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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.

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.

Fireworks Festivities at Steele Hill

Fireworks at Steele Hill
A 30+ year tradition in the making, nothing quite says “I love America” like Cotton Candy, BBQ and Fireworks. So grab your family and friends and head to Steele Hill Resorts to celebrate Independence. This year’s festivities will be hosted on July 3rd and feature fireworks, a BBQ, and live music starting at 3pm.

For any newcomers to the party, the fireworks display at Steele Hill offers a very unique vantage point. Guests are invited to sit on the lawn facing the view near the resort outdoor patio while an impressive fireworks display is shot off further down the slope of the golf course. The show will end up being at about eye level so no need to go home feeling like you just got stuck sitting in the front row nose bleed section of the movie theater. These fireworks are up close and personal. The other unique feature of our celebration is that since we have such a great view you can actually see other towns fireworks going off across the Lakes Region. Really get into the spirit of independence as the horizon lights up with celebratory explosions.

Pre-Fireworks, join us for hot dogs and burgers under the outdoor tent, if you are 21 years or older, beer will also be served. For the kids, we will be selling glow sticks and sparklers, along with fried dough and cotton candy. It wouldn’t be a celebration without music, so on the Hilltop Restaurant deck DJ Mike will be rocking the tunes and the Sweet Bloods will be performing live music under the outdoor event tent.

Don’t forget to bring something to sit on and a sweatshirt in case of a cool summer breeze. The Atlas firework show will begin to shoot off between 9:15 and 9:30pm. With some of the best views in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, you aren’t going to want to miss this spectacular event. We’ll see you there!

Taps Galore at Tova’s Tavern

Beer enthusiasts are beginning to notice the not so hidden gem down at Tova’s Tavern. With the addition of our new tap system and an emphasis on quality microbrews, the beer selection is quickly becoming a major attraction in the restaurant. Our staff has doubled down on finding the perfect mix to tickle your fancy and provide a unique tasting experience. Guests are invited to sample the different brews to help determine the perfect choice for their particular tastes.

Tova’s Tavern has been serving thirsty guests for decades and with the beer revolution sweeping the country some upgrades to the selection were an obvious fit. Beyond the enhanced offering at the bar, the resort has also embraced the new beer culture by hosting the annual A Brew with a View brewfest. The festival brings together a variety of regional microbrews from around New England as well as like-minded fans of craft beer. The brewfest offers a unique opportunity to research new ideas for the bar and get feedback from guests attending the event. It is really a win-win for our “research” team.

With all the attention given to our beer selection, it’s no wonder Tova’s has been getting some extra attention these days. Just remember, if you plan a visit, don’t forget to pet the stuffed husky on the last bar stool. The tradition is guaranteed to bring good luck for years to come.

Brew with a View 2015

June 20th, 2015 marked a special event at Steele Hill Resorts. As the sun came up over the Belknap Mountain Range and cast its rays along the length of Lake Winnisquam below, activity began to pick up near the festival tent at Steele Hill Resorts. Vans and trucks displaying all the colors and logos of New England’s microbrew industry poured into the south parking lot. The first annual Brew with a View beer festival was off and running.

With vendors representing over 30 breweries and live music and food offerings provided by the resort’s Hilltop Restaurant, the event was the perfect destination for a beautiful, sunny Saturday. Over 300 attendees showed up to take in the festivities and sample the amazing variety of beers including small batch specialty selections. From the picnic tables overlooking the view to the beer tent hosting the brewers, laughs buzzed under the echoes of live music playing to the crowd. The enjoyment level was palpable.

With the conclusion of the brewfest, it was obvious that Steele Hill’s unmatched vantage point overlooking the Lakes Region provided a special experience to all of the beer enthusiast in attendance. The resort’s unique setting truly complimented the festivities. With the resounding positive feedback and desire to introduce new visitors to Steele Hill, the planning is already on for 2016. Be sure to check back as we pick our dates and spread the word. Next year’s event is sure to be even more popular than the first.

