A Wellness Seeker’s Guide to the Lakes Region

A Wellness Seeker’s Guide to the Lakes Region

Skip the part when you end your vacation needing a vacation and intentionally decide to make your next Lakes Region getaway a true reset — mind, body and spirit. Create your own wellness retreat by opting for outdoor activities, yoga classes, bodywork and healthy dining options. There is no right or wrong way to rest so let go and allow your intuition to guide your New Hampshire escape.

Day 1
1

Hike Rattlesnake Mountain

12 p.m. Plymouth
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Hike Rattlesnake Mountain

Your getaway begins with a brisk hike up Rattlesnake Mountain to stretch your legs and take in a birdseye view of the Lakes Region. Clocking in at 2.3 miles, this beginner-friendly loop begins near a babbling stream and leads to a short climb to the summit. The top of Rattlesnake Mountain will greet you with expansive valley views and plenty of photo opportunities. Take a cue from nature and tune into the soft rustling of leaves in the wind, feel the gentle breeze on your skin and set an intention for the days to come. Your Lakes Region adventure has just begun.

2

Massage at The Common Man Inn & Spa

3 p.m. Plymouth
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Massage at The Common Man Inn & Spa

Give your muscles the R&R they deserve with a 60-minute full-body deep-tissue massage at The Common Man Inn & Spa. The spa is filled to the brim with all things wellness — serene treatment rooms, a heated pool, specialized light therapy room, cozy fireside lunch seating, a sauna and a hypnotizing rock waterfall hot tub. Receive a personalized medium- to deep-pressure massage that incorporates individualized massage techniques designed to relieve muscle tension and promote relaxation. Add a signature massage enhancement, like aromatherapy, reiki, cupping, CBD and hot stones. Take the experience up a notch by indulging in their Anything but Common Package, which features a relaxing soak, hot stone massage, and classic facial that ends with a luxurious eye and lip treatment. The area has countless options for a day at the spa.

3

Dinner at Lemongrass Restaurant & Sake Bar

7 p.m. Moultonborough
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Dinner at Lemongrass Restaurant & Sake Bar

After tending to your mind and body all day, replenish and refuel with a healthy and delicious Pan Asian–style meal at Lemongrass Restaurant & Sake Bar. Quality ingredients and nourishing cuisine has been the focus at Lemongrass since opening its doors in 2006. The restaurant’s innovative menu incorporates organic and all-natural ingredients to create flavorful dishes, including soups, salads, sushi, and lunch and dinner entrees. Start with a simple appetizer, like steamed edamame or crispy shiitake spring rolls stuffed with cabbage, carrots and glass noodles. For the main meal, sample any of their vegetable-based dishes, like the vegetarian maki, Lemongrass house salad or pad Thai salad served with tempura shrimp and homemade pad Thai sauce.

Day 2
4

Morning yoga in Meredith

7 a.m. Meredith
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Morning yoga in Meredith

You may be using your phone to wake up for this early morning yoga flow, but unplugging is highly encouraged once you step foot into the studio. Move through an All Levels Flow class with the guidance of one of Meredith Whole Living Center’s experienced teachers, who will provide you with alternatives to make the sequence work for you and your body. The center is fully equipped with other wellness treatments, including a float tank — a lightless and soundless tank filled with highly concentrated Epsom salt-infused water, allowing you to effortlessly float and easily move into a deep meditative state. They also have an infrared sauna that heats the body, promotes detoxification, is proven to increase collagen production and metabolic function, and alleviates pain. Take this as an opportunity to tap into your intuition and see what your body is asking for.

5

A healthy start

9 a.m. Meredith
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A healthy start

Your post-yoga fuel is waiting for you less than two miles away at Mello Moose Coffee House. This quaint, local coffee shop serves freshly brewed espresso, coffee, teas, baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and other grab-and-go options from Wednesday through Sunday. Nibble on an order of egg white bites, any of their vegan muffins or a hearty breakfast sandwich alongside a glass of kombucha in their bright, sunlit dining room. Praised as one of the “Best Coffee Shops and Diners” in the 2021 Best of the Lakes Region awards, vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free diners can all find something to savor here.

6

Drift away

12 p.m. Meredith/Moultonborough
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Drift away

There’s nothing more tranquil than floating on a kayak in the sparkling afternoon sun along Lake Winnipesaukee. With expert guidance from Wild Meadow Paddlesports, you will be fully outfitted and prepped for a lazy yet invigorating afternoon on the water. Launch right from the site and drift around Center Harbor Bay in a single kayak or strap it to your car and drive to your favorite spot on the water if that’s more your speed. You’re encouraged to slow down and take your time drifting through the afternoon sun on your own slice of paradise.

7

Sunset dinner cruise around Lake Winni

6 p.m. Laconia
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Sunset dinner cruise around Lake Winni

A leisurely dinner cruise on the “M/S Mount Washington” is one way to go with the flow this evening. Your two-and-a-half to three-hour sunset cruise includes an unlimited buffet-style dinner, gourmet desserts and entertainment. Pick a seat on the 3rd Deck Aft, located on the third deck on the stern of the ship — one of six dining spots on the boat. This open-air space provides cozy seating and mesmerizing lake views for guests to enjoy. Opting to sit inside? Before settling into your meal, grab a local brew or mocktail from the bar to sip on while you explore the deck and take a moment to embrace the natural elements.

Day 3
8

Walk the WOW Trail

10 a.m. Laconia
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Walk the WOW Trail

Laconia’s most popular trail, the WOW Trail, is a paved, 10-foot wide rail trail ideal for a mindful morning stroll. While you wander along the 4.25 miles of continuous trail, see if you can engage all of your senses to make this a time for grounding and centering before continuing with your day. Walk for as long or as short as you’d like, stopping to rest on a park bench as you please along the way.

9

Healthy choices at Ellacoya

1 p.m. Gilford
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Healthy choices at Ellacoya

Wrap up your relaxing wellness trip with a nourishing, healthy lunch at Ellacoya Barn and Grille, an intimate, cozy rustic-style restaurant serving various soups, salads and flatbreads, and features an entire Healthy Choices section on the menu. Located inside a 19th-century barn, its spacious interior has an exposed wood vaulted ceiling and an array of snug and secluded dining spaces. Pick a seat tucked away inside one of the original stalls or nestled into a comfortable corner while you gloss over menu items like the Blacked Salmon Salad, Mediterranean Penne and a Roasted Artichoke Flatbread.

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