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A Message From The Manager

While winter is still in full swing with plenty of snow on the ground for outdoor activities, we are looking forward to the upcoming spring season. The days are getting longer, the temperatures are starting to rise and before we know it the snow will be gone and it will be time to start opening up all of the great outdoor activities at the resort. Although spring is not a very popular vacation time for some, we have plenty to offer here at the resort with hiking trails, tennis courts, a basketball court, a soccer field, horseshoes, corn hole, fishing in our stocked pond, and our golf course will be open in early May. In addition to our multiple outdoor amenities, we also have our indoor pools which will be open offering that summer tropical feel, The Hilltop Restaurant is open 6 days a week (closed on Wednesdays), offering dine-in, take out or delivery to your room and open for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays. Our Activities Director, Nancy, is offering games and arts and crafts at the carriage house and other exciting activities around the resort like onsite hikes and campfires 5 days a week to add to your vacation experience.

Spring is a very busy time for our staff, our housekeeping department will be conducting spring cleaning and deep cleaning the carpets throughout the accommodations. The maintenance staff will be working on cleaning up the grounds, opening the golf course, preparing the outdoor pools in addition to unit maintenance and renovations. We are in the process of painting and installing new flooring, couches and love seats, and window treatments in many of our west townhouses. We will also be replacing some mattresses and furnishings in a variety of units around the property.

We hope if you are looking to get away and relax for a week or just a couple days that you consider staying with us and experience all that Steele Hill Resorts and the Lakes Region has to offer.

Sincerely,
Robert Robillard

Tanger Lodging at Steele Hill Resort

Steele Hill Resorts has partnered with the Tilton Tanger Outlet Mall to provide visitors with the best deals on lodging and shopping the state of New Hampshire has to offer. The Tanger Outlet Mall, conveniently located right off of I-93 and just fifteen minutes from Steele Hill Resort, provides visitors with over 50 brand name stores within multiple categories including footwear, jewelry, fitness, beauty, and of course, apparel.

The Tanger Outlet Mall has a store for everyone, whether you are shopping for the newest member of your family at Carter’s Babies and Kids, a gift for a loved one at Yankee Candle, pampering yourself at Kate Spade, Hair Excitement and Royal Nails & Spa or tending to your sweet tooth and visiting one of Tanger’s newest additions at Sweetz & More shop. Be sure to plan ahead and take a look at the store directory before visiting the center to have a better insight on where to park, shop and eat during your trip.

For the best rates on Tilton Tanger Outlets Lodging, be sure to stay at Steele Hill Resort with our Shop and Stay package, offered throughout the entire year! This special promotion offers guests a discount on choice accommodations, a $25 gift card valid for use at Steele Hill’s Hilltop Restaurant, Tavern and onsite convenience store, a $25 Tanger Outlets gift card and a coupon book loaded with amazing deals for the shopping center. After a full day of shopping, drop your bags off in your room and take time to relax in our oversized Roman Spa hot tub.

A Message From The Manager

I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe and healthy during these difficult times. I can assure you that we here at Steele Hill are doing everything possible and taking all precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy while still offering the best vacation experience possible. We have made some modifications to the front desk check in area by installing a new entrance, building some separation walls and adding glass barriers on the desk. The housekeeping department continues to thoroughly and properly clean and sanitize all guest accommodations. Common areas are cleaned and sanitized on scheduled intervals throughout each day. The maintenance department is getting ready for winter, winterizing all buildings and prepping the trucks and plows for what we hope is a snowy winter.

The food and beverage department is excited to launch an updated menu starting December 1st. You can dine in at the Hilltop or Tova’s Tavern but you can also order food and beverages for pickup or have them delivered right to your room. You can also order food to The Oasis bar at the West indoor pool which will now be open on the weekends for the winter season.

Even with some of the restrictions caused by Covid 19 we still have plenty of winter activities to offer. The indoor pools and Roman spa are open with social distancing and limited occupancy but they still have that tropical feel to them even when it is snowy and cold outside. The indoor gaming stations in the amenities building are open and our activities director, Nancy, is offering daily activities and arts and crafts located at the Carriage House. Once the snow flies be sure to take advantage of our snow shoe rentals and check out all of our hiking trails. Don’t forget to bring your sled and ice skates to enjoy a day on the sledding hill and skating on our pond. If you are a snowmobiler there are connecting trails right from the resort to local and state trails.

While the experience may be a little different this year, the local ski areas are planning to open soon. There are also many other activities and events that take place in the winter season in the area such as ice fishing derbies, sled dog races, pond hockey tournaments and the ice castles in the north country. Be sure to book your vacation at Steele Hill and remember to check out our discount promotions like the Winter Family Fun package that includes 20% off your room as well as freshly baked cookies and hot cocoa.

We hope to see you soon,
Rob Robillard

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

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

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.

Apple Picking in the NH Lakes Region

Labor Day has come and gone and the leaves are beginning to change in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire which means the apple orchards are starting to open up for their 2019 autumn season. Many orchards in the area consist of multiple different types of trees which produce several varieties of apples including favorites like: Macintosh, Red Delicious, Cortland, Ginger Gold, and many more. Whether you are planning on a family outing or heading out for a date day to the orchard with your significant other, there are multiple “pick your own” traditional New England orchards in close proximity to Steele Hill Resorts. Take a look at the list below and let us know your favorite!

Surowiec Farm:
Surowiec Farm is located just fifteen minutes away at 53 Perley Hill Road right in Steele Hill’s hometown of Sanbornton. The farm is perched atop a hill providing an expansive backdrop of scenery overlooking the beautiful mountain foliage to the north and west. The farm opened on Labor Day weekend and their apple season extends through mid-October. Visitors can opt to grab a bag and head to the orchard to pick their choice of apples or visit the quaint farm stand which includes pre-picked apples along with many seasonal vegetables such as squash, broccoli, potatoes, carrots, onions and more! Don’t forget to visit their pumpkin patch which consists of pumpkins of all sizes great for carving, baking or decorating!

Stone Mountain Farm
Situated in our neighboring town of Belmont, just a twenty-minute drive away, Stone Mountain Farm is a family-owned high-density apple orchard with the primary focus on growing the fruit, not the tree. The trees use the support of posts and wires on a trellis which makes the apples much easier to reach for farm visitors. The orchard consists of 40 varieties of apples ranging from early season apples ready by August 25th, many mid-season apples ready between September 10th through September 20th and about a dozen late season varieties that are available through the beginning of November. There is also a farm stand located at the orchard which is open daily for visitors looking for some autumn decorations like corn stocks, pumpkins and gourds.

Smith Orchard
Smith Orchard, also located in Belmont New Hampshire, is the definition of a traditional New England apple orchard, with some apple trees dating back to the year 1929! The orchard’s trees produce apples that provide a taste that is both genuine and true to the variety with favorites like Cortland, Macintosh and Red Delicious apples. The orchard has over 2,000 semi-dwarf trees producing a wide variety of apples. In previous years the farm has hosted fun events such as Brunch in the Orchard and weekly alpaca features from Just a Dream Alpaca Farm. Keep an eye out for upcoming events at the orchard here.

Whether you are looking for a fun day-trip or plan to bake some pies during your next vacation, you may find a journey to any (or all) of the orchards listed above to be beneficial. It’s time to begin trekking into the orchards and start picking! Once you’ve picked as many apples as you can carry, unwind back at the resort in our over-sized Roman Spa hot tub while the children get the remainder of their energy out by swimming in our heated indoor pool equipped with an exciting water slide.

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?