By Mary O'Neill
Sales Associate at Roche Realty Group
You will never go hungry on Lake Winnipesaukee. Whether you own a waterfront home or launch your boat for the day, do not bother bringing any food. Some of the best and most unique dining in New England can be accessed from town docks on the shores of the big lake.
The striking village of Meredith invites the foot to roam and the choice of dining is extensive. Upon arriving at Town Docks Restaurant, Pat K. from Birmingham, UK said on TripAdvisor, "The setting could not be better, right on the banks of Lake Winnipesaukee." A short walk towards Main Street will bring you to George's Diner, where one patron from New York described the meal as "diner food from heaven." Other restaurants easily accessible from the town docks include Camp, Lago, Lakehouse Grill at Church Landing, Giuseppe's Pizzeria, Sunshine and Pa's, Flurries, and Mame's.
Charming Center Harbor offers several choices for boat-to-destination eating. Canoe consistently delights. "One of our favorite restaurants on the plant earth...it never disappoints us," exclaimed one couple from Massachusetts. Or try Lavinia's, located in the historic 1820s Coe House, which, among other things in its storied past, served as an underground railroad location during the slavery era. A couple from New York remarked, "We had been past Lavinia's many times and admired the beautiful, immaculate, artfully lit building...we decided to give them a try...wow are we glad we did...fabulous, interesting, innovative, delicious food in a beautiful setting." There are other spots to try in Center Harbor including delightful Dewey's Ice Cream Parlor and Café.
Stepping onto the town docks in historic Wolfeboro creates the immediate impression of a place with creative scope that evokes a desire to explore. You will not be disappointed as you discover many options for a sun-filled luncheon or sunset dining experience. Bailey's Bubble has been a Wolfeboro tradition for many years. A visitor from Massachusetts called it "a Wolfeboro icon, a must go... there is something wonderfully nostalgic about stopping at this little shop." Ellen P. from Newton, Massachusetts had this to add: "I have been going to Bailey's for 50 years...and the ice cream is still as delicious as it was when I was a child." At Nolan's Brick Oven Bistro, one out-of-town visitor thoroughly enjoyed his meal and simply wrote, "The locals favor this place – enough said!" Wolfe's Tavern at Wolfeboro Inn, Downtown Grill Café, Garwood's Restaurant, Jo Green's Garden Café, Wolfeboro Dockside Grille, Wolfeboro Diner, and others provide a plethora of diverse options all within easy access to the town docks.
In Alton Bay, Shibley's at the Pier is a must. Judy S. from California called her visit there a "happy accident... if we didn't live on the West Coast this would be a standard... the food is excellent... the view is spectacular!" You also do not want to miss Pop's Clam Shell – "best fried clams in the Lakes Region" according to Bob C. from Boston – or Stillwells Ice Cream.
The Lyons' Den Restaurant and Tavern is located a few steps from the Glendale Town Docks in Gilford. "It is a great romantic place with a great view and sunset," said Thomas W. from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Jason S. called it "a gem on Lake Winnipesaukee."
The options in Weirs Beach are as varied and fun as the place itself. Anthony's Pier Restaurant thrilled one visitor from Boston with the "great view...overlooking the beach and the lake." Other interesting places to try include Lobster in the Rough and Faro Italian Grill, where "our meals were absolutely done to perfection," according to a visitor from New Jersey.
With boating season now upon us, it is time to board your boat and chart your course to superb dining. Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in New Hampshire, covering 72 square miles with 240 miles of shoreline, is considered a playground for water sports – swimming, waterskiing, wakeboarding, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing... With more than a hundred restaurants accessible by town or venue docking, dining on Winnipesaukee could be considered a sport unto itself.
Please feel free to visit www.rocherealty.com to learn more about the Lakes Region and its real estate market. Mary O'Neill is a sales associate at Roche Realty Group in Meredith and Laconia, and can be reached at 366-6306. rocherealty.com
Tie up at the town docks in Wolfeboro or in other waterside towns and enjoy an adventure in dining.
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