Covid-19 Update


March 18, 2020

We wanted to reach out to let you know what we are doing at Path Resorts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. The health of our team and guests is our top priority as we face the challenges of this pandemic.

We have been closely following the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines and recommendations on the steps required and as a result, we have chosen to take a difficult course of action and will suspend all Hotel and Food & Beverage Operations beginning March 19– until further notice.

This decision has not come easily and we want to thank all of our owners, guests and employees who have shown so much understanding and flexibility as we work together to share the burden and lessen the negative impact of this virus.

During this suspension of operations, we will be deep cleaning all areas and surfaces in our guest rooms, lobby area, public restrooms, amenities and restaurant in preparation for the time we can announce re-opening.

We will be evaluating CDC guidelines and current NH State Regulations to determine on a week-by-week basis whether reopening is advisable and we will provide you with updates.

We hope you and your families remain safe through this terrible pandemic and we look forward to serving you again in the very near future.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,
The Management Team

A Message From The Manager


It’s the last week of February and winter is holding on. Guests are still enjoying winter activities in the Lakes Region and at the resort: skiing, skating, snowshoeing and sledding to name a few. It has been a busy winter season for our maintenance staff! We have made major repairs to the observation tower at Steele Hill West, so be sure to go to the top floor and check out the amazing 360-degree view through our brand-new windows. All the pools were resurfaced during our winter shut down and we have installed a new dehumidification system in the West pool area which makes the area much more comfortable to relax in, even if you are not swimming.

Winter will soon be coming to an end and we will transition to spring time activities such as golf, tennis, basketball, hiking on the trails and we will be stocking the fishing pond with rainbow trout in April. The ice will be melting from the lakes and the avid boaters will be launching their boats to fish and tour the big lakes. Our staff will now get busy completing spring cleanings and annual preventative maintenance in all units on property. The maintenance and grounds crews will start their spring cleanup, repairing any plow damage, planting new grass and flowers, preparing the golf course and getting the outdoor pool areas ready to open.

Spring is a transition time for the resort but it quickly changes from a white and brown landscape to a lush green with budding trees, flowers blooming and green grass growing on the surrounding fields. We hope you will join us to experience what the resort and the Lakes region has to offer during the spring months!

Sincerely,
Rob Robillard

Winter Resort Activities


Steele Hill Resort’s variety of amenities makes us an ideal destination for recreation and relaxation throughout the entire year. If the cold weather has had you hibernating the past couple months, it is time to wake up and take a trip up to Steele Hill Resort, as we offer a wide assortment of amenities and activities for you to take advantage of throughout the winter season.

Be sure to pack all of your winter gear as the resort is blanketed with snow for you to enjoy! Start your winter adventure by snowshoeing our extensive hiking trail network. Visit our front desk at the main check-in building to rent snowshoes for your whole party. Our staff will help you find the snowshoe size that best suits you and we even have little “monster feet” snowshoes for younger children to stomp around in the snow. Once you are all geared up, grab a resort trail map and choose your own adventure, whether you want to complete one trail, or connect all three for a longer venture and more difficult workout leading through the Sanbornton town forest.

Once you arrive back at the welcome center, switch out the snowshoes for your ice skates and take some shots on net at our onsite frozen pond equipped with hockey nets. Whether you are shredding the ice or practicing your figure 8, our pond is the perfect location to get some time on the ice with your family, friends or significant other. Be sure to pack your own skates or check the rentals at nearby Piche’s Ski & Sport.

Don’t forget to pack your sleds as well to enjoy a quintessential winter activity! Adjacent to the check-in office, we have a designated sledding hill that is fun for all ages. Whether you brought a toboggan, saucer or tube, plan to gain some speed down our exhilarating hill. If you happened to pack your bigger “sled” (snowmobile) then you are also in luck! We have direct access to the town and state-wide snowmobile trails right off of our property, the perfect opportunity to go explore the backwoods of New Hampshire.

