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.
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,
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!
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:
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
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!