LAKES REGION — September is a great season for visiting the Lakes Region, as the beginning of the month usually has weather warm enough for outdoor summer activities, and the end of the month heralds the starts of fall foliage, festivals, and fairs. Travelers love to boat and swim on the beautiful lakes then go see fall harvests and farmers’ markets, getting the best of both seasons.
While visiting the Lakes Region, travelers can take advantage of special rates and deals being offered by area lodging properties. During September, Mill Falls at the Lake in Meredith is offering discounted rates for the entire month, and a number of lodging properties are offering special packages/events. To begin September, Danforth Bay Camping Resort in Freedom will host a Murder Mystery Weekend September 6-8. In the middle of the month, The NASWA Resort in Laconia, NH has a package for a BFF Girlfriend Getaway September 13-15, then Purity Spring Resort in East Madison, NH is inviting guests for a Baby Boomer Adventure Weekend September 20-22. In addition, bicycle enthusiasts, causal bikers and nature lovers alike will enjoy taking advantage of the Inn to Inn Bike Tour package with several participating inns throughout the Lakes Region. Even without a special deal or package involved, however, there is much value to be had in a Lakes Region vacation, and many mid-week stays offered by area lodging properties are bargains. A full list of travel packages and lodging options can be found on the Lakes Region Tourism Association website.
Here are a few of the events going on in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire this September:
24th Annual Labor Day Weekend Craft Fair at the Bay at the Community House in Alton Bay - August 31-September 2. Free admission to an annual Lakes Region staple.
Fall Foliage Tours: Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad in Weirs Beach and Meredith - September 7-October 27. Passengers can relax and enjoy the scenery as they travel along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee.
M/S Mount Washington in Weirs Beach: September 22 and 29. Take a Foliage Dinner Cruise around Lake Winnipesaukee and dine as you view the beautiful landscape.
Winnipesaukee Belle in Wolfeboro - September 3-October 19. Enjoy a cruise around Lake Winnipesaukee on a 65-foot replica turn-of-the-century paddle wheeled boat.
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness - September 1-October 14. Explore Squam Lake and learn about the natural history of the lake and what makes Squam so special while you take in the sights.
LakeFest: Hands Across the Water at Weirs Beach - September 7. An attempt to break the world record for the largest raft of canoes and kayaks on a single water body.
Vintage Boat Regatta at Wolfeboro town docks - September 13-14. Watch or participate while vintage boats from all over New England race for the win.
Fall Craft Fair at the Tanger Outlets in Tilton - September 14. Fabulous creations by local artisans – event held rain or shine.
Artisan Festival at the Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury - September 14. A country fair celebrating rural farm traditions and the traditional arts, with Artisan Craft Fair & Farmers’ Market.
4th Annual Harvest Festival at Prescott Farm & Education Center in Laconia - September 14. Horse-drawn hayrides, face painting, petting farm, food, music, games, tours, workshops, demonstrations and more.
WOW Fest at the Laconia Athletic and Swim Club in Laconia - September 14. Three races for athletes and families looking for fun. This event fundraises for the beautiful WOW Trail.
17th Annual Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon - September 19-22. The second race in the chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
NH Highland Games at Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln - September 20-22. The largest Scottish festival in the Northeast, celebrates everything Scottish—food, music, culture, dancing, athletics, and more.
8th annual Crazy Gringo Golf Classic at the Waukewan Golf Course in Center Harbor - September 27. Proceeds from this fun golf tournament go to the WLNH Children’s Auction.
These are only some of the events worth visiting in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire during September. For more Lakes Region events, visit the event calendar or LakesRegion.org.
The Lakes Region Tourism Association is the official tourism board of the region, representing close to 100 communities, 273 lakes and ponds, and more than 400 businesses in central New Hampshire, including area attractions, restaurants, retail establishments and accommodations. For more information or visitors guides, visit LakesRegion.org, facebook.com/NHLakesRegion or follow on Twitter. The LRTA office is at Exit 20 from Route 93 in Tilton, and it can be reached by calling (800) 60-LAKES. For further information about New Hampshire, visit www.visitnh.gov.