Top Three Haunted Places in NH

New Hampshire is notoriously known for its countless haunted places. The haunted places in NH are haunted by everything from a loving pirate to unruly children and unsettled spirits in cemeteries to past workers who burned in fires. Are you brave enough to explore these haunted spots “near me?” There’s only one way to find out. Be mindful of some properties’ current owners as some do not welcome uninvited guests.  

Kimball Castle, Gilford | 11-minute drive

Located in Gilford, the historic Kimball Castle has remained vacant for nearly 60 years. IT continues to overlook Lake Winnipesaukee, regardless of its deteriorating foundation. While Kimball Castle no longer welcomes visitors, the stories of its unexplainable, paranormal activities are still circulated from locals to tourists. The stories claim that antique clocks randomly start working after years of being out of service, and the lights flicker on and off. All past visitors agree that they felt uneasy being near the castle. The alleged spirit that calls Kimball Castle home is not friendly and prefers to be left alone. Although, Kimball Castle was recently purchased and will be turned into a wedding and event venue. 

Pine Hill Cemetery, Hollis | 1-hour and 25-minute drive

What is Halloween without visiting a haunted cemetery or two? Locals reference Pine Hill Cemetery as the Blood Cemetery because of its dark history. Pine Hill Cemetery is home to over 300 gravestones that date back to the 1700s. Visitors have allegedly heard unexplained tapping sounds and have seen floating orbs of light. There’s one specific spirit who is said to make regular appearances, Abel Blood. Abel was a faithful Christian man who was laid to rest with his wife, Betsy Blood, in 1867. The stories say that the Bloods were murdered, but no one has been able to confirm their cause of death. Although, the cemetery’s past visitors can confirm they believe Abel lingers the grave in a scary form. During the day, Abel’s headstone can be seen with an engraved hand that points the index finger up toward the sky. If you’re brave enough to visit Pine Hill Cemetery at night, keep a close eye on his grave marker. Stories claim that his grave marker changes colors and his headstone’s engraved hand flips to point the finger down. 

Ocean-Born Mary House, Henniker | 1-hour drive 

The Ocean-Born Mary House is a bit of a trip away, but paranormal activity enthusiasts will find the journey well worth the experience. The Henniker house is allegedly haunted by a woman named Mary, who was widowed at a young age. She was traumatized after finding her husband’s murdered body and decided to bury him under her kitchen’s stone. Visitors claim to see a ghostly woman with fiery red hair and green eyes appear in one of the upstairs windows. She’s also been seen on the house’s main staircase when visitors first arrive. While this sounds like a terrifying supernatural encounter, visitors believe she still lingers around to protect her home. 

 

Naswa Resort

Locals and visitors appreciate our surrounding natural beauty, but they also adore the haunted places in NH. Whether you believe in paranormal activity or not, haunted places hold so much history and tell you a lot about our culture. It’s fun to scare yourself every once in a while. Especially when you have a comfortable, ghost-free cabin is waiting for you at NASWA Resort after a long day of ghost hunting. Don’t be a scaredy-cat and book your New Hampshire vacation today! Learn more information on our website, or just give us a call at 888-556-2792. 

 

Explore Fall Foliage in New Hampshire

Explore Fall Foliage in New Hampshire

When the nights grow cool and the days are warm, Lake Winnipesaukee’s leaves morph into a festival of colors. People from all over the world flock to see the fall foliage in New Hampshire that never disappoints. To say the least, the amber Sugar Maples, cranberry Red Maples, golden yellow birches, and copper leafed oaks put on quite the show. Peak color season changes per location based on temperature and elevation; Usually, fall foliage appears in mid-September and lasts through late October. Naswa Resort is located by the best scenic spots in all of New Hampshire. We’ve narrowed down the choices to our top five places around Lake Winnipesaukee.

  1.  Guests visiting from out of town especially love to experience New Hampshire’s fall foliage by boat. Whether you find a boat rental or take a guided cruise on the M/S Mount Washington, you’ll see the same amount of fall foliage. There are many boat rental facilities around Lake Winnipesaukee, so you’ll have no problem finding the boat you need.
  2. Gunstock Mountain also has an impressive nature palette. You can travel to the mountain’s summit by hiking or riding a chairlift. The trek to the top of the hill is well worth the hassle; the beautiful leaves and picturesque views cannot be found anywhere else. Be sure to take pictures!
  3. Guests of all ages will love the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. Hop on the train and ride along the coast of Lake Winnipesaukee. You’ll catch different views of the fall foliage than you would from a boat or a mountain. Opt for a quick afternoon ride or an all-day tour. The train even offers a dinner trip, which would be a great date night!
  4. For our more adventurous visitors, you’ll love to take a hike through Belknap Mountain. The easy walk is excellent for gaining an elevated view of the fall foliage. After reaching the summit, take a rest on the stone benches while taking in the scenery.
  5. Another popular hike for fall foliage is at Mount Major in Alton Bay. This hike is on the challenging side, so be sure to review the mountain’s terrain before attempting this journey. If you’re able to do the climb, the views of Lake Winnipesaukee are second to none.

Naswa Resort

Seeing the fall foliage in New Hampshire is an unforgettable experience. Especially because Lake Winnipesaukee’s region has one of the longest-lasting color displays around. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery during your stay with Naswa Resort. Our luxurious amenities will make you and your loved ones feel right at home. To learn more about booking your fall vacation, visit our website, or give us a call at  603-366-4341.

