The Lakes Region of NH offers plenty of gal pal getaway options.
The Lakes Region is one of the best places to plan a weekend “girls only” getaway. The area provides getaway itineraries that will tune in to any gal pal wish list. The best part is, the shopping is tax-free!
No matter what you and your girlfriends enjoy, you’ll find much to do…here are just a few suggestions:
- It’s fun to shop and save!
What’s a girl’s getaway without some shopping? The Lakes Region is a great place for relaxation, but it is also the perfect place to find tax-free shopping. From well-known outlet shopping to unique boutiques, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire offers a variety of stores that will satisfy your craving for shopping. Mill Falls Marketplace offers a truly unique shopping experience, featuring 11 shops with a flower garden, a 40-foot waterfall and views of Lake Winnipesaukee. The Tanger Outlets in Tilton, NH has over fifty outlet stores that include popular brands like Brooks Brothers, Coach, Nike, Old Navy, and much more. Or are looking for a collection of unique home and garden products that are locally made? Red Barn Shop at the Squam Lake Inn located in Holderness is a renovated 1890’s post and beam barn that you can find items such as stylish clothing, jewelry, rugs, candles, and fun chandeliers. For a more unique experience, try the Tramway Artisans in West Ossipee which is a renovated tramway building that features quality crafted gifts, home accessories, souvenirs and greeting cards. If there is a quilter in your gal gang, then a trip to Center Harbor to visit Keepsake Quilting will be a highlight as tourists come from all over the world to visit this gem. While in New Hampshire, you will find unique treasures like Laconia Antique Center with 22000 square feet of unique and hard-to-find antiques and collectibles. You can also find many antiques and collectibles along New England’s oldest antiquing trail with more than 500 dealers dotted along Route 4 Antique Alley.
- Get pampered too!
When people think of the Lakes Region they think of snow sports in the winter and spending time on the lake in the summer. However, the Lakes Region offers other great options that move at a decidedly easier, more relaxing pace. Our many spas and salons offer beauty, peace and tranquility which pair perfectly with tax-free shopping and great outlets to make for a delightful “ladies” night out or weekend getaway. Cascade Spa at Mill Falls is a lakeside oasis in Meredith, which offers world-class full-spa services. Choose from their signature massages, body treatments and much more in their art deco-inspired atmosphere. The Manor on Golden Pond has the charm of a country bed and breakfast inn. Experience their luxurious 700-square-foot Seasons Spa retreat which provides both privacy and spectacular view. Located in Holderness, you will be able to enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the foothills of the White Mountains and Squam Lake. At the Seasons Spa, your spa experience will envelop your body, mind and soul into an oasis of relaxation and pampering with their one-of-a-kind natural spa services. Looking for a more medical grade non-surgical procedure during your visit to the Lakes Region? Lakes Cosmetic Institute, located in Gilford, delivers an exclusive cosmetic experience and offer leading-edge treatment options such as BOTOX and injectable, laser and chemical peels in a comfortable, contemporary setting. For all spas, health and fitness options see http://www.lakesregion.org/play/health-fitness-spas/
- Wine and Chocolate Tastings!
Tour the Lakes Region’s local wineries and learn how the special wines are made. Most vineyards offer tastings, giving you the perfect opportunity to discover your favorite new wine. Haunting Whisper Vineyards is a family owned vineyard located on 75 acres with panoramic lake and mountain views in Danbury, NH. Haunted Whisper Vineyards has an extensive wine and spirit list that includes dry, sweet, red, white, fruit wines as well as rum and brandy based spirits. Enjoy a glass of wine or spirits while taking in the beautiful landscape surrounding the property. Haunted Whisper Vineyards is open Wednesday through Sunday and offer red, white, and fruit tastings for free. Hermit Woods Winery is a small boutique winery located on the main street of Meredith, NH. They make a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional wines with their tasting room open on weekends all year long with additional hours in the peak seasons. Winery tours start with a 30 minute tour of their wine making facilities and include a sample of a young wine out of a barrel or fermenter and a tasting glass to take home. Visitors can order cheese, charcuterie and crackers to accompany your wine tasting. The winemakers also act as the servers and will share their knowledge about the wine and the wine making process with visitors. Producing approximately 30 different wines truly ensures that you will definitely find a wine to your liking. Have a sweet tooth? Take your girl friends over to Kellerhaus for some delicious chocolate tasting. Kellerhaus has homemade candies, unique gifts and an awesome view.
- Adventurous Group!
Take your group to the themed interactive Escape Rooms. Test yourself and your friends to see how fast you can escape from the rooms at Escape Hour House in Gilford, Escape Room in Concord and the Escape Room Experience in Laconia. Gunstock Mountain Resort is also a perfect place for adventure and outdoor fun all year round. Fly on some of the longest zip lines in the country, channel your inner flying squirrel on New England’s Largest Aerial Obstacle Course or take an Off-Road Segway tour on our expansive Nordic trail system. Looking for a water adventure? The EKAL Activity Center at Mill Falls is the best way to get out on Lake Winnipesaukee during the warmer months.
- Make a Weekend of It!
Come to Murder Mystery weekend where you and your girlfriends can become the characters in this live Murder Mystery. Check out Rosewood Country Inn, Wolfeboro Inn and Governor’s Inn for their Murder Mystery schedules. Try the Mystery Quilting Getaway at Purity Springs Resort, as you work on your quilt a pattern will reveal itself. Bring your sewing friends with you for this fun and relaxing quilting getaway in the beautiful White Mountains.
- All-in-One Ladies Retreat!
Looking for an all in one ladies retreat? Center Harbor Inn is offering a package for ladies that include: 10% off accommodations, $50 gift card to Canoe Restaurant, tastings at Hermit Woods Winery and a gift card to Scissorgy Spas. Lake Opechee Inn is offering a Girls Getaway package that includes two nights of accommodations in a luxury guest room with fireplace, $50 gift card to either Fratello’s or O Steaks and Seafood, 60-minute relaxation massages and Opechee signature pedicures and a “surprise” welcome spa gift in your guest room. Mill Falls at the Lake offers a Shop.Dine.Relax package for you and your girls to enjoy midweek. This package offers a coupon book for their Marketplace shops and restaurants and 15% off Cascade Spa services of 50 minutes or more.
There are plenty of unique and great lodging options for any style or budget find them at www.lakesregion.com/stay. Call the Lakes Region Tourism Association and they will help plan the best getaway! Or visit www.lakesregion.org to start brainstorming with your girlfriends.