Once your day of winter fun has started to wind down, take a minute for yourself and relax in our four-season outdoor hot tub. Our over-sized tub offers unparalleled views overlooking the snow-covered nearby lakes and mountains and holds a capacity of eight people to fit your whole party! Once you hop out, continue to stay warm by heading over to one of our onsite fire pits to enjoy a s’more, or six.

As always, keep an eye on our activity schedule as our activities director Nancy is always adding fun winter options including guided snowshoe hikes and campfires with s’mores!

Teddy Bear Mountain


If you are vacationing at Steele Hill Resort there is a possibility that you may spot some wildlife within our 500 acres of unspoiled land. While hiking the trails on our property or just relaxing by the resort pond, keep an eye out for black bears, moose, frogs, ducks and so much more! Safety always comes first so if you do come across wildlife, please keep your distance and admire from afar. However, we do have some animals on property which you are encouraged to get close to! Our Teddy Bear Mountain activity provides a unique vacation experience for those looking to build their new best friend.

Located in our West Amenities building, our Teddy Bear Mountain station gives you and your family the chance to create a furry friend and a memory to last a lifetime. Have fun choosing your favorite animal from a large selection and help fluff it to create the perfect huggable buddy. There are both large and smaller sized animals available as well as an abundance of special outfits of each size to choose from. Once your new best friend has been created, jump up into our custom-made Bear Chair for a photo opportunity with your new animal.

The Teddy Bear Mountain station is an extension of our Market Convenience Store, open daily from 7:30am – 10:00pm. Keep an eye out on our activity schedule for Teddy Bear specials that may be taking place during your next trip to Steele Hill Resort!

Discounted NH Ski Tickets 2019 – 2020

‘Tis the season for great ski discounts with our area partner ski mountains, Gunstock Mountain, Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain. This winter season, guests of Steele Hill Resort can enjoy discounted rates on tickets and passes to all three popular New Hampshire ski mountains. Our discounted ski tickets will be available at the front desk located at the check-in building.

New this year, take advantage of a $20 discount on a Flex Pass (originally $49) good for 50% off your lift ticket, rental equipment, group lessons and more, every day you visit Gunstock Mountain this season. When you book with our Gunstock Ski and Stay package, you will get a flex pass discount voucher at check-in along with a $25 resort gift card and 20% off your stay, making us the perfect choice for Gunstock Lodging!

After an eventful day carving up the fresh powder at the mountain, come back to the resort to relax your body and mind in our oversized Roman Spa hot tub or warm up by the fire and enjoy a hearty meal and the latest Drink of the Month in Tova’s Tavern.

A Message From the Manager

We had a beautiful and colorful fall season but it is coming to an end as the last few leaves fall from the trees. We have already experienced our first snowfall and the forecast is predicting more frigid temperatures, so I guess it is time to start thinking about our winter season. The maintenance staff is battening down the hatches and preparing the resort for our upcoming winter season. We are stocking up on salt and sand and making sure the plows and shovels are ready for what we hope to be a good snow year.

The Hilltop Restaurant staff is working on some great new comfort food items and delicious winter cocktails that will be sure to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. Stop by our onsite restaurant or bar to enjoy a dinner by the ambient fireplace while overlooking the snow-covered mountains this winter season.

The onset of winter opens the Lakes Region to an abundance of fun activities. The ski slopes will be covered with snow for families to enjoy. Whether you are just learning to ski or you are a veteran skier, New Hampshire’s mountains offer something for every experience level. Soon the ponds and lakes will freeze over allowing for several events that take place on the ice in our area, including the Pond Hockey Classic, car racing on the ice, ice fishing derbies, or the opportunity to just spend time skating or fishing with friends and family.

While onsite, stop by the front desk and rent snowshoes for the whole family to adventure out onto our trail network. Don’t forget to pack your ice skates and sled for some winter fun on our onsite skating pond and sledding hill! If the winter outdoors is not your cup of tea you can always hang out in one of our indoor pools and enjoy the warmth and tropical feel while sipping on one of the many offerings from our bartenders. We hope you choose to come make memories with us here at Steele Hill Resort this winter.

