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Best of the Lakes Region

Steele Hill Resort has been hosting guests for over half a century. The offerings at the resort are plentiful: a variety of amenities, coordinated activities, onsite dining, diverse accommodations, wedding and event services and unparalleled views to name a few. The combination of the previously listed items paired with the incredible service provided by the team members within the company proves to deliver the ultimate vacation experience time after time.

The Laconia Daily Sun recently hosted its popular people’s choice awards, Best of the Lakes Region presented by the Bank of New Hampshire. We are incredibly honored to take home the Gold in Best Hotel for the second year in a row and Silver in Best Wedding Venue in the 2021 competition. We appreciate the recognition and are extremely thankful for the continuous support from the resort guests, owners and employees. We are proud to be able to share this special destination with our guests and will continue to offer a top-notch vacation and wedding experience here at Steele Hill Resort.

A Message From The Manager

It has been an extremely busy and successful summer in the Lakes Region and at Steele Hill Resort. Our guests have been enjoying all there is to do at the resort such as swimming, playing golf, hiking the trail system, laser tag as well as exploring the Lakes Region and enjoying many of the fun local activities.

It is hard to believe the summer season will be coming to an end in just a few weeks and we will be transitioning into fall. New Hampshire is famous for it’s colorful foliage which is something everyone should see for themselves! The leaves will be turning from green to the beautiful vibrant red, orange and yellow colors of fall. The cool, crisp weather of fall is great for hiking, biking or a nice scenic drive through the mountains. The local apple orchards will be opening soon, offering crisp fresh apples, cider donuts, pumpkins and many other delicious treats. This year the state fairs are back! The fairs offer a great day of activities and fun for all ages. After enjoying a day of all the exciting fall activities the region has to offer, the resort is a great place to return and relax in one of our many hot tubs, pools, saunas, or enjoy a relaxing meal at The Hilltop Restaurant or order your favorite beverage at Tova’s Tavern.

Now is a great time to plan a fall trip to the Lakes Region. Hurry and book soon as we have some great deals and lodging packages available. We hope to see you, your family and friends at Steele Hill Resort this upcoming fall season.

Rob Robillard

Latest Covid-19 Update

June 16, 2021

The Governor’s Economic Reopening Taskforce for the state of New Hampshire has recently transitioned from Universal Guidelines to Universal Best Practices intended to assist with preventing the spread of Covid-19. Here at Steele Hill Resort, we continue to stay committed to providing our guests and timeshare owners a safe and relaxing vacation by prioritizing the health and safety of our visitors and team members. Here are our recent updates and list of steps we will continue to take to deliver the safest and most comfortable vacation experience possible:

  • In accordance with CDC guidance, fully vaccinated guests are no longer required to wear facial coverings on property. We ask that our unvaccinated guests continue to wear their masks or facial coverings and continue practicing social distancing when they are in public spaces around the resort
  • Our housekeeping staff will continue to use enhanced cleaning technologies with hospital-grade disinfectants while cleaning common areas and guests’ quarters
  • We will continue providing additional sanitizing stations throughout campus
  • All of our regular seasonal amenities are now available, including our saunas and indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs
  • During high demand periods, usage of the West Indoor pool facility may be limited to 90-minute increments and require a reservation
  • Day-use timeshare owners will be provided access to onsite pools on a reservation basis. Please call 603-524-0500 ext. 0 within 24 hours of your planned visit
  • Employees are required to stay home if they are not feeling well and we ask that our guests also stay home if they feel ill or have symptoms or exposure to Covid-19

We are excited to bring back a sense of normalcy after such an unpredictable year. We are happy to provide a safe vacation spot for friends and family to visit, relax and enjoy precious time together while experiencing all of our resort offerings.

Laser Tag At Steele Hill Resort

Tag! You’re it! Experience the excitement and rush of Steele Hill’s newest amenity, laser tag! Our outdoor laser tag course is a battle space equipped with barriers, obstacles and props to enhance your live action gaming experience. This unique amenity is perfect for couples, bachelor(ette) parties, family reunions or individuals looking to join in on some exhilarating fun!

