride, don’t forget to book your stay at the Inn On Golden Pond. Our spacious guest rooms offer a blend of classic country decor and furnishings and the modern day amenities travelers have come to expect in their home away from home. Each of our rooms has a separate sitting area with flat screen television and complementary WiFi is available throughout the property. And your stay includes a scrumptious homemade breakfast each morning, so you will have the fuel for your adventures in the New Hampshire Lakes Region. Whether you simply want to enjoy the serenity of our Squam Lake bed and breakfast’s surroundings, or pack in all of the areas activities the Inn On Golden Pond will make your trip truly special.

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Summer Things To Do In New Hampshire Lakes Regionhttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/04/things-to-do-in-new-hampshire/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=things-to-do-in-new-hampshire http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/04/things-to-do-in-new-hampshire/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:11:11 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=1805 Summer in the New Hampshire Lakes Region is a truly special time.  The warmer weather makes outdoor activities even more enjoyable.  During your time at the Inn On Golden Pond, there are a number of summer things to do in New Hampshire.  We’ve put together a few ideas to make your summer trip planning easier. […]

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Summer Things To Do in New HampshireSummer in the New Hampshire Lakes Region is a truly special time.  The warmer weather makes outdoor activities even more enjoyable.  During your time at the Inn On Golden Pond, there are a number of summer things to do in New Hampshire.  We’ve put together a few ideas to make your summer trip planning easier.

 

Go On A Moose Tour

One of our favorite summer things to do in New Hampshire is go on a moose tour.  Pemi Valely Moose Tours are three and a half hour trips through the White Mountains to see some of the area’s most famous inhabitants. These evening tours have a 95% success rate so your chance of seeing moose are extremely good. When you choose to have an extended weekend at the Inn On Golden Pond (by either adding Thursday or Monday to your stay), we will include a free ticket to a moose tour.

 

See a Concert at Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion

Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion is one of the best venues in the area to see live music and other performances. This 8,000 seat amphitheater on the banks of Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford attracts big name acts from all genres of music.  So if you’re a music lover, a show at Meadowbrook Pavilion should be on your list of things to do in New Hampshire this summer. Below we’ve made a list of the exciting concerts going on during the summer season.

Jake Owen | May 29th

Skrillex | June 4th

Lynyrd Skynyrd & The Charlie Daniels Band | June 15

Willie Nelson & Family with Alison Krauss & Union Station | June 20

Peter Frampton / The Doobie Brothers | June 29

Fall Out Boy & Paramore | June 30

Boston | July 3rd

Styx + Foreigner + Don Felder | July 6th

Jennifer Nettles with The Indigo Girls and Brandy Clark | July 12th

James Taylor | July 14th

Keith Urban | July 24th

Alan Jackson | August 7th

The Moody Blues | August 14th

Goo goo Dolls & Daughtry | August 21st

Lady Antebellum | August 31st

Darius Rucker | September 13th

 

Take A Squam Lake Cruise

One of the best things to do in New Hampshire in the summer is to take a lake cruise. Beautiful Squam Lake is the ideal place to enjoy the Lakes Region’s charm.  Experience Squam offers a variety of lake tours and cruises.  Some special cruises include visits from people integral in the behind-the-scenes action of the production of the beloved movie, On Golden Pond. Other tours include fishing, sunset and moonlit cruises.

 

Visit Castle in the Clouds for a Scenic Hike

Castle in the Clouds opens for the season in May, so this summer is the perfect time to explore the extensive trails on the property. Among all the activities you can participate in at Castle in the Clouds, hiking is one of the best pastimes during the summer.  There are 28 miles of hiking trails on the grounds.  Cascading waterfalls  and wooded paths await you on on the trails at Castle in the Clouds.  Or explore the grounds on horseback! 

 

When you’re planning out which things to do in New Hampshire this summer, don’t forget to book your stay at our Squam Lake bed and breakfast.  The Inn On Golden Pond has comfortable rooms  appointed in classic country style, perfect for relaxing and appreciating the natural beauty around you.

