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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.

Sincerely,
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

Gold Medal for Best Hotel

New Hampshire’s Lakes Region is one of New England’s primary vacation destinations. Providing both lakes and mountains, there is never a shortage of activities throughout the entire year including hiking, skiing, boating or enjoying local eats. For the past two years, The Laconia Daily Sun has hosted a contest titled “Best of the Lakes Region”, where local businesses are nominated for specific categories to receive votes to decide the best of the best. Once the voting period is complete, there is a Best of the Lakes Region publication which is considered the most comprehensive guide to New Hampshire’s Lakes Region.

The results are in for the second annual Best of the Lakes Region Awards presented by Bank of New Hampshire, and we are honored to announce that Steele Hill Resort has received the gold medal for Best Hotel! This achievement would not be possible without the dedication of our hardworking employees and loyalty of our incredible guests and timeshare owners. As an organization, we take this honor seriously and promise to continue to provide the vacation experience you deserve for your next Lakes Region getaway.

A Message From The Manager


Although it was not our “normal” summer, we had a great season here at Steele Hill Resort. As we continue to do our part to combat the coronavirus pandemic, we are looking forward to the beautiful autumn season to come. We will continue to focus on the health and safety of our owners, guests and team members by following social distancing guidelines, concentrating on deep cleans and routinely sanitizing our high touch point surfaces, recommending face coverings to all of our guests and mandating them for our employees.

As we head into the fall, we are looking forward to many of the offerings the new season will bring. Local apple orchards will soon be opening providing a variety of apples, pumpkins, fresh apple cider and doughnuts. Even though a few of our local events have been cancelled this year, we continue to have a lot to offer at the resort. The foliage will begin to change (and peak) and we are looking forward to witnessing the beautiful phenomenon from our newly renovated tower providing 360-degree views of the entire Lakes Region. The cooler days will be great to take advantage of our extensive hiking trail network allowing us to observe all of the brilliant colors of the leaves up close. Once your day starts to wind down, relax in our over-sized Roman Spa Hot Tub or alternatively, warm up by one of our many fire pits with a delicious s’more in hand.

We hope to see you and your family at Steele Hill Resort this upcoming fall season,
Rob Robillard

Observation Tower at Steele Hill

The first sight you see as you turn the corner towards the top of Steele Hill Road is our distinguished observation tower protruding from the West Amenities Building. The tower provides a 360-degree wrap around view of the New Hampshire Lakes Region. Open 365 days a year, our viewing tower is one of the resort’s favorite amenities.

Situated on the top floor of Steele Hill’s West Amenities building, the viewing area is the perfect location to relax and enjoy the incredible sights of the nearby lakes and mountains. We have recently overhauled the tower to make for a more enjoyable experience for our valued guests. Some of the fresh renovations include: completely residing the exterior of the tower, switching to energy efficient insulation, installing all new windows, providing air conditioning and adding seating benches to the top floor. Our favorite improvement is the addition of three unique panoramic photos identifying over 35 mountain peaks within the viewscape.

Our maintenance team created the displays for each of the individual photos and mounted each photo under the freshly remodeled tower windows with the respective views visible.

These newly installed tower displays offer the opportunity to turn your vacation into an educational experience by identifying the visible peaks in every direction.

Whether you have climbed the tower on multiple occasions in the past or plan to experience it for the first time during an upcoming vacation, the incredible vistas are unparalleled in the region. The tower truly offers spectacular views and unforgettable memories, be sure to make it a point to visit during your next trip to Steele Hill Resort!

Steele Hill Hiking Trails

Vacationing at Steele Hill Resorts is the perfect escape for a breath of fresh air. Now, more than ever, is the time to focus on your health and well-being. Why not do so in the pristine natural location of the Lakes Region? Set amongst 500 acres of land, Steele Hill is the ideal destination for guests looking to take a break and get away from the current stresses in life.

Encompassing the edge of the resort is a network of over five miles of gentle hiking trails which loop together giving you the option to choose one trail or to trek all three of our major trails. The trail’s terrain ranges from easy to moderate with fragments of some trails including slight hills with higher elevation. Our trail system is ideal for peaceful nature walks or trail running workouts and can be traversed by all skill levels of hikers ranging from beginners to advanced. The paths, as well as the surrounding areas, are maintained very well, cleared from brush and debris and are marked perfectly throughout.

Be sure to bring your camera as the trails feature many species of native trees and wildflowers as well as the chance to spot some New Hampshire wildlife on the way! Along the Yellow Trail, there is a large picturesque field with a beautiful open view of the Kearsarge Mountain Range in the distance. As you continue onto the Red Trail, you will find an adventurous connecting trail (named This Is My Song) to the Sanbornton Town Forest. The Red Trail also travels alongside a marshy area and leads to the Joseph Leavitt Burial Ground, dating back to the early 1800s. The Blue Trail, our longest trail measuring at 1.5 miles in distance, wraps around the lower half of the campus bringing you around the Resort and South buildings and the last five holes of our 9-hole executive golf course. Along the way you will find the ideal resting or snacking spots, either at one of our installed picnic table locations or along the perfectly situated rocks in close proximity to the path. Each trail within our diverse system is unique in its own way providing different scenery and terrain, making our network one of the best kept secrets in the Lakes Region.

