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Family Fun at the Resort

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Steele Hill Resorts is the perfect vacation destination for families. Those that have stayed with us know how much we have to offer, and for those that don’t we are going to paint the perfect picture. A majority of our rooms are set up as suites or townhouses and offer a full vacation condo experience. In many rooms you will have access to a full kitchen that includes a fridge/freezer, stove top, oven, microwave, and dishwasher. Some additional in-room amenities that our larger units offer include dining areas, full living rooms and decks with breath-taking views of the lakes and mountains.

Imagine waking up with your family and whipping up a batch of pancakes and bacon on the stove top in the comfort of your own room. After breakfast, there is always something going on or activities available at the resort so if you are unfamiliar check in with the concierge and they can get you started. The pools are a big hit, so if it’s a bright and sunny day, post breakfast head down to the outdoor pool area for a morning of fun. There is a big pool for children and adults and a kiddie pool for the young ones. There is also a playground located right by so you can lounge by the pool as your kids play.

After your morning by the pool, head up to the onsite convenience store, The Market, and grab some choice hiking snacks. Walk across the street towards the trail head and kick off your hike on the red trail. A network of over five miles of trails surrounds the resort grounds. Keep an eye out for animals such as the wild turkey and deer that often frequent the woods. If you are lucky, you might even see an owl or rabbit. Find a good spot to stop along the trail in one of the back fields or on a rock under a canopy of trees for a family picnic.

Once back at the resort, check out the activities schedule to see what is going on during the day for some family fun. Activities often include an ice cream social, candy bar bingo, making a customized, stuffed animal at Teddy Bear Mountain, or joining in on the newest activity this year, a campus-wide scavenger hunt.

For dinner, as a family head to the Hilltop Restaurant where you can sit by the large picture windows and reflect on your favorite parts of the day while eating a delicious meal looking out at beautiful views of the lakes region. Save room for dessert and head to the outdoor fire pit where you can roast marshmallows and build s’mores.

As a night cap, stop by the check in office and rent a movie to bring back to your room. Pop in some popcorn and unwind from the day how it started, with family.

Hot Tub & Cabana Escape

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After a long day hiking the resort trails, playing a round of golf, or hanging with the kids, you deserve a relaxing place to decompress. Picture yourself unwinding with a specialty drink from our cabana service. Enjoy a tasty beverage hand delivered to your lounger of choice on the outdoor resort pool patio while enjoying one of the best views in the state. Our newest addition of a 20 foot, four-season, outdoor hot tub has just made that experience even more desirable.

The new, oversized tub offers an unparalleled vantage point to experience the unique hilltop setting and melt the stress away during your much needed vacation getaway. This welcome addition to the resort pool area is sure to enhance the already beautiful views of the New Hampshire lakes and mountains. With a capacity of 8 people, you and all of your friends have plenty of room to stretch your legs. Built as a true, four-season amenity, the hot tub is intended to offer year round fun. On a cool summer night, hop in the tub and then jump out to sit by the fire pit and roast some s’mores. In the winter, a heated walkway provides easy access from the indoor pool area so you can relax while watching the snow fall.

While out on the patio don’t forget to try our cabana service where you can order a Margarita and have it brought right to your chair. The cabana service is open from 11am to 5pm during the high season and is already a big hit with guests. Simply raise your flag and a friendly waiter will come to take your order and return to your chair with a refreshing drink to help enjoy the summer weather. After all, it is 5 o’clock somewhere!

Fireworks Festivities at Steele Hill

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A 30+ year tradition in the making, nothing quite says “I love America” like Cotton Candy, BBQ and Fireworks. So grab your family and friends and head to Steele Hill Resorts to celebrate Independence. This year’s festivities will be hosted on July 3rd and feature fireworks, a BBQ, and live music starting at 3pm.

