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Latest Covid-19 Update

June 16, 2021

The Governor’s Economic Reopening Taskforce for the state of New Hampshire has recently transitioned from Universal Guidelines to Universal Best Practices intended to assist with preventing the spread of Covid-19. Here at Steele Hill Resort, we continue to stay committed to providing our guests and timeshare owners a safe and relaxing vacation by prioritizing the health and safety of our visitors and team members. Here are our recent updates and list of steps we will continue to take to deliver the safest and most comfortable vacation experience possible:

  • In accordance with CDC guidance, fully vaccinated guests are no longer required to wear facial coverings on property. We ask that our unvaccinated guests continue to wear their masks or facial coverings and continue practicing social distancing when they are in public spaces around the resort
  • Our housekeeping staff will continue to use enhanced cleaning technologies with hospital-grade disinfectants while cleaning common areas and guests’ quarters
  • We will continue providing additional sanitizing stations throughout campus
  • All of our regular seasonal amenities are now available, including our saunas and indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs
  • During high demand periods, usage of the West Indoor pool facility may be limited to 90-minute increments and require a reservation
  • Day-use timeshare owners will be provided access to onsite pools on a reservation basis. Please call 603-524-0500 ext. 0 within 24 hours of your planned visit
  • Employees are required to stay home if they are not feeling well and we ask that our guests also stay home if they feel ill or have symptoms or exposure to Covid-19

We are excited to bring back a sense of normalcy after such an unpredictable year. We are happy to provide a safe vacation spot for friends and family to visit, relax and enjoy precious time together while experiencing all of our resort offerings.

Our Pools Are Reopening

As we welcome our guests back to the resort, the safety and health of our employees, timeshare owners and guests remain our top priority. With our pools opening back up, we would like to take this time to summarize the safety plan and strategies we have implemented to provide you with the most enjoyable and safe vacation possible. We have established a comprehensive reopening strategy that will be following CDC guidelines as well as the COVID-19 Reopening Guidance provided by the Governor’s Economic Reopening Taskforce, taking all precautionary measures to protect your health and safety. Here are some of the new procedures we would like you to know about:

  • Our new pool hours will be 9AM – 9PM daily
  • Our pools will be open to owners and guests staying onsite with us
  • During high demand periods, usage of the West Indoor Pool facility may be limited to 90-minute increments and require a reservation in order to meet NH State Covid Safety Guidelines.
  • Day-use timeshare owners will be provided access to onsite pools on a reservation basis. Please call 603-524-0500 ext. 0 within 24 hours of your planned visit
  • There will be signage stating social distancing rules and max occupancy that must be adhered to
  • We have installed alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations and encourage guests to use them frequently
  • We have rearranged the chairs and lounge furniture to follow social distancing guidelines and will disinfect them regularly
  • Our cleaning staff is using hospital grade disinfectant to regularly sanitize public spaces including all frequently touched areas such as railings and door handles
  • Our Fitness Center will be opening Thursday, June 18th and will be limited to a maximum occupancy of 6 people
  • Masks are mandatory in all common areas and required in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, where guests are unable to or do not consistently maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from persons outside their own households

A major benefit of visiting Steele Hill Resort is the fact that we have four different pool locations, distancing guests out as they enjoy their much-needed vacations. The West Outdoor Pool, located at the top of the West Hill adjacent to the tennis courts and scheduled to open on July 1st, is the perfect location to relax or take a dip on a warm summer day. After cooling off in the pool, hit the courts for a friendly tennis match or access our yellow or red hiking trails for an excursion, with the trail heads located directly behind the courts. The West Indoor Pool, opening on June 18th, is a popular amenity as it is located inside a beautiful glass atrium and acts as a greenhouse for all the different varieties of plants and trees growing inside. There is a large pool that is four feet deep which includes a water slide providing fun for all ages! There is also a kiddie pool with a cascading waterfall mushroom and a smaller water slide for children to enjoy, especially on rainy or cooler days. Within the West Indoor Pool area there is also an over-sized Roman Spa hot tub, great for warming up and relaxing after a refreshing dip.

The Resort Outdoor Pool has the best view on-site. Overlooking Lake Winnisquam and the Belknap Mountain Range, the Resort Outdoor Pool has a large pool deck, great for lounging, getting a nice tan and taking in the incredible views. The water at the Resort Outdoor Pool is always refreshing and the pool has both, a shallow and a deep end to enjoy. The Resort Indoor Pool, with direct access to the outdoor pool, is great for practicing your breaststroke with a depth extending to nine-feet. Both, the Resort Indoor and Outdoor pools open on June 16th. Each pool has something different to offer so there is no wrong choice! By booking one of our current resort packages, you can save money while enjoying our numerous amenities.

