Best Lakeside Lodging in New England
When the temperature rises New Englanders flock to the region’s many lakes to cool off and beat the heat. Why not turn your visit into a longer stay by checking in at a lakeside inn, lodge, resort…or even your very own houseboat? Check out our picks for Best Lakeside Lodging in New England from our Editors’ Picks Lists for 2011 and 2012 — then head for the water!
BEST LAKESIDE B&B
Wolf Cove Inn – Poland Spring, ME
Almost every room in this dog-friendly waterfront inn has a view of Tripp Lake. After breakfast, swim or canoe, snooze in the hammock, or admire the lakeside gardens. Sunsets are spectacular.
5 Jordan Shore Drive. 207-998-4976; wolfcoveinn.com
BEST LAKESIDE WILDERNESS LODGE
Gorman Chairback – Greenville, ME
The Appalachian Mountain Club has restored and renovated this historic sporting camp, turning it into an alternatively powered green experience. Savor home-cooked meals, paddle across Long Pond, and hike 70 miles of trails on 66,000 acres of conserved lands.
BEST LARK ON THE LAKE
Champlain Houseboat Charters – Orwell, VT
Cruise America’s “Sixth Great Lake” in style, on a 38-foot houseboat equipped with galley, shower, and toilet; charts and radio; and bunks for six. Or captain a diesel-powered 32-foot Grand Banks Trawler.
68 Chipman Point Road. 802-948-2288 (days), 802-948-2740 (evenings); champlainhouseboatcharters.com
BEST BREAKFAST BY A LAKE
The Lighthouse Inn – Laconia , NH
Set on a hill above Lake Winnipesaukee, this inn serves up a different country breakfast every day, including souffles and baked French toast with fresh fruit.
913 Scenic Drive. 877-543-5432, 603-366-5432; lighthouseinnbb.com
BEST WATERFRONT RESORT
Basin Harbor Club – Vergennes, VT
You’ll want to pack a trunk and spend all summer at this plush, 125-year-old Lake Champlain retreat. Golf, watercraft, formal dining, and cottage or lodge accommodations.
4800 Basin Harbor Road. 800-622-4000, 802-475-2311; basinharbor.com