25 years ago we began our yearly summer stays on beautiful White Oak Pond. We have stayed in a good number of the hotel rooms and cabins of White Oak down through the years. We consider this place our family's summer home. The cabins and hotel rooms are wonderfully efficient, functional and even improve every year. Every year we arrive and get a kick out of what new improvement has been made, new tv added, new mattress, roof, refrigerator, even AC! The McHughs do a fantastic job. We have many great memories of rainy day fun in the cabins. One cold summer day my wife even cooked a full turkey!
BUT the place is not about the cabins - as fine as they are. It is about the pool and the fantastic White Oak Pond! I am a kayaker and small sail-boater from Rhode Island. No location beats White Oak for kayaking. Boat motors greater than 7 horse power are not allowed so many summer days I have had this pristine lake all to myself although the secret is getting out and other kayakers are often joining the fun. There are at least 10 beaver lodges. A least a couple of families of loons. Turtles, stunning waterlilies. You can glide over the shallows and look down and see fish tending their nests. If you like you can swim across the lake undisturbed and my kids have often grabbed the floaters and all done so! No big boats creating wake or jet skies. Yet it is big enough for a Sunfish or similar small sailboat. I bring my Sea Snark up every year and 2 kayaks. I have sat in my kayak on this lake when the sun was setting, a loon was calling and the surface was like glass and I know there is no better place to vacation. If you are a biker then the 7 mile route around the lake is fantastic. Some of it is still dirt so be prepared. If you are a road biker there are unmatched hills to climb and country roads to explore. I have brought both types of bikes at times.
Our children are all grown and return now with us bringing the grandchildren and spouses. We have hours and hours of video tape documenting pool fun and lake fun. Loons swimming up close. Turtles staring at us. The kids catching crayfish. My wife and I have sat for hours reading, chatting with friends, and grabbing the binoculars for a loon sighting. Each night we have several soft serve ice cream options - a family tradition we have kept.
White Oak is also very strategically located. You can get to all the major lake towns quickly. Center Harbor, Meredith, Wiers Beach, Ashland are all close by. Route 93 is also not too far away when you want to zip up to more northern locations or south to the "outlets".
I am not exaggerating when I say the our summers at White Oak have helped make our family better and given us the relaxing vacation we need as we face our responsibilities back home. Give it a try and discover New Hampshire at its best!
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