Outdoor Events

The problem with spring in New England is the agony of anticipation!

The problem with spring in New England is the agony of anticipation! 

In the fall we experience beautiful fall foliage and crisp cooler temperatures. Golf clubs and boats are put away with the anticipation of cold weatherLake Winnipesaukee lake view - winnipesaukee homes for sale . Our mindset is accepting shorter days and cold weather knowing days on the ski slopes are right around the corner. 

Spring is the season flowers come into bloom and we are in a full court press for summer. Spring activities include your first day on the golf course, taking your boat out for the first time or getting your garden ready for planting. 

Reality is spring is day after day of disappointments.  I am waiting for some 60 degree days only to have the average temperature lingering around 29 in the morning and low 40’s in the afternoon. The depression sinks in when we are in the first week of April, forget April showers bring May flowers we are still experiencing snow storms. 

It is not that mother nature is throwing us curve balls every spring day, it is our mental state of mind. We anticipate sitting in the sun watching a baseball game with temperatures in the 60’s not snow flurries and temperatures in the 40’s. 

Well, they are predicting 2 inches of snow April 6th, 2018. The longer days are great but I still wearing a winter jacket. Mother Nature is not following the weather game plan we all have set in place.  Ice out on Lake Winnipesaukee I predict, April 18th this year.

What is your prediction for ice out on Winnipesaukee? 

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What Winnipesaukee has to offer?

One of the major attractions is the vast boating opportunities on the lake. You could live on the lake and leave your car in the garage for the entire summer. Groceries, restaurants, movies, hardware stores, and even clothing can be purchased a short walk from many of the ports around the lake.  Major ports: Alton, Center Harbor, Laconia, Meredith, Wolfeboro.  Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate for Sale - Winnipesaukee home for sale

As you drive around the lake the below list gives you some of the amenities and attractions that the NH Lakes Region has to offer.

Boating is #1, with plenty of places to launch your boat for a day trip or store your boat for an extended stay. Many choose to purchase a slip while many home rentals offer docking for your stay if you're not ready to purchase a lakefront home.

Hiking can be enjoyed by the entire family and trails are too numerous to mention. 

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion is an outdoor amphitheater located in Gilford. A popular spot to see your rock or country musicians. 

Gunstock Ski Ski Resort, four seasons of fun. Skiing - XC Trails -  Sliding -Mountain Coaster - Zip Line and more. 

Weirs Beach is located in Laconia, beach, boardwalk, attractions, food, entertainment.

Laconia Bike Week, thousands of motorcycles from all over the country are here Fathers Day week. They enjoy a week of riding and activities with Weirs Beach being the hub for all events. 

Nascar Racing plus other races and a country concert venue at NH International Speedway in Loudon. 

Funspot, noted to be one of the largest arcades in the country. 

Golf courses are dotted around the lake with great snowmobiling in the winter.

Fishing is popular around the lake with two popular summer/winter fishing derbies that thousands enter with thousands of dollars of prizes. If you have never been salmon fishing contact one of the local guides. 

Museums - Crafts Fairs - Antique In Water Boat Shows - Fall Foliage - Theater - Farm Stands - Scenic Railroad - Mount Washington Boat Cruises - Squam Lake Nature Center - Maple Sugaring - Road Races - Triathlons - Pond Hockey - Ice Car Racing

What are your favorite activities in the lakes region? Drop me a note for details on any one of the above events! 

If you fall in love with the region and want to find a lake home on any of the 250 lakes in the area? Connect with one of our lake experts at Lady of the Lake Realty. 

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April Fools Day is also Salmon Fishing in NH- Salmon Fishing Checklist!

April Fools Day is also Salmon Fishing in NH - 2018 

Will you be fly casting in the Merrymeeting River in Alton? Trolling around a small patch of open water or sitting on the town docks in Meredith with a smelt and a bobber. These are all are a great way to get out and enjoy the lake. Spring is right around the corner and summer heat will be upon us.  

Here is a checklist for getting your boat ready for salmon fishing.  NH Lakefront real estate - salmon fishing on lake winnipesaukee

1. Clean and wax your boat.
2. New plugs and replace fluids in your motors. 
3. Safety check, fire extinguishers to life preservers.
4. Grease fittings on the boat and trailer. 
5. Check to confirm your impellers are functioning 
    correctly. 

Fishing Equipment

1. Check to make sure all reels are in good working 
    condition and outfit with new line and leaders.
2. Organize your tackle box. 
3. Check rod holders, downriggers, rigger balls, 
    releases are all in good condition. 

