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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!

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.

Family Fun at the Resort

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Steele Hill Resorts is the perfect vacation destination for families. Those that have stayed with us know how much we have to offer, and for those that don’t we are going to paint the perfect picture. A majority of our rooms are set up as suites or townhouses and offer a full vacation condo experience. In many rooms you will have access to a full kitchen that includes a fridge/freezer, stove top, oven, microwave, and dishwasher. Some additional in-room amenities that our larger units offer include dining areas, full living rooms and decks with breath-taking views of the lakes and mountains.

Imagine waking up with your family and whipping up a batch of pancakes and bacon on the stove top in the comfort of your own room. After breakfast, there is always something going on or activities available at the resort so if you are unfamiliar check in with the concierge and they can get you started. The pools are a big hit, so if it’s a bright and sunny day, post breakfast head down to the outdoor pool area for a morning of fun. There is a big pool for children and adults and a kiddie pool for the young ones. There is also a playground located right by so you can lounge by the pool as your kids play.

After your morning by the pool, head up to the onsite convenience store, The Market, and grab some choice hiking snacks. Walk across the street towards the trail head and kick off your hike on the red trail. A network of over five miles of trails surrounds the resort grounds. Keep an eye out for animals such as the wild turkey and deer that often frequent the woods. If you are lucky, you might even see an owl or rabbit. Find a good spot to stop along the trail in one of the back fields or on a rock under a canopy of trees for a family picnic.

Once back at the resort, check out the activities schedule to see what is going on during the day for some family fun. Activities often include an ice cream social, candy bar bingo, making a customized, stuffed animal at Teddy Bear Mountain, or joining in on the newest activity this year, a campus-wide scavenger hunt.

For dinner, as a family head to the Hilltop Restaurant where you can sit by the large picture windows and reflect on your favorite parts of the day while eating a delicious meal looking out at beautiful views of the lakes region. Save room for dessert and head to the outdoor fire pit where you can roast marshmallows and build s’mores.

As a night cap, stop by the check in office and rent a movie to bring back to your room. Pop in some popcorn and unwind from the day how it started, with family.

Hot Tub & Cabana Escape

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After a long day hiking the resort trails, playing a round of golf, or hanging with the kids, you deserve a relaxing place to decompress. Picture yourself unwinding with a specialty drink from our cabana service. Enjoy a tasty beverage hand delivered to your lounger of choice on the outdoor resort pool patio while enjoying one of the best views in the state. Our newest addition of a 20 foot, four-season, outdoor hot tub has just made that experience even more desirable.

The new, oversized tub offers an unparalleled vantage point to experience the unique hilltop setting and melt the stress away during your much needed vacation getaway. This welcome addition to the resort pool area is sure to enhance the already beautiful views of the New Hampshire lakes and mountains. With a capacity of 8 people, you and all of your friends have plenty of room to stretch your legs. Built as a true, four-season amenity, the hot tub is intended to offer year round fun. On a cool summer night, hop in the tub and then jump out to sit by the fire pit and roast some s’mores. In the winter, a heated walkway provides easy access from the indoor pool area so you can relax while watching the snow fall.

While out on the patio don’t forget to try our cabana service where you can order a Margarita and have it brought right to your chair. The cabana service is open from 11am to 5pm during the high season and is already a big hit with guests. Simply raise your flag and a friendly waiter will come to take your order and return to your chair with a refreshing drink to help enjoy the summer weather. After all, it is 5 o’clock somewhere!

Fireworks Festivities at Steele Hill

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A 30+ year tradition in the making, nothing quite says “I love America” like Cotton Candy, BBQ and Fireworks. So grab your family and friends and head to Steele Hill Resorts to celebrate Independence. This year’s festivities will be hosted on July 3rd and feature fireworks, a BBQ, and live music starting at 3pm.