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10 Squam Lake Restaurants to Satisfy Many Palateshttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/03/squam-lake-restaurants/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=squam-lake-restaurants http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/03/squam-lake-restaurants/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:42:53 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=1747 When visiting the Inn On Golden Pond, you will be near many activities and attractions in the New Hampshire Lakes Region. Though you will appreciate the serenity and quiet of the inn’s setting, you’ll also be close to some of the best dining in the area.  To help you plan out your culinary adventures, we’ve […]

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Squam Lake RestaurantsWhen visiting the Inn On Golden Pond, you will be near many activities and attractions in the New Hampshire Lakes Region. Though you will appreciate the serenity and quiet of the inn’s setting, you’ll also be close to some of the best dining in the area.  To help you plan out your culinary adventures, we’ve put together a list of 10 Squam Lake restaurants you should visit during your stay.

 

Walter’s Basin

One of our favorite Squam Lake restaurants is Walter’s Basin.  Set beside Little Squam Lake, Walter’s Basin serves steaks, seafood and more in a beautiful setting.  Specialties include Flat Iron Pork Tenderloin and Fresh Maine Lobster Salad.

 

Six Burner Bistro

Set in an 1850s farmhouse in Plymouth, Six Burner Bistro serves recipes using locally raised beef and fresh produce.  The menu contains an eclectic mix of American and international flavors. Open for lunch and dinner.

 

The Italian Farmhouse

The Italian Farmhouse specializes in American-Italian cuisine. With menu items ranging from  antipasti such as mussels and calamari to hearty entrees like Farmhouse Scampi, The Italian Farmhouse will satisfy your cravings for Italian fare.

 

The Common Man

The Common Man has several restaurants throughout New Hampshire, including a location in nearby Ashland. The Common Man specializes in American favorites with New England flair.  Specialties include prime rib, home made macaroni and cheese and crab cakes.

 

The Homestead

The Homestead in Merrimack is one of the best Squam Lake restaurants to find great steaks, salads and homemade deserts.  Try the Steak Oscar topped with Maine lobster and asparagus in a béarnaise sauce.  And save room room for cheesecake!

 

The Corner House

The Corner House is a great place to go for fresh seafood, flatbread pizzas, polenta, chicken and steak.  There is also a nice menu of pub food available. Be sure to save room for dessert, with seasonal specialties from the pastry chef, your sweet tooth will be satisfied at the Corner House.

 

Canoe Restaurant and Tavern

Canoe has great vies of Lake Winnipesaukee and a fantastic menu.  Famous Lobster Mac & Cheese, hand-cut steaks and special Sweet and Sour Calamari are all on the menu.

 

 

Mame’s

Mame’s Restaurant is housed in a brick village home from 1825.  Visit Mame’s for a diverse menu in a wonderful atmosphere.  The menu includes lots of salads, steaks, chicken dishes and much more. Lighter menu options such as chicken stir-fry are also available.

 

Giuseppe’s

Giuseppe’s has award-winning pizza, pasta, seafood, steak and more! The menu includes vegetarian and gluten-free options as well.  Giuseppe’s is also home to two full bars and a wine list with more than 100 options.

 

Lemon Grass

Lemon Grass Restaurant serves food made with organic and natural ingredients.  Along with sushi, the Lemon Grass menu is full of Asian fusion cuisine.  One of the good Squam Lake restaurants to satisfy your craving for Asian food, Lemon Grass also has a sake bar.

 

After you’ve tried the delights of these Squam Lake restaurants, the Inn On Golden Pond is the perfect place to come back and unwind.  Relax in the comfort of our large country-style rooms and enjoy a full homemade breakfast each morning during your stay.  Our Squam Lake bed and breakfast will make your time in the New Hampshire Lakes Region all the more special.

 

Photo courtesy Geoff Peters.

