The largest lake in New Hampshire, Lake Winnipesaukee is approximately 21 miles long and houses 258 islands. This popular tourist destination attracts travelers from all over due to its list of attractions like the Castle in the Clouds and the Wright Museum. There are many Lake Winnipesaukee vacation rentals for you to choose from, and this guide will help you choose the best one for your family.

1. Glendale

old castle
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Located along the central western side of the lake, Glendale is the perfect place to search for a vacation rental. It is home to the Kimball Castle – the late 1800 summer home of railroad king Benjamin Kimball. There are several hiking trails, including Locke Hill, and it is located near the Laconia Municipal Airport.

2. Rattlesnake Island

lighthouse by the lake
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Don’t be put off by the name! The perfect quiet getaway for family and friends, Rattlesnake Island is located right along the Broads region. This island features large lodge-type vacation rentals. Select one with a swimming pool if you prefer the peace and quiet of your own backyard, or choose one with spacious decks so you can kick your feet up and watch a lakeside sunset. Rattlesnake Island offers the highest elevation point surrounding the lake, making it ideal for those who like a challenging hike.

3. Alton

townhouse
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Home of the Alton Bay State Forest, Alton is a small town originally called Durham Gore. Located at the southeastern point of the lake, this area offers snow skiing in the winter at the Canon Mountain Ski area, or you can go fishing at the Merrymeeting River for bass and trout. If you just want to get out of your vacation rental and explore, Mount Major offers a variety of hiking trails and a playground for kids. The town is tiny, so there is plenty of peace and quiet at every turn.

4. Wolfeboro

waterfront
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The tiny town of Wolfeboro is the oldest summer resort in the United States. Located along the eastern shore of the lake, this location has some spacious executive homes, or you can opt for a small condo for your next trip. Visit the Wright Museum of WWII or the New Hampshire Boat museum. You can also opt to stay in and cook out on your own deck and watch the sun go down.

5. Cow Island

mountainside
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Whether you are looking for a low maintenance cabin or a spacious lake home on the southern end of Lake Winnipesaukee, this area has a specific type of home to suit any renters needs. Also located near Mount Washington, this area has the highest peak in the United States. Once you get settled, sign up to go glider flying along the Appalachian train or ride bikes at the Auto Road Bicycle Hill climb.

6. Clark Landing

lake side
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One of the most serene locations on the lake, Clark Landing provides both small cabins and Lakeside vacation rentals for families and friends. Rent a yacht and enjoy the smooth waters, or rent a kayak at a local marina and drop in near the Patuxent Water Trail for a day of exercise on the water.

7. Laconia

lake view
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Located in Belknap County, Laconia lies in the westernmost area of Lake Winnepausaukee and to the east of Lake Winnisquam. One of the largest motorcycle rallies takes place in Laconia in June around fathers day. The Laconia motorcycle week includes races, a motorcycle hill climbing competition, and several shows. If you snag a vacation rental in October, be sure to take in the annual Pumpkin festival in downtown. Choose a gorgeous lake home for your next getaway, or select a small home centrally located in town.

8.Whaleback Island

rock lighthouse
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If you like exploring old lighthouses, you will love stopping close to Whaleback Island for your next vacation rental. Located at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, this Island features rocky shores and is just southwest of Fort Foster. There are beaches for pictures and trails for those who like to explore. Choose a large Victorian rental near Kittery Point to house your entire family, or opt for a small one bedroom bungalow for a getaway for one.

9. Governor’s Island

seaside landscape
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Home to high-end houses and a variety of activities, Governor’s Island is the perfect spot for vacation rentals. Located in the western central portion of Lake Winnipesaukee, Governor’s Island provides miles of biking and hiking trails – with free bike rentals for an hour Monday through Friday. There is also plenty of excellent food, and you can rent picnic pavilions for family gatherings in advance.

10. Badger Island

lake docks
Source: Flickr / Guthrie Schroeder

If you’re looking for a luxury home on the water, Badger Island is the perfect place for a vacation rental. Located on the northern end of the lake, this small island is most famous for its shipbuilding. Grab a slice of pizza before settling down for the night, or grab a bottle of your favorite vino and watch the sun go down.