The adrenaline packed game is a combination of tag, hide and seek and capture the flag, with the main objective of earning as many points as possible by shooting the laser gun at the targets located on the adjustable headbands of the opponents. Forget about the large clunky vests and ultraheavy guns, our state-of-the-art laser tag equipment includes robust features and a versatile design proving to be the perfect unit for players of all experience levels aged 6+.

Each session lasts for a full hour and competitors are split on the battlefield starting at their home base. Once the game starts, participants will dodge laser shots from opponents while ducking, army crawling and running to find the best location to obtain the perfect shot to defeat the enemies. A Steele Hill Resort’s official is also onsite to assist with set up as well as explain and direct the game. The team with the most kill points at the end of the game is deemed the winner!

Once you have given it your all on the course, head over to the onsite Tova’s Tavern and refuel with a bite to eat and enjoy a signature drink at the full-service bar. Afterwards, be sure to stop by one of our many resort hot tubs or Roman Spa to soak your muscles and relax after your competitive game play.

Inside tips for a successful game:

  • Come prepared with proper clothing and attire. This can be a dirty game so be sure to wear closed toed shoes, and appropriate battle wear that you do not mind getting dirty
  • Preview the course before gameplay starts, you may be able to find the best spot prior to actual battle
  • Don’t be afraid to switch your scope view and weapon mid-game as there are multiple different presets
  • Keep firing! One shot won’t count as a kill so don’t be afraid to rapid fire if you have someone in good range
  • Keep an eye on your health LED indicator displayed on your gun throughout gameplay to have a sense as to how soon you may need to respawn at your base
  • Use the obstacles and barriers to your advantage by hiding behind/in them to snipe your enemy
  • Communicate with your team. Come up with a game play strategy to dominate the field while letting your teammates know where the enemies stand (or lay)
  • Did you carry your team? Check your gun at the end of each round to see how many kills and deaths you had personally
  • Finally, have fun! It can be competitive, but it should always be a fun and exciting game

A Message From The Manager

While spring is in full bloom at Steele Hill Resort, summer is fast approaching and we are preparing for a busy summer vacation season. The maintenance crews are hard at work painting rooms and installing new carpet, new couches and mattresses. They are also preparing the golf course, planting flowers and working on enhancing the hiking trails by removing tripping hazards, adding gravel and installing bridges over the wet areas. The housekeepers are cleaning carpets, deep cleaning rooms and restocking units in preparation for our upcoming busy season.

The food and beverage department is looking forward to serving all of our owners and guests. They are in the process of creating some exciting new refreshing poolside cocktails along with some great food specials that will be featured this summer. We just installed a new beer cooler and tap system, so be sure to stop by Tova’s and sample an iced cold brew. While at the resort this summer make the rounds and visit all of our outlets: The Hilltop, Tova’s Tavern, The Grill at the west outdoor pool and The Oasis pool bar in the amenities building. Guests are also encouraged to order their favorite beverage or entrée pool side at the resort outdoor pool deck. Don’t forget you can order any food and beverage item to be delivered right to your room or anywhere on property. If you happen to be staying with us on a Saturday or Sunday start your day with a delicious breakfast at The Hilltop Restaurant.

The Lakes Region offers so much to do but if you don’t feel like leaving the resort we have plenty to do right on the property to keep you busy. Besides swimming or relaxing in our pools and hot tubs you can hike our trail network, catch a game of tennis or basketball or play a round of golf or corn hole. This summer make sure to check out our newest amenity, outdoor laser tag opening in June. If you’re looking for an indoor activity join our activities director, Nancy, to make some jewelry, paint a canvas or play a few rounds of BINGO. You can also try your hand at air hockey, foosball or one of the video games located in the West amenities building. The Wildlife Encounters animal presentation will also be back this summer on Monday nights. We will have some live entertainment at the outdoor pools throughout the summer and Brew With A View Brewfest will be returning this July so buy your tickets now. However you decide to spend your valuable vacation time, we appreciate you choosing Steele Hill Resorts as your vacation destination and we look forward to seeing you all this summer.

