by Michael Blanding
A resort with the feel of a backwoods New Hampshire vacation but all comforts of home, Lake Shore Village offers 20 rustic cabins and five modern homes on the shore of a secluded lake just a half-hour outside of Concord and Manchester. Despite its easy access to all of the state’s attractions, don’t be surprised if you end up parking the car here and staying for a week without leaving.
Kids have an embarrassment of choices for activities to keep them busy, with canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and motor boats to get them out onto the lake, as well as basketball, volleyball, tennis, and pool on shore. The resort has a beach for swimming as well as an indoor pool, and a children’s program with a full-time activity director to organize arts and crafts and scavenger hunts.
The accommodations include smaller two-bedroom cabins, some with lofts and bunk beds; and larger more modern homes with a woodsy feel that can sleep up to 12. Both cabins and homes have kitchens, charcoal grills, and televisions; some have their own private docks on the lake.
Our Editor Loves
- Rustic cabins and lakehouses
- Plenty of activities on and off the lake
- Lobster bakes on the beach
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
We can only hope we are fortunate enough to get a cabin here again next summer. We already have plans! The owners are amazing, the accommodations are top tier, and you can beat a terrific NH lake:) So many great things about this place! Loved the hot tub and pool, and of course the beach was perfect. Couldn't have asked for more! (Well just one thing a firepit for the cabin--we really did miss our nightly fires) Great place and near a nice little town that has the necessities. Love it here and we are counting the months til we can return.
by Lauren B
We just returned from a fantastic week-long stay at Lake Shore Village Resort. We traveled with another family, with a total of 5 boys and girls, ages 10-14. Our family occupied Cabin 15 (the one with the loft) and was very happy with our accommodations. Our friends stayed in Cabin 8 and were also satisfied.
This was our fourth NH lake vacation, and it was by far, the best. The resort offers such a wide variety of activities for families that the kids were never bored. Families have an extensive choice of arts and crafts, swimming, tubing, waterskiing, a rope swing, beach volleyball, tetherball, boating, paddle boarding, kayaking and a full recreation center that offers an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, ping pong, pool and foosball. The beach was large and featured many lounge chairs, for those who prefer to get some sun and relax. Our cabin was fairly close to the beach, but was set far enough away that we also had privacy.
Guests can select from smaller cabins or huge lake houses, depending on their needs and amount of travelers. The newest and largest lake houses are gorgeous, but are a distance from the beach, and are set high on a steep hill. I saw guests trudging up the path to those houses, but I THINK the resort might provide a golf cart to make the trips to and from the beach a bit easier for guests who can not handle the walk.
All cabins feature lovely views of the lake and come well-stocked with necessary kitchen essentials. The smaller cabins DO NOT have gas grills, but instead offer tiny charcoal grills, with no briquettes, lighter fluid or matches, which can be a bit of an inconvenience for families who plan on grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. Get that charcoal going early, so your kids aren't waiting an hour for a burger! I would recommend bringing a small propane grill to avoid this issue. Hopefully, the resort will invest in gas grills for the smaller cabins. The cabins also only come with two rolls of toilet paper, so bring some extra rolls!
Cleanliness of the cabins was OK (and the reason why I gave the resort 4 instead of 5 stars). We had a issue with fruit flies in our kitchen, and a sofa bed mattress that was loaded with crumbs and a few CLEAN baby diapers that someone had left behind. The uncomfortable living room furniture wasn't the cleanest either, but we were aware it wasn't a five-star resort, so we didn't make an issue of it. I think the cleaning crews just need to spend a little more time preparing the cabins for the next guests.
What makes Lake Shore Village stand out among other locations are the owners. Michael and his parents are wonderful people, who take a lot of pride in their property. They are friendly, laid back and extremely accommodating. They truly want their guests to be happy, and it appeared that everyone was! I loved the personal flavor their personalities gave the property, and one of the reasons we plan to return in the future.
My husband and boys are still raving about how much fun they had...a sign of a great vacation! Thank you Michael...it was a pleasure to be your guest.