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Laser Tag At Steele Hill Resort

Tag! You’re it! Experience the excitement and rush of Steele Hill’s newest amenity, laser tag! Our outdoor laser tag course is a battle space equipped with barriers, obstacles and props to enhance your live action gaming experience. This unique amenity is perfect for couples, bachelor(ette) parties, family reunions or individuals looking to join in on some exhilarating fun!

The adrenaline packed game is a combination of tag, hide and seek and capture the flag, with the main objective of earning as many points as possible by shooting the laser gun at the targets located on the adjustable headbands of the opponents. Forget about the large clunky vests and ultraheavy guns, our state-of-the-art laser tag equipment includes robust features and a versatile design proving to be the perfect unit for players of all experience levels aged 6+.

Each session lasts for a full hour and competitors are split on the battlefield starting at their home base. Once the game starts, participants will dodge laser shots from opponents while ducking, army crawling and running to find the best location to obtain the perfect shot to defeat the enemies. A Steele Hill Resort’s official is also onsite to assist with set up as well as explain and direct the game. The team with the most kill points at the end of the game is deemed the winner!

Once you have given it your all on the course, head over to the onsite Tova’s Tavern and refuel with a bite to eat and enjoy a signature drink at the full-service bar. Afterwards, be sure to stop by one of our many resort hot tubs or Roman Spa to soak your muscles and relax after your competitive game play.

Inside tips for a successful game:

  • Come prepared with proper clothing and attire. This can be a dirty game so be sure to wear closed toed shoes, and appropriate battle wear that you do not mind getting dirty
  • Preview the course before gameplay starts, you may be able to find the best spot prior to actual battle
  • Don’t be afraid to switch your scope view and weapon mid-game as there are multiple different presets
  • Keep firing! One shot won’t count as a kill so don’t be afraid to rapid fire if you have someone in good range
  • Keep an eye on your health LED indicator displayed on your gun throughout gameplay to have a sense as to how soon you may need to respawn at your base
  • Use the obstacles and barriers to your advantage by hiding behind/in them to snipe your enemy
  • Communicate with your team. Come up with a game play strategy to dominate the field while letting your teammates know where the enemies stand (or lay)
  • Did you carry your team? Check your gun at the end of each round to see how many kills and deaths you had personally
  • Finally, have fun! It can be competitive, but it should always be a fun and exciting game

From Tap to Table – NH Made Maple Syrup

If you have ever driven the backroads of New Hampshire during the early spring season, chances are you have noticed large metal buckets hanging on the trunks of trees. These buckets are used for collecting sap from the Maple trees only in the North Eastern part of North America. Once collected, the sap is transferred to a sugar house to begin the process of producing delicious and organic pure maple syrup. New Hampshire may arguably have the best pure maple syrup in the country and we are lucky enough to source our very own right here from our Steele Hill Resort property!

Steele Hill works closely with Tim and Heidi, owners of HT Farm LLC at 60 Federal Street in Belmont, New Hampshire where their sugar shack is located. Tim and Heidi tap the widespread maple orchards on the backside of Steele Hill to produce some of the most enjoyable locally crafted maple syrup around. Each year, Heidi and Tim set up close to 3,000 taps. These taps run into an extended piping network using plastic tubing which connects to multiple main lines to maximize the flow of the sap. These tubes lead to the large collection bin located a half mile away from the resort where some days they are able to gather up to 1,500 gallons of sap! Once the collector is full, they are able to pump the sap into a separate collector located in the bed of their vehicle to transport to the farm where they complete the process of making the syrup.

The sap season ranges from year to year and is very weather dependent, needing Mother Nature’s full cooperation by providing temperatures just below freezing at night and low forties during the day. This makes it just warm enough for the sap flow to thaw without being too warm and causing the trees to draw up excessive nutrients. On an average year, Tim and Heidi produce anywhere from 900 – 1,000 gallons of maple syrup. Guests are able to find the locally crafted syrup in our onsite Market and it is also used during our weekend breakfast offerings at the Hilltop Restaurant. The products all have a NH Seal of Quality based on the assessment from the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food. We also carry many of Heidi’s delicious homemade jams and original gourmet beef in our onsite convenience store.

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.

Observation Tower at Steele Hill

The first sight you see as you turn the corner towards the top of Steele Hill Road is our distinguished observation tower protruding from the West Amenities Building. The tower provides a 360-degree wrap around view of the New Hampshire Lakes Region. Open 365 days a year, our viewing tower is one of the resort’s favorite amenities.

Situated on the top floor of Steele Hill’s West Amenities building, the viewing area is the perfect location to relax and enjoy the incredible sights of the nearby lakes and mountains. We have recently overhauled the tower to make for a more enjoyable experience for our valued guests. Some of the fresh renovations include: completely residing the exterior of the tower, switching to energy efficient insulation, installing all new windows, providing air conditioning and adding seating benches to the top floor. Our favorite improvement is the addition of three unique panoramic photos identifying over 35 mountain peaks within the viewscape.

Our maintenance team created the displays for each of the individual photos and mounted each photo under the freshly remodeled tower windows with the respective views visible.

These newly installed tower displays offer the opportunity to turn your vacation into an educational experience by identifying the visible peaks in every direction.

Whether you have climbed the tower on multiple occasions in the past or plan to experience it for the first time during an upcoming vacation, the incredible vistas are unparalleled in the region. The tower truly offers spectacular views and unforgettable memories, be sure to make it a point to visit during your next trip to Steele Hill Resort!

