New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee has long been a favored destination for boaters, fishing enthusiasts, swimmers and those who just enjoy hanging out in one of nature’s most beautiful environments. There are also plenty of fine options for shopping along the shores of New Hampshire’s largest body of water.
New Hampshire has always been a popular shopping destination because of its status as a sales tax-free state, and Lake Winnipesaukee offers some excellent shopping and antiquing options. Here are a few places to check out along the shores of the place Native Americans called “The Smile of the Great Spirit”.
The small town of Center Harbor, on the north end of the lake, is home to Keepsake Quilting, one of the best known quilt-related stores in the world. Quilters come from all over to look for high-quality and hard-to-find fabrics here. The knowledgeable staff is invaluable for anyone relatively new to quilting and other fabric arts. Keepsake Quilting is located at 12 Main Street in Center Harbor.
Mill Falls Marketplace
In Meredith, just a few miles south of Center Harbor on Highway 25, Mill Falls Marketplace is an assemblage of shops and stores that hold something of interest for any travel party visiting the area. Ben and Jerry’s serves up refreshing ice cream creations, and places like Cozy Cabin Rustics, Lady of the Lake, Great Northern Trading, Adornments and Creative Clothing and Country Carriage offer merchandise above and beyond the usual shopping fare. There are also several restaurants to choose from when some nutritional stamina is needed. Mill Falls Marketplace is located at 312 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith
A.J.s Bait and Tackle
Also in Meredith, A.J.s is a must stop for the outdoor enthusiasts. For the fisherman, A.J.s has a wide assortment of custom made flies and jigs along with invaluable local knowledge for the first-time visitor. This is the place to go to find out what’s biting, where they are and what they’re looking for in the way of lures or live bait. Camping and hunting supplies are also available. A.J.s Bait and tackle is located at 8 Maple Street in Meredith.
For diving enthusiasts, Dive Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro is the place to go for gear and information on where the best diving spots are located. They also carry snorkeling and ski gear along with a variety of water toys. This is also a great place to rent canoes, kayaks and sailboats for those looking to enjoy some quality time on the water. Dive Winnipesaukee is located at 4 North Main Street in Wolfeboro.