For any newcomers to the party, the fireworks display at Steele Hill offers a very unique vantage point. Guests are invited to sit on the lawn facing the view near the resort outdoor patio while an impressive fireworks display is shot off further down the slope of the golf course. The show will end up being at about eye level so no need to go home feeling like you just got stuck sitting in the front row nose bleed section of the movie theater. These fireworks are up close and personal. The other unique feature of our celebration is that since we have such a great view you can actually see other towns fireworks going off across the Lakes Region. Really get into the spirit of independence as the horizon lights up with celebratory explosions.

Pre-Fireworks, join us for hot dogs and burgers under the outdoor tent, if you are 21 years or older, beer will also be served. For the kids, we will be selling glow sticks and sparklers, along with fried dough and cotton candy. It wouldn’t be a celebration without music, so on the Hilltop Restaurant deck DJ Mike will be rocking the tunes and the Sweet Bloods will be performing live music under the outdoor event tent.

Don’t forget to bring something to sit on and a sweatshirt in case of a cool summer breeze. The Atlas firework show will begin to shoot off between 9:15 and 9:30pm. With some of the best views in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, you aren’t going to want to miss this spectacular event. We’ll see you there!

Taps Galore at Tova’s Tavern

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Beer enthusiasts are beginning to notice the not so hidden gem down at Tova’s Tavern. With the addition of our new tap system and an emphasis on quality microbrews, the beer selection is quickly becoming a major attraction in the restaurant. Our staff has doubled down on finding the perfect mix to tickle your fancy and provide a unique tasting experience. Guests are invited to sample the different brews to help determine the perfect choice for their particular tastes.

Tova’s Tavern has been serving thirsty guests for decades and with the beer revolution sweeping the country some upgrades to the selection were an obvious fit. Beyond the enhanced offering at the bar, the resort has also embraced the new beer culture by hosting the annual A Brew with a View brewfest. The festival brings together a variety of regional microbrews from around New England as well as like-minded fans of craft beer. The brewfest offers a unique opportunity to research new ideas for the bar and get feedback from guests attending the event. It is really a win-win for our “research” team.

With all the attention given to our beer selection, it’s no wonder Tova’s has been getting some extra attention these days. Just remember, if you plan a visit, don’t forget to pet the stuffed husky on the last bar stool. The tradition is guaranteed to bring good luck for years to come.

Discount NH Ski Tickets 2016 – 2017

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As this winter season kicks off with some much welcomed snow, we are excited to announce yet another year of great discounted ski tickets to all the local mountains. Tickets are available to all guests through either the front desk at the check-in building or the Market convenience store located up in the west amenities building.

Steele Hill offers the perfect home base for Gunstock Lodging and is also a relatively short drive from other great local ski areas including Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain. Skiers and boarders looking for that perfect Lakes Region ski adventure should check out our Gunstock Ski and Stay Package.

Enjoy amazing views of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee along with some of the best skiing in the state at Gunstock Mountain. In the evening, return to Steele Hill and relax in our oversized roman spa or large heated pool area under the glass atrium. Perched looking down on the lakes and mountains below, Steele Hill offers the ideal après ski destination along with a variety of comfort foods and cold drafts available in the onsite Hilltop Restaurant and Tova’s Tavern. Kick back by the fire after a long day on the slopes and treat yourself to a relaxing break at Steele Hill Resorts.

Relax in Style with an In-Room Massage

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Looking for that perfect touch to make the most out of your next vacation? Look no further than the comfort of your own suite. Steele Hill is excited to kick off our new in-room massage service.

Calm your mind and relax your body with a professional massage. The new offering provides in-room massage therapy to help pamper our guests and release the stress from their daily lives. Our service menu includes a selection of different techniques to personalize the experience to your liking. From a traditional Swedish Massage to Face and Feet Therapy, highly trained therapist are available to make your next stay a truly relaxing experience.

For information on booking a massage during your stay, check out our service menu or call the desk at 603-524-0500.

Discount NH Ski Tickets 2015 – 2016

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With snow on the horizon, great discounts on ski tickets have arrived. This year, the front desk will be offering exclusive deals on tickets to three of the most popular local ski mountains. To improve accessibility, tickets will also be made available at our new convenience store, the Market, located in the West Amenities building.

