Winter in the Lakes Region offers a wide range of outdoor activities and events. Downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and Snowmobiling are just the beginning. When the temperatures drop and lakes and ponds freeze a whole new playground opens for the season.

Treat your Valentine to something special!   Lots of great lodging, dining and gift options; 

Hobbs Tavern & Brewery, Ossipee   For Valentines Day, we have a piano player for the night and are offering our full dinner menu as well as the following specials: Cranberry & Apple Stuffed Tomahawk Pork Chop, Grilled Swordfish with Roasted Tomatoes and Lemon-Herb Butter and Vegan Lasagna.

The Orchard Bistro at the Cardigan Mountain Country Store, Bristol – Special Valentines Day Dinner Menu.  Reservations requires for this evening only 603-744-0303    

Patrick’s Pub & Eatery – Special Valentines Menu   Call ahead seating available 603-293-0841

Hilltop Restaurant at Steele Hill Resort  will provide exclusive table linens and full place settings for your special dinner as well as a single rose for the ladies joining us for our Prix Fixe Valentine’s Dinner. Our regular menu will also be available to select from all day.

Enjoy live music at Lemon Grass Sake bar & Restaurant, Moultonboro

Common Man Restaurants – Share the Love Valentines Photo Contest–  t’s time to “Share the Love” for Valentine’s Day!  Take out your mobile device, pose in the designated Valentine’s photo spot set up in our restaurants, snap a pic and post to your social media channels with the tag #lovethecmannnh. Be sure to set your post to public so we can find it!  We’ll scour Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for the best entry and award a romantic overnight getaway to one of our Common Man Inns!  Contest runs until February 17!

This contest is not run nor endorsed by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

 Take your Valentine to the Slopes!

Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford  – Feb 14th

Runs N’ Roses–  “They say everyyyy rose has its runnn….” or something like that!   Bring your sweetheart to Gunstock on Valentine’s Day and join us for a special “Runs N’ Roses” edition of Night Sessions! We’ll be hiding 50 roses on our night trails and the Tubing Hill. Keep those eyes peeled, because if you find a rose, you could win BIG!   Bring your rose to the Powder Keg any time during Night Sessions for a chance to spin our Valentine’s prize wheel! You could win anything from dining vouchers, to tubing or mountain coaster rides, to lift tickets!   If you find the GOLDEN ROSE, you’ll win a one night stay for two Lantern Inn Bed & Breakfast, ooh lalaaa!

Valentine’s Carriage Ride – Bring your sweetie (or a double date) on a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride around the trails at Gunstock. Rides depart every half hour. Carriage holds 1-4 participants.  $80 flat rate reserves the carriage for 30 minutes: reserve for 1-4 people for one price!  If snow conditions are unfavorable, a road carriage ride will be substituted for a snow-based sleigh ride. Questions?  Please call the Outdoor Center for additional information 603.293.4341 ex 192

Valentine’s package includes hotel accommodations at the Silver Fox Inn, Waterville Valley, a bottle of wine, chocolate, and $50 in Town Square bucks so you can treat yourself to dinner, drinks, or just splurge on something from our gift shop.  Cost is $189.00, including tax.  Soak or steam yourselves at the White Mountain Athletic Club – admission is included. If you love to ski or ride, midweek lift tickets can be added for $38 each.    Call us to book: 888-236-3699. Terms & Conditions: Lodging valid Tuesday Feb 12, Wednesday Feb 13, or Thursday Feb 14.  Does not apply to existing reservations.  Package Code:  LOVE

Valentines Gift Ideas: 

Lakes Region Bracelet – The perfect gift for Valentines Day. Lakes Region Bracelet Jewelry represents the lake with its iconic water droplet. The pieces are sterling silver for longtime wear. 15% of net sales go directly to Make A Wish NH. Visit one of our partners, The Gilford Country Store, Live Love Lake, Lake Effect or The Village Corner. Lakes Region Bracelet is always open at

The Innate in You, Gilford  – Give your valentine the gift of health and relaxation.  Purchase a gift certificate at

Sunflower Natural Foods – Happy Valentine’s Day Specials – Fair trade, local and homemade gifts. Special Savings!  

Inn on Golden Pond, Holderness  –  We now have snowmobile trail access from the Inn, so guests can park their trailer and ride right from the Inn to the main trail system that goes to Ashland, Sandwich Notch, Baker River and connects to trails all around NH. We offer cooked to order breakfast each morning, lots of things to see & do and a cozy fire after a long day of playing outside. 603-968-7269  email  website – We also have one dog friendly room available, call for details for Moose Mansion.