NH Foliage at Steele Hill Resorts

Picture yourself looking down on a world of magnificent color and breathtaking natural beauty. New Hampshire’s Lakes Region offers some of the most amazing displays of foliage in all of New England. The region’s magical combination of near perfect temperature fluctuations and forests fed on pristine lake waters makes foliage season a special time of year. The numerous sweeping mountains and hills that frame in the lakes literally come alive with one final display of color.

It may sound all too exaggerated, but in truth words can do little justice to describe this brief yet piercing season. Locals relish these precious weeks of prime foliage that remind them why they choose to live in the area. For the select visitors that make the pilgrimage up to the lakes, the trip is most definitely worth the payoff.

For guests at Steele Hill Resorts, the panoramic views looking across Lake Winnisquam to the burning reds and bright yellows of the forest canopy beyond are second to none. Visitors can choose to take in the scenery from one of the many decks or head out to explore the fall festivities in the Lakes Region. From the joys of traversing your first corn maze to the memories created visiting a local apple orchard, Steele Hill offers a conveniently located hilltop perch above the New Hampshire foliage.

So if you are in the mood for an idyllic fall retreat, grab your camera and pack your sweaters for a getaway to the Lakes Region. The foliage and festivities are sure to create a memorable experience.

Lakes Region NH

Formed over thousands of years by glacial erosion, New Hampshire’s Lakes Region offers unparalleled beauty and natural splendor. Majestic bodies of pristine water including Lake Winnisquam, Squam Lake and the famous Lake Winnipesaukee serve as the focal point of the region. Framed in by the Belknap Mountain Range along the shores of Winnipesaukee and the White Mountains to the north, the diverse landscape offers a unique display of New Hampshire’s world famous scenery for all to enjoy.

The area has a long tradition of tourism with visitors looking to explore the sites and enjoy the attractions. From the golden age of summer camps nestled along the shores to the pioneer days of downhill skiing at nearby Gunstock, Waterville, Loon and Cannon Mountain, the Lakes Region is the perfect destination to escape from the city and embrace the spirit of New England. Experiencing a surge of popularity with the Boston elite in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s as a wilderness retreat, the area has continue to grow and cater to new visitors each year. From the quiet Mountains and Hills perched above Lake Winnisquam to the bustling Boardwalk of Weirs Beach, New Hampshire’s Lakes Region truly has something for everyone.

The summer season offers a variety of exciting activities. Adventure seeker can experience dramatic panoramic views from local summits like Mount Major, Red Hill and Mount Morgan. For those looking to see the lakes firsthand, local marinas offer boat rentals and the famous M/S Mount Washington cruises Lake Winnipesaukee each day with a cargo of tourists. More family fun can be enjoyed basking at the public beaches, racing at an area go-kart track, putting your way through a mini-golf course or trying your hand at one of the classic arcades games at Funspot.

Fall in the Lakes Region hosts one of the most beautiful displays of foliage in the entire country. The mountains burst into glowing oranges, bright yellows and burning reds and the lakes reflect the scenery along their shores. One need only rent a room with a deck to appreciate the splendor. Visitors can enjoy apple picking and hot cider at the local farms or go to one of the many country fairs for some true New Hampshire fun.

The winter season marks an opening to the many ski mountains in the area. Gunstock Mountain, with some of the most notable views of Lake Winnipesaukee, comes to life with carpets of white snow and smiling families. Enjoy a day hitting the slopes and experience a true apres ski atmosphere back at your resort in a relaxing hot tub or by a glowing fire in the tavern. For those non-skiers out there, quiet sweeping snowshoe trails through the hills offer a Zen alternative to any downhill sports.

Spring in the lakes region marks a rebirth of the lush greenery. Visitors can experience great deals on lodging with the advantage of fewer crowds at the many area attractions. The Tanger Outlet Mall offers a perfect daytime destination with unbelievable deals only a short distance from the highway.

For long time visitors the charms of the Lakes Region are easy to spot. Many have their own favorite activities and attractions that draw them back each year. If you have yet to experience the area for yourself, you are in for a pleasant surprise. You just might find your own piece of heaven looking down on the lakes that stretch to the horizon. Come plan a trip, and check out one of our Lakes Region Vacation Packages. We hope to see you soon.