Explore Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire With Michael Travis

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The residential crowd is made up of…top CEOs and decision makers from primarily Boston and New York City. However, with a private airport located in Laconia and Moultonborough, executives and celebrities arrive on their private planes or services like Marquee Jets from all over the United States. Notable residents includes Mitt Romney, the Walgreens, and the Marriotts.

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The community vibe is…

Wolfeboro jumps from 6,600 year-round residences to over 35,000 in the summer. Fall provides the most vibrant colors in the world. Well over a million people visit just to enjoy Mother Nature’s colorful displays. Winter brings in the snow to blanket the surrounding mountains.

The ski resorts have made their winter paradise into a year-round destination with zip lines that extend over 8,000 feet long, horseback riding, and hiking trails. The views of the entire Lakes Region are simply spectacular all year with access via the chairlifts. There are many trails to hike, with Mount Major being one of the most popular for its three levels of climbing and its unsurpassed views of Lake Winnipesaukee and beyond.

Warm days and cool nights in the spring create ideal conditions for maple sugar to be produced. The summers are never too hot and the winters are never too cold. A high percentage of waterfront owners visit only seasonally, and 100,000 or so homes are rented out for ranging prices of $2500 to $35,000 per week.

There is nothing like the colors seen in the leaves of the trees throughout the fall. Well over a million people come to New Hampshire to experience the magnificent fall colors that are enhanced by the many sugar maples, birch trees, oaks, and other deciduous trees, combined with the always green pine trees. It is in New Hampshire that the king of England would covet the huge straight pines to be used for masts on the original skyscrapers that were called ships––Kingswood is named after the “Kings Wood.”

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The lifestyle offered is…

New Hampshire is considered one of healthiest and safest states in the country. It is also considered the most livable state. With 86 percent of the land covered in forest, over 1,300 lakes, and majestic mountains, it is a state blessed with natural, unspoiled beauty, fresh air, and year-round outdoor activities. Having no sales tax or state income tax is a true benefit to your wallet. New Hampshire is also one of the best states to own an estate with very attractive financial benefits and is a haven for serious investors.

The most popular building type you’ll find isclassic New Englander off-water homes, Adirondack, or cottage-style on the lake.

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The average home price is…

There are 1,300 lakes in New Hampshire. Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest at 44,000 acres and commands the highest prices and most exquisite homes you would find in any exclusive market without the huge price tag. You can find waterfront homes beginning at $200,000, while the most expensive home is packaged with another home for $49,000,000. The more high-end market is in the $8 to $10 million range with the low-end of elite homes in the $1.5 million range.

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The area’s greatest highlights are…Lake Winnipesaukee and the surrounding White Mountains. You can spend all day on Lake Winnipesaukee with more than 300 islands and 180 miles of shore. Dock your boat at any of the town docks for free and dine in the restaurants on the water in all the major towns on the lake. You can also pass by the HMS Mount Washington, a 215-foot historic ship. Of note is Mill Falls in Meredith with five exquisite hotels, spas, and many restaurants. Climb to the top of the Weather Station on Mount Washington by the antique steam-powered Cogs Rail narrow gauge train, or by car or hiking.

Castle in the Clouds is a historic estate and farm on the side of a mountain in Moultonborough with unobstructed views of the entire lakes region. Dine in the stable or get married on the manicured gardens. The ocean is within reach from the historic town of Portsmouth to the endless sandy beaches of the Hamptons.

During the winter, you can take a snowmobile all the way to Canada with a highly-organized and maintained trail system. There are more miles of trails than roads in New Hampshire, and there are more than 1,000 miles of ATV trails in the northern part of the state. Lincoln hosts the Ice Castle, created entirely of ice. There are manicured horse trails in many of the state parks nearby as well. New Hampshire enjoys four seasons of the best that Mother Nature can provide, from oceans to lakes to mountains to lush forests.

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The area’s best driving-distance getaways are…

New Hampshire is a four-season state with the best of each season complemented by the next. The White Mountains offer so much, from the world-class Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, to the historic seacoast town of Portsmouth. There are 17 or so magnificent alpine downhill ski resorts and more than 18 cross-country ski runs. Gunstock has year-round activities, including skiing, zip lines, horseback riding, and all sorts of family activities. There are many other interesting places, such as the antique Conway Scenic Railroad dinner trains and Ruggles Mine, where you can dig up gems.

The best spots to dine fancy are…Garwoods, Wolfeboro Inn, and O Bistro in Wolfeboro; O Steals & Seafood at the Lake Opechee Inn in Laconia; Church Landing at Mill Falls in Meredith; Canoe in Center Harbor, Shipley’s in Alton; MillItalian Farmhouse in Plymouth; El Mediterano, Surf, and Jumpin’ Jays in Portsmouth; and Latitudes Waterfront at Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle.

The best spots to find entertainment are…Portsmouth at The Rep and The Music Hall

The best spot to go shopping is…the Lakes Region. New Hampshire offers anything you would find in New York as well as items that are native to the area. Wolfeboro features great boutique shops, such as exquisite jewelry and clothing stores. Conway is the closest outlet store for heavily discounted major brands.

The best places to tee off are…Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club, Bald Peak, and Kingswood Golf Club.

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