Steve and I had been to Lake Sunapee several times but never really explored what the rest of the town had to offer. We had been seriously missing out! There are several other lakes and ponds worth a visit. One of them is Mountain View Lake…


Alden of Sunapee uses this beautiful lake for kayak demos. Last week, while I was in Newport, I stopped in their store and spoke with Mike about where to kayak. He told me about Mountain View Lake and it did not disappoint! We also visited Perkins Pond…


It was so quiet and peaceful here, I was tempted to spend the rest of the afternoon here, but I had seen some wonderful old barns up the road that were begging to be photographed…




When we passed Milestone Farm, I couldn’t resist stopping in. You know how much I enjoy going to the farm.


A wonderful view of Mount Sunapee in the background

The owner of the farm was outside with his son and they gave us permission to explore the grounds and barns. My first stop was in the new barn (the old one had been destroyed by fire)…


I have a secret to tell you

I have a secret to tell you

"Say what?"

“Say what?”

Then, I headed outside to see some of the old equipment in the yard…



I spent quite a while with my favorite breed of cattle – Highland Cattle…



This little cutie is only 2 weeks old.

This little cutie is only 2 weeks old.

That's momma watching us check out her youngster. Steve took this image when my back was turned.

That’s momma watching us check out her youngster. Steve took this image when my back was turned.

Not to be outdone by the pigs inside, these guys seemed to enjoying the weather…


Everyone was content…



I had to laugh at the goose, perhaps it was practicing its karate kid moves, but, if you notice, in the background, the chicken is also working it!

I had to laugh at the goose, perhaps it was practicing its karate kid moves, but, if you notice, in the background, the chicken is also working it!

Before we moved on, we were treated to a tour of the farmhouse. Stunning is the only word that comes to mind. The post and beam construction has stood the test of time. The furnishings inside completed the charm and the outside decorations felt warm and inviting…


Thank you again Milestone Farm for showing us such hospitality!

We had heard about some magnificent views on Stagecoach Road, so we headed that way. When we got to Dexter’s Inn, we knew we had found the right spot…



There were plenty other places in town which had views equal to these…



As we headed back towards the harbor, we couldn’t help but check out some of the amazing homes…

Just imagine...this is the garage!

Just imagine…this is the garage!

You never know what type of art you'll see

You never know what type of art you’ll see


Back at the harbor, we took in some of the sights before boarding the MV Kearsarge for our sunset dinner cruise around the lake…


An excellent little museum!

An excellent little museum!




While we were waiting at the dock, several boats came and went…


A beautiful Chris Craft

A beautiful Chris Craft

We got underway promptly with Captain Kara at the helm…


Tim and Kat provided the bar tending and wait service. They were both friendly and knowledgeable. Most of the people on board were content to sit inside, but Steve and I headed to the bow to get the best pictures. Captain Kara gave us a running commentary. Her knowledge of the lake and its history is astounding. I was quite content to listen to her tales as I snapped away with my camera…


Lakeside residents wave as we pass

Lakeside residents wave as we pass



Steven Tyler's summer house on the lake There is an interesting video on about it

Steven Tyler’s summer house on the lake There is an interesting video on about it


The lake is great for all kinds of water adventures

The lake is great for all kinds of water adventures



Burkehaven Lighthouse

Burkehaven Lighthouse

About this time, Tim came out to let us know that dinner was ready and we could eat whenever we wanted. I wish I had taken a picture of the buffet! It was perfect and the food was awesome. I did think to take a cell phone picture of my plate, just to give you an idea how delicious it was…




After dinner, Steve and I headed back to the bow to catch the setting sun…

Loon Island Lighthouse

Loon Island Lighthouse


If you ever have the desire to cruise Lake Sunapee, you can’t go wrong aboard the MV Kearsarge! Captain Kara and the crew made this a perfect way to end our time in Sunapee! Glad you came along!

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11 Comments on “Sunapee”

  1. marthaschaefer June 9, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    I have spent lots of time in Sunapee over the years so your shots brought back wonderful memories and piqued my interest in places I have not yet seen. Love the piggies! The dinner cruise sounds delicious!

    • Touring NH June 9, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

      The cruise was fantastic. So much to see there!

  2. New Hampshire Garden Solutions June 9, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    That last shot is amazing! They used to have an excellent rock and mineral show at the Sunapee ski area in October that I used to go to. That’s really all I’ve ever done in Sunapee, and I never knew what I was missing.

    • Touring NH June 10, 2014 at 8:57 am #

      The funny thing is, the Sunapee ski area is actually in Newbury. Hope you get to revisit Sunapee and see more of the sights.

  3. mariekeates June 11, 2014 at 6:44 am #

    What a lovely day you had. The farmer was kind to let you explore and you got some fabulous shots of his farm. The pigs look so happy.

    • Touring NH June 11, 2014 at 9:06 am #

      Milestone Farm was a treat, for sure. I love farm animals and the pigs were quite happy to let me photograph them basking in the mud. The ones in the barn came right up to the stall gate and wanted me to scratch their ears. When we got back to Waldo that night, my dog Diesel had a fit sniffing me all over!

  4. June 13, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    As usual, great photo essay Laura. I particularly like the first B/W with the colorful kayaks. Which app did you use? Sunapee is an interesting name. I assume that it’s Native American – true? ~James

    • Touring NH June 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

      Actually, the weather made it a selective color image. It was so cloudy that day, it just washed out everything else. I believe it is a Native American name

  5. Sven June 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    I just found your blog! New Hampshire is my favorite state. So much better than those other pesky New England states that serve no purpose other than to give additional driving miles as we’re on our way to N.H.!

    Just kidding; I grew up in northern M.A., so I know every New England state is precious in its own way (well, parts of C.T. are very much like N.Y., but we’ll give them some slack on that one).

    The famous Steven Tyler has a home on Lake Sunapee. I wonder if they mention it on the boat ride, or perhaps they keep it on the down-low. Those iconic New Englanders deserve their privacy, too. Even the reigning king of confectionary moon pie sales for the entire USA.

    Thanks for the great shots, Laura. I’ll be tuning in routinely. -Sven

    PS. I was kidding; Mr Tyler, née Tallarico, sings for a little quintet from the Boston area, who have played many times in NH, and are on tour this summer. Whether he likes moon pies, I haven’t a clue. But he should, if he doesn’t.

    • Touring NH June 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

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      I’m glad you enjoyed my post on Sunapee. It was another passenger on the boat that pointed out Steven Tyler’s home. Since it has been on Oprah, it isn’t much of a secret. (And who doesn’t like moonpies?)

  6. Sven June 19, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    Oh, wait. My bad. I missed your awesome photo of Steven’s home. I think I was still laughing so hard at that amazing headshot of the laughing pig!

    Yes, there it is. Sort of weird how it’s just sitting there, right on the water, as open and exposed as any other home on the lake. No turrets filled with snipers, no barbed wire atop high fences. Lol.

    Thanks for your reply, and your photos are superb. I’m gonna show my wife and extended family your site. They’ll eat it up, too!

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