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

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!

The Knot Best of Weddings 2018

The votes are in and Steele Hill Resorts has been named Best of Weddings for 2018 by TheKnot.com. This award would not have been possible without votes from all of the amazing couples and their guests we have been able to work with over the past year. So, we want to start off by thanking our wonderful brides and grooms. Steele Hill sincerely appreciates all of the positive reviews and comments that make us realize why we are in the wedding business. There is nothing more beautiful and rewarding than being able to play such an important role in a couple’s lifelong memories.

We also want to give a big shout out to our amazing Wedding and Event Coordinator, Penny Miller. Penny has held this position for the past four years. She prides herself on coordinating every detail of your special day from decorations down to the schedule of events. We can’t say enough positive things about her, and to get a better understanding of how great she is, here is a recent bride’s experience with Penny’s service:

“Penny was amazing. I can’t say enough awesome things about her! She made everything seem so easy, and you could tell she really cares about each and every wedding she helps plan. She even snuck me around a corner away from everyone when I had a stress meltdown the night before! This was the perfect wedding and it didn’t completely break the bank! It was priced very, very well for everything that we got! Book, book, book is all I can say :)” – Skye M

Steele Hill offers a variety of packages to meet a couple’s budget and needs. With different onsite venue locations, breath-taking views of the New Hampshire Lakes Region, a wide variety of amenities and an onsite restaurant, there is no need to look further. But don’t take our advice, look at the reviews and decide for yourself. If you are interested in having your wedding at our resort, check out our wedding pages here to inquire, or join us this summer for our annual I Do with a View Bridal Show. Lastly, we want to thank The Knot for presenting us with this award. It is a huge honor to serve such wonderful people on their special day.

Summer Family Fun at Steele Hill

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Steele Hill Resorts provides you with everything you need for an afternoon of fun with the family. On a beautiful summer day, no one wants to be stuck inside. So, take our cornhole or horseshoe sets outside on the lawn by the resort pool overlooking the mountains and lake, grab a drink from the poolside cabana service, and light up the grill for an afternoon BBQ.

Cornhole, a game for all ages can be played anywhere and is easy to learn. Gather your family and get into teams of two players, you can play leisurely or tournament style. Just ask for the boards by the pool and a staff member will take them out for you. Pay attention to the activity schedule and we may even be holding a cornhole tournament under the white event tent while you are here.

For those looking for a bit of summer nostalgia, head on over to the horseshoe pits. The game of horseshoes, like cornhole, is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. Get into teams of two and alternate trying to get the horseshoe around the stake. The horseshoes are located in front of the northwing of the original resort property. With views overlooking beautiful Lake Winnisquam and the Belknap Mountains, this is a great place to spend a summer day.

It’s a tradition to have a beverage in hand while playing lawn games, and there’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a tasty drink. Hit up the poolside cabana service or make a visit to Tova’s Tavern to grab a soda for the kids and a craft beer or one of Steele Hill’s famous rum buckets for yourself.

Pull up next to one of the outdoor grills and make a day of it. They are a hot commodity in the summer months so make sure to get there early. Grill up some hotdogs and burgers and continue to enjoy the afternoon games and fun without interruption. After all, this is what a family vacation is all about.

Steele Hill Active Getaway

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Whether you’re a 12-year-old kid or a marathon runner, some people just love to be active. When on vacation you can do whatever you want, so if being active puts you in your happy place, Steele Hill Resorts has something for you and we have the perfect day planned out to experience it all.

It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day out. You won’t want to fuss around too much in the morning but you will need to fuel up for the day. So, take a walk up to The Market and grab a fresh cup of Starbucks coffee and a breakfast sandwich to go.

Surrounding the edge of the resort is a five-mile hiking loop with easy to moderate terrain. Before it gets too hot, start your day outdoors in the heart of nature with a brisk walk or run around the loop. This is a great way to soak in that fresh New Hampshire air and clear your mind for the day.

Grab your suit and head down to the outdoor pool area to cool down with a refreshing swim and some laps in the pool. Pull up a lounge chair, hang out, and relax in the sun for a bit. Grab a drink and a healthy lunch option like the Turkey Avocado Wrap off of the Hilltop Restaurant menu using the poolside cabana service.

Head on over to the basketball or tennis courts for some competitive afternoon fun. Other guests are always enjoying the basketball court so join in on a pickup game, or practice those free throws. If tennis is your thing, serve up your ace while taking in views of the rolling mountain ranges to the south.

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Spend the rest of the afternoon hitting the links with a leisurely 9 holes on our par 3 course. If you are a beginner or have been golfing for years, this course will work for everyone. If you forgot to bring your own clubs don’t worry about it, you can head to the check-in office where we rent them out. Did we mention that most of the course offers clear access to views of the lakes and mountains?

Head back to your room and cook up a delicious meal in the comfort of your own kitchen or take advantage of the many grills we offer for guest use around the resort campus. Make sure to fuel your body right so that you have enough energy to get through the night.

Post dinner get a group together for a game of volleyball and watch as the sun goes down; the surrounding landscape shifts through the beautiful sunset shades of dark greens and purples. After your volleyball game, throw on your bathing suit and head out to our new 20ft four-season hot tub to enjoy a soak after a long day of activities. Feel free to retire to your suite’s deck and take in the stars for a bit or head in for an early bedtime. After all, you’ve had a busy day on your active getaway at Steele Hill.