We’re Reopening on June 5, 2020

We are excited to announce that Steele Hill Resort will reopen with reservations beginning on June 5 and beyond. Per Governor’s Orders, until further notice, all pools, playgrounds and shared lobby space will remain closed. The resort has plenty to offer and you can still enjoy our 500 acres campus, take in the views and clear your head from the last few stressful months. Please read on below for special health and safety protocols we will put in place to adhere to federal and state guidelines.

  • Occupancy will be limited to comply with state and federal guidelines.
  • To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, all operations staff has been specially trained and equipped with personal protective equipment and sterilization tools.
  • Reservations staff will be working with operations staff under a coordinated protocol to ensure all rooms remain vacant for an adequate period of time to allow for proper deep cleaning.
  • No maid service will be performed during these stays but supplies to freshen up your suite can be provided per request.
  • Limited contact, curbside check-in will be implemented to ensure convenience and safety.

Available Amenities and Services at Steele Hill:

  • The 500 acres of hiking trails at Steele Hill Resort are in excellent shape, the pond is open and the fish are on their way.
  • The golf course is open for play and guests are required to bring their own equipment
  • Lawn games like horseshoes and volleyball are open for use. Tennis and basketball courts will also remain open to groups of less than ten (10) people at a time.
  • For the short-term the Hilltop Restaurant will remain closed until further notice, but The Market is providing an expanded selection of provisions for delivery. For your convenience, most rooms come equipped with a kitchen. All outdoor grill stations will also be open and ready for your stay.

Covid-19 Update

March 18, 2020

We wanted to reach out to let you know what we are doing at Path Resorts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. The health of our team and guests is our top priority as we face the challenges of this pandemic.

We have been closely following the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines and recommendations on the steps required and as a result, we have chosen to take a difficult course of action and will suspend all Hotel and Food & Beverage Operations beginning March 19– until further notice.

This decision has not come easily and we want to thank all of our owners, guests and employees who have shown so much understanding and flexibility as we work together to share the burden and lessen the negative impact of this virus.

During this suspension of operations, we will be deep cleaning all areas and surfaces in our guest rooms, lobby area, public restrooms, amenities and restaurant in preparation for the time we can announce re-opening.

We will be evaluating CDC guidelines and current NH State Regulations to determine on a week-by-week basis whether reopening is advisable and we will provide you with updates.

We hope you and your families remain safe through this terrible pandemic and we look forward to serving you again in the very near future.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,
The Management Team

The Fish have Arrived at our NH Resort

Practice your cast, pack your bags and bring your cameras. The fish have arrived at Steele Hill Resorts. Here at the hill we are getting ready for another busy season of family fun and stocking the pond is one of our annual rituals to kick things off. Last week Hy-On-A-Hill Trout Farm dropped off 170 of the liveliest 8 to 10 inch rainbow trout they had in stock. The recent school vacation period has been a great opportunity for would-be anglers to test their skills and reel in the big one from our large pond.

Sadly Old Goliath, the monster fish that many guests have spied trolling the depths over the years, passed away. While the grounds crew had a moment of silence removing the 7 plus pound remains of our resident “big one”, there are plenty of new fish to take his place. Surely a new king of the deep will move up the ranks to fill his shoes. Either way, it is going to be a great year to catch (and release) some fish up at Steele Hill Resorts.

So make sure to bring you fishing pole and get ready for a relaxing day catching some fish under a wide open New Hampshire sky. If you are lucky you may even get a picture of Ralphy the resident snapping turtle.

Steele Hill Resort Supports Sanbornton Library

In keeping with a tradition of supporting the local community, Steele Hill Resorts offered guests a special treat during the recent February School vacation period. By hosting an Usborne Books & More Book Fair, the resort was able to provide vacationers with some great reading material during their break and help raise money for the Sanbornton public library.

“We set things up in our activities room and brought in some pizza to help attract more vacationers,” says Nancy Sapack, Steele Hill’s activities director. “The guest really enjoyed themselves and we were able to raise a significant amount of money for future book purchases at the Sanbornton public library.”

