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Wildlife Encounters at Steele Hill Resorts

Steele Hill Resorts is set amongst 500 acres of unspoiled fields and hardwood forests. Within the resort property lives an abundance of wildlife. Many guests are treated with the presence of animals before even arriving to the top of Steele Hill, sometimes spotting a porcupine roaming the sides of the road or stopping to let a rafter of twelve (or more!) turkeys cross. Some guests notice an even greater existence of wildlife once arriving at the resort. There is a rather large woodchuck who resides in the wooded edges of the first few holes of our on-site golf course and a pond filled with rainbow trout, frogs, and turtles right behind the check-in office. We have also spotted moose traversing along our hiking trail networks as well as sightings of Eastern coyotes nearby.

With all this wildlife right in our backyard, we decided to take advantage and introduce some of these animals firsthand to our guests. We have partnered with Wildlife Encounters Ecology Center to provide an engaging educational opportunity that is excellent for all ages. During the show, the educating staff of Wildlife Encounters safely and appropriately exhibit the animals. These creatures include native inhabitants of our environment here at Steele Hill and a vast variety of exotic species from around the globe that the staff are eager to teach about. The company travels throughout New England and has been named “Family Favorite Party Entertainer” by Parenting NH Magazine for five years in a row now and has made multiple national television appearances on shows like The Martha Stewart Show and the TODAY Show.

The mission of Wildlife Encounters is to help individuals learn to connect with the lessons of life, science, conservation, and sustainability. No two presentations are the same, as there are well over 50 ambassador animals that are alternated within the company for live presentations. Each visit we are surprised by the lineup of wildlife brought with five different biological groupings: mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and invertebrates. At the end of each show, there is a meet and greet with one of the more interactive animals where you can get up close to take photos and even touch them! If you would like to join us for a walk on the wild side, check our activity schedule to see when the next visit from Wildlife Encounters will be and other great activities we have going on around the resort!

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!

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!

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.

Ski Mountains in NH

Staying in the Lakes Region and looking for the best Ski Mountains in NH? Here is a list of three of the best New Hampshire ski mountains that are easily accessible from the Lakes Region. At Steele Hill Resort we have partnered with Gunstock, Loon, and Waterville Valley to offer guests the best deals on local ski tickets.

Gunstock:
Gunstock Mountain located in Gilford, NH is easily the most accessible ski and snowboard mountain in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. For Gunstock Lodging Steele Hill is located just 16 miles from the mountain, so you don’t need to travel across the state to get some good runs in. Enjoy skiing the east with breathtaking views overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee from the top of the mountain. Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding, tubing, taking a lesson, night or day, enjoy shredding down the mountain on one of their 55 trails. To make the most of your stay in the area, we have partnered with Gunstock to create the perfect Ski and Stay Package that offers 20% off the accommodations of your choice, and 25% off ski tickets to Gunstock Mountain for each guest in your party each night of your stay.

Loon:
Loon Mountain is located in Lincoln, NH in the heart of the White Mountains a little under one hour north of the Lakes Region. With a variety of terrain across three peaks you can find over 60 trails to match your ski or snowboard level. As you ride up the chairlift enjoy amazing views overlooking Mt. Moosilauke, Franconia North, and Mt. Washington. Their three peaks include: South Peak, The North Peak, and Loon Peak. Each catering to something different, the South Peak is where the locals head to for wide-open runs, steep drops, and back country skiing through the trees. The North Peak is the highest Peak of the three, and offers some of the freshest snow where experts and intermediates flock to ride or ski. Loon Peak is the hub of the mountain where their gondolas take you to the summit and you can ride or ski down on classic New England trails. Aside from skiing they offer a Winter Zipline, Cross Country Skiing, Tubing, Ice Skating, and snowshoeing. Make sure to stop by our front desk for information on discounted tickets. Check out the Loon Mountain website for more information.


Waterville Valley:

Waterville Valley is located deep in the White Mountain National Forest. This quaint ski town is surrounded by beautiful 4000-foot peaks and offers over 265 acres of terrain. Waterville offers a variety of trails and adventure for skiers and riders at all levels. Aside from their typical beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails, their ease-in terrain park is designed for those looking to learn and show off their tricks. They also offer NASTAR, recreational racing to the public Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays when conditions allow. Whether you want to try out the course or race, this is a unique experience for skiiers of every level. For more information on Waterville Valley, check out their website here. Make sure to stop by our front desk for information on discounted tickets.

Tilton Tanger Outlets Lodging


The Holidays are fast approaching, and here at Steele Hill we are just a short 15-minute drive to the Tilton Tanger Outlets which offer a huge selection of tax-free shopping. So, during this busy time of year get away for some peace and relaxation, and join us at Steele Hill Resorts, your lodging destination of choice for the Tilton Tanger Outlets.

Before making your way into town, start your morning off with breakfast at The Hilltop, grab a waffle from our onsite convenience store, The Market, or simply enjoy a cup of coffee from the comfort of your room. With in-room amenities including full kitchens Steele Hill is truly the ideal spot for some peace and relaxation before a long day of shopping.

The Outlets offer some amazing deals all the way through the holidays. They have something for the whole family, whether you want a new pair of shoes, workout clothes, a cozy sweater or a new pair of jeans you can find it here. Popular store brand names include; Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s, Nike, Coach, Bath and Body Works, and so much more. For a full list of stores check out the website here.

If you need a break during your shopping extravaganza head to one of the onsite restaurants or grab a coffee at the nearby Starbucks. You could also visit one or our personal favorites, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, for a delicious candy apple.

Shopping during the holidays isn’t always fun, but it doesn’t have to be that way! While shopping for others take some time for yourself and enjoy all the natural scenery at Steele Hill. After a busy day of shopping, hop into our new four-season outdoor hot tub with beautiful views overlooking the Belknap Mountain Range and Lake Winnisquam.

For a great deal on Tilton Tanger Outlets Lodging and shopping, Steele Hill makes it easy with an amazing Shop and Stay Savings Package. Join us for two or more nights and receive 20% off your stay per night, package also includes a $10 gift certificate for each night of your stay to our onsite, Hilltop Restaurant, and a $25 gift card along with a discount coupon book to the Tilton Tanger Outlets, for more information and a list of other packages we are currently offering check it out here.