Lake Sunapee Region
By Nancy and Richard Woodworth
The fortuitous combination of lakes, mountains and meadows makes the Sunapee Region a choice year-round attraction, especially for the sportsman and those who are drawn to the water.
Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire's third largest, and its neighbors, Little Sunapee and Pleasant Lake, provide all kinds of water pleasures within view of Mount Kearsarge, central New Hampshire's highest peak, and Mount Sunapee, a state park and ski area. In between on the rolling flatlands are four golf courses and two tennis clubs.
So it comes as no surprise that historic New London, the largest village in the region (year-round population, 3,180, but swelled by second-home residents, tourists and students at Colby-Sawyer College), is a mecca for the affluent. Its hilltop setting with posh contemporary homes, country clubs and trendy shops casts an unmistakable aura of prosperity. Legend has it that the song made famous by Kate Smith, "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain," was written by a Colby-Sawyer student as she watched it rise above Mount Kearsarge.
Little Sunapee and Pleasant lakes, hidden from the tourists' path, are happily unspoiled. Some of the Lake Sunapee shoreline is surprisingly undeveloped as well, and old Sunapee Harbor – the heart of the lakes resort region – looks not unlike a cove transplanted from the coast of upper Maine.
The area's inns, many of which have been around a while, reflect the solitude and variety of the region.
Material excerpted from Inn Spots & Special Places in New England, by Nancy and Richard Woodworth. Copyright 2004.
Wood Pond Press
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