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.
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.
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.
Formed over thousands of years by glacial erosion, New Hampshire’s Lakes Region offers unparalleled beauty and natural splendor. Majestic bodies of pristine water including Lake Winnisquam, Squam Lake and the famous Lake Winnipesaukee serve as the focal point of the region. Framed in by the Belknap Mountain Range along the shores of Winnipesaukee and the White Mountains to the north, the diverse landscape offers a unique display of New Hampshire’s world famous scenery for all to enjoy.
The area has a long tradition of tourism with visitors looking to explore the sites and enjoy the attractions. From the golden age of summer camps nestled along the shores to the pioneer days of downhill skiing at nearby Gunstock, Waterville, Loon and Cannon Mountain, the Lakes Region is the perfect destination to escape from the city and embrace the spirit of New England. Experiencing a surge of popularity with the Boston elite in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s as a wilderness retreat, the area has continue to grow and cater to new visitors each year. From the quiet Mountains and Hills perched above Lake Winnisquam to the bustling Boardwalk of Weirs Beach, New Hampshire’s Lakes Region truly has something for everyone.
Fall in the Lakes Region hosts one of the most beautiful displays of foliage in the entire country. The mountains burst into glowing oranges, bright yellows and burning reds and the lakes reflect the scenery along their shores. One need only rent a room with a deck to appreciate the splendor. Visitors can enjoy apple picking and hot cider at the local farms or go to one of the many country fairs for some true New Hampshire fun.
The winter season marks an opening to the many ski mountains in the area. Gunstock Mountain, with some of the most notable views of Lake Winnipesaukee, comes to life with carpets of white snow and smiling families. Enjoy a day hitting the slopes and experience a true après ski atmosphere back at your resort in a relaxing hot tub or by a glowing fire in the tavern. For those non-skiers out there, quiet sweeping snowshoe trails through the hills offer a Zen alternative to any downhill sports.
Spring in the lakes region marks a rebirth of the lush greenery. Visitors can experience great deals on lodging with the advantage of fewer crowds at the many area attractions. The Tanger Outlet Mall offers a perfect daytime destination with unbelievable deals only a short distance from the highway.
For long time visitors the charms of the Lakes Region are easy to spot. Many have their own favorite activities and attractions that draw them back each year. If you have yet to experience the area for yourself, you are in for a pleasant surprise. You just might find your own piece of heaven looking down on the lakes that stretch to the horizon. Come plan a trip, and check out one of our Lakes Region Vacation Packages. We hope to see you soon.
Are you as serious about your health as you are about your vacation time? If the answer is yes then Steele Hill is the resort for you. Forget our network of hiking trails. Forget the pools, tennis, basketball, racquetball and golf. Our shiny new fitness center is the perfect place for you to get serious about your daily workout routine.
From elliptical machines to treadmills to recumbent bikes, the new aerobic section includes a variety of high quality fitness equipment. Each cardio station sports its own flat-screen TV for your workout entertainment. If you are not in the mood for a run, the weights section has everything you need to break a sweat. From our CYBEX tower station to our two flat benches and high quality dumbbells, the new gym is designed for a full body workout. Additional amenities include Medicine balls, stretch bands and a plyometric pull-up/dip station.
The new fitness facility has been relocated to a completely renovated space near the main indoor pool area at Steele Hill West. After a hard workout it is just a short walk through the locker room to relax in the pool or kick back in the roman spa. The new fitness center offers a professional gym experience down to the last details of rubberized flooring, full air conditioning and a stainless steel water cooler. So if you are looking for a fit-cation, come visit our New Hampshire Resort and check out the new fitness center.