Steele Hill Resorts, formerly known as the Inn at Steele Hill, holds a special place in the history of New Hampshire. During the roaring twenties and into the forties, the granite state witnessed a rise in popularity as a tourist destination. Residents living in and around metropolitan areas in southern New England began seeking out a vacation experience that was more in touch with nature. The expansive countryside of New Hampshire was the perfect destination for wealthy urbanites to stretch their legs and smell the fresh air.
In 1937, Nelson Smith, a Boston Jeweler, purchase the Steele Hill dairy farm with the goal of becoming a gentlemen farmer. Following the devastating hurricane of 1938 that ravaged the lakes region, Smith saw the abundance of downed timber on his newly purchased land as an opportunity to get in on the tourism business. Construction on the original Inn at Steele Hill began in earnest, providing a much needed boost to the local economy in the years following the great depression. Matching its rustic country architecture with an abundance of amenities and spectacular views of the lakes and mountains below, the Inn soon became a hotspot for tourist. The development of the resort followed in the footsteps of Smith’s original vision. Many of today’s guests share the same desire to relax in a country setting as visitors from years past.
For some candid interviews from local residents and employees during the early days of the resort, check out the mini-documentary we produced.
With our attractive combination of spacious rooms, abundant amenities and excellent cuisine, Steele Hill has become a favorite destination for many vacationers. This summer the Chef’s Plate, a weekly TV show that covers restaurants and hospitality businesses, approached us to showcase the property.
Helen Ryba, the show’s host and producer, was originally interested in focusing on the Hilltop Restaurant and our wedding offerings. As we shared the full potential of the resort, the episode quickly expanded from a 5 minute feature to a full-length episode. The show was a great opportunity to distill our best attributes down to a visually stunning, professionally produced showcase. For an insider look at what makes Steele Hill Resorts stand out, grab some popcorn and watch the full episode above. We hope you enjoy.
Steele Hill Resort aims to consistently improve the guest experience year after year. In the beginning of 2013 the expansive West Hallway was targeted for a complete remodel. As a major element of our guests’ first impressions of Steele Hill West, this hall provides direct access for 40 West Townhouse units to the large, indoor amenities center.
With the goal of modernizing over 300 feet of hallway and laundry facilities, this renovation project was a significant undertaking. The project called for replacing the more dated, pine board walls with fresh drywall, new rub rails and complete baseboard coverage. New carpets including runners near the freshly installed glass entry doors capped off the project. With insight from our design team and a view towards modernization, a coordination of new paint and carpet colors helped breath fresh life into the hall’s appearance.
Now that the project is fully completed, this new face to the West Hallway really does wonders to raise the standard of first impressions at the resort. As a small part of our commitment to consistent improvements, the hallway project is just one brick in our road to a renovation renaissance of the entire resort.
Tom and Sandy Christensen were extremely excited to be selected for the first drawing of the Hilltop Restaurants Lucky Locals Grand Prize. The contest is part of a restaurant promotion that Steele Hill Resorts has been running since the beginning of the summer.
“Many New Hampshire residents don’t know that the Hilltop Restaurant is open to the public. The lucky Locals contest has given residents a fresh reason to drive up our new road and sample the food and views” said James Dole, the Hilltop’s Food and Beverage Director.
As the first of 3 grand prize drawings, the Christensens were selected for 7 nights’ accommodations to their choice of Las Vegas or Orlando. “I was very excited. I immediately went to get my wife and tell her the good news” said Tom Christensen when he picked up the Certificate at the Hilltop. “I have a saying,” Tom said, “that tradition often begins the day you arrive.” The Christensens hope to make visiting the Hilltop Restaurant a tradition going forward.
With more drawings yet to come in July and August, the contest is certainly gaining momentum. “It is pretty simple. Anyone from New Hampshire that dines with us and mentions ‘Lucky Locals’ is entered,” said James Dole. “Our goal is to make the Hilltop Restaurant more accessible to locals. I am confident that the quality of our food and the unique setting will make them want to comeback.”
With Laconia Motorcycle Week kicking off soon, the resort is getting prepped for the bike week festivities. This year’s 90th running of the bike week Rally is scheduled to take place June 8 – 16th. Only 15 miles from Weirs Beach, Steele Hill Resorts offers a great home base during the event. Take a short Cruise down to the Weirs to experience all the action and unwind in the Roman spa at the resort once the day is done. Steele Hill offers one of the best views in New Hampshire, overlooking lakes and mountains from one of our many decks. The new road up to the resort from route 3 presents a scenic home stretch for any guest returning from a day at the rally. For a great discount on lodging during the Bike Week festivities, check out our Mid-week Bike Week Saving Package.
Motorcycle Week in Laconia is a dream event for any bike enthusiast. From chromed-out Harleys to souped-up racing bikes, there is truly fun for all types. Experience the thrill of the crowd down on the Weirs Beach Boardwalk or head over to Laconia Harley Davidson to check out the new models. Racing enthusiast can visit the New Hampshire Motor Speedway to catch the thrills of the Loudon Classic Motorcycle race. If you are looking to get in on the bike week action while enjoying the comforts of home, check out Steele Hill Resorts. We are the perfect choice for your next adventure.