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Reasons to Visit Polar Caves Parkhttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/03/polar-caves-park/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=polar-caves-park http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/03/polar-caves-park/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:30:41 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=1740 The wonders of nature are abundant when you visit the New Hampshire Lakes Region.  Guests staying at our Squam Lake bed and breakfast have so many opportunities to enjoy all of the area’s charm. The Inn On Golden Pond is convenient to many area attractions that highlight New Hampshire’s rustic beauty.  One popular place for visitors […]

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Polar Caves ParkThe wonders of nature are abundant when you visit the New Hampshire Lakes Region.  Guests staying at our Squam Lake bed and breakfast have so many opportunities to enjoy all of the area’s charm. The Inn On Golden Pond is convenient to many area attractions that highlight New Hampshire’s rustic beauty.  One popular place for visitors to explore is Polar Caves Park.

 

Polar Caves Park is located in nearby Rumney and  is a wonderful destination for visitors looking to explore the geology and geography of the New Hampshire Lakes Region. The park has several trails, gardens, mining activities and a petting zoo.  However, the centerpiece of Polar Caves Park is obviously its set of glacially formed granite caves. The park gets its name due to cool temperatures of the caves and the fact that snow may remain in the deepest of the caves even in the summer.  For tips and information on visiting Polar Caves Parks, click here. And read on to discover a few of the highlights of Polar Caves Park.

 

Caves

The caves at Polar Caves Park were formed by a glacier during the last ice age. The caves are granite and are joined by a series of staircases, passageways and boardwalks.  The view of the White Mountains from the top of the cave trail is something to be seen.

 

Nature Trails

On the way to the caves you travel through a pine forest on a trail that has signage educating visitors on the area’s geological history and the local Native American tribes that once settled there.  Also, there are trails located behind the Maple sugar house.

 

Sluice & Klondike Mines

Popular among families, there are two mining experiences to choose from.  You may purchase a bag of rough fossils and stones and pan for it using the on-site sluice or choose one of the Klondike mines, presented in a scavenger hunt for the family.

 

Petting Zoo Animals

Polar Caves Park is home to a small petting zoo.  The animals include a variety of pheasants and ducks as well as Fallow deer.

 

Maple Sugar House & Museum

You can satisfy your sweet tooth at the Polar Caves Park’s Maple Sugar House and examine the display of sugaring supplies that were used during the house’s time as an active producer of maple products.

 

Covered Bridge

The Kissing Bridge at Polar Caves Park is a classic example of a picturesque New England covered bridge.

 

 

After a day discovering all Polar Caves Park has to offer, there’s no better place to relax and unwind than the Inn On Golden Pond.  Our comfortable guest rooms feature classic country decor with all the modern conveniences travelers have come to expect in their home away from home.  And each stay includes our delicious breakfast each morning so you’re days in the New Hampshire Lakes Region will all start off on a bright note. For an exceptional experience in the Squam Lake, staying at a local bed and breakfast is a must and Inn On Golden Pond will make your trip truly special.

 

Image: Vintage Polar Caves Postcard courtesy Boston Public Library.

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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center: Get Close to Naturehttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/03/squam-lakes-natural-science-center/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=squam-lakes-natural-science-center http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/03/squam-lakes-natural-science-center/#comments Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:00:49 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=1679 The Inn On Golden Pond is surrounded by 50 acres of beautiful wooded landscape that might inspire you to venture out and learn more about the area’s environment.  Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is the ideal place to experience the flora and fauna that call the New Hampshire Lakes Region their home. This nature center features live […]

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Squam Lakes Natural Science CenterThe Inn On Golden Pond is surrounded by 50 acres of beautiful wooded landscape that might inspire you to venture out and learn more about the area’s environment.  Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is the ideal place to experience the flora and fauna that call the New Hampshire Lakes Region their home. This nature center features live animal exhibits and natural science education programs has been operating for more that forty years and is the only institution in northern New England to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  Get close to nature when you take in all there is to do and see at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.

 

Animal Exhibits

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has several live animal exhibits representing the wildlife native to New Hampshire.  The center’s captive animals are mostly orphaned, injured or otherwise unable to survive on their own in the wild.  Recognition of the importance of the animals’ welfare and their value as an educational tool for visitors is paramount at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Exhibits featuring live captive animals include the Mountain Lion Exhibit, the Bobcat Exhibit, the White-Tailed Deer Exhibit, the Black Bear Exhibit, the Celebrate Birds Exhibit and the Raptor Exhibit.  In addition to these exhibits, the Ecotone Mammal Exhibit houses red foxes, gray foxes and skunks, while the Life Underground Exhibit gives you a glimpse at the life of  creatures living in the soil. the River Otter Exhibit is popular due to its underwater viewing area and River Otter Feeding sessions each Wednesday and Friday.

