When the temperature rises New Englanders flock to the region’s many lakes to cool off and beat the heat. Why not turn your visit into a longer stay by checking in at a lakeside inn, lodge, resort…or even your very own houseboat? Check out our picks for Best Lakeside Lodging in New England from our Editors’ Picks Lists for 2011 and 2012 — then head for the water!
BEST LAKESIDE B&B
Wolf Cove Inn – Poland Spring, ME
Almost every room in this dog-friendly waterfront inn has a view of Tripp Lake. After breakfast, swim or canoe, snooze in the hammock, or admire the lakeside gardens. Sunsets are spectacular.
5 Jordan Shore Drive. 207-998-4976; wolfcoveinn.com
BEST LAKESIDE WILDERNESS LODGE
Gorman Chairback – Greenville, ME
The Appalachian Mountain Club has restored and renovated this historic sporting camp, turning it into an alternatively powered green experience. Savor home-cooked meals, paddle across Long Pond, and hike 70 miles of trails on 66,000 acres of conserved lands.
BEST LARK ON THE LAKE
Champlain Houseboat Charters – Orwell, VT
Cruise America’s “Sixth Great Lake” in style, on a 38-foot houseboat equipped with galley, shower, and toilet; charts and radio; and bunks for six. Or captain a diesel-powered 32-foot Grand Banks Trawler.
68 Chipman Point Road. 802-948-2288 (days), 802-948-2740 (evenings); champlainhouseboatcharters.com
BEST BREAKFAST BY A LAKE
The Lighthouse Inn – Laconia , NH
Set on a hill above Lake Winnipesaukee, this inn serves up a different country breakfast every day, including souffles and baked French toast with fresh fruit.
913 Scenic Drive. 877-543-5432, 603-366-5432; lighthouseinnbb.com
BEST WATERFRONT RESORT
Basin Harbor Club – Vergennes, VT
You’ll want to pack a trunk and spend all summer at this plush, 125-year-old Lake Champlain retreat. Golf, watercraft, formal dining, and cottage or lodge accommodations.
4800 Basin Harbor Road. 800-622-4000, 802-475-2311; basinharbor.com