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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.

Live Entertainment at Steele Hill

Once you arrive for vacation at Steele Hill Resorts, you can choose to stay onsite. Our full-service property has everything you need for your next getaway: a fitness center, a restaurant, bars, a fully stocked convenience store, an abundance of games and amenities, an activities director with different fun events scheduled weekly and a great selection of live entertainment.

If you are having trouble figuring out your vacation’s itinerary, take a look at the list of resort activities we provide on a weekly basis. There are fun games, crafts and activities for all ages listed on our activity schedule as well as our scheduled live entertainment. Every Monday throughout the summer we have Wildlife Encounters join us at the Carriage House to provide an engaging educational seminar for all ages. During the show, the professional staff safely exhibit multiple animals and you even have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some!

This summer we also have Magic Fred, New Hampshire’s favorite magician, performing table-side magic every Tuesday evening at our very own Hilltop Restaurant. When you stop by the Hilltop for dinner, you can enjoy both, a delicious meal off of our brand-new menu and an engaging magic act by Magic Fred. Magic Fred performs walk around magic tricks to make sure all dinner parties will have a memorable and entertaining experience.

Looking to just kick back and relax poolside while listening to some great music? We have live performances from some of the region’s best musical artists right here at Steele Hill Resort. With a wide variety of musical styles ranging from pop, classic rock, country, and more, there are songs you can sing along to as well as originals that are performed. The musicians are scheduled to perform in various locations throughout the resort including the Patio at the Resort Outdoor Pool, Tova’s Tavern, the Oasis Bar, and the West Outdoor Pool so keep an eye on the schedule to grab your spot and enjoy the show!

West Sauna Renovation

If you have been able to visit our West Amenities building within the past month, you may have noticed a big change. We have recently completed a total renovation of our West electric dry heat sauna that may literally and figuratively take your breath away.

Picture yourself finishing up an intense cardio session in our exclusive fitness center then heading over to our newly renovated sauna to kick-start your body’s recovery process. Spending up to twenty minutes in the sauna not only increases the circulation in your body, but also in return promotes relaxation and reduces stress as well as allowing you some down time to finish (or start) planning the rest of the day ahead of you.

As you approach the sauna you will notice the new quality cedar door smoothly sanded and equipped with a thermal window. Once you step in, there is a single custom cedar bench to replace the old block benches as well as an updated mounted cedar guard rail and ceiling boards. The walls and floor have been completely reconstructed with an Ansley Amber ceramic tile for a more modern feel while you relax in front of the brand-new heating unit. Sweating has never been so nice!

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.

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.

Front Desk Renovation

If you have been by the resort lately you may have noticed a few changes with our front desk check-in office. We have recently completed a full renovation to ensure guest registrations go as smoothly as possible so you can get out and enjoy your vacation here at Steele Hill Resorts.

As you step in you will notice that the old flooring is gone and has been replaced. The center column at the desk has been removed to create more open visual space for check-ins. New granite counter tops were installed along with new cabinets. A PTAC Air Conditioner was added to keep the office cool for guests during those hot summer months, and nice and warm during the winter season.

Guests looking to rent a movie can still head to the front office to browse our large selection and pick a movie or two to watch with the whole family. The front office is a great place to visit if you’re looking for fish nets to catch frogs in our pond or to grab a pair of clubs and a score card to play a round of golf on our 9-hole golf course. During the winter months swing by the front desk and rent yourself a pair of snowshoes to explore the trails surrounding the property.

If you’re looking for suggestions on things to do and see in the area our concierge and front desk staff are always happy to help. Let us know what you think of the changes, and we look forward to seeing you at check in!

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 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.

Rob Robillard