Rob Robillard

From Tap to Table – NH Made Maple Syrup

If you have ever driven the backroads of New Hampshire during the early spring season, chances are you have noticed large metal buckets hanging on the trunks of trees. These buckets are used for collecting sap from the Maple trees only in the North Eastern part of North America. Once collected, the sap is transferred to a sugar house to begin the process of producing delicious and organic pure maple syrup. New Hampshire may arguably have the best pure maple syrup in the country and we are lucky enough to source our very own right here from our Steele Hill Resort property!

Steele Hill works closely with Tim and Heidi, owners of HT Farm LLC at 60 Federal Street in Belmont, New Hampshire where their sugar shack is located. Tim and Heidi tap the widespread maple orchards on the backside of Steele Hill to produce some of the most enjoyable locally crafted maple syrup around. Each year, Heidi and Tim set up close to 3,000 taps. These taps run into an extended piping network using plastic tubing which connects to multiple main lines to maximize the flow of the sap. These tubes lead to the large collection bin located a half mile away from the resort where some days they are able to gather up to 1,500 gallons of sap! Once the collector is full, they are able to pump the sap into a separate collector located in the bed of their vehicle to transport to the farm where they complete the process of making the syrup.

The sap season ranges from year to year and is very weather dependent, needing Mother Nature’s full cooperation by providing temperatures just below freezing at night and low forties during the day. This makes it just warm enough for the sap flow to thaw without being too warm and causing the trees to draw up excessive nutrients. On an average year, Tim and Heidi produce anywhere from 900 – 1,000 gallons of maple syrup. Guests are able to find the locally crafted syrup in our onsite Market and it is also used during our weekend breakfast offerings at the Hilltop Restaurant. The products all have a NH Seal of Quality based on the assessment from the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food. We also carry many of Heidi’s delicious homemade jams and original gourmet beef in our onsite convenience store.

A Message From The Manager

While winter is still in full swing with plenty of snow on the ground for outdoor activities, we are looking forward to the upcoming spring season. The days are getting longer, the temperatures are starting to rise and before we know it the snow will be gone and it will be time to start opening up all of the great outdoor activities at the resort. Although spring is not a very popular vacation time for some, we have plenty to offer here at the resort with hiking trails, tennis courts, a basketball court, a soccer field, horseshoes, corn hole, fishing in our stocked pond, and our golf course will be open in early May. In addition to our multiple outdoor amenities, we also have our indoor pools which will be open offering that summer tropical feel, The Hilltop Restaurant is open 6 days a week (closed on Wednesdays), offering dine-in, take out or delivery to your room and open for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays. Our Activities Director, Nancy, is offering games and arts and crafts at the carriage house and other exciting activities around the resort like onsite hikes and campfires 5 days a week to add to your vacation experience.

Spring is a very busy time for our staff, our housekeeping department will be conducting spring cleaning and deep cleaning the carpets throughout the accommodations. The maintenance staff will be working on cleaning up the grounds, opening the golf course, preparing the outdoor pools in addition to unit maintenance and renovations. We are in the process of painting and installing new flooring, couches and love seats, and window treatments in many of our west townhouses. We will also be replacing some mattresses and furnishings in a variety of units around the property.

We hope if you are looking to get away and relax for a week or just a couple days that you consider staying with us and experience all that Steele Hill Resorts and the Lakes Region has to offer.

Robert Robillard

2021 Ski Discounts in NH

The snow is falling and winter is here in full force which means it is time to book a ski getaway! Steele Hill Resort is the perfect vacation destination for your next New Hampshire ski trip. Located within close proximity to some of the best ski mountains New Hampshire has to offer, Steele Hill provides award winning amenities, unparalleled views and comfortable accommodations to come back to after an exciting day at the mountain. This year Steele Hill is offering guests discounted lift tickets to three of the best mountains in the state: Gunstock Mountain, Loon Mountain and Waterville Valley.