 

Trails

The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has three hiking trails to explore. The Mt. Fayal Trail offers a one mile hike where you can take advantage of beautiful views of Squam Lake and see wildlife and native plants and trees.  Also be on the lookout for the ruins of the old Piper Homestead.  The Ecotone Trail is a short hike of about 1/3-mile.  An ecotone is the border of two different natural communities meeting.  This half hour hike is along the boundary of a field and a forrest, making it good for viewing numerous animal habitats. The Forest Trail is about 2/3-mile, taking around an hour to complete.  This trail has a guide that points out wildlife and more.

 

Kirkwood Gardens

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is home to Kirkwood Gardens which is full of colorful plants and garden life.  The blooming flowers attract birds, bees and butterflies.  The garden features a large bluestone patio, wooden pergola, a teaching area, a shaded upper garden and sunny lower garden.

 

Special Events

A host of special events and educational program take place at Squam Lakes Natural Science center throughout the year.  A Young Birders Club meets regularly and celebrations of eco-themed holidays including Earth Day, Arbor Day and International Migratory Bird Day are included in the calendar. To view the full event calendar, click here.

 

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a great way for nature lovers staying at the Inn On Golden Pond to get familiar with the area’s natural wonders. Our Holderness bed and breakfast is perfectly located near Squam Lake so you can enjoy Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and many other local attractions. Our large and comfortable rooms are decorated in a classic country style and each features a separate sitting area. The beauty of the surroundings combined with the inn’s friendly atmosphere and cozy accommodations makes for an unforgettable experience.  When you stay at the Inn on Golden Pond, your time in the New Hampshire Lakes Region is sure to be truly special.

 

 

Photo courtesy Summer M. Tribble via Wikimedia Commons.

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Castle in the Clouds 100th Anniversary Seasonhttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/03/castle-in-the-clouds/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=castle-in-the-clouds http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/03/castle-in-the-clouds/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:00:57 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=1635   The Inn On Golden Pond in Holderness, NH is situated on the northern edge of the New Hampshire Lakes Region in the foothills of the White Mountains.  Our Squam Lake bed and breakfast is located on 50 wooded acres but is close to several area attractions.  One landmark that visitors from far and wide […]

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Castle in the CloudsThe Inn On Golden Pond in Holderness, NH is situated on the northern edge of the New Hampshire Lakes Region in the foothills of the White Mountains.  Our Squam Lake bed and breakfast is located on 50 wooded acres but is close to several area attractions.  One landmark that visitors from far and wide enjoy visiting is Castle in the Clouds in nearby Multonborough.  This picturesque historic estate is set atop Lee Mountain also overlooks lake Winnepesaukee and the Ossipee Mountains.  Completed in 1914, this distinctive New Hampshire Lakes Region home is now celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Read on to learn more about Castle in the Clouds as it marks its 100th anniversary season.

 

A Bit of History

Castle in the Clouds, or Lucknow Estate was built between 1913 and 1914 for Thomas Gustave Plant, a wealthy shoe manufacturer and his wife Olivia. The mansion is in the Arts and Crafts style of architecture, which is somewhat rare in New England, making Castle in the Clouds all the more unique.  The Arts and Crafts style of architecture emphasized living in harmony with nature, and the house’s design and construction reflects that.  The estate sits on a staggering 5,500 acres of breathtaking land.  Now Castle in the Clouds is owned by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust and operated by the Castle Preservation Society.

 

Antique and Classic Automobile Event & More Special Events

In celebration of its Centennial, the annual Antique and Classic Automobile Event returns and will be the biggest and best yet.  The event takes place on Saturday, July 12th.   Then in the fall, a Harvest Festival will take place on September 13th which promises to be fun for the entire family.   Along with the special celebration of Castle in the Clouds 100th Anniversary, weekly events including Acoustic Monday, Walks & Talks, and Jazz at Sunset are other ways to enjoy this historic landmark throughout the season. To see the full program calendar, click here.

