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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

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.