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Sunapee Cruises and Lake Sunapee holds a special place in our heart. Matter of fact, the Lakes Region town inspired us to create the blog in the first place to tell the history of this quaint town that people from Boston and New York used to take trains and steamships to visit. (See our first blog for history.) You see, after spending some years in New York, we were thrilled to find a place where the air is cleaner, the water is clearer and there’s magic in the trees if you haven’t heard!

NewEnglandBlogger spoke exclusively to Tim Fenton, manager at Sunapee Cruises about the up and coming 2013 season that will kick off Memorial Day Weekend on the lake, his 2 boats and the return of everyone’s favorite area dinner boat the MV Kearsarge.

 

So here’s the BIG NEWS! We are glad to report that the MV Kearsarge the floating restaurant will have its inaugural cruise Memorial Day Weekend on Monday, May 27th departing from the town dock at Sunapee Harbor at 6:30pm. Yes, the lakes region landmark that had taken on some water and damage as reported by WCBS-Boston and other news media outlets back in early January is being repaired and will be ready!

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Whether you are a fan of the charm of the lake, the boat or the roast beef dinner buffet, fear not! Your MV Kearsarge is returning! The Dinner boat will sail Weekends thru Father’s Day at 6:30pm for it’s two-hour dinner tour. Then every day EXCEPT Monday thru Labor Day and then weekends only through October.

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The MV Mt. Sunapee II a two-hour narrative boat tour will  have  its inaugural cruise on Saturday, May 25th at 2pm. These cruises will run Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 2pm and then Weekends only through Father’s Day. Then daily through Labor Day Weekend when it returns to just weekends through October.

We encourage you to take the drive from wherever you are in New England or beyond! You’ll be glad you did!  Take one or both tours! Walk the quaint harbor. Have a drink or a bite to eat at The Anchorage. Get ice cream at The Quack Shop a popular spot, located along the Sugar River. Visit the near by shops like The Harborside Trading Company, The Wild Goose Country Store and Deck Dock. Take a ride into the nearby towns of New London and Newport.

Depending on where you live make it a day trip or spend a night or  two or longer! Rentals are available along the lake or nearby.

Oh yeah, make sure you hold on to your hat on the boat! ENJOY!

Sunapee Harbor New Hampshire

Photos By Melissa Tyler

 

 

 

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Deck Dock Home & Garden

Deck Dock Home & Garden

Deck Dock Home & Garden

Nesting Necessities for Inside & Outside Living!

Some stores make you feel happy when you walk through them! This is one  of them! You always know you will find something special and unique as the shop  also works with a lot of New England crafts people!  Deck Dock Home & Garden is located in Sunapee minutes away from Sunapee Harbor, The Anchorage and Sunapee Cruises to name a few.

This store is known as a “GO-TO” for their outdoor furniture in the area! From tables and chairs and outdoor dining rooms to everything to complete an outdoor living space.

Deck Dock Sunapee New Hampshire

Deck Dock Sunapee New Hampshire

But it’s roaming around the store which inventory is constantly changing is where you will find those unique special finds you’ll treasure forever!  From signs to sculptures, lamps, glassware and other things for the table or things to make a cozy nook in our outside your home that you will love!

There are gifts for the gardener from bird baths, bird houses, ornamental yard art and more. This store features some of the most unusual wall art in all styles – sure to please everyone!  Make sure you also check out their online store for ideas to make every corner of your home and outdoor area  and garden pop with interesting art, signs door knockers and so much more!

Deck Dock Home & Garden

 

Plus, what would entertaining be without a spcial gift while visiting Deck Dock for special gifts for a host or hostess or other special occasion. You can also visit Deck Dock online! If you’re a dog lover they even have special dog art you’ll love and their stock changes seasonally!

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They also have Adirondack chairs in all colors.  Get ready for summer and take a drive to their store or check out the link above. You’ll be glad you did as you’ll find something unique and magical you’ll love for your home, garden or outdoor space.  Happy Shopping!

