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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.

Thanksgiving Dinner in New Hampshire

Thanksgiving is an American, family tradition dating back to the 1600’s. At Steele Hill Resorts we have been celebrating this tradition with a Thanksgiving buffet at The Hilltop Restaurant for over 40 years. Join us for all the fixings from delicious roasted turkey, to all the sides you can imagine. With a smorgasbord of dessert options you won’t leave this meal feeling hungry.

The Hilltop Restaurant sits atop Steele Hill and offers beautiful views of Lake Winnisquam, Lake Winnipesaukee, and the Belknap Mountain Range. With floor to ceiling windows the view is sure to enhance your holiday dining experience in the Lakes Region.

The buffet menu includes appetizers such as fruits, cheese, nuts, crackers, a relish tray with assorted pickles and olives, warm breads with whipped butter, and a wonderful poached pear salad. Main dishes offer a roast turkey with pan gravy a hand carved smoked ham with rum raisin sauce, a slow roasted sirloin with au jus, and baked haddock with lobster cream sauce. Turkey may be the star of the feast but nothing makes a thanksgiving meal like the sides and we have you covered with favorites from smashed Yukon potatoes, roasted acorn squash, green bean casserole, steamed root veggies, peas and pearl onion, and corn fritters with apple butter.

You can’t forget about the desserts as there will be bread pudding, assorted cheese cakes, apple crisp, an ice cream station, and all of your favorite homemade pies.

Instead of cooking your Thanksgiving meal at home bring the family on up to Steele Hill for a Thanksgiving they are sure to remember. Sit back and enjoy spending the time with your loved ones as we take away the stress of cooking.

Make sure to check out our facebook event page here for more information, serving will be between 11:30am and 5pm so call 603-524-0500 and make your reservation today!

Meet Our Activities Director

Steele Hill Resorts offers an array of activities each week, put on by our fabulous activities director Nancy. The activity schedule goes up each Friday and there is something for everyone. From Teddy Bear Mountain, to frog racing, and s’mores there is never a dull moment up on the hill. Check out our interview with the long-time activities director Nancy below.

Tell me a little bit about yourself and how long you have been with Steele Hill.

I am starting my 9th year working for Steele Hill. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic arts from the University of Maryland and have raised a beautiful family of four children with my husband. In my past I have been a girl scout leader, cub scout leader, and a classroom mother for over 12 years. Before Steele Hill I worked for the Smithsonian as an exhibit specialist in Washington D.C. where I did everything from picking out the wall color, to the placement of the designs. In my spare time, I love being outside whether its hiking, fishing, or camping. So, that combination of love for the outdoors and art made my position as an activity director the perfect fit.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I love making memories and being a part of a guest’s memories whether it’s a family or individual. It’s where I feel like I am making a difference in people’s lives, even if it’s just a small memory, the small moments are the ones that can mean the most in the long run. When a guest comes on vacation they want to come get away, relax, and be carefree and I can help achieve that. Since I have worked here over the course of 9 years it’s amazing to see some children I met at the beginning of my time who are now heading off to college, and they still come say hi to me and join in on some of the activities I put on, and that is rewarding knowing that myself, and Steele Hill can hold a part in their memories of growing up.

What has been the best feel good moment of your time here?

I remember this one time I added knitting to the activity scheduled. Unsure if anyone would show up, I had one middle aged man come in and told me he wanted to learn how to knit. He told me how growing up his Grandmother was a big knitter and always wanted to teach her grandchildren. He had promised her that one day she could teach him, but she had passed away before he ever got to learn, so he had it on his bucket list to one day learn how to knit. He was the only one that showed up that day, but we sat down for the full hour and I taught him how to knit, and when he finished he stood up with a big smile on his face and thanked me.

What makes the children most excited?

For the kids, I tend to get crafts that parents otherwise wouldn’t get at home. And I mean the really messy ones that involve glitter, sequins, and colored sand etc. I dump it all out on the table and let them have free range. They can get as messy as they want and its okay because they aren’t at home. They also love the wildlife we have here at Steele Hill. We have a stocked pond, and I will take the kids out to catch frogs and then we will do a frog race, the kids get to go outside and really get their hands dirty, they get so excited about that.

How do you come up with the activities?

Whatever I come up with I know it has to be successful in one hour. I can’t occupy guests all day with a four-hour craft because they have all of these other plans, I always keep the guests’ time in mind. I am not running a summer camp, I am only here to enhance their experience, so anything too complicated might deter from that. For example, one activity I do is creating dream catchers, for the little kids they can just make their own path without learning the exact techniques, but for the older ones they can take time to learn the knots and strings correctly. I also always have a Plan B and C to occupy guests if they finish an activity early.

How do the activities at Steele Hill set us apart from other hospitality experiences?

In my own personal experience, I have noticed that when I have been at other resorts their activities only occur once a day or maybe only every other day, and this is normally only during their peak season. Here at Steele Hill I do multiple activities 5 days a week, 12 months a year. I am also the only person putting on activities here, and I have been here for so long that on a personal level I get to know reoccurring guests and year after year. It is unique in the sense that they know who I am and I know who they are, it’s a family owned resort so when you come here that’s the feeling we want to embody.

Also at Steele Hill the cool part is that you can try all of the activities and amenities we have here for zero to minimal cost. So, if you wanted to try out golf you can do so for free here and you might come away with a new hobby for life, or if I am running a jewelry making activity I have some guests say “this was so much easier than I thought, where can I buy the supplies?” Guests are able to try something new and can take what they learned from Steele Hill and enjoy something for the rest of their life they may not have otherwise discovered.

New Hampshire Fall Foliage Vacation

During the foliage season, the drive up Steele Hill Road offers all the breath-taking colors of fall in New Hampshire. It is often those small moments that set the tone and build the suspense for what is sure to be a worthwhile view of one of the best fall foliage vantage points in New Hampshire. After check-in, head to your room where you can unwind, and use this guide on how to make the most out of your leaf-peeping getaway to Steele Hill Resorts. Steele Hill also offers some amazing Fall Savings Packages, and you can check those out here.

Start off your vacation walking along one of the five hiking trails we have surrounding the resort. Breathe in the clear, crisp air of the New Hampshire country side as you walk through the woods, it will give you the opportunity to see the foliage and nature up close and personal. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled and you might even see a deer grazing in the fields or an owl perched up in a tree.

After a long walk, grab lunch near the big windows at the on-site Hilltop Restaurant. Admire the beautiful fall colors overlooking Lake Winnisquam the Belknap mountain range. Enjoy a hearty soup or the mac n cheese to warm yourself up for a cool fall day.

Head into town to Smith Apple Orchard, and pick your own apples; if you haven’t done this before, it is a must! There is nothing better than picking a local farm fresh apple straight from the tree and biting into it. Tractors tow you through the farm to the right trees and you are free to pick as many or as little as you want. Make sure to grab some granny smith apples so you can head back to the resort and bake some fresh apple crisp in the comfort of your own kitchen. In New Hampshire, apple picking is a favorite fall activity and your family i sure to enjoy quality time together in the countryside.

Once back at the resort, drop your apples off and head back outside, what better way to soak in the fall air than sitting back and leisurely catching a few fish in our fully stocked catch and release pond. If you didn’t bring fishing supplies, our on-campus convenience store, The Market, has everything you need.

After a busy afternoon outdoors, head back to your room and cook up some dinner for the whole family, and don’t forget to make that apple crisp. Enjoy playing a card game, or grab a movie from the check-in office to relax with after the long day. If you’re up for it, head outside and enjoy our 4-season oversized jacuzzi, where you can warm up on a cool fall night.