Located only 25 minutes away from the resort, Gunstock Mountain is Lakes Region’s premier recreation destination. We are providing our guests with 15% off weekend and holiday lift tickets and 25% off weekday tickets to the mountain this year. With 227 skiable acres, terrain parks and so much more to offer, Gunstock is the perfect ski destination this winter. Once back at the resort, relax your sore muscles in our oversized Roman Spa hot tub or enjoy a drink by the ambient fire in Tova’s Tavern. Steele Hill Resort is the ideal choice for Gunstock Lodging.

Our guests also have the opportunity of visiting Loon Mountain and Waterville Valley at a discounted rate during a midweek ski trip this winter season. Make sure to book your tickets online in advance and familiarize yourself with any new mountain policies before hitting the slopes this year.

Tanger Lodging at Steele Hill Resort

Steele Hill Resorts has partnered with the Tilton Tanger Outlet Mall to provide visitors with the best deals on lodging and shopping the state of New Hampshire has to offer. The Tanger Outlet Mall, conveniently located right off of I-93 and just fifteen minutes from Steele Hill Resort, provides visitors with over 50 brand name stores within multiple categories including footwear, jewelry, fitness, beauty, and of course, apparel.

The Tanger Outlet Mall has a store for everyone, whether you are shopping for the newest member of your family at Carter’s Babies and Kids, a gift for a loved one at Yankee Candle, pampering yourself at Kate Spade, Hair Excitement and Royal Nails & Spa or tending to your sweet tooth and visiting one of Tanger’s newest additions at Sweetz & More shop. Be sure to plan ahead and take a look at the store directory before visiting the center to have a better insight on where to park, shop and eat during your trip.

For the best rates on Tilton Tanger Outlets Lodging, be sure to stay at Steele Hill Resort with our Shop and Stay package, offered throughout the entire year! This special promotion offers guests a discount on choice accommodations, a $25 gift card valid for use at Steele Hill’s Hilltop Restaurant, Tavern and onsite convenience store, a $25 Tanger Outlets gift card and a coupon book loaded with amazing deals for the shopping center. After a full day of shopping, drop your bags off in your room and take time to relax in our oversized Roman Spa hot tub.

A Message From The Manager

I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe and healthy during these difficult times. I can assure you that we here at Steele Hill are doing everything possible and taking all precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy while still offering the best vacation experience possible. We have made some modifications to the front desk check in area by installing a new entrance, building some separation walls and adding glass barriers on the desk. The housekeeping department continues to thoroughly and properly clean and sanitize all guest accommodations. Common areas are cleaned and sanitized on scheduled intervals throughout each day. The maintenance department is getting ready for winter, winterizing all buildings and prepping the trucks and plows for what we hope is a snowy winter.

The food and beverage department is excited to launch an updated menu starting December 1st. You can dine in at the Hilltop or Tova’s Tavern but you can also order food and beverages for pickup or have them delivered right to your room. You can also order food to The Oasis bar at the West indoor pool which will now be open on the weekends for the winter season.

Even with some of the restrictions caused by Covid 19 we still have plenty of winter activities to offer. The indoor pools and Roman spa are open with social distancing and limited occupancy but they still have that tropical feel to them even when it is snowy and cold outside. The indoor gaming stations in the amenities building are open and our activities director, Nancy, is offering daily activities and arts and crafts located at the Carriage House. Once the snow flies be sure to take advantage of our snow shoe rentals and check out all of our hiking trails. Don’t forget to bring your sled and ice skates to enjoy a day on the sledding hill and skating on our pond. If you are a snowmobiler there are connecting trails right from the resort to local and state trails.

While the experience may be a little different this year, the local ski areas are planning to open soon. There are also many other activities and events that take place in the winter season in the area such as ice fishing derbies, sled dog races, pond hockey tournaments and the ice castles in the north country. Be sure to book your vacation at Steele Hill and remember to check out our discount promotions like the Winter Family Fun package that includes 20% off your room as well as freshly baked cookies and hot cocoa.

We hope to see you soon,
Rob Robillard