 

Tours, Hiking and Horseback Riding

If you’re in the mood for a quieter day at Castle in the Clouds you can take in a tour of the house and grounds or hike the 28 miles of trails on the property.  Explore cascading waterfalls and the trails of the Ossipee Mountains. Different routes provide varying degrees of difficulty. And for the equestrians out there, horseback riding is available daily in season. Riding in the Clouds leads guided trail rides through the woods on the property.  Riding in the clouds also offers sleigh and carriage rides and pony rides.  And when you go to Riding in the Clouds, be sure to pay a visit to Zeus, the largest horse in the world!

 

After your day exploring the wonders of Castle in the Clouds, the Inn On Golden Pond is the ideal place to relax.  Our comfortable guest rooms all feature private en suite bathrooms and sitting areas.  Luxurious amenities such as plush towels and our own private label shampoos and soaps will allow you to pamper yourself after you’ve enjoyed all that the New Hampshire Lakes Region has to offer.  Every stay includes a delicious homemade breakfast each morning served in our large dining room. When you stay at the Inn On Golden Pond, your getaway will be truly special.  Find your perfect room and start planning your trip today!

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New Hampshire Lakes Region History Lessonhttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/03/new-hampshire-lakes-region/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-hampshire-lakes-region http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/03/new-hampshire-lakes-region/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:15:01 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=1626 Guests of our Squam Lake bed and breakfast appreciate the natural beauty of the New Hampshire Lakes Region.  The Inn On Golden Pond is just minutes away from Squam Lake, one of the many lakes in this area.  Home to America’s oldest resort town, the New Hampshire Lakes Region is full of history and interesting attractions. […]

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New Hampshire Lakes RegionGuests of our Squam Lake bed and breakfast appreciate the natural beauty of the New Hampshire Lakes Region.  The Inn On Golden Pond is just minutes away from Squam Lake, one of the many lakes in this area.  Home to America’s oldest resort town, the New Hampshire Lakes Region is full of history and interesting attractions. To get some background on the place that we’re proud to call home, read this short history lesson on the New Hampshire Lakes Region.

 

The New Hampshire Lakes Region is known for its many lakes and accompanying idyllic towns.  Some towns were established as early as the 1700s and Wolfeboro is the oldest resort town in America, being settled in 1768 and incorporated in 1770.  And the New Hampshire Lakes Region has made its way into popular culture, being the setting of films such as On Golden Pond and What About Bob. 

 

There are several ways to experience the historical side of the New Hampshire Lakes Region.  The area has many historic sites, including Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough.  Castle in the Clouds is an Arts and Crafts style mansion that was built in 1914. As well as the breathtaking house, there are many miles of hiking trails and 5,000 acres to have adventures on.  A popular point of interest is the interpretive trail that guides you through the geology, ecology and history of the region.

 

An ideal way to enjoy the beauty and history of the New Hampshire Lakes Region is to take a ride on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad.  There are several routes to choose from.   Or you can visit Tilton’s Arch, a remnant from the 1800s in Northfield.  The replica of a Roman Arch is 50 feet tall an 40 feet wide, impressing visitors and locals alike.

 

Each year there is a Winter Carnival at Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth that celebrates the history of the New Hampshire Lakes Region.  You can experience what it was like in the old days by harvesting ice from the pond with saws and oxen.  Or if you’re a history buff with a sweet tooth, you can visit Kellerhaus, the oldest candy shop in New Hampshire.  Kellerhaus offers handmade ribbon candy, fudge, chocolates and maple products.

 

Another good place to experience the history of the New Hampshire Lakes Region is the Polar Caves in Rumney.  The caves were formed by boulders nearly 50,000 years ago, creating natural passages and trails.  The Polar Caves site also includes a maple shack and museum, covered bridge, a sluice and mines where you can pan for gold, gems and fossils. And if geological landmarks interest you, the Madison Boulder Natural Area is a great place to view a granite boulder that stands 23 feet high and 83 feet long.  Geologists believe this rock was moved to its current location during the last ice age.

