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Pizza and a View at Steele Hill Resorts

At The Hilltop Restaurant we have raised our pizza game to a whole new level with the addition of a dedicated Marshal Pizza Oven. The new offering features the perfect mix of fresh ingredients delivered with the same cooking quality as some of the best pizza places in the area. Get ready for some cheesy, crunchy goodness from our new brick lined oven.

We start out by using only the freshest ingredients. Our pizza dough is stretched and pulled and dressed with an oil and herb blend to 12” and then a delicious red sauce is spread evenly across the dough, and our special blend of mozzarella and provolone cheese is added to top it off. The pizzas are cooked at exactly 555° in our brick lined oven and then they’re ready to eat!

Locals can come in and enjoy one of our delicious pizzas at Tova’s Tavern or in The Hilltop Restaurant with a New Hampshire-made craft beer and enjoy watching the game or just take it to go! Guests have the option of coming down, grabbing take out, or getting a pizza delivered to their room or anywhere else on the Steele Hill campus with our “Let Us Deliver to You” motto.

Pizza is the perfect option to cater to each individual’s taste which makes it one of the greatest foods ever invented, in our opinion. Our current specialty pizzas on the menu include; BBQ Chicken topped with our famous onion rings, Four Cheese White Pie topped with prosciutto, Spicy Shrimp Scampi topped with a red pepper sauce and bites of shrimp, Buffalo Chicken topped with blue cheese crumbles along with fried chicken and Nature Lover made with a creamy garlic sauce and veggies galore. Our specialty pizzas change from season to season so keep an eye on the menu for new options throughout the year.

With such a large range of toppings to choose from, feel free to be creative and make your own. Let us know your style of pie and who knows, it may even be included on our next menu! If you’re looking for a romantic getaway featuring our updated pizza offering, check out our Overnight With Dinner For Two package that includes a $50 gift certificate to The Hilltop Restaurant. If you’re interested in looking at all of our spring deals check out our packages page here.

Snowshoeing at Steele Hill Resorts

Have you fallen into the winter blues? Well shake them off and head up to Steele Hill Resorts, this is a great time of year to embrace winter by trying something new! Our resort is unique in that we offer a wide variety of amenities that you can try for little to no cost. In the summertime guests enjoy free access to our 9-hole executive golf course and this is just one of the many activities you can participate in. But when it’s a winter wonderland out and you don’t feel much like skiing, renting a pair of snowshoes offers a great way to explore the natural beauty surrounding the resort without a whole lot of skill required.

Set amongst 500 acres of New Hampshire fields and forests, Steele Hill boasts over 3 miles of trails surrounding the property. Experience a picture perfect day exploring our beautiful wooded setting on a pair of snowshoes.

Wake up in the morning and enjoy a cup of coffee and breakfast from the comfort of your room, or head down to The Market for a waffle or bagel. After a relaxing morning, throw on your snow gear and a good pair of boots and head to the front desk where you can rent a pair of snowshoes for the day. Grab a trail map and head on over to one of the trail heads, throw on the snowshoes and you’re ready to go. If you’ve never been before that’s okay, there is no secret trick you can just start walking.

There is nothing quite like the peace and quiet that comes from being in nature. Whether you want to walk all three miles or just go a small distance that’s okay, feel free to go at your own rate.

Once back at the resort, hop in one of our roman spas in the West amenities building, or head out to our four-season outdoor hot tub where you can warm up from a cold winter day. Enjoy a delicious spiked hot cocoa or baileys and coffee from Tova’s Tavern for an afternoon pick me up.

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or just want to grab the family and spend some quality time together, snowshoeing around Steele Hill is truly a great activity for everyone.

Snowshoe rental rates for adults are $10 and $5 for kids, if you already have your own feel free to hop on the trails at any time.

Ski Mountains in NH

Staying in the Lakes Region and looking for the best Ski Mountains in NH? Here is a list of three of the best New Hampshire ski mountains that are easily accessible from the Lakes Region. At Steele Hill Resort we have partnered with Gunstock, Loon, and Waterville Valley to offer guests the best deals on local ski tickets.

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Gunstock Mountain located in Gilford, NH is easily the most accessible ski and snowboard mountain in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. For Gunstock Lodging Steele Hill is located just 16 miles from the mountain, so you don’t need to travel across the state to get some good runs in. Enjoy skiing the east with breathtaking views overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee from the top of the mountain. Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding, tubing, taking a lesson, night or day, enjoy shredding down the mountain on one of their 55 trails. To make the most of your stay in the area, we have partnered with Gunstock to create the perfect Ski and Stay Package that offers 20% off the accommodations of your choice, and 25% off ski tickets to Gunstock Mountain for each guest in your party each night of your stay.