Not sure I will be out on the water April 1st freezing my butt off but you can count me in as soon as the temperatures reach 45 or higher. 

Looking for a dock to purchase or a lake home to keep your boat on the lake Call Lady of the Lake Realty  at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com   

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Buying a boat is a contagious disease! Yes Curable!

Buying a boat is a disease!  

It is not contagious but 90% of the boat owners have it.  

Soon after purchasing our first home we decided that sailing might be fun.  We did not have a huge budget and wanted a boat that would offer some speed at a low cost. Our first boat was a used 14 foot Hobie.  

The Hobie was fun, wet, fast, uncomfortable and due to the size was really set up for one person. First time out on the boat on Crystal Lake I saw a person flagging me towards shore. I ventured over and he said loudly first time sailing? I proudly responded yes indeed. He said you put the sail up wrong, the rope goes up the track. The boat handled 100% better after that correction.  

That next spring we sold the Hobie and bought a used O’Day 19 foot Day Sailor. This was a wonderful boat that we learned the basics about sailing.  This boat had a mainsail, jib, small storage area for fishing poles and a cooler and a swing keel. We had a great time and owned this boat for 2 full years. 

Our next boat was a Pearson 26 footer. A well used boat but had overnight accommodations and we secured a mooring in Ipswich Ma next to Cranes Castle. Our first long voyage was to Cape Cod.  We motored thru the Annisquam River and got a mooring in Gloucester. The next leg was across to Scituate. We sat on the mooring for 2 days waiting for the weather to clear. NOAA called for afternoon thunderstorms and we were too nervous to get caught in bad weather. We finally realized they called for thunderstorms every afternoon. Great boat with a forgiving learning curve as we ran into a ledge on 2 occasions with no damage to the boat what so ever. 

After two years with the 26 footer, we bought a used 30 foot, Pearson, as our children started to come along. We put a divider in the V birth and netting around the boat and kept on sailing.  We did some club racing and into the 2nd year of ownership, we were out cruising around when a boat came along and passed us on the leeward side and then outpointed us by 15 degrees. 

 

My brain stopped working, my next purchase was a go-fast boat, J35. Perfectly set up for a family of 4, 2 rear berths and a v berth along with a permanent table, stove and icebox plus it was a go-fast race machine. I owned this wallet draining boat for 10 years.  I had a full complement of sails plus every electronic go fast gadget you could add. The boat cost more than my house at the time. 

I finally sold the boat for about 1/3 of what I had into it and bought a lake cottage and the boat disease started over. This time I was back to my fishing roots from childhood.  In a later post I will get into all the details but I started with a canoe to a 14-foot boat to a 16-foot ski/bass boat. The brain fogs again and I purchased a boat slip on Winnipesaukee and a used 19-foot center console fishing boat for salmon fishing. With the center console, I had to carry my gear back and forth from the car. Getting old and lazy I upgraded again to a used 20 foot walk around perfect for fishing and plenty of storage for gear. Was I happy, yes but I added a trolling motor, fancy fish finder, 2 downriggers, a trolling box and enough gear for all.  

As you can see this is truly a disease that can not be cured! 

I must admit in my 35 years of boating I only purchased one new boat the J35. This boat was an adventure. We raced the boat successfully and ventured to Boothbay Maine to Nantucket and all the ports in-between. Major fun!    

Please leave your comments on your boating sickness.  I will be starting a boating anonymous class for those with this serious addiction.  The only cure is to purchase a lake home! 

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Ice Fishing! Safety on the Ice is of utmost concern!

Ice Fishing! Safety on the Ice is of utmost concern! 

Ice Fishing Checklistlake winnipesaukee real estate - lake winnipesaukee ice

2″ or less – not safe for travel 

4″ – walking only 

5″ – safe for fishing and ATV or snowmobile 

8″ – 12″ – safe for a car or small group of people

12″ – 15″ – safe to drive a truck 

  • The above guidelines are for clear ice, test the ice prior to going out on the ice and spot test as you venture further out on the lake or pond. Snow and slush create white ice that is not safe. 

Ice seldom forms uniformly, test as you move along. 

Ice in flowing water does not freeze uniformly, test or avoid 

Snow on the ice insulates slowing the freezing process and weighs down the ice, danger, test or avoid

Ask for local knowledge and bring ice spikes for your boots plus hand picks. 

Don’t go out on the ice alone. 