The ideal destination for Gunstock Lodging, Steele Hill is also a relatively short drive from popular New Hampshire ski destinations including Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain. For those looking for that perfect Lakes Region ski getaway, check out our Gunstock Ski and Stay Package.

Spend the day shredding some of the best slopes in the state and head back to Steele Hill to unwind in our large indoor pool facility. The kids can have a blast on our big slide, while the adults rest their sore muscles in the warmth of the large roman spa. With expansive views and a wide variety of amenities, Steele Hill is the premier lodging choice to explore all the local mountains. For guests who work up an appetite on the slopes, the resort’s Hilltop Restaurant and Tova’s Tavern offer a great spot to kick back by the fire and recharge after a long day of winter fun.

Upgrade to Resort Bedding

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Quality, comfort and cleanliness are three key attributes to an enjoyable hospitality experience. This statement is particularly true when it comes to bedding and linens. In an effort to further upgrade the guest experience at Steele Hill, management made a decision to roll out the Zephyr Bedding Package to all king size beds at the resort. Over the course of the summer and into the fall, dreams of soft linens and fluffy, white duvets became a reality.

What is the Zephyr Package you ask? Imagine a large king bed wrapped in high thread count sheets and topped off with a comfortable duvet all in bright, ivory white. Premium pillows provide a comfort-centric headpiece with an accent of color adorning the foot in the form of the bed scarf. Are we feeling cozy yet? According to the recent feedback, our guests sure are.

The upgraded bedding has been a major hit and it is merely one of the many steps the resort has taken over the last few years to continue to boost the hospitality experience. With the new year shortly upon us, many additional projects are on their way. In the meantime, if you are looking to experience things for yourself, reserve a room with a king bed and try out our new bedding.

Grand Opening of New Vista Suites

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After a long off-season of construction, the new expansion building at Steele Hill Resorts is ready for guests. South 2 and the shiny, new Vista Suites mark an aggressive effort to provide the best accommodations in the Lakes Region. From high-end finishes to remarkable views, these new accommodations offer a luxury escape for our valued guests.

Featuring twelve two bedroom suites that can break out into master hotel rooms and one bedroom suites respectively, these new configurations offer the ultimate in accommodations flexibility. Be it a quick getaway with your loved one or a full on family vacation, Steele Hill’s South Vista Suites are sure to deliver a positive hospitality experience. Key features include granite counter tops throughout, high ceilings, built-in gas fireplaces, jetted tubs in the master bathroom, full, luxurious kitchens and wide format balconies. Picture your whole family looking out over pristine views of Lake Winnisquam and the Belknap Mountains. The experience is truly unique.

Be one of the first guests to stay in a new class of accommodations in the Lakes Region. Click here to check availability and kick off your dream getaway today.

Brew with a View 2015

June 20th, 2015 marked a special event at Steele Hill Resorts. As the sun came up over the Belknap Mountain Range and cast its rays along the length of Lake Winnisquam below, activity began to pick up near the festival tent at Steele Hill Resorts. Vans and trucks displaying all the colors and logos of New England’s microbrew industry poured into the south parking lot. The first annual Brew with a View beer festival was off and running.

With vendors representing over 30 breweries and live music and food offerings provided by the resort’s Hilltop Restaurant, the event was the perfect destination for a beautiful, sunny Saturday. Over 300 attendees showed up to take in the festivities and sample the amazing variety of beers including small batch specialty selections. From the picnic tables overlooking the view to the beer tent hosting the brewers, laughs buzzed under the echoes of live music playing to the crowd. The enjoyment level was palpable.

With the conclusion of the brewfest, it was obvious that Steele Hill’s unmatched vantage point overlooking the Lakes Region provided a special experience to all of the beer enthusiast in attendance. The resort’s unique setting truly complimented the festivities. With the resounding positive feedback and desire to introduce new visitors to Steele Hill, the planning is already on for 2016. Be sure to check back as we pick our dates and spread the word. Next year’s event is sure to be even more popular than the first.