Valentine’s Day Romance Package at the Fireside Inn & Suites, Gilford includes: Luxury overnight accommodations for 2;  Deluxe breakfast for 2; bottle of wine or champagne on Ice; box of chocolates and two whoopee pies; turn down service with rose petals; indoor pool, whirlpool and complimentary 24 hour lobby café; Avail Feb 1 – March 20th.   Based upon availability

School Vacation  and Family Fun 

The Escape Room Experience in Laconia, NH is the perfect addition to your Vacation, Date Night, Après Ski, NH Weekend Adventure, Cabin Fever Reliever and for just plain FUN! 3 great rooms to choose from; CSI Murder Mystery, Hangover and DaVinci’s Mystery. There’s something for everyone. Reservations at www.TheEscapeRoomExperience.Live or by calling 603-366-6296

Crack the Code Escape Rooms, Meredith.  A great indoor winter activity for groups of all ages and families during vacation week.  You and your friends have 60 minutes to find clues, solve a mystery & win the game!  Book our experience today.  As you know, our Blackbeard room is adaptable for kids and is a great February vacation idea.

Wild Winter Walk: Guided Tour of the Live Animal Trail – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Saturdays – March 30, 2019
For adults and families with children ages 6 and up
Have you ever wondered what happens to the animals at the Science Center during the winter? Most of them stay in the same place, just as they would in the wild. Join a staff naturalist for a guided walk on the live animal exhibit trail to see our animal ambassadors dressed in their winter coats and discuss how these native animals are well-adapted for winter in New Hampshire. If needed, snowshoes are available at no extra cost or bring your own. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress to be outdoors with snow boots, hats, gloves, and warm layers. Reservations by Friday prior at noon. Walk-ins may be accommodated, call for availability .

89th Annual World Championship Sled Dog Derby – Laconia February 16, 17 & 18, 2019 ( Cancelled ) 
The Greatest Show on Snow!    Dogsledding in New Hampshire is a truly unique and wonderful experience. Discover the history of this treasured tradition where sweet, powerful dog teams will take you on an unforgettable ride to calls of “hike!” (let’s go!) or “haw!” (turn left). Race & Events managed by The Lakes Region Sled Dog Club.  START/FINISH LINE at the field at corner of Parade Rd and Old North Main St – across from Lakes Region Correction Facility.
Visit for Event Schedule, Routes, Parking and FAQ’s

Alton Bay Winter Carnival: Winter Dreaming Feb 16 & 17, 2019
The weekend and week is filled with excitement from ice fishing, snowmobile races, ice boats and skating! While you’re here enjoying the great frozen lake, enjoy hearty home made meals at the diner on the bay! Ice permitting – Iceport Fly-in.

16th Annual Ice Harvest Winter Carnival – Remick Country Doctor and Farm Museum, Tamworth Feb 16, 2019
Celebrate winter by visiting us at the Remick Country Farm for winter ice carnival 2019! Build a snowman, experience Ice harvesting demonstrations and take part in the outdoor cooking (with tasting)! Meet the Chinooks, New Hampshire’s official state dog for our sled races then head inside for dancing to live music in the hearth room! Roaring fireplace, music and our Farm kitchen delights are just part of the perfect day you will experience here about life from our past heritage in the Lakes Region.

Snowshoe Ridge Tours – Gunstock Mt Resort Saturdays – March 30th
Get a fun beautiful evening hiking experience, with a low-key effort. We will brave the cold and darkness together and enjoy the stillness of the forest at night. With headlamps and snowshoes, we’ll board the Tiger Chair to ascend, and traverse the ridge on foot! A great way to kick off your evening!
Tours depart from the adventure center at 4pm and return at 6pm, and 6pm with an 8pm return. Price includes snowshoe rentals and headlight. Reservations required. Dress warm!

History Hike- Squam Lakes Assocition : Red Hill Fire Tower Feb 23, 2019
Location: Meet at the Teedie Trail trailhead. The trailhead is located on a gravel driveway, next to a private tennis court on Bean Road, at the Sandwich and Moultonborough town line.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register 
This Week’s Program: Join the Squam Lakes Association for a 4.8 mile out and back winter hike up to the fire tower and cabin at the summit of Red Hill for 360 degree views of Squam Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, the Squam and Sandwich ranges, and other mountains to the north and south. On the hike, participants will learn why and how the Red Hill fire tower helps us preserve and protect the surrounding land. We will also discuss the land use history of Red Hill to gain an understanding of changes that have occurred over time from farming, to logging, to protection. How/why was the fire tower used in the past versus the present? How does Red Hill fit into the greater history of all 91 New Hampshire fire towers? Come on the hike to learn all about fire towers and to find out how many fire towers are still standing in New Hampshire and are still in operation.

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