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Stay Fit at Steele Hill Resorts

With 2018 behind us, we are welcoming the new year with our health and fitness goals in clear sight. Here at Steele Hill we have all the staples you need to carry on with your healthy lifestyle, even while on vacation. The resort offers various activities and amenities that cater to an active lifestyle including our extensive hiking and snowshoe trail network, as well as an indoor racquetball court and fitness center. If your New Year’s Resolution is to get fit and healthy, let us help you stay on track!

Begin preparing your body for a workout by soaking in our over-sized Roman Spa hot tub. This passive type of warm-up is very beneficial for your body not only working on improving oxygen uptake but increasing the blood flow to your muscles and warming up the core body temperature. While soaking for about fifteen minutes, begin mentally prepping for your workout, envisioning your fitness routine and goals. Our Roman Spa hot tub reaches 104 degrees and is the perfect relaxing start to engage both your body and mind.

Once you have dried off and changed in our sizable locker rooms, stop into our onsite convenience store, The Market, for your workout staples. If you forgot your earbuds at home, pick up a pair here and grab a Gatorade to charge to the room, then you will be ready to hit the gym. Our exclusive health club is only available to our guests and owners making it less crowded and easier to obtain the workout you were expecting. Begin your session doing some low impact cardiovascular workouts by hopping on one of the recumbent bikes, elliptical machines or treadmills and start immediately burning calories. Each cardio machine has a mounted flat-screen television in front of it so you can get lost in a basketball game or the latest episode of House Hunters. Next move over to the resistance bands, CYBEX multi-gym, yoga balls or utilize one of the flat benches with our free weights for more of a total body workout.

Once your workout is complete, head back to the locker room to change and step into our spacious electrically heated sauna. Not every workout can end with a multi-beneficial trip to a sauna so take advantage of it while you have the chance! Relaxing in a hot sauna results in an expansion of blood vessels leading to lowered blood pressure and better circulation. Spend up to twenty minutes relaxing in the sauna and take this time to unwind and plan out the rest of your day.

If you would like to plan an active vacation, choose Steele Hill Resorts. Keep an eye on our activity schedule as it is ever changing each week including great workouts like water aerobics, yoga, and training sessions with personal trainers.

Discounted NH Ski Tickets

Being a four-season resort definitely has its perks. One major advantage of remaining open all year round is the fact that we have a variety of winter sports right here in the Lakes Region or a short drive away. We have partnered with three of the best ski mountains in New Hampshire to offer our guests the greatest discounts on tickets.

Gunstock Mountain is located right here in the Lakes Region, within a half-hour drive from Steele Hill Resort, and has unparalleled views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Part of the Balknap Mountain Range, Gunstock reaches an elevation of 2,244 feet and has 55 freshly groomed trails to explore. Stay with us for our Gunstock Ski and Stay package and enjoy not only 20% off accommodations of your choice but also 25% off the window rate for all day and night skiing tickets, cross country tickets or tickets for tubing on the largest tubing run in New Hampshire. Steele Hill really is the ideal choice for Gunstock Lodging.

Loon Mountain, located in the midst of the White Mountain National Forest, has an elevation just over 3,000 feet and offers 69 trails throughout three different peaks. In under an hour drive you can experience some of the best-groomed runs on both fresh and machine-made powder while taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding white mountains. Loon offers much more than just alpine skiing and snowboarding, at the mountain you can also take a trip down the winter zipline, snowshoe the scenic trail network, hit the ice-skating rink, or explore multiple cross-country trails.

Waterville Valley, about an hour drive away in the White Mountains, is another large mountain ranging just over 4,000 feet. With a 2,020-foot vertical drop, Waterville has its fair share of advanced, black diamond runs totaling 15, but also caters to beginners and intermediate riders with different lesson packages and trails to suit everyone.

Whichever mountain you choose to shred, you can come back to the resort to relax your sore muscles in the Roman Spa or stargaze and enjoy even more beautiful snowfall from our newest amenity, the outdoor hot tub equipped with a heated walkway. Don’t forget to stop in at our front desk and inquire about the best discounted ski ticket for you!

Haunted Hike at Steele Hill Resorts


Steele Hill Resorts celebrated Halloween a little early with our first ever Haunted Hike. On the seasonably warm evening of Saturday October 20th, we kicked off this spooky time of year with an event that guests, owners and the public alike could all take part in and enjoy. Participants of the event signed in at the Carriage House where they could choose from numerous family-friendly activities to participate in.