Loon:
Loon Mountain is located in Lincoln, NH in the heart of the White Mountains a little under one hour north of the Lakes Region. With a variety of terrain across three peaks you can find over 60 trails to match your ski or snowboard level. As you ride up the chairlift enjoy amazing views overlooking Mt. Moosilauke, Franconia North, and Mt. Washington. Their three peaks include: South Peak, The North Peak, and Loon Peak. Each catering to something different, the South Peak is where the locals head to for wide-open runs, steep drops, and back country skiing through the trees. The North Peak is the highest Peak of the three, and offers some of the freshest snow where experts and intermediates flock to ride or ski. Loon Peak is the hub of the mountain where their gondolas take you to the summit and you can ride or ski down on classic New England trails. Aside from skiing they offer a Winter Zipline, Cross Country Skiing, Tubing, Ice Skating, and snowshoeing. Make sure to stop by our front desk for information on discounted tickets. Check out the Loon Mountain website for more information.


Waterville Valley:

Waterville Valley is located deep in the White Mountain National Forest. This quaint ski town is surrounded by beautiful 4000-foot peaks and offers over 265 acres of terrain. Waterville offers a variety of trails and adventure for skiers and riders at all levels. Aside from their typical beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails, their ease-in terrain park is designed for those looking to learn and show off their tricks. They also offer NASTAR, recreational racing to the public Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays when conditions allow. Whether you want to try out the course or race, this is a unique experience for skiiers of every level. For more information on Waterville Valley, check out their website here. Make sure to stop by our front desk for information on discounted tickets.

Tilton Tanger Outlets Lodging


The Holidays are fast approaching, and here at Steele Hill we are just a short 15-minute drive to the Tilton Tanger Outlets which offer a huge selection of tax-free shopping. So, during this busy time of year get away for some peace and relaxation, and join us at Steele Hill Resorts, your lodging destination of choice for the Tilton Tanger Outlets.

Before making your way into town, start your morning off with breakfast at The Hilltop, grab a waffle from our onsite convenience store, The Market, or simply enjoy a cup of coffee from the comfort of your room. With in-room amenities including full kitchens Steele Hill is truly the ideal spot for some peace and relaxation before a long day of shopping.

The Outlets offer some amazing deals all the way through the holidays. They have something for the whole family, whether you want a new pair of shoes, workout clothes, a cozy sweater or a new pair of jeans you can find it here. Popular store brand names include; Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s, Nike, Coach, Bath and Body Works, and so much more. For a full list of stores check out the website here.

If you need a break during your shopping extravaganza head to one of the onsite restaurants or grab a coffee at the nearby Starbucks. You could also visit one or our personal favorites, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, for a delicious candy apple.

Shopping during the holidays isn’t always fun, but it doesn’t have to be that way! While shopping for others take some time for yourself and enjoy all the natural scenery at Steele Hill. After a busy day of shopping, hop into our new four-season outdoor hot tub with beautiful views overlooking the Belknap Mountain Range and Lake Winnisquam.

For a great deal on Tilton Tanger Outlets Lodging and shopping, Steele Hill makes it easy with an amazing Shop and Stay Savings Package. Join us for two or more nights and receive 20% off your stay per night, package also includes a $10 gift certificate for each night of your stay to our onsite, Hilltop Restaurant, and a $25 gift card along with a discount coupon book to the Tilton Tanger Outlets, for more information and a list of other packages we are currently offering check it out here.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2018

The votes are in and Steele Hill Resorts has been named Best of Weddings for 2018 by TheKnot.com. This award would not have been possible without votes from all of the amazing couples and their guests we have been able to work with over the past year. So, we want to start off by thanking our wonderful brides and grooms. Steele Hill sincerely appreciates all of the positive reviews and comments that make us realize why we are in the wedding business. There is nothing more beautiful and rewarding than being able to play such an important role in a couple’s lifelong memories.

We also want to give a big shout out to our amazing Wedding and Event Coordinator, Penny Miller. Penny has held this position for the past four years. She prides herself on coordinating every detail of your special day from decorations down to the schedule of events. We can’t say enough positive things about her, and to get a better understanding of how great she is, here is a recent bride’s experience with Penny’s service:

“Penny was amazing. I can’t say enough awesome things about her! She made everything seem so easy, and you could tell she really cares about each and every wedding she helps plan. She even snuck me around a corner away from everyone when I had a stress meltdown the night before! This was the perfect wedding and it didn’t completely break the bank! It was priced very, very well for everything that we got! Book, book, book is all I can say :)” – Skye M

Steele Hill offers a variety of packages to meet a couple’s budget and needs. With different onsite venue locations, breath-taking views of the New Hampshire Lakes Region, a wide variety of amenities and an onsite restaurant, there is no need to look further. But don’t take our advice, look at the reviews and decide for yourself. If you are interested in having your wedding at our resort, check out our wedding pages here to inquire, or join us this summer for our annual I Do with a View Bridal Show. Lastly, we want to thank The Knot for presenting us with this award. It is a huge honor to serve such wonderful people on their special day.

Thanksgiving Dinner in New Hampshire

Thanksgiving is an American, family tradition dating back to the 1600’s. At Steele Hill Resorts we have been celebrating this tradition with a Thanksgiving buffet at The Hilltop Restaurant for over 40 years. Join us for all the fixings from delicious roasted turkey, to all the sides you can imagine. With a smorgasbord of dessert options you won’t leave this meal feeling hungry.