A Guide to Franconia Notch State Park

While there are many things to do at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire offers many other activities that are equally as enjoyable.  Located in the middle of White Mountain National Forest, Franconia Notch State Park is a unique parkway which extends to Flume Gorge at the south end of Echo Lake. Thankfully, this natural beauty is less than an hour away from The Naswa Resort. Whether you’re taking a spring, summer, fall, or winter vacation, planning a day trip to Franconia Notch State Park is always a great idea!


Flume Gorge

The Flume Gorge is a staple of Franconia Notch State Park. It was founded in 1808 when “Aunt” Jess accidentally came across it while fishing. Time after time, she tried to convince her family to see her discovery. And boy they were glad they agreed to see for themselves. This natural gorge stands 800 feet tall at the base of Mount Liberty. Whether you’re planning on hiking through the gorge or walking the two-mile loop, you’ll begin at the Flume Visitor’s Center. Prepare to walk up steep hills and climb many sets of stairs. The gorge’s boardwalk lets guests get an up-close look at the park’s flowers, ferns, and moss. Be sure to print out the Flume Gorge Scavenger Hunt before visiting!

Echo Lake

For a more relaxing day at the state park, enjoy basking in the sun at Echo Lake. The 39-acre lake offers excellent views of the point where the Franconia Range and Kinsman Range meet (the spot known as “the notch.”) The lake is home to the new Lakeside General Store which offers $20 boat rentals such as canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats. The store also carries snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, sand toys, blow-up flotation devices, firewood, and more.

Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway

The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway is the first-ever passenger tramway to operate in North America. In 1938, roughly seven million passengers traveled to the top of the mountain by tram. The scenic ride to the top of the mountain lasts about eight minutes. Each tram car can carry 80 passengers up 2,180 feet. On a clear day, guests can catch views of the mountains in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Canada, and New York. During winter months, skiers flock to Cannon Mountain for its 97 trails and slopes ranging in difficulties.

Profile Lake

Profile Lake sits at the bottom of Cannon Mountain and is the starting point for Pemigewasset River. Similarly to Echo Lake, Profile Lake offers many activities for visitors to try. One of Profile Lake’s most popular activities is fly-fishing because the lake is loaded with trout. The 13-acre lake was built to be a fly-fishing only lake. Every which way you look, the views are amazing! So even if you don’t have a great day fishing, the pictures make your time worth it. Wanna know a secret? The area’s first fly-fishing shop just opened in the area. One up your friends’ fly-fishing skills and purchase some new gear from Mountain High Fly to catch a lunker.

Naswa Resort

After your long day exploring Franconia Notch State Park, head back to Naswa Resort and grab a quick bite to eat at the NazBar & Grill. You’ll love the view of Lake Winnipesaukee’s longest sandy beach while enjoying an ice-cold beer. To learn more about booking your Lake Winnipesaukee vacation today, visit our website, or talk to our friendly staff at 888-556-2792.

Tasty Treats at our Restaurants on Lake Winnipesaukee New Hampshire

Outstanding amenities, private beaches, and free boat access to Lake Winnipesaukee make The NASWA Resort the ideal place for your next tropical vacation. The picturesque sunsets are complementary with any meal at our beautiful restaurants on Lake Winnipesaukee, whether our guests choose to dine at The Blue Bistro or grab a cocktail at The Nazbar & Grill, they’ll enjoy great food and good times in the best New Hampshire cabins and cottages.

The Blue Bistro

The Blue Bistro in the heart of our beautiful Naswa resort offers creatively crafted meals to visitors in one of the best Laconia New Hampshire restaurants. At The Blue Bistro, you’ll be able to enjoy delicious dining with delightful views of Lake Winnipesaukee while staying the heart of our lively resort. Start your day right with our lovely breakfast menu for all the classics you love, as well as new flavors like our Caribbean French Toast, and fluffy omelets. Discover our chefs’ creative and modern cuisine including fresh seafood, fresh vegetarian dishes, and certified Angus steaks,  something for every palate. Save room for a delicious “Hope Made” desserts, from our matriarch, Hope Makris. Our team is committed to always using locally grown produce and fresh ingredients, even in our children’s menu. Make sure you get a taste of both our restaurants on Lake Winnipesaukee.

The Nazbar & Grill

The Nazbar & Grill welcomes you with a cold tropical drink and various tasty food options, for lunch or dinner, or both at one of the tastiest  Lake Winnipesaukee restaurants. Experience an ideal beachside meal, complete with live entertainment is provided Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Check out our Weekend Celebrations for details on live entertainment and specialty menus. Come find out how we were named one of the Top 20 Boating Hot Spots by Powerboat Magazine. We’re even a great place to take shelter on a rainy day, thanks to our tent and heaters that cover the whole area, let’s not forget our TVs.  The Nazbar & Grill is the hottest nightlife spot on the Lake, guests and locals alike gather for a good time. Embrace the tropical vibes that surround you, as you relax by our fire pits with a tasty drink as you rock to a reggae beat until the picturesque sunsets at dusk. Book your stay at The NASWA Resort, for a tropical getaway in one of our restaurants on Lake Winnipesaukee.