Looking for some big laughs, delicious food and tasty drink specials? Check out Comedy Night at the Hilltop Restaurant. Join us every Thursday, May 16th through June 13th, for an event featuring two different comics each night from the Headliners Comedy Tour. Doors open at 6:30PM, show starts at 8:00PM. Locals, visitors and guests are welcome to enjoy the festivities.
Come for just the show or enjoy some tasty treats with the optional dinner buffet. General admission for adults is $12. Dinner Buffet and the show is $29.95 for adults. If you are looking for a change of pace on Thursday night, this is the event for you. The first two shows received rave reviews. Tickets are available by calling 603-524-0500 Ext. 0.
The indoor, heated pool located at the original resort facilities has been a staple of Steele Hill since the pool area was first built in 1976. Many of our original guests have fond memories of teaching their children to swim in the resort pool or relaxing with a book while appreciating the views of the lakes and mountains. Now some of those children have grown up to bring their kids back up the Hill to enjoy the pool they had so much fun in when they were little. This resort amenity has been at the heart of the property since the original expansion.
Given the importance of the resort pool to Steele Hill’s identity, management has made a significant effort to renovate the area while maintaining the relaxing atmosphere it is known for. In an effort to brighten up the facility and reface the area, our maintenance staff went to work stripping the entire floor from the pool space. With help from our vendor at Sierra Stone, we brought in a team to completely re-floor the facility with a bright, safe, stone flooring system that helped turn back the clock on this great amenity. Given the recent renovation of the adjacent patio that houses the resort’s outdoor pool and sun-bathing areas, the new floor for the indoor pool is another key project to ensure that Steele Hill Resorts is one of the most modernized, amenity-rich destinations available to people visiting the lakes region.
Looking to hit the slopes and save a few bucks? Steele Hill Resorts offers guest great discounts on ski tickets to all the local mountains. Known as the top choice for Gunstock Lodging, we are also a great location to explore Waterville, Loon and Ragged Mountain.
With our active tickets, you can skip the ticket lines and head right to the slopes at both Loon Mountain and Waterville Valley. For Gunstock and Ragged Mountain you can purchase a discounted ticket voucher at our desk that can quickly be turned into an active ticket at the respective mountain’s ticket office.
Spend the day carving up the slopes and head back to Steele Hill to enjoy all of our onsite amenities from our heated indoor pools to our relaxing roman spa. A hearty meal by the fire at Tova’s Tavern or a seat near the windows at the Hilltop Restaurant is a sure way to recharge your body after a long day of winter fun.
Picture yourself looking down on a world of magnificent color and breathtaking natural beauty. New Hampshire’s Lakes Region offers some of the most amazing displays of foliage in all of New England. The region’s magical combination of near perfect temperature fluctuations and forests fed on pristine lake waters makes foliage season a special time of year. The numerous sweeping mountains and hills that frame in the lakes literally come alive with one final display of color.
It may sound all too exaggerated, but in truth words can do little justice to describe this brief yet piercing season. Locals relish these precious weeks of prime foliage that remind them why they choose to live in the area. For the select visitors that make the pilgrimage up to the lakes, the trip is most definitely worth the payoff.
For guests at Steele Hill Resorts, the panoramic views looking across Lake Winnisquam to the burning reds and bright yellows of the forest canopy beyond are second to none. Visitors can choose to take in the scenery from one of the many decks or head out to explore the fall festivities in the Lakes Region. From the joys of traversing your first corn maze to the memories created visiting a local apple orchard, Steele Hill offers a conveniently located hilltop perch above the New Hampshire foliage.
So if you are in the mood for an idyllic fall retreat, grab your camera and pack your sweaters for a getaway to the Lakes Region. The foliage and festivities are sure to create a memorable experience.
With the sheer variety of amenities at our New Hampshire Resort, who would have thought that the pond is often the biggest draw? Golfers love the views from our 9 hole course. The new, full-sized basketball courts have been a huge hit and the west indoor pool is what we are known for, but often times, on those bright and sunny summer days, visitors flock to the resort’s large fishing pond.
In part, the popularity is driven by our activities director showing kids and adults alike all of the wildlife that calls the pond home. From the resident snapping turtles to the stocked rainbow trout and the old bull frogs, Steele Hill’s fishing pond can be a great substitute for a trip to the aquarium. Oftentimes guests will get a chance to get up close and personal with the resident animals.
This year, Brianna, one of our luckiest guests, was able to catch the biggest crayfish on record at Steele Hill. While the picture doesn’t quite do it justice, this king of crustaceans measured out at almost 7 inches long. Good job Brianna and thanks for helping us release him back into the water. Future guest are bound to be in for a shock when they think they see a lobster strolling along the bottom.