Serving as the gateway to the White Mountains, The Lakes Region has long been one of the most cherished spots to enjoy the pristine, natural beauty of the lakes and mountains. The crisp, clean mountain air and the crystal clear lake waters afford hours of enjoyment and endless options for outdoor activities. In addition to hiking and sightseeing, the area is also home to several summer theater troupes and the Great Waters Music Festival. The beauty and unique New England character of the Lakes Region was well portrayed in the Academy Award winning film, On Golden Pond.
Lake Winnipesaukee, a glacial lake, over 27 miles long and covering more than 46,000 acres, is the largest lake in New Hampshire and one of the largest lakes in the United States. The Native American name Winnipesaukee means either "smile of the Great Spirit" or "beautiful water in a high place." When you visit the lake you can attest that either name is a fitting description. For over a century, Lake Winnipesaukee has been a favored vacation community. In 1852, the lake witnessed the first intercollegiate sporting event in the United States, as Harvard defeated Yale by two lengths in the first Harvard-Yale Regatta. The lake is surrounded by several quaint New England towns, with shops and galleries, providing fun day trips, by boat or car.