If you are planning on visiting the Lake Winnipesaukee region this summer and are getting a head start on your vacation planning, then chances are all you are thinking about is warm weather and the beautiful lakeside views that come standard in this region. Without the noise, traffic and tourist attractions of other vacation destinations, a visit to the lakes region may make you feel like you are a world away from your everyday life. However, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of things to do during your stay.

If you want to make the most of your time in the Lake Winnipesaukee area, these are some of the best warm-weather delights that will have you making the most of your time in this beautiful area of New Hampshire.

1. Visit the Castle in the Clouds

Castle in the Clouds Mansion - Moultonborough, New Hampshire

Castle in the Clouds, Moultonborough, NH

If the name alone doesn’t entice you, then the views from the Castle in the Clouds will. This stunning historic estate is open to the public beginning in May and is a popular destination not only for visitors but for weddings as well. A visit to this castle can take up your entire day, so be prepared to spend the day perusing the grounds and taking in the breathtaking sites from atop the home. You can visit the museum and art gallery, have lunch at the Carriage House restaurant or even take a guided trail ride by horse throughout the property.

One of the most popular activities for visitors however is hiking. With more than 28 miles of hiking trails throughout the area, there is so much to explore by foot along this mountaintop property. Trails range in difficulty, and if you plan it right you can end at the Falls of Song, the largest waterfall in the area.

2.Learn to Sail At the LWSA in Gilford

Sailboats on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

Sailboats on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

If you have always wanted to learn how to man your own sailboat and cruise through the crystal clear waters of Lake Winnipesaukee, there is no better time than the present to learn. At the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association (LWSA) in Gilford, sailing classes are offered between May and August for those who want to learn the basics and even start racing.

Classes are offered both kids and adults separately, or you can take private and family lessons and outings. If you want to enjoy the best that Lake Winnipesaukee has to offer, then there is no better way to explore the area than by water.

3.Soak Up Some Speed at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway

New Hamppshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH

New Hamppshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH Photo by Kyle James

Need a break from the beach but still want some fun in the sun, then head out to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is an easy day trip where you will find all types of high-octane action and plenty of fun.

Nothing beats the rush of seeing live NASCAR races and now you can enjoy all of the action live twice a year! Check the track schedule for dates.  NHMS is the largest sports facility in New England, and during the year there are 3 major NASCAR Series as well as Amateur racing series, NHMS Karting, LRRS Motorcycle racing and more.

Weekends kids are just $10 making this the perfect family activity for everyone to enjoy. The New Hampshire Motor Speedway also includes not only the racing, but a gift ship, museum and the option for driving schools, NASCAR experiences and more.

Lodging is available locally, but they location offers RV camping, Premium Camping and tent camping.

4.Stock Up on Fresh Goodies at the Farmers Market

Wolfboro Area Farmers Market

Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market

Lake Winnipesaukee is home to several farmer’s markets that deliver fresh and delicious treats all local to the area. If you really want to stock up on some homegrown goodies and take in the beauty of the area, then give the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market a try.

This farmers market boasts a variety of vendors from the area who deliver the best they have to offer. The summer outdoor market opens the first day of June and runs through the fall.

The market is currently located at Clark Park on the grounds of the in Wolfeboro Historical Society at 233 South Main Street (Route 28), Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

This market is a wonderful place for all ages, and not only will you find the beautiful fresh fruits, vegetables, jams and homemade treats, but live music from local musicians and bands as well as workshops in a variety of gardening related skills and more.

One of the best things about slipping away to beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee is that you can fill your vacation with plenty of fun or plenty of relaxation and either way you will find yourself emerged in the beauty of one of the most breathtakingly beautiful areas of the country. As you get ready to surround yourself in the beauty of this lake region, keep these fun outdoor activities in mind—they may be the key to you making the most of the gorgeous weather and even more gorgeous scenery that the world has come to expect from this popular New Hampshire destination.

Linda Fields is a realtor serving the lakes region of New Hampshire who specializes in lake area property. If you are looking to sell property, re-locate or trying to find the perfect vacation property in the Winnepesaukee area, give Linda a call at 603-253-4345.