Some participants opted to hit the 0.8-mile haunted hike along our very own yellow trail. While the sun was still lingering, hikers could take in the beautiful Lakes Region foliage and enjoy a good scare along the way. Others decided to relax by the warm fire pit while waiting for a festive hayride to Steele Hill Farm and back, sponsored by the Bickford Family Farm. Additional visitors headed straight for the games, crafts, face painting and refreshments which were set up on the second floor of the Carriage House. Guests enjoyed a variety of seasonal snacks and beverages including: warm apple cider, pumpkin donuts, whoopie pies, a build-your-own caramel apple station with all the fixings and toppings, and full-size candy bars for all the trick-or-treaters.


The event raised just over $2,000 and all of the proceeds have been donated to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center in loving memory of our dear friend and coworker, Jan McLaughlin. Jan had been a member of the Steele Hill Family for decades as our reservations manager and had always dreamed of the opportunity to host this event. Special thanks to all of the volunteers and sponsors who helped make the Haunted Hike a reality: BG Costumes of the Belknap Mall, Lakes Region Party & Gift, Bickford Family Farm and Pepsi Company. We look forward to scaring (seeing) you all again next year!

Sunday Brunch in the Lakes Region

Looking for a delicious Sunday Brunch in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire? Let me introduce you to Steele Hill Resorts onsite dining, The Hilltop Restaurant. The restaurant, which is open to the public, hosts a delicious and extensive Brunch every Sunday from 8:30am to 1pm. Enjoy sitting in our dining room overlooking beautiful views of Lake Winnipesaukee, Lake Winnisquam, and the Belknap Mountain range. Open year-round, the fall is a great time of the year to join us at the Hilltop. As the leaves begin to change their colors and the foliage begins to peak, our restaurant offers one of the best vantage points in New Hampshire for leaf peeping.

Brunch items consist of assorted fruit and pastries, bagels and smoked salmon, cold and hot cereal, bacon and sausage, home fries, eggs, pancakes and French toast, along with an assorted dessert display. Chef specialties include a build your own omelet station, waffle station, corned beef hash and steak with poached eggs, and kitchen staff is crafting new specials every weekend.

We offer a variety of holiday buffets throughout the year, including our annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Leave the stress and mess of cooking behind and bring the family up to The Hilltop Restaurant for a holiday meal they won’t forget. To stay updated on more information, follow our event page here.

Make a reservation today by calling 603-524-0500 Ext.0 and reserve your table for the Best Sunday Brunch in the Lakes Region at The Hilltop Restaurant located at Steele Hill Resorts in Sanbornton, NH.

Front Desk Renovation


If you have been by the resort lately you may have noticed a few changes with our front desk check-in office. We have recently completed a full renovation to ensure guest registrations go as smoothly as possible so you can get out and enjoy your vacation here at Steele Hill Resorts.

As you step in you will notice that the old flooring is gone and has been replaced. The center column at the desk has been removed to create more open visual space for check-ins. New granite counter tops were installed along with new cabinets. A PTAC Air Conditioner was added to keep the office cool for guests during those hot summer months, and nice and warm during the winter season.

Guests looking to rent a movie can still head to the front office to browse our large selection and pick a movie or two to watch with the whole family. The front office is a great place to visit if you’re looking for fish nets to catch frogs in our pond or to grab a pair of clubs and a score card to play a round of golf on our 9-hole golf course. During the winter months swing by the front desk and rent yourself a pair of snowshoes to explore the trails surrounding the property.

If you’re looking for suggestions on things to do and see in the area our concierge and front desk staff are always happy to help. Let us know what you think of the changes, and we look forward to seeing you at check in!

Craft Beer and A Brew with a View at Steele Hill

It’s no secret that the craft beer scene has taken off in the Granite State over the past several years. Here at Steele Hill Resort we fully support the local craft brewers by carrying their brews in our onsite convenience store, The Market, our onsite dining venue, The Hilltop Restaurant, and with an annual Brew with a View beer festival in the summer.

On tap at The Hilltop Restaurant and Tova’s Tavern we keep it all local with seven local drafts and two rotating throughout the year. We are currently offering Long Trail VT IPA made out of Bridgewater Corners, VT, Henniker Brewing Kolsch out of Henniker, NH, NBPT Maritime Lager from Newburyport, MA, Tova’s Tavern Pale Ale created by Tuckerman located in Conway, NH, Peak Organic – The Juice from Portland. ME, Smuttynose Robust Porter from Hampton, NH, and Woodstock Brewery’s Pig’s Ear Brown Ale from Woodstock, NH. For those who stay loyal and true to Bud Light, don’t worry as we always have that on tap as well.

Our annual Brew with a View Event is coming up on July 7th, where over 40 local breweries will be sampling their beers. The event is held rain or shine from 4pm-7pm in the Large Venue tent at Steele Hill Resorts. VIP admission features an exclusive hour of limited tastings and swag from the brewery representatives as well as complimentary snacks and free event apparel to bring home as a souvenir. For more information and to purchase tickets for VIP Admission or General Admission visit abrewwithaview.com or give us a call at 603-524-0500.