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The Anchorage at Sunapee Harbor

 

Quaint + Relaxing +Picturesque Sunapee Harbor

Dine before or after a scenic narrative boat ride on Lake Sunapee with Sunapee Cruises  

 The Anchorage at Sunapee Harbor is just the place for you!

The Anchorage

Yes, we have to admit this is one place we visit several times  every year and we recently dined there.  We had the Harbor Scampi which is a combination of clams and fresh fish in a white wine, garlic, herb butter & lemon sauce served over pasta. For dessert we had the Chocolate Cobbler brownie  with ice cream and chocolate sauce.

The Anchorage is located right on the water, nestled in Sunapee Harbor. They have great food a friendly staff and spectacular views! It’s a great place for drinks and appetizers, lunch, dinner or late night entertainment which is offered on weekends on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9pm.

Roadhouse at The Anchorage

The night we were there ROADHOUSE a local favorite was playing classic Rock.

A late night menu is offered and the Anchorage also does catering for your special event! Mondays – Kids 12 and under eat for FREE! 1 Free Kids Meal with the purchase of an entrée. It’s also MUG NIGHT!

Wednesdays –  all bottles of wine marked*** are $10 off per bottle

Thursday – Kids  12 and under eat for FREE! 1 Free Kids Meal with the purchase of and entree….AND TRIVIA with Melissa in our lounge from 9-11pm with bigger prizes!

Friday – Open Live & Music Night in the Lounge. Check website for upcoming events

Saturday – Live bands playing upfront on our stage!

Sunday – Brunch 11am-2pm, Full menu & specials.

Happy Hour – Every Day from 3-6pm

The Anchorage has a nice wine list and fun drinks are also served!

The Anchorage also has its place in Rock and Roll History as the place that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler met Joe Perry. As the story goes…they both summered in the area in their youth. Joe worked at The Anchorage one summer and had made some French Fries and Steven Tyler just had to go see who made the most delicious french fries he ever had!

View from the harbor at The Anchorage

 

 

 

 

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Lake Sunapee Cruises: I LOVE IT HERE!

Lake Sunapee

New Hampshire

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OK…This is NO Secret!! “I LOVE IT HERE” One of my favorite places is Lake Sunapee.

One of my favorite things to do at the lake is take the narrative boat tour on the MV MT Sunapee II and the dinner cruise on the MV Kearsarge with Sunapee Cruises.  This lake and these boat rides feature one of the most picturesque and best done narrative boat rides I have ever been on.  And yes, every year I have to experience this at least once…several times if I am lucky.

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Captain Kip Brown does a wonderful job with the narration and he and the Fenton’s that own Sunapee Cruises should be very proud of their scenic tours.  We highly recommend you take a day trip or a long weekend and enjoy what Lake Sunapee area has to offer. Please see our other posts on Lake Sunapee and the history of Steamships on Lake Sunapee!

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Thank you Kip for letting me take a photo of you with the New Hampshire “I LOVE IT HERE” sign.

For more information on daily departures see Sunapee Cruises

Other great things to do at the harbor are enjoy the view and the shops and restaurants at the harbor.

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Deck Dock Home & Garden

7 Stores in 7 Days: Day 3 Deck Dock Home & Garden

 Deck Dock Home & Garden    

Sunapee, NH

Deck Dock Home & Garden

One of my favorite stores in New England is Deck Dock Home & Garden in Sunapee, New Hampshire. They specialize in high quality casual and classic outdoor seating and your source for outdoor furniture and home and garden accents. They provide creative and functional designs for your home and garden.

Deck Dock Home & Garden

 

 Deck Dock is all about outdoor living!  They feature patio, porch, sun-room and lakeside furniture for many of the homes in the Lake Sunapee area and beyond. From seaside casual furniture, outdoor dining sets, outdoor seating and side tables. They also carry some of the most unique interior and exterior home accents–many of the accessories are nature themed.

