There is so much to do and see in New Hampshire that it can be difficult and a bit overwhelming to narrow down your options. That’s why we’ve decided to highlight some of our favorite dining experiences, adventures, excursions, and family friendly activities near each of our resorts.
This week, we’re featuring local businesses and attractions near our beautiful Center Harbor Inn. Located right on Lake Winnipesaukee, and surrounded by beautiful neighboring towns including Moultonborough, Meredith, and Wolfeboro (to name a few), this post will help you get the most out of your next trip to picturesque Center Harbor.
Winnipesaukee Bay Gulls
If you’ve ever had a New York bagel, you know that most other bagels just don’t compare. But Winnipesaukee Bay Gulls’ bagels do! Baked fresh daily and served just how you like ‘em - this is one of our go-to breakfast stops in the area when we want something quick or on the go.
Location: 118 Whittier Highway, Moultonborough, NH 03254
Center Harbor Diner
There’s something special about classic American diners, and the Center Harbor Diner is no exception. Unassuming on the outside, cozy and welcoming on the inside - your coffee will always be served fast, fresh and hot, and you’ll always leave with a full, happy belly.
Location: 17 Whittier Highway, Center Harbor, NH 03226
The Village Kitchen
Not technically in Center Harbor, but close enough in neighboring Moultonborough, The Village Kitchen serves up delicious home cooked recipes. A popular gathering spot for locals and tourists alike, you’ll feel right at home.
Location: 734 Whittier Highway, Moultonborough, NH 03254
The Mug Restaurant
If you’re looking for good food and family fun in a laid back setting, The Mug is the place to be! Enjoy your meal by the stone fireplace in the pub room, take advantage of the full service bar, and let the kids hangout in the game room where they’ll be able to play pool, video games, and discover their inner artist on the giant chalkboard.
Location: 62 Daniel Webster Highway, Center Harbor, NH 03226
The Bob House & Reel ‘N Tavern
The Bob House delivers an authentic New Hampshire experience. Here, you’ll feel like you're tucked away in a cozy cabin, surrounded by good people and great food. Their extensive menu offers something for everyone, and weekly special events will keep you coming back for more.
Location: 20 Whittier Highway, Moultonborough, NH 03254
Rubbin’ Butts BBQ
If the name doesn’t peak your curiosity, the delicious smells will! Located right across the street from our Center Harbor Inn, Rubbin’ Butts BBQ is a very necessary stop for all barbecue enthusiasts. Baby back ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken, smoked sausage, mac & cheese...is your mouth watering yet?
Location: 313 Whittier Highway, Center Harbor, NH 03226
Do you like picturesque lake views? Exceptional appetizers, entrees, and cocktails? Then head to Canoe! We recommend the lobster mac & cheese, roast half chicken, seared scallops, sweet & sour calamari...okay, we recommend the whole menu.
Location: 232 Whittier Highway, Center Harbor, NH 03226
A true gem in our neighborhood, and one of our favorite dining locations when we’re feeling a bit exotic, Lemon Grass offers “American recipes with an Asian twist.” Whether you’re in the mood for Pad Thai, Korean short ribs, or some extraordinary appetizers, we think you’ll enjoy Lemon Grass just as much as we do!
Location: 64 Whittier Highway, Moultonborough, NH 03254
Raise your hand if you love Italian food! We’ll just assume everyone has their hands raised. Piccolo Market is a fairly new (and thoroughly enjoyed) addition to our Lakes Region community. Specialty pizzas, incredibly crafted sandwiches, and crisp salads are only the beginning here. The deli also offers an unparalleled selection of imported olives, meats, and cheeses...think wine and charcuterie on your lakefront balcony at the Center Harbor Inn.
Location: 70 Whittier Highway, Moultonborough, NH 03254
4. Adults Only
Hermit Woods Winery
Equidistant from both our Center Harbor Inn and Summit Resort, the Hermit Woods Winery offers tastings everyday. If you think you know wine, think again. Hermit Woods will expand your horizons with wines made from various local berries, fruits, and herbs, as well as ciders, meads, and more!
Location: 72 Main Street, Meredith, NH 03253
Explore the magic of small town New Hampshire at Tamworth Distilling. The unique spirits you’ll find here are crafted with local house-milled grain, pure water, herbs and botanicals from the woods and garden, and local fruits and vegetables. Group tours of the distillery take place every Saturday and Sunday, but if you’re visiting during the week you can still sample some iconic spirits at the tasting bar. We guarantee you’ll leave with a bottle or two, and some creative inspiration to boot.
Location: 15 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth, NH 03886
Lone Wolfe Brewing Co.
Take a trip around the lake to nearby Wolfeboro and you’ll find the Lone Wolfe Brewing Company. If you consider yourself a true beer connoisseur, this is a stop you won’t want to pass up. From German style ales to Belgian style Tripels, IPAs to stouts, your taste buds will be in craft brew heaven.
Location: 36 Mill Street, Wolfeboro, NH 03894
5. Family Fun
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream...Sandwich Creamery ice cream that is! Take a drive through rural New Hampshire, along a few dirt roads, and you’ll eventually stumble upon this hidden gem. Located on a small farm in the seemingly middle of nowhere, this little creamery will make you fall in love with its homemade ice creams, cheeses, baby goats, cows, and ethereal charm.
Location: 130 Hannah Road, North Sandwich, NH 03259
We’re big on shopping and eating local. We’re also big on having fun. Moulton Farm combines those things in one, incredible location. Stop by the farm for opportunities to pick your own fruits and veggies, shop the selection at the market and kitchen, stock up on colorful plants in the garden center, and take part in fun events on the farm like tractor rides, corn mazes, special brunch buffets and dinners, and so much more!
Location: 18 Quarry Road, Meredith, NH 03253
Castle in the Clouds
Explore the beauty of New Hampshire at Castle in the Clouds. Hike over 5,200 acres and 28 miles of trails, take a guided trail ride, pony ride, or carriage ride, enjoy live music at jazz night, or yoga on the lawn. There is so much to do and see here that it’ll surely be a staple of all your New Hampshire jaunts.
Location: 455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough, NH 03254
Ready to book your Center Harbor getaway? Give us a call at 1-800-661-2243 or click here to request more info about our Vacation Club. And be sure to stop by our Deals Page for vacation packages at all of our resort locations.