If you are looking for some peace and tranquility, especially during these hectic times, hit the trails. There are numerous benefits from hiking including lowering stress levels, connecting with nature, getting a good cardio exercise in and either spending some much-needed time as a family, or taking advantage of some alone time. If you do plan on using our trail system, here are a few tips for an enjoyable excursion:

  • Check the weather forecast before heading out
  • Bring your trail map with you
  • Be sure to apply insect repellent and sun screen before you begin your adventure
  • Try to wear bright colors as well as proper footwear
  • Lastly, take time to appreciate the beauty of the nature surrounding you

Our Pools Are Reopening

As we welcome our guests back to the resort, the safety and health of our employees, timeshare owners and guests remain our top priority. With our pools opening back up, we would like to take this time to summarize the safety plan and strategies we have implemented to provide you with the most enjoyable and safe vacation possible. We have established a comprehensive reopening strategy that will be following CDC guidelines as well as the COVID-19 Reopening Guidance provided by the Governor’s Economic Reopening Taskforce, taking all precautionary measures to protect your health and safety. Here are some of the new procedures we would like you to know about:

  • Our new pool hours will be 9AM – 9PM daily
  • Our pools will be open to owners and guests staying onsite with us
  • During high demand periods, usage of the West Indoor Pool facility may be limited to 90-minute increments and require a reservation in order to meet NH State Covid Safety Guidelines.
  • 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
  • There will be signage stating social distancing rules and max occupancy that must be adhered to
  • We have installed alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations and encourage guests to use them frequently
  • We have rearranged the chairs and lounge furniture to follow social distancing guidelines and will disinfect them regularly
  • Our cleaning staff is using hospital grade disinfectant to regularly sanitize public spaces including all frequently touched areas such as railings and door handles
  • Our Fitness Center will be opening Thursday, June 18th and will be limited to a maximum occupancy of 6 people
  • Masks are mandatory in all common areas and required in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, where guests are unable to or do not consistently maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from persons outside their own households

A major benefit of visiting Steele Hill Resort is the fact that we have four different pool locations, distancing guests out as they enjoy their much-needed vacations. The West Outdoor Pool, located at the top of the West Hill adjacent to the tennis courts and scheduled to open on July 1st, is the perfect location to relax or take a dip on a warm summer day. After cooling off in the pool, hit the courts for a friendly tennis match or access our yellow or red hiking trails for an excursion, with the trail heads located directly behind the courts. The West Indoor Pool, opening on June 18th, is a popular amenity as it is located inside a beautiful glass atrium and acts as a greenhouse for all the different varieties of plants and trees growing inside. There is a large pool that is four feet deep which includes a water slide providing fun for all ages! There is also a kiddie pool with a cascading waterfall mushroom and a smaller water slide for children to enjoy, especially on rainy or cooler days. Within the West Indoor Pool area there is also an over-sized Roman Spa hot tub, great for warming up and relaxing after a refreshing dip.

The Resort Outdoor Pool has the best view on-site. Overlooking Lake Winnisquam and the Belknap Mountain Range, the Resort Outdoor Pool has a large pool deck, great for lounging, getting a nice tan and taking in the incredible views. The water at the Resort Outdoor Pool is always refreshing and the pool has both, a shallow and a deep end to enjoy. The Resort Indoor Pool, with direct access to the outdoor pool, is great for practicing your breaststroke with a depth extending to nine-feet. Both, the Resort Indoor and Outdoor pools open on June 16th. Each pool has something different to offer so there is no wrong choice! By booking one of our current resort packages, you can save money while enjoying our numerous amenities.

We’re Reopening on June 5, 2020

We are excited to announce that Steele Hill Resort will reopen with reservations beginning on June 5 and beyond. Per Governor’s Orders, until further notice, all pools, playgrounds and shared lobby space will remain closed. The resort has plenty to offer and you can still enjoy our 500 acres campus, take in the views and clear your head from the last few stressful months. Please read on below for special health and safety protocols we will put in place to adhere to federal and state guidelines.

  • Occupancy will be limited to comply with state and federal guidelines.
  • To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, all operations staff has been specially trained and equipped with personal protective equipment and sterilization tools.
  • Reservations staff will be working with operations staff under a coordinated protocol to ensure all rooms remain vacant for an adequate period of time to allow for proper deep cleaning.
  • No maid service will be performed during these stays but supplies to freshen up your suite can be provided per request.
  • Limited contact, curbside check-in will be implemented to ensure convenience and safety.

Available Amenities and Services at Steele Hill:

  • The 500 acres of hiking trails at Steele Hill Resort are in excellent shape, the pond is open and the fish are on their way.
  • The golf course is open for play and guests are required to bring their own equipment
  • Lawn games like horseshoes and volleyball are open for use. Tennis and basketball courts will also remain open to groups of less than ten (10) people at a time.
  • For the short-term the Hilltop Restaurant will remain closed until further notice, but The Market is providing an expanded selection of provisions for delivery. For your convenience, most rooms come equipped with a kitchen. All outdoor grill stations will also be open and ready for your stay.