If you are looking to getaway this summer and are interested in our event we are also offering a Brew with a View Getaway package that includes 10% off accommodations of your choice as well as 2 VIP tickets to the event. It’s the perfect package to enjoy a romantic getaway and everything Steele Hill has to offer. Resort amenities include two outdoor pools, a four-season outdoor hot tub, golf course and more.

Leftover beers from the event will come right back to us at the resort where our beer selection will nearly triple for guests to choose from over the Summer. For an ongoing list of brewers coming to the event check out our Facebook page to stay updated. In the meantime, guests and locals are welcome to head up to The Hilltop Restaurant or Tova’s Tavern and enjoy a flight of 4 – 4oz brews for just $10.

Message from the Manager

We have finally transitioned into spring with Memorial Day right around the corner, the summer vacation season will be here before we know it. Our staff is busy getting ready for another fun summer season up here on the hill. The grills and picnic tables are all out awaiting families to come enjoy some delicious barbeque. The pond has been stocked with 150 8-10” rainbow trout so be sure to bring your fishing poles. We now sell live bait at the front desk to enhance the experience. The pond is also the perfect place to catch frogs and salamanders along the edges and nets are available at the desk.

The grass is green and the golf course will be officially open on Friday May 18th. Don’t forget we have golf equipment such as kid and adult clubs as well as pull carts for rent. If you’re looking for outdoor sports look no further than our soccer field, basketball court, tennis courts, volleyball, and badminton area. The courts are all open and we have all the equipment available to play at no extra charge. Feel like a game of corn hole or horseshoes? We have horseshoe pits and corn hole boards at both the resort and west areas.

The maintenance crews are busy working on opening the outdoor pools; they are patching, painting and prepping the pools for a busy summer season ahead.

The food and beverage department are busy planning a new summer menu along with delicious new refreshing summer beverages. We have installed a new brick lined oven to make delicious pizza in the Hilltop Restaurant. Our motto is “Let us Bring it to You” and we offer delivery of any menu item or beverage to anywhere on resort just call extension 379 to place your order.

There will be plenty of entertainment at the resort throughout the summer with live entertainment scheduled weekly. The Wildlife Adventures animal show is scheduled every Monday night starting in July. The annual 4th of July barbecue and fireworks display will take place and Steele Hill’s A Brew with a View beer fest will be on Saturday, July 7th.

I hope to see you all at the resort this summer enjoying a relaxing vacation with family and friends.

Sincerely,
Rob Robillard

New Hampshire Maple Syrup in Sanbornton, NH


If you’ve ever driven up to Steele Hill Resorts, you may have noticed the farm on your right just before you enter the property. If you missed it, keep your eyes peeled during your next drive as you will often see cows grazing in the fields. You may not know this, but Steele Hill Resorts also owns this farm. It is important to us to support the agriculture industry and do our part to preserve and recognize how we can contribute to the economy by supporting local farmers and allowing them to use our farm to graze their cows and produce New Hampshire Maple Syrup.

Before Steele Hill purchased the farm from the Fitzpatrick Family years ago, it was a dairy farm that was owned by the original Innkeepers of Steele Hill Resorts. Since then we have let local farmers use the land to graze their cows over the years.

We are currently working with Tim Duval, a local farmer who runs Bickford Family Farm out of Belmont, NH. Tim has been grazing his heard of Belted Galloway Cows at Steele Hill Farm for the past several years. He also actively manages all of the hay harvesting and fertilization programs on the agricultural land owned by the resort.

Tim has extended a large piping network through a sizeable maple strand on the backside of Steele Hill (the side that faces Lake Winnisquam). The harvested sap is then transported back to his new sap house in Belmont and boiled off into a delicious, organic, locally crafted maple syrup product that is sold both at his sap house and in the Steele Hill convenience store. On occasion, the syrup is also incorporated into specialty dishes at the Hilltop Restaurant, you can also find it available during breakfast and Brunch.

Guests looking to bring home a unique product to remember their NH getaway are sure to love the Bickford’s Family Farm Maple Syrup or the Cow Fat Soap sold out of the market at the amenities building! What better way to enjoy your New Hampshire vacation than taking a little piece of the resort home with you?

Check out our New England Maple Savings Package that includes 20% off accommodations for two or more nights, enjoy a $10 gift certificate towards our onsite dining, The Hilltop Restaurant for each of night your stay, and receive a bottle of our pure New Hampshire Maple Syrup. This package is currently running through June 7, so take advantage of this offer today!

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.