Sincerely,
Rob Robillard

Onsite Resort Cemetery

Construction at Steele Hill Resorts began in the year 1938 using felled trees from the Great New England Hurricane, considered to be the most destructive storm to strike this region in the 20th century. The hurricane was formed from a tropical cyclone developed in the Atlantic Ocean on September 10, 1938. Although construction began in the mid-1930s, the history of our property started long before the building of the resort began.

Steele Hill is set amongst 500 acres of unspoiled fields and hardwood forests. Within that land, we have three major hiking trails which include ponds, fields, possible animal tracks or sightings, and during this time of year, beautiful foliage providing various brilliant fall colors along the way. If you begin the Red Trail by the West outdoor tennis courts, you will find yourself curving through the woods on a slightly downhill hiking adventure that is a little over a mile long. Once you arrive towards the end of the Red Trail, there will be a wide-open field on the right with a stonewall tucked along the edge of the tree line still in sight. When you walk towards the wall you will notice there is a cemetery tucked in the back of the field behind the rock walls.

The Joseph Leavitt Burial Ground is the largest of two cemeteries located onsite at Steele Hill Resorts, which dates back to the early 1800s. The oldest headstone in this particular graveyard is over two centuries old with the date 1818 engraved upon it belonging to Abner Kimball. The majority of the headstones at the cemetery are legible with the youngest to be buried at the location being only three months old. A local man named John Douglas Crawford was sent to Germany in 1946 to be a liaison medical officer for the Office of Military Government. John unfortunately had to leave his pregnant wife, Caroline, home in the United States. After giving birth to their daughter Margo, Caroline had set out to visit John so he could meet his daughter for the first time. Unfortunately, he never got the opportunity to meet his daughter or the chance to see his wife again as their plane crashed into a ridge line on a windy night departing from Newfoundland. Both Caroline and Margo share a headstone onsite. The most recent headstone was added in 2014 and belongs to Lola Rose Cutillo. Her husband, Ralph Cutillo, former president of Steele Hill Resorts, has his tombstone sitting adjacent to Lola’s.

While some guests enjoy the peaceful solitude of the graveyard, others find the experience a little eerie especially during the twilight hours of these late fall nights. For those who appreciate a good scare and are looking for more, consider joining us at our second annual Haunted Hike taking place on Saturday, October 26th this year! Open to the public, the hike is $10 for adults and $5 for children with all proceeds donated to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Norris Cancer Center in memory of our dear friend and coworker, Jan McLaughlin. Included in the donation price for admission, visitors can enjoy a festive hayride up to Steele Hill’s haunted Yellow Trail. Brave the ghouls and goblins along the 0.8 mile trail of terror and finish off the evening with a variety of family-friendly activities including face painting, a warm fire pit, games, crafts, a make your own caramel apple station, and seasonal refreshments.

Apple Picking in the NH Lakes Region

Labor Day has come and gone and the leaves are beginning to change in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire which means the apple orchards are starting to open up for their 2019 autumn season. Many orchards in the area consist of multiple different types of trees which produce several varieties of apples including favorites like: Macintosh, Red Delicious, Cortland, Ginger Gold, and many more. Whether you are planning on a family outing or heading out for a date day to the orchard with your significant other, there are multiple “pick your own” traditional New England orchards in close proximity to Steele Hill Resorts. Take a look at the list below and let us know your favorite!

Surowiec Farm:
Surowiec Farm is located just fifteen minutes away at 53 Perley Hill Road right in Steele Hill’s hometown of Sanbornton. The farm is perched atop a hill providing an expansive backdrop of scenery overlooking the beautiful mountain foliage to the north and west. The farm opened on Labor Day weekend and their apple season extends through mid-October. Visitors can opt to grab a bag and head to the orchard to pick their choice of apples or visit the quaint farm stand which includes pre-picked apples along with many seasonal vegetables such as squash, broccoli, potatoes, carrots, onions and more! Don’t forget to visit their pumpkin patch which consists of pumpkins of all sizes great for carving, baking or decorating!

