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Many of the County Links on the left will keep you specifically in or near Laconia, Belknap County and around Lake Winnipesaukee here in New Hampshire. We add new listings and links on a regular basis so bookmark this page and check back often.

Well known as one of New England's oldest and most popular tourist destinations, Belknap County is a striking combination of pristine lakes and mountains, small towns and cities, rural scenic byways, and traditional main streets with historic country stores. It is in the heart of New Hampshire's Lakes Region.

Lake Winnipesauke, approximately 15 miles wide and 25 miles long, has approximately 184 miles of shorefront and covers about 44,500 acres. Lake Winnipesaukee and the surrounding lakes (Winnisquam and Opechee) are the primary recreation focus of the state during the non-ski months of the year. Lake Winnipesaukee has been a tourist destination for more than a century, especially for residents seeking respite from the summer heat of Boston and New York City. The Native American name Winnipesaukee means either "smile of the Great Spirit" or "beautiful water in a high place".

Lake Winnipesaukee is known for its annual Ice-Out Contest, in which people try to guess the earliest date that the Mount Washington, a local paddleboat, can safely leave her port in Center Harbor and motor to four other ports (Weirs Beach, Alton Bay, Wolfeboro, and Meredith). Since records began in 1851, ice-out has happened as early as March 23 and as late as May 12, although 90 percent of the time it is declared during April.

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Hiking, climbing, cycling and skiing are enjoyed both by energetic locals and by the many visitors who drive up from Boston and New York. The major destinations are Lake Winnipesaukee in Belknap County, and Conway, Lincoln and Franconia in the mountains further north. Mount Washington is in Coos County. The lakes, islands and snowcapped peaks themselves are spectacular. And some say that the area around Cheshire County and Keene, NH is the "Currier and Ives" America has come to love.

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