Historic Wolfeboro a Vacation Favorite

Summer vacationers have been "getting away" to Wolfeboro for almost 250 years and loving it.

Wolfeboro was named in 1759 for British General James Wolfe, hero of the French and Indian War, who died at the Battle of Quebec just weeks before the town was chartered.

Located on the northeastern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, the town's claim as "the Oldest Summer Resort in America" is also based on history - New Hampshire's last colonial governor, John Wentworth, chose Wolfeboro for the site of his own summer home in 1770.

More than two centuries later visitors to Wolfeboro still enjoy the beautiful scenery,
clear lakes and fresh air that attracted Governor Wentworth.

The opportunities to experience New Hampshire's beautiful lakes and outdoors go on and on: four public beaches, diving, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skis, waterskiing, boat rides and cruises (antique, dinner/dance or rent-your-own), fishing (with or without a guide), hiking, biking, walking trails, golf, mini-golf, tennis and we probably missed something!

Wolfeboro offers everything we look for in a vacation destination. The picturesque main street wraps around Wolfeboro Bay with a mix of traditional and unique shops. Ice Cream, oh yes, goood ice cream, cheese, hand-crafted fine jewelry, home-made fudge and candy, quality and casual clothing for men and women, fishing bait, comfy book stores, hand-cast Queen's Metal pewter, better-than-most T-shirts, art galleries, gifts for you and to take home, many made in New Hampshire.

Our six museums tell many stories. The Clark House, Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse and Firehouse are all about Wolfeboro history. The 100-year-old Libby Museum is all about New Hampshire's natural history. The Wright Museum tells the story of America in the years 1939-1945 with many exhibits of World War II equipment, uniforms and memorabilia from the “Homefront.”

Kids especially enjoy Klickety-Klack Railroad, which features a working model railroad city with twenty-six running trains, 150 locomotives and seventy buttons you can operate yourselves. Finally, the New Hampshire Boat Museum is filled with permanent and rotating exhibits of antique and classic boats of all sizes and power, and lake memorabilia dating to the 1800s. All the museums offer special programs and events.

Music and the arts flourish in Wolfeboro. Great Waters Music Festival and The Friends of Music offer a variety of first-rate concerts year-round and the Friends of the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand bring music to the waterfront free concerts Wednesday and Saturday nights.

Wolfeboro's art galleries feature original works by local and New England artists and the town hosts several arts and crafts festivals each summer.

Summer theatre abounds with three different venues nearby, including The Barnstormers Summer Theatre in Tamworth and The Lakes Region Theatre and Winnipesaukee Playhouse, both in Meredith.

Where to stay and eat? Don't look for chain restaurants, hotels, or motels. There is one “grand” hotel on the bay, several family run motels (some on the water), charming B & Bs, and private lakeside homes for lease.

There are restaurants (seven on the water or with water views), taverns, tap rooms, raw bars, lakeside grilles, cafes, fine dining and Asian restaurants, pizza parlors, sub shops, diners and a real hotdog stand at the town docks!

Wolfeboro awaits you... yours to discover and explore!