 

Since you’ve learned a bit more about the New Hampshire Lakes Region, now is the perfect time to book your stay at the Inn On Golden Pond. Our selection of large guest rooms are all decorated with country charm and modern conveniences.  Each room has a sitting area with two chairs, perfect for curling up with a book or looking at the natural beauty surrounding the inn. All rooms also have flat screen televisions and free WiFi.  Guests of the Inn On Golden Pond enjoy a full breakfast each morning featuring home-bake breads and muffins, homemade jam and other house specialties. Our New Hampshire bed and breakfast will make your trip to the Lakes Region truly special.

 

Photo courtesy Chuck Taylor.

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NE Pond Hockey Classic in Meredith Near Squam Lakehttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2013/12/ne-pond-hockey-classic-in-meredith-near-squam-lake/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ne-pond-hockey-classic-in-meredith-near-squam-lake http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2013/12/ne-pond-hockey-classic-in-meredith-near-squam-lake/#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:25:20 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=1298 The fourth annual New England Pond Hockey Classic will be occurring on Lake Winnipesaukee on the weekend of January 31 and February 1. This tournament is already sold out for teams, but it’s a great way to spend a few hours as a spectator. The Classic is held on Meredith Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee which is […]

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The fourth annual New England Pond Hockey Classic will be occurring on Lake Winnipesaukee on the weekend of January 31 and February 1. This tournament is already sold out for teams, but it’s a great way to spend a few hours as a spectator.

The Classic is held on Meredith Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee which is just 15 minutes from the Inn On Golden Pond and Squam Lake. Dozens of teams will be competing out on the open ice subject to whatever the weather happens to be. Brings back memories of childhood before all the indoor arenas popped up around the country.

Meredith, NH is a charming town on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. You can enjoy hockey games and do a little shopping and lots of eating in the immediate area. Here in Holderness we’ve got comfortable rooms waiting for you at our bed and breakfast when you return in the evening.

So whether you are a hockey fan, a shopper or just someone wanting  a relaxing weekend away we’ve got it all right here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

 

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Pond Hockey is growing in popularity!

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New Hampshire General Storeshttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2013/09/new-hampshire-general-stores/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-hampshire-general-stores http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2013/09/new-hampshire-general-stores/#comments Sun, 15 Sep 2013 19:58:00 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=1287 New Hampshire Fall foliage is almost upon us and the Squam Lakes area will be busy with folks looking at all those colorful leaves. While the leaves will be the major attraction in the coming weeks many people will include stops at some of our wonderful, historic general stores. They’re a fabulous piece of Americana […]

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New Hampshire Fall foliage is almost upon us and the Squam Lakes area will be busy with folks looking at all those colorful leaves. While the leaves will be the major attraction in the coming weeks many people will include stops at some of our wonderful, historic general stores. They’re a fabulous piece of Americana and a great example of authentic New Hampshire.

These stores often are found in some of our smallest towns and are the “social center” of these communities. Residents are in and out to pick up a few groceries, a piece of hardware, the daily paper or sometimes just to chat. You’re likely to find a pickle barrel in the corner and a penny candy counter along the wall, although “penny” candies are harder to find nowadays. In fact, you might find almost anything in these stores. Guess that’s why they’re called general.

Here are a few of our favorite New Hampshire general stores. Some are close to the Inn On Golden Pond, some not so close. But they all have great histories and great New Hampshire charm. When you visit you should plan to stop in.

 

The Old Country Store, Moultonborough, NH

The Brick Store in Bath, NH

Chutters General Store, Littleton, NH (candy only)

Calef’s Country Store, Barrington, NH

Twin Mountain Country Store, Twin Mountain, NH  (no website)

South Tamworth Country Store, S. Tamworth, NH  (no website)

 

Welcome to The Brick Store online storefront!

A great picture from the Brick Store’s website. It’s authentic New Hampshire!

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