by Michael Blanding
Barton’s is the holy grail of budget family vacations — a drive-in motel located directly on the picturesque shores of Lake Winnipesaukee’s Paugus Bay. The property features its own private beach and Adirondack chairs from which to take in the breezes off the water. If you are bored, you can saunter over to the bookstore on property and pick out the latest beach read. And if the lake it too cold, kids can swim in the outdoor heated pool.
Rooms are basic, with two double beds, full showers, TV and air conditioning. The motel also has several two-bedroom efficiencies, which include a full kitchen, as well as housekeeping cottages with can accommodate up to six people. The motel is located equidistant from downtown Laconia and Weirs Beach, both of which are an eight-minute drive away.
Our Editor Loves
- Lakefront cottages and efficiences
- A private beach on the property
- A fully stocked used bookstore
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
by Barbara C
We headed up north for a last minute vacation. Chris gave us a discount on a cottage and it worked or great. The decor is outdated but the room was exceptionally clean for an older motel. It was close enough to easily explore Weirs Beach, Meredith, and Gilford along Lake Winnipesaukee. My kids enjoyed their lakefront beach and the pool. It feels secluded, although it is on a main road. Can’t beat the price for central location if you can deal with clean “rustic”.
We loved our stay here! Everything was sparkling clean, our kids loved the pool and the beach. Great location. Very convenient to all the restaurants and attractions. Highly recommend, we will definitely be back!