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Meet Our Activities Director

Steele Hill Resorts offers an array of activities each week, put on by our fabulous activities director Nancy. The activity schedule goes up each Friday and there is something for everyone. From Teddy Bear Mountain, to frog racing, and s’mores there is never a dull moment up on the hill. Check out our interview with the long-time activities director Nancy below.

Tell me a little bit about yourself and how long you have been with Steele Hill.

I am starting my 9th year working for Steele Hill. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic arts from the University of Maryland and have raised a beautiful family of four children with my husband. In my past I have been a girl scout leader, cub scout leader, and a classroom mother for over 12 years. Before Steele Hill I worked for the Smithsonian as an exhibit specialist in Washington D.C. where I did everything from picking out the wall color, to the placement of the designs. In my spare time, I love being outside whether its hiking, fishing, or camping. So, that combination of love for the outdoors and art made my position as an activity director the perfect fit.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I love making memories and being a part of a guest’s memories whether it’s a family or individual. It’s where I feel like I am making a difference in people’s lives, even if it’s just a small memory, the small moments are the ones that can mean the most in the long run. When a guest comes on vacation they want to come get away, relax, and be carefree and I can help achieve that. Since I have worked here over the course of 9 years it’s amazing to see some children I met at the beginning of my time who are now heading off to college, and they still come say hi to me and join in on some of the activities I put on, and that is rewarding knowing that myself, and Steele Hill can hold a part in their memories of growing up.

What has been the best feel good moment of your time here?

I remember this one time I added knitting to the activity scheduled. Unsure if anyone would show up, I had one middle aged man come in and told me he wanted to learn how to knit. He told me how growing up his Grandmother was a big knitter and always wanted to teach her grandchildren. He had promised her that one day she could teach him, but she had passed away before he ever got to learn, so he had it on his bucket list to one day learn how to knit. He was the only one that showed up that day, but we sat down for the full hour and I taught him how to knit, and when he finished he stood up with a big smile on his face and thanked me.

What makes the children most excited?

For the kids, I tend to get crafts that parents otherwise wouldn’t get at home. And I mean the really messy ones that involve glitter, sequins, and colored sand etc. I dump it all out on the table and let them have free range. They can get as messy as they want and its okay because they aren’t at home. They also love the wildlife we have here at Steele Hill. We have a stocked pond, and I will take the kids out to catch frogs and then we will do a frog race, the kids get to go outside and really get their hands dirty, they get so excited about that.

How do you come up with the activities?

Whatever I come up with I know it has to be successful in one hour. I can’t occupy guests all day with a four-hour craft because they have all of these other plans, I always keep the guests’ time in mind. I am not running a summer camp, I am only here to enhance their experience, so anything too complicated might deter from that. For example, one activity I do is creating dream catchers, for the little kids they can just make their own path without learning the exact techniques, but for the older ones they can take time to learn the knots and strings correctly. I also always have a Plan B and C to occupy guests if they finish an activity early.

How do the activities at Steele Hill set us apart from other hospitality experiences?

In my own personal experience, I have noticed that when I have been at other resorts their activities only occur once a day or maybe only every other day, and this is normally only during their peak season. Here at Steele Hill I do multiple activities 5 days a week, 12 months a year. I am also the only person putting on activities here, and I have been here for so long that on a personal level I get to know reoccurring guests and year after year. It is unique in the sense that they know who I am and I know who they are, it’s a family owned resort so when you come here that’s the feeling we want to embody.

Also at Steele Hill the cool part is that you can try all of the activities and amenities we have here for zero to minimal cost. So, if you wanted to try out golf you can do so for free here and you might come away with a new hobby for life, or if I am running a jewelry making activity I have some guests say “this was so much easier than I thought, where can I buy the supplies?” Guests are able to try something new and can take what they learned from Steele Hill and enjoy something for the rest of their life they may not have otherwise discovered.

New Hampshire Fall Foliage Vacation

During the foliage season, the drive up Steele Hill Road offers all the breath-taking colors of fall in New Hampshire. It is often those small moments that set the tone and build the suspense for what is sure to be a worthwhile view of one of the best fall foliage vantage points in New Hampshire. After check-in, head to your room where you can unwind, and use this guide on how to make the most out of your leaf-peeping getaway to Steele Hill Resorts. Steele Hill also offers some amazing Fall Savings Packages, and you can check those out here.

Start off your vacation walking along one of the five hiking trails we have surrounding the resort. Breathe in the clear, crisp air of the New Hampshire country side as you walk through the woods, it will give you the opportunity to see the foliage and nature up close and personal. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled and you might even see a deer grazing in the fields or an owl perched up in a tree.

After a long walk, grab lunch near the big windows at the on-site Hilltop Restaurant. Admire the beautiful fall colors overlooking Lake Winnisquam the Belknap mountain range. Enjoy a hearty soup or the mac n cheese to warm yourself up for a cool fall day.

Head into town to Smith Apple Orchard, and pick your own apples; if you haven’t done this before, it is a must! There is nothing better than picking a local farm fresh apple straight from the tree and biting into it. Tractors tow you through the farm to the right trees and you are free to pick as many or as little as you want. Make sure to grab some granny smith apples so you can head back to the resort and bake some fresh apple crisp in the comfort of your own kitchen. In New Hampshire, apple picking is a favorite fall activity and your family i sure to enjoy quality time together in the countryside.

Once back at the resort, drop your apples off and head back outside, what better way to soak in the fall air than sitting back and leisurely catching a few fish in our fully stocked catch and release pond. If you didn’t bring fishing supplies, our on-campus convenience store, The Market, has everything you need.

After a busy afternoon outdoors, head back to your room and cook up some dinner for the whole family, and don’t forget to make that apple crisp. Enjoy playing a card game, or grab a movie from the check-in office to relax with after the long day. If you’re up for it, head outside and enjoy our 4-season oversized jacuzzi, where you can warm up on a cool fall night.

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.

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.

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.

The Market our New Resort Convenience Store


Guests are in for a pleasant surprise with the roll out of our onsite convenience store. Located in the West Amenities building near the large indoor pool, The Market covers all your convenience needs. From a fresh cup of Starbucks Coffee to an assortment of tasty food items, the new store is a veritable one-stop-shop to restock your in-room kitchen during your next visit. Specialty items include a variety of beer and wine and a wide range of exciting Steele Hill merchandise.

Enjoy your stay lounging by the pool without being inconvenienced with a trip to the grocery store. Stop by the Market at Steele Hill Resorts during your next visit.