Stone Mountain Farm
Situated in our neighboring town of Belmont, just a twenty-minute drive away, Stone Mountain Farm is a family-owned high-density apple orchard with the primary focus on growing the fruit, not the tree. The trees use the support of posts and wires on a trellis which makes the apples much easier to reach for farm visitors. The orchard consists of 40 varieties of apples ranging from early season apples ready by August 25th, many mid-season apples ready between September 10th through September 20th and about a dozen late season varieties that are available through the beginning of November. There is also a farm stand located at the orchard which is open daily for visitors looking for some autumn decorations like corn stocks, pumpkins and gourds.

Smith Orchard
Smith Orchard, also located in Belmont New Hampshire, is the definition of a traditional New England apple orchard, with some apple trees dating back to the year 1929! The orchard’s trees produce apples that provide a taste that is both genuine and true to the variety with favorites like Cortland, Macintosh and Red Delicious apples. The orchard has over 2,000 semi-dwarf trees producing a wide variety of apples. In previous years the farm has hosted fun events such as Brunch in the Orchard and weekly alpaca features from Just a Dream Alpaca Farm. Keep an eye out for upcoming events at the orchard here.

Whether you are looking for a fun day-trip or plan to bake some pies during your next vacation, you may find a journey to any (or all) of the orchards listed above to be beneficial. It’s time to begin trekking into the orchards and start picking! Once you’ve picked as many apples as you can carry, unwind back at the resort in our over-sized Roman Spa hot tub while the children get the remainder of their energy out by swimming in our heated indoor pool equipped with an exciting water slide.

Live Entertainment at Steele Hill


Once you arrive for vacation at Steele Hill Resorts, you can choose to stay onsite. Our full-service property has everything you need for your next getaway: a fitness center, a restaurant, bars, a fully stocked convenience store, an abundance of games and amenities, an activities director with different fun events scheduled weekly and a great selection of live entertainment.

If you are having trouble figuring out your vacation’s itinerary, take a look at the list of resort activities we provide on a weekly basis. There are fun games, crafts and activities for all ages listed on our activity schedule as well as our scheduled live entertainment. Every Monday throughout the summer we have Wildlife Encounters join us at the Carriage House to provide an engaging educational seminar for all ages. During the show, the professional staff safely exhibit multiple animals and you even have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some!

This summer we also have Magic Fred, New Hampshire’s favorite magician, performing table-side magic every Tuesday evening at our very own Hilltop Restaurant. When you stop by the Hilltop for dinner, you can enjoy both, a delicious meal off of our brand-new menu and an engaging magic act by Magic Fred. Magic Fred performs walk around magic tricks to make sure all dinner parties will have a memorable and entertaining experience.

Looking to just kick back and relax poolside while listening to some great music? We have live performances from some of the region’s best musical artists right here at Steele Hill Resort. With a wide variety of musical styles ranging from pop, classic rock, country, and more, there are songs you can sing along to as well as originals that are performed. The musicians are scheduled to perform in various locations throughout the resort including the Patio at the Resort Outdoor Pool, Tova’s Tavern, the Oasis Bar, and the West Outdoor Pool so keep an eye on the schedule to grab your spot and enjoy the show!

West Sauna Renovation


If you have been able to visit our West Amenities building within the past month, you may have noticed a big change. We have recently completed a total renovation of our West electric dry heat sauna that may literally and figuratively take your breath away.

Picture yourself finishing up an intense cardio session in our exclusive fitness center then heading over to our newly renovated sauna to kick-start your body’s recovery process. Spending up to twenty minutes in the sauna not only increases the circulation in your body, but also in return promotes relaxation and reduces stress as well as allowing you some down time to finish (or start) planning the rest of the day ahead of you.

As you approach the sauna you will notice the new quality cedar door smoothly sanded and equipped with a thermal window. Once you step in, there is a single custom cedar bench to replace the old block benches as well as an updated mounted cedar guard rail and ceiling boards. The walls and floor have been completely reconstructed with an Ansley Amber ceramic tile for a more modern feel while you relax in front of the brand-new heating unit. Sweating has never been so nice!