Cracking / Booms typically is just the ice expanding not a real danger 

If driving on the ice keep a good distance from other vehicles, don’t wear your seatbelt and leave the lake before it becomes too hard to see. 

What to bring along?

Dress warmly in layers, you can always take layers off, when setting up remove layers so you don’t overheat and sweat. 

Get a checklist of needed gear the night before and load it in your vehicle or have it ready to go. Ice traps, jigging rod, hooks, bait bucket, weights, lunch and leave the alcohol at home. 

Bring a cell phone, throw rope, extra clothing and ice picks

Bring along a portable bob house or bring or build a wind block.  Ice sleds are a must for getting your gear from hole to hole location.

Don’t waste time in the morning looking for a spot to get on the lake to fish. Confirm the evening before you can get on the ice at the location you want to fish! 

 

If you’re looking to sell or buy a lake home in NH give us a call?   

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Getting on New Hampshire's Big Lakes at a reasonable cost?

Getting on New Hampshire’s Big Lakes at a reasonable cost?  

Waterfront on any of the big lakes in New Hampshire is expensive! What if you want to enjoy all the lakes have to offer on a beer budget every chance you can get?  

Depending on your family's needs there are several options worth looking into.  Let's start with the least expensive option and go up from there. 

1. Boat docks/slips:  You can get rack storage in Moultonborough on Winnipesaukee for $15,000.  This is an on-demand service, call and they put your boat in the water and your boat is stored indoors while you're not using it. 

2. A slip you can overnight on? There are several options around the lakes starting at $50,000. Of course, you need a boat for both of these options. 

( plus you don’t have to trailer your boat from home,  drawback you have to commute from home to the dock  )

3.  Condos, you have a ton of choices and all price points. From $100,000 to $700,000. They will all put you close to the lake but the amenities differ widely.  Private shared beach, docks, moorings, fitness club, hiking trails are some of the features you can find around the lake

4.  Single-family homes with shared beach access you will find opportunities from $300,000 to $800,000, some with docks/day dock but all with beaches. 

5.  Single-family homes near the lake will cost $175,000 up. 

6.  Waterfront homes with owned shoreline start at $500,000 and go up from there. 

( if you purchase or rent a dock space options 3-5 are excellent ways to get the family on the lake without trailering every day you want to get out on the lake )

From experience, I live close to Squam Lake and we trailer a small boat a short distance to the launch and beach area to explore all Squam has to offer. We also own a dock at Bay Shore Yacht Club in Meredith on Winnipesaukee. I try to get out on the big lake a couple of mornings a week fishing for salmon, a challenge I enjoy.  

If you’re looking to sell or buy a lake home in NH give us a call?   

Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com   

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Opening your lake cottage for summer! - Putting together a plan!

Opening your lake cottage for summer! - Putting together a plan! 

In about 2 months the snow will be melting and dreams of summer fun will be at your doorstep. Hopefully, you have a checklist from prior years you can follow to get the camp ready for Memorial Day opening weekend. If you don’t here are a a few helpful hints. 

  1. Bring your tool box - shovels - rakes - a saw.
  2. Verify that the electricity, phone, the internet is on and insurance is up to date. 
  3. Boat and Trailer registrations are current and have your boat and trailer serviced before you trailer up the road.  Spring cleaning your lake cottage
  4. Make sure you have all your keys! 
  5. Cleaning Supplies, towels, mops, brooms, leaf bags and a shop vac would always be helpful. 
  6. Bring some batteries and replenish the flashlights and smoke / carbon monoxide alarms. 
  7. Get the heat / ac checked out and clean the fireplace or wood stove flu’s prior to lighting your first fire of the season. Don’t forget to make sure a workable fire extinguisher is on hand. 
  8. Get the water running, look for leaks and let it run for an hour to get the system cleaned out then change the filters. Finally turn on the hot water. 
  9. Rake the lawn and clean the interior. Your almost ready to start enjoying lake life. 
  10. Get the dock ready for installation, check posts and decking then put it in the water and tie your boat up

That’s it! You’ve got, electricity, internet, water, hot water, clean home, boats on the dock, and the yard is picked up.  What else do you need? I would get the grill going for an evening meal. 

If you’re looking to sell or buy a lake home in NH give us a call?   

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Some NH 2018 Winter Events you don't want to miss!

 

Some Winter Events you don’t want to miss!   