Carol Varney, Usborne Books & More local representative, organized and ran the book fair one day during each of the two school vacation weeks at no charge to the Resort. “When a school, business or organization hosts an Usborne Books & More book fair, they earn up to 50% of the total sales back in free Usborne children’s books. Businesses can use this as an opportunity to help non-profits as the Resort has done here with the library,” explained Varney. This was the first time an event of this type was held at the Resort and, according to Varney, the Resort’s guests and staff alike responded very positively to it and especially appreciated the fact that half of their purchase was coming back to the local library in free books.

Cab Vinton, Sanbornton Public Library’s Director, was perhaps the happiest person, though, when he received the news of the successful book fair and was asked to submit a list of over 30 book titles of his choice. The new additions are slated to add to the growing children’s section at the town library.

“Sanbornton has been a great place to grow up in and do business in over the years. Having a chance to give back to the community is a truly rewarding experience. I hope the new books will help put a smile on the faces of the kids at Sanbornton Central,” stated Justin Cutillo, Steele Hill Resort’s Director of E-Marketing.

Sanbornton Open House at Steele Hill

This past weekend, Steele Hill Resorts welcomed the Town of Sanbornton to its Annual Open House. Steele Hill President Bill Cutillo was on hand to greet the town residents with a warm friendly smile. “We open the resort amenities to all Sanbornton residents each year. This is always a great opportunity for everyone to get together in a sunny warm atmosphere and shake off the mid-winter blues. Parents, children and grandparents come up to catch up with neighbors and friends while enjoying the pools, food and entertainment. It is Steele Hill Resorts way of thanking the town of Sanbornton for its support over the many decades that we have been a part of this wonderful community,” Says Cutillo.

The resort has been hosting the event for years and it’s always a great turnout! Watching the local families visit “The Hill” for some Tropical fun is just such a great sight to see! This year’s event included free appetizers and entertainment. Local residents relaxed by lounging in the large roman spa while the kids hit the slide The resort’s new Xbox Kinect gaming stations saw plenty of action as residents enjoyed some neighborly competition.

Steele Hill will continue the Open House tradition again next year, opening the doors to the Sanbornton community so they can enjoy a great carefree afternoon with their neighbors.

Supporting the Local Economy with Purchasing

Here at Steele Hill Resorts we are doing our part to support the local economy. As a company, we have made a concerted effort to keep our purchasing in New Hampshire and the greater New England area. “It has been difficult to watch local, hardworking people struggle with job loss. Our management team decided that purchasing services and products from nearby vendors would make a small contribution towards getting the local economy back on its feet,” says Rob Robillard, Director of Operations at Steele Hill.

As part of our purchasing process, we have made regional proximity a priority for vendor selection. From flat screen TVs to Flooring, we look to the local market first. Phil TV, a small electronics dealer, recently won the contract to provide new flat screen televisions to the resort. Based out of a small office in Franklin, New Hampshire, Phil TV beat out the likes of Walmart to win the contract. “While a similar TV set may have been slightly less expensive from a big store, Phil TV worked their prices down and demonstrated a commitment to long term service that was hard to pass up,” points our Mr. Robillard. The same purchasing strategy helped us select the vendor when we updated the flooring in the reception hall. Instead of purchasing new materials from a big box store, we paid Konopka Flooring in Pittsfield, New Hampshire to refinish all of the existing hardwoods. “Larry Konopka is a long time member at Steele Hill and he is also a highly respected craftsman at refinishing hardwoods. Why go through a costly renovation project with imported materials, when we can work with a local business and achieve better results?” asks Robillard.

As a company, we apply the same philosophies when purchasing furniture during regular renovation cycles. Steele Hill’s primary furnishings supplier is Mountain Resort Interiors based out of Rutland, Vermont. “When we purchase furniture, we look to buy local and made in America,” says CEO William Cutillo. While this strategy does not always result in the best price, many of the products we buy stand up better in a commercial application and save the company money by avoiding unnecessary replacement costs.

Buying local is a practice familiar to the restaurant and grocery industries. Taking the concept a step further in commercial applications can be more difficult to achieve. Many suppliers are so nationalized and reliant on imported goods that it is impossible to have a perfect track record. In fact, Steele Hill has a strong relationship with the Home Depot in Tilton. However, when opportunities to purchase local present themselves, we put our money where our mouth is. “I understand not every company has the luxury of adding to their purchasing budget based on principals alone,” says Mr. Cutillo, “but, as an organization, sometimes making a small statement can go a long way towards showing your customers that they are part of something bigger.