The Hilltop Restaurant sits atop Steele Hill and offers beautiful views of Lake Winnisquam, Lake Winnipesaukee, and the Belknap Mountain Range. With floor to ceiling windows the view is sure to enhance your holiday dining experience in the Lakes Region.

The buffet menu includes appetizers such as fruits, cheese, nuts, crackers, a relish tray with assorted pickles and olives, warm breads with whipped butter, and a wonderful poached pear salad. Main dishes offer a roast turkey with pan gravy a hand carved smoked ham with rum raisin sauce, a slow roasted sirloin with au jus, and baked haddock with lobster cream sauce. Turkey may be the star of the feast but nothing makes a thanksgiving meal like the sides and we have you covered with favorites from smashed Yukon potatoes, roasted acorn squash, green bean casserole, steamed root veggies, peas and pearl onion, and corn fritters with apple butter.

You can’t forget about the desserts as there will be bread pudding, assorted cheese cakes, apple crisp, an ice cream station, and all of your favorite homemade pies.

Instead of cooking your Thanksgiving meal at home bring the family on up to Steele Hill for a Thanksgiving they are sure to remember. Sit back and enjoy spending the time with your loved ones as we take away the stress of cooking.

Make sure to check out our facebook event page here for more information, serving will be between 11:30am and 5pm so call 603-524-0500 and make your reservation today!

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.

Summer Family Fun at Steele Hill

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Steele Hill Resorts provides you with everything you need for an afternoon of fun with the family. On a beautiful summer day, no one wants to be stuck inside. So, take our cornhole or horseshoe sets outside on the lawn by the resort pool overlooking the mountains and lake, grab a drink from the poolside cabana service, and light up the grill for an afternoon BBQ.

Cornhole, a game for all ages can be played anywhere and is easy to learn. Gather your family and get into teams of two players, you can play leisurely or tournament style. Just ask for the boards by the pool and a staff member will take them out for you. Pay attention to the activity schedule and we may even be holding a cornhole tournament under the white event tent while you are here.

For those looking for a bit of summer nostalgia, head on over to the horseshoe pits. The game of horseshoes, like cornhole, is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. Get into teams of two and alternate trying to get the horseshoe around the stake. The horseshoes are located in front of the northwing of the original resort property. With views overlooking beautiful Lake Winnisquam and the Belknap Mountains, this is a great place to spend a summer day.

It’s a tradition to have a beverage in hand while playing lawn games, and there’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a tasty drink. Hit up the poolside cabana service or make a visit to Tova’s Tavern to grab a soda for the kids and a craft beer or one of Steele Hill’s famous rum buckets for yourself.

Pull up next to one of the outdoor grills and make a day of it. They are a hot commodity in the summer months so make sure to get there early. Grill up some hotdogs and burgers and continue to enjoy the afternoon games and fun without interruption. After all, this is what a family vacation is all about.

Steele Hill Active Getaway

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Whether you’re a 12-year-old kid or a marathon runner, some people just love to be active. When on vacation you can do whatever you want, so if being active puts you in your happy place, Steele Hill Resorts has something for you and we have the perfect day planned out to experience it all.

It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day out. You won’t want to fuss around too much in the morning but you will need to fuel up for the day. So, take a walk up to The Market and grab a fresh cup of Starbucks coffee and a breakfast sandwich to go.

Surrounding the edge of the resort is a five-mile hiking loop with easy to moderate terrain. Before it gets too hot, start your day outdoors in the heart of nature with a brisk walk or run around the loop. This is a great way to soak in that fresh New Hampshire air and clear your mind for the day.

Grab your suit and head down to the outdoor pool area to cool down with a refreshing swim and some laps in the pool. Pull up a lounge chair, hang out, and relax in the sun for a bit. Grab a drink and a healthy lunch option like the Turkey Avocado Wrap off of the Hilltop Restaurant menu using the poolside cabana service.

Head on over to the basketball or tennis courts for some competitive afternoon fun. Other guests are always enjoying the basketball court so join in on a pickup game, or practice those free throws. If tennis is your thing, serve up your ace while taking in views of the rolling mountain ranges to the south.

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Spend the rest of the afternoon hitting the links with a leisurely 9 holes on our par 3 course. If you are a beginner or have been golfing for years, this course will work for everyone. If you forgot to bring your own clubs don’t worry about it, you can head to the check-in office where we rent them out. Did we mention that most of the course offers clear access to views of the lakes and mountains?

Head back to your room and cook up a delicious meal in the comfort of your own kitchen or take advantage of the many grills we offer for guest use around the resort campus. Make sure to fuel your body right so that you have enough energy to get through the night.

Post dinner get a group together for a game of volleyball and watch as the sun goes down; the surrounding landscape shifts through the beautiful sunset shades of dark greens and purples. After your volleyball game, throw on your bathing suit and head out to our new 20ft four-season hot tub to enjoy a soak after a long day of activities. Feel free to retire to your suite’s deck and take in the stars for a bit or head in for an early bedtime. After all, you’ve had a busy day on your active getaway at Steele Hill.