Welcome to the second part of our resort guide collection. Last week, we introduced our readers to the town of Center Harbor and the surrounding area around our Center Harbor Inn. This week, we’re giving you a look at the best restaurants and attractions near our flagship property, Steele Hill Resort.
Some may see Sanbornton as a quiet little town to retreat from the stresses and pressures of everyday life. Though we agree, we also see Sanbornton as a place to create memories and experience the beauty of New Hampshire. Everyday is an adventure here and we hope this guide helps you get the most out of your next trip.
Heritage Farm Pancake House
No trip to Steele Hill Resort is complete without a visit to the Heritage Farm Pancake House. Experience the delights of rural New Hampshire with farm fresh, family style breakfast, maple syrup made right on the farm, a playground, petting farm, wagon rides by appointment and more. The memories you make here will keep you coming back time after time.
Location: 15 Parker Hill Road, Sanbornton, NH 03269
The 50’s were an iconic time in American culture. And the Tilt’n Diner helps us relive those golden years (or experience them for the first time). Hearty breakfasts are served here all day, in true diner fashion, but we recommend trying the frappes and homemade pies too! Located right of I-93, this is an easy stop whether you’re coming or going.
Location: 61 Laconia Road, Tilton, NH 03276
Many restaurants boast “homemade” dishes, but the folks at Margaret’s Kitchen pride themselves in taking “homemade” very seriously. A modern, diner-inspired, breakfast and lunch locale, Margaret’s Kitchen uses local ingredients whenever possible. You’ll arrive hungry and leave not only full, but also happy.
Location: 1002 Laconia Road, Sanbornton, NH 03269
Whether you’re arriving by car or boat, dining at the picnic table area or taking your food to go, Lobster Connection is the best spot for seafood on Lake Winnisquam. The fried clams and lobster roll are a couple of our favorites but if you’re traveling with picky kids, chicken tenders and fries are also on the menu.
Location: 1007 Laconia Road, Tilton, NH 03276
You don’t have to travel far for great food if you’re vacationing with us at Steele Hill Resort. The Hilltop Restaurant is located right on the property, inside our historic Main Inn building. Take in the breathtaking lake and mountain views from our dining room, or relax in a laid back setting in Tova’s Tavern. Need room service? We can do that too!
Location: 516 Steele Hill Road, Sanbornton, NH 03269
Taste the flavors of authentic Mexican cuisine at El Jimador. The menu offers traditional specialties including sizzling fajitas, tacos, carnitas, quesadillas, tamales, flan, and so much more. The service is exceptional - and the margaritas are too!
Location: 171 Daniel Webster Highway, Belmont, NH 03220
Tilton House of Pizza
Want to make everyone happy during dinner? Go out for pizza! Located in historic Downtown Tilton, this charming small-town pizza place serves up some of the best slices in the state. Not particularly in the mood for pizza? The menu also offers sandwiches, salads, spaghetti, seafood, and other dinner entrees.
Location: 98 Main Street, Tilton, NH 03276
Onions Pub and Restaurant
Inspired by the history and flavors of Bermuda, Onions Pub and Restaurant is a great place for a romantic night out or even just a quick bite. Menu staples include seafood, prepared fresh and with unique twists and toppings, and hearty dinners like stuffed pork tenderloin, rack of lamb, and walnut crusted chicken. And if you’re looking for lighter fare, the appetizers and cocktails are great too!
Location: 255 Main Street, Tilton, NH 03276
At Ciao Pasta, you’re the designer of your own dish. Choose your pasta, choose your sauce, and choose your add-ons and toppings. There are so many incredible fresh, filled, and imported dry pastas and homemade sauces to choose from. If you’re having a difficult time deciding, just ask your server about the Ciao Signature Specials instead!
Location: 133 Park Street, Northfield, NH 03276
Not just a winter sport destination, Gunstock Mountain offers outdoor fun all year long. In the warmer months you’ll have a chance to soar above the trees on ziplines, challenge yourself on the aerial obstacle course, hike, bike, fish, and more. During the winter, Gunstock is the perfect, all levels location to ski, snowboard, snow tube, and take a ride on the mountain coaster.
Location: 719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, NH 03249
Franklin Falls Dam
Sometimes, you just want to go for a relaxing walk outside. Other times, you want to work on polishing your mountain biking skills, play a few rounds of disc golf, or enjoy a homemade picnic. At the Franklin Falls Dam, you can do all those things and more. This is one of our favorite locations when we just want to spend a day outdoors.
Location: Federal Dam Access Road, Franklin, NH 03235
Wellington State Park
A day at Wellington State Park is like a day at the lake, and then some. Dive into the crystal clear waters of New Hampshire’s largest freshwater beach, hike or bike on the surrounding trails, grab a bite at the snack shack, and play a game or two of volleyball or horseshoe. Wellington is the perfect place to explore the natural wonders of New Hampshire.
Location: 614 West Shore Road, Bristol, NH 03222
Something for Everyone
Do you love to shop the latest trends? Do you like to save and find the best deals? If you answered yes to both questions, then you won’t want to pass up a visit to the Tanger Outlets. Featuring stores like Banana Republic, Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Nike and Under Armour, Tanger brings you the brands you love at a fraction of the price.
Location: 120 Laconia Road, Tilton, NH 03276
Squam Lake Science Center
If you haven’t noticed yet, we’re pretty big on nature and protecting the environment here in the Granite State. One of the best ways to learn about our beautiful surroundings and wildlife, is with a trip to the Squam Lake Science Center. You’ll meet many of our local critters, learn about New Hampshire’s flora, and enjoy special events like guided nature walks and live animal presentations. The kids will fall in love with the Science Center and we think you will too!
Location: 23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
What’s better than an afternoon of mini-golf? A pirate themed mini-golf course! Take on Blackbeard’s challenge and find out which member of your crew can command the course with an iron fist (or put). You can also enjoy other features of the park like bumper cars and bank shot basketball. Argh you ready for some fun, matey?
Location: 4 Daniel Webster Highway, Winnisquam, NH 03289