In 1935, Jim and Fannie Salta, immigrants from Lesbos, Greece, were exploring a rocky hillside near the popular tourist destination of Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. They found a natural spring of refreshing, clear water and excitedly rushed to evaluate their discovery. The spring water tested as 100% pure so the Saltas purchased the property and founded the Natural Spring Water Company. The following year, the Saltas added five one-room cabins and christened them the NASWA Spring Water Cabins. Jim and Fannie raised their children on the beautiful shores of Lake Winnipesaukee and the NASWA, a multi-generational business, was born.
Decades later, when Laconia’s tourists and traffic increased and the NASWA’s visible roadside location attracted many visitors, the name changed to the NASWA Motor Inn. As the resort added more food, entertainment and features, it again outgrew its name and became the NASWA Resort – now often shortened to “The Naz.”
Hope Makris, Jim and Fannie’s daughter, is the current NASWA owner. She and her husband, Peter (the well-known and loved “Big Kahuna,” who passed away in February 2007), also raised their three daughters, Karen, Victoria, and Cynthia, at the NASWA. And as their family grew, so did the resort facilities. Docks, kayaks, paddle boats, The Naz Boat, fine dining in the Blue Bistro and casual dining at the NazBar & Grill were all introduced under Hope and Peter’s reign. Over the years, the waterfront building and lakeside cottages were also added to grow the resort and its appeal. The entire family has been involved in the resort business, with daughters Cynthia, Victoria and Karen and son-in-law Jim now in operations.