Squam Lake Driving Tour
Distance: 40 miles
Highlights: views of Squam Lake, mountains and villages; Holderness, Natural Science Center, Center Sandwich, Center Harbor and Meredith; Year around recreation and shopping options;
You've had a delicious Glynn House breakfast. It's time to hit the road and explore some of New Hampshire's lakes. Leave the Glynn House and take US Route 3 south toward Meredith. Turn right on river road and pass summer homes before reaching a covered bridge, which spans the juncture of the Squam River and Little Squam Lake. The beach makes a nice stop during the summer months.
Returning to Route 3 south, you'll pass Little Squam, on the right hand side of the road, before reaching Holderness. The local boatyard rents kayaks, canoes and powerboats.
After taking a left turn on Route 113, you'll pass the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. In addition to fascinating nature exhibits, the Center also offers tours of beautiful Squam Lake from May until late October. Beautiful views of Squam Lake are on your right.
Further along the rolling country road, you'll pass a horse farm on your left. About five minutes after leaving Holderness, you'll reach the Rattlesnake Trailhead. You can stop and hike a series of trails, which ultimately provide hikers exceptional views of most of Squam Lake and parts of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Continue along Route 113 until reaching Center Sandwich; a quintessential New England village nestled between the White Mountains and Squam Lakes. This is a great photo stop. Shoppers will appreciate art and crafts offered at several local galleries and antique shops.
Take Route 113A to Center Harbor, passing along the eastern shore of Squam Lake before reaching this quaint town on the north edge of Lake Winnipesaukee. The area has retained much of its charm and offers great views to the south. Shoppers will enjoy crafts, gourmet foods and a superb quilting and pattern shop.
Take Route 25 west approximately five miles until reaching Meredith. Meredith has a traditional New England village Main Street and offers visitors spectacular views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the White Mountains. A good place to look at local handicrafts is the League of NH Craftsman on Route 3 south.
You return to the Glynn House by taking Route 3 north. Coffee, tea and delicious freshly baked cookies will be waiting for you. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served before its time to head out for dinner.
Glynn House Inn, 59 Highland Street, Ashland, NH 03217 603-968-3775