For any newcomers to the party, the fireworks display at Steele Hill offers a very unique vantage point. Guests are invited to sit on the lawn facing the view near the resort outdoor patio while an impressive fireworks display is shot off further down the slope of the golf course. The show will end up being at about eye level so no need to go home feeling like you just got stuck sitting in the front row nose bleed section of the movie theater. These fireworks are up close and personal. The other unique feature of our celebration is that since we have such a great view you can actually see other towns fireworks going off across the Lakes Region. Really get into the spirit of independence as the horizon lights up with celebratory explosions.

Pre-Fireworks, join us for hot dogs and burgers under the outdoor tent, if you are 21 years or older, beer will also be served. For the kids, we will be selling glow sticks and sparklers, along with fried dough and cotton candy. It wouldn’t be a celebration without music, so on the Hilltop Restaurant deck DJ Mike will be rocking the tunes and the Sweet Bloods will be performing live music under the outdoor event tent.

Don’t forget to bring something to sit on and a sweatshirt in case of a cool summer breeze. The Atlas firework show will begin to shoot off between 9:15 and 9:30pm. With some of the best views in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, you aren’t going to want to miss this spectacular event. We’ll see you there!

Taps Galore at Tova’s Tavern

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Beer enthusiasts are beginning to notice the not so hidden gem down at Tova’s Tavern. With the addition of our new tap system and an emphasis on quality microbrews, the beer selection is quickly becoming a major attraction in the restaurant. Our staff has doubled down on finding the perfect mix to tickle your fancy and provide a unique tasting experience. Guests are invited to sample the different brews to help determine the perfect choice for their particular tastes.

Tova’s Tavern has been serving thirsty guests for decades and with the beer revolution sweeping the country some upgrades to the selection were an obvious fit. Beyond the enhanced offering at the bar, the resort has also embraced the new beer culture by hosting the annual A Brew with a View brewfest. The festival brings together a variety of regional microbrews from around New England as well as like-minded fans of craft beer. The brewfest offers a unique opportunity to research new ideas for the bar and get feedback from guests attending the event. It is really a win-win for our “research” team.

With all the attention given to our beer selection, it’s no wonder Tova’s has been getting some extra attention these days. Just remember, if you plan a visit, don’t forget to pet the stuffed husky on the last bar stool. The tradition is guaranteed to bring good luck for years to come.

Relax in Style with an In-Room Massage

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Looking for that perfect touch to make the most out of your next vacation? Look no further than the comfort of your own suite. Steele Hill is excited to kick off our new in-room massage service.

Calm your mind and relax your body with a professional massage. The new offering provides in-room massage therapy to help pamper our guests and release the stress from their daily lives. Our service menu includes a selection of different techniques to personalize the experience to your liking. From a traditional Swedish Massage to Face and Feet Therapy, highly trained therapist are available to make your next stay a truly relaxing experience.

For information on booking a massage during your stay, check out our service menu or call the desk at 603-524-0500.

Upgrade to Resort Bedding

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Quality, comfort and cleanliness are three key attributes to an enjoyable hospitality experience. This statement is particularly true when it comes to bedding and linens. In an effort to further upgrade the guest experience at Steele Hill, management made a decision to roll out the Zephyr Bedding Package to all king size beds at the resort. Over the course of the summer and into the fall, dreams of soft linens and fluffy, white duvets became a reality.

What is the Zephyr Package you ask? Imagine a large king bed wrapped in high thread count sheets and topped off with a comfortable duvet all in bright, ivory white. Premium pillows provide a comfort-centric headpiece with an accent of color adorning the foot in the form of the bed scarf. Are we feeling cozy yet? According to the recent feedback, our guests sure are.

The upgraded bedding has been a major hit and it is merely one of the many steps the resort has taken over the last few years to continue to boost the hospitality experience. With the new year shortly upon us, many additional projects are on their way. In the meantime, if you are looking to experience things for yourself, reserve a room with a king bed and try out our new bedding.