I've stayed at several motels in the Laconia/Lakes Region, and the Belknap Point Motel is the best one I could find. I've stayed there for a week every summer for the past five years, and owners Harry and Elaine Blinn always make me feel welcome; like old friends who I haven't seen in a while. They take care of housekeeping and other duties themselves, so the rooms and property are always neat and tidy. My hosts go out of their way to make sure my experience there exceeds my expectations.
The first time I stayed there, I was in a motel room on the hill. The room was very clean and nicely decorated, and the rooms have balconies overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. The next year, I wanted to stay closer to the lake, so I chose an efficiency directly on the lakeshore. The efficiency rooms have everything I need to create a home for a week, with a refrigerator, stove, and all cookware, dinnerware, and utensils provided (I often prepare meals in the room, although there are good restaurants in the area). There are even a few units with separate living and sleeping areas.
There's nothing like coming back to the room at the end of the day and relaxing on the terrace just inches from the lake. There's a barbecue area with a grill and picnic tables for guests where we've held cookouts, and a sandy beach with lounge chairs, also directly on the lakeshore. There are boat docks at the motel pier so you can take a boat out for fishing or other watersports. The views are spectacular, and it's quite peaceful. If you're an artist, writer, or photographer, the beauty and quiet are quite conducive to creativity. I've traveled all over the U.S. and several other countries for both business and pleasure, and the Belknap Point Motel is one of my all-time favorites.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the west shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in the heart of the Lakes Region. Wonderful views of the lake and mountains. Swim, boat and fish our waterfront. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belknap Point Hotel Gilford