Deck Dock Home & Garden

You’ll find unique dining and entertainment accessories, copper fire pits and distinctive accents for your home including Basic Spirit serving ware, cutting boards and wine accents. Including Sunapee themed books, prints, signs and NH and VT made items; as well as unique items from all over the country. Since the focus on outdoors they also have garden decor and birding items from feeders to birdbaths and birdhouses.

 

 Originally located on Sunapee Harbor since 2000. In 2002 they renovated a barn location  near the harbor.  Today everything is located at the barn location on route 103B. The store is open March – December.

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History of the Steamships on Lake Sunapee

 In the late 19th century, Lake Sunapee became a popular destination for people that lived the city life in New England, New York and New Jersey. It was the Steamboat Era in which passengers came to the large resorts and lakefront cottages…AND GET AWAY THEY DID!

There were major steamer landings at Sunapee Harbor, Georges  Mill, Lakeside Landing Blodgett Landing, Brightwood, Pine Cliff, Lake Station (which was also where the train station was located), Soo-Nipi, Burkehaven and Granliden. They would take the tourists to the grand hotels that surrounded the lake including Soo-Nipi Park Lodge, Granliden Hotel, Ben Mere Inn and Indian Cave Lodge.  One of the first commercial boats in 1854 was actually propelled by horses!

N.S. Gardner purchased Little Island for $1.00 and put a bowling alley on it!  He then launched the Penacook (latter named Mountain Maid) to carry passengers to Little Island and so the STEAMBOAT ERA BEGAN!

The Woodsum Brothers launched the Lady Woodsum in 1876. It was 50 feet long and could carry 75 passengers. In 1885, The Edmund Burke was launched. It was a 90 foot steamboat carrying 600 passengers. The Amenia White was launched in 1887, it was 101 feet long and carried 650 passengers and was the flagship of the Woodsum fleet and the biggest steamer to ever sail Lake Sunapee! In 1897 the MV Kearsarge was launched at 70 feet carrying  250 passengers with daily sails in the summer months. In 1902 the Weetamoo a 50 footer was launched and after 25 years service on the lake was suddenly scuttled in the middle of the night near Newbury. This ship is still intact and is visited frequently by local SCUBA clubs. The Sunapee Historical Society Museum also is home to the SS Kearsarge’s wheelhouse that was salvaged from the lake in the 1960’s. The 50 foot MV Mount Sunapee was launched in 1965 and takes passengers on lake cruises in summer months. The original Mount Sunapee was named Susie Qand had been a rum runner in Damariscotta, Maine.

Following the extension pf the B&M Railroad into nearby Newbury, Lake Sunapee became a popular vacation area long before the introduction of the automobile. The main rail station was at Newbury Harbor at the southern most point of the lake. Today, the village contains a colorful antique caboose commemorating the railroad line. 

The Grand Resort Hotels

The grand resort hotels and family estates that were nestled around Lake Sunapee  catered to the wealthy escaping the summer heat and hectic life of the city life in Boston and New York City. The hotels attracted many musicians for
their house orchestras to entertain at the grand hotels.But with the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930’s the Grand Era of the many hotels ended.

 The Lighthouses

The Woodsum Brothers , who owned the steamships in the area are also responsible for building the 3 lighthouses on Lake Sunapee in the 1890’s. The Burkehaven Lighthouse, Herrick Cove Lighthouse and Loon Island Lighthouse.  These lighthouses were built to help direct the steamships of the day.

The Islands

Lake Sunapee is about 9 miles long and is the highest lake of it’s size in America!  It is 1100 feet above sea level and it contains 11 islands: Elizabeth Island, Emerald Island, Great Island, Isle of Pines, Little Island, Loon Island, Minute Island, Penny Island, Star Island and Twin Islands.

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 There are public access places for swimming at Sunapee State Park Beach and boat launch ramps at Sunapee Harbor and

Sunapee State Park Beach

 

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