I'm planning to spend two nights on Lake Winnipesaukee with my wife in the first half of May. We're looking for a few days of relaxation, swimming, some gentle walking, and we'd like to see something of the wider area (we will have a car). I have a few questions as this is not a part of New England we've been to before.
It would be useful to have a very rough idea of the weather in early May ... guarantees NOT required :-))) Is it likely to be sunbathing weather? Swimming in the lake, or at least an outdoor pool? Walking in T-shirts or sweaters? Umbrellas needed?
I understand there are lake cruises. Any views on these?
Is Meredith the place to stay? We have to have a big room in a good quality hotel with a gym. Church Landing looks about right, but are there others, perhaps in a remote lakeside location?
Are there any especially scenic or interesting areas around the lake? For example is the Belknap Mountain State Forest worth a visit?Or the Eames Wildlife and Recreation Area?
And finally, in the evenings are there good venues for cultural events - classical coverts, opera, folk music?
Any thoughts and suggestions will be very welcome.