( picture is just a teaser - summer is around the corner )

Winnipesaukee Pond Hockey Classic -  Meredith  Feb 2-4 2018

The first puck dropped for the New England Pond Hockey Classic in February of 2010. Since then the NEPHC has quickly become one of the most sought after Pond Hockey Tournaments in the country, with teams flying in to compete from all over North America. Situated in the resort town of Meredith, NH, the NEPHC offers participants a tournament experience unlike any other. 

Great Meredith Ice Fishing Derby - Feb 10-11  Details

Ice Car Racing - Feb 17 Don’t miss Ice Car Racing on Meredith Bay 

Sled Dog Racing  - Laconia - Feb 16-18  - Where to view   https://www.lrsdc.org/  

College Ski Racing Events  - 2018 

February includes the University of Vermont Carnival (Feb. 2-3), with alpine races at Stowe and Nordic competition at Trapp Family Lodge, followed by the Dartmouth College Carnival (Feb. 9-10) at Dartmouth Skiway (alpine) and the XC Ski Center (Nordic).

The 2018 EISA Championships/NCAA East Regional Championships will be hosted by Middlebury College on Feb. 23-24. The Middlebury Snow Bowl will be the site of the alpine championships, and the Nordic competition will take place at Rikert Nordic Center.

The University of Colorado will serve as the host school for the 2018 NCAA Skiing Championships on March 7-10 at Steamboat Springs and the Howelsen Ski Area.

New London Winter Carnival - Feb 1-3,  2018 

Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest - Feb 2-4 , 2018 

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Home Winterization Checklist for Snowbirds: 10 Basic Items to Review

Hard work just put you in the fortunate position of becoming a snowbird! 

Home Winterization Checklist for Snowbirds: 10 Basic Items to Review

Before you head out the door to warmer weather for an extended stay you have prepare your homes cold vacation without you. 

Prepare a checklist! Here are a few basic items you want to look at.  

  1. Your mail has to go somewhere, you can’t have your mailbox overflowing! Set this up early with a neighbor or the post office. 
  2. Your home needs to look lived in, have the driveway plowed and ask a neighbor to drive in and out of it giving it that lived in look.
  3. Turn off the water, ask your heating company if the furnace needs water, if yes turn off the water to the living space or better yet, drain the water system. 
  4. Turned the heat down to 55 or 60 and if you have a forced hot water system talk to your plumber about adding anti-freeze in place of water. 
  5. Unplug all none essentials, stove, microwave, televisions, refrigerators, ( leave the door open ) any item that a digital light comes on wasting energy. 
  6. Put your cable/internet on vacation mode if possible. 
  7. Don’t post your plans on social media or post while you are away! 
  8. Leave a light on or put a light on a timer so your home looks lived in.  
  9. Put fuel stabilizer in gas tanks, car, lawn mowers, snowmobiles etc.
  10. Lock all windows and doors, double check them prior to leaving. 
  11. Don't forget to cover outdoor furniture and boats. 

If you have any interest in purchasing a New Hampshire lakefront home Lady of the Lake Realty has been in business since 1999 and we have exhaustive knowledge of the lakes. Our marketing area includes all the lakes from Sunapee Area to Ossipee. 

We can help you with selecting a lake meeting your lifestyle. We have comprehensive knowledge of the lakes sizes, water quality, amenities around the lake and even what kind of fish are in the lake.  

Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com  to begin your search

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley both specializing in NH Lakefront Sales  #nhlakesrealty

 

New NH State Boating Law Effective January 1. 2017

This important piece of legislation in my opinion has not been well circulated to the boating community.  boat on lake winnipesaukee - lake winnipesaukee homes for sale

When transporting boats between water bodies: ( NH RSA 487: 16-D ) 

All fragments of vegetation and animals must be removed before leaving the launch area. 

All drain plugs must be removed or in the open position when leaving the boat launch

Invasive plants and animals can impair the quality and health of our lakes. Once an invasive plant or animal takes hold they are expensive to manage and nearly impossible to eradicate.

Clean: All mud - plants - debris from your boat, paddles, and motor with special attention to your anchor line and chain. 

Drain: motor - ballast tanks - live wells - open all drain plugs and leave open while motoring. 

Dry your boat and rinse with water prior to launching into another lake. 

 

If you are in the market for a lakefront home we can help you with selecting a lake meeting your lifestyle. We have comprehensive knowledge of the lakes sizes, water quality, amenities around the lake and even what kind of fish are in the lake.  Yes, we can also sell your lake house for you to a new family looking to build new memories. 

Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com to begin your search

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