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A Message from the Manager


Ice out on the big lake was announced a couple of weeks ago and winter has released its grip on the Lakes Region. The grass is turning green, the spring flowers are blooming and our staff is busy preparing for your arrival for this upcoming summer vacation season. The housekeepers are busy with carpet cleaning, deep cleaning and restocking the units. The maintenance staff have been busy installing new mattresses and appliances in many of the units throughout the resort as well as repairing the pool decks and painting the outdoor pools. It has been a very rainy spring but the grounds crew continues to make progress cleaning up the property and preparing the golf course, which will be officially opening on May 24th. The food and beverage crew is excited to be releasing a new menu on June 1st, which contains some of the current favorites along with a new variety of appetizers and comfort food offerings. We are all looking forward to tasting their new menu items and summer beverages.

Nancy, our activities director, is preparing new crafts and scheduling events for all of you to participate in. We will be featuring The Wildlife Encounters animal presentation on Monday nights during July and August. Magic Fred, the magician, will be performing table side in The Hilltop restaurant on Tuesday nights and we will have various musicians throughout the season performing in The Hilltop as well as at the outdoor pools. In addition to all of the scheduled activities there are always plenty of fun things to do on your own at the resort; take a hike on one of our trails, fish our stocked pond, play a game of tennis, volleyball, racquetball, badminton, horseshoes, soccer, basketball, or corn hole.

On Independence Day, we will be holding our annual 4th of July barbecue and fireworks display as well as the 5th annual Brew with a View craft beer fest on July 13th. The Lakes Region has so much to offer vacationing families during the summer months. Enjoy a day at the lake or zip lining down a mountain. However you decide to spend your vacation we appreciate you choosing Steele Hill as your vacation destination and look forward to seeing you all this summer.

Sincerely,
Rob Robillard

Mother’s Day Weekend

If you are in the Lakes Region this weekend and you enjoy delicious culinary creations of different international cuisines, then you are in luck. This Mother’s Day weekend, come treat mom to a variety of appetizing menu options all weekend long. Kick off the flavorsome weekend on Saturday with the Exit 20 Food Truck Festival but be sure to save some room to indulge in our Mother’s Day Brunch at Steele Hill Resort’s very own Hilltop Restaurant taking place on Sunday.

The Exit 20 Food Truck Festival is centrally located at the Tilton Tanger Outlet Mall, ¼ of a mile away from I-93 exit 20. Stop by anytime between 12pm – 5pm on Saturday, May 11th to enjoy an assortment of gourmet bites from over a dozen different vendors. This is a foodie experience you won’t want to miss out on with a variety of options including Cajun, Creole, Caribbean, Mexican, American, Italian and authentic cuisine from South India. While snacking on your delicious eats, enjoy live music played by the All You Got Tour and a professional Hula Hooping performance. This festival is not exclusively about sampling food, visitors can also tour a bit of automotive history by taking a walk through the classic/antique car meet up. Car enthusiasts will be treated to an up-close look at an impressive variety of classic vehicles. Once you have tasted as much as your belly can handle, burn off some calories by playing some of the giant yard games that will be set up or take advantage of all the start-of-summer sales and tax-free shopping available at the 50+ stores at the Tilton Tanger Outlets!

How nice does a long soak in a Roman Spa sound after an eventful day of sampling multiple different dishes and shopping the afternoon away? Steele Hill Resorts is your perfect choice for Tanger Outlets Lodging. Not even a twenty-minute drive away from the mall, Steele Hill has everything you need for a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend getaway. Whether you are surprising mom with some quality bonding time or escaping for a weekend with your significant other, Steele Hill is a vacation destination for all ages. Once at the resort, play a friendly one-on-one game of basketball or hit the weights in our exclusive health club before stargazing in our four-season outdoor hot tub.

When you wake up Sunday morning, head on over to The Hilltop Restaurant for an extravagant and delicious Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet. With menu items including: a fresh fruit and berry display, croissants, tomato bisque, choice beef sirloin, farm fresh scrambled eggs with charred salsa and Asiago cheese, French toast and maple syrup made from the Steele Hill Farm, and an elegant Mother’s Day dessert table, this unique event is sure to make every belly content. When you stay using our special Shop and Stay promotional package, you receive 20% off the accommodations of your choice and a $25 Tanger gift card valid for use at any store at the Tilton Tanger Outlet Mall along with a $25 resort gift card which can be used towards your Mother’s Day Brunch! Make some lasting memories this Mother’s Day Weekend by taking the vacation you and your loved ones deserve.

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.