Sunapee, New Hampshire is a four-season destination and winter in this town deserves its own spotlight. Embrace winter in New England with our top things to do in and around Sunapee.
Winter hiking at Mount Sunapee, Newbury Trail heading to the Lake Solitude lookout.
Hike Mount Sunapee
There are several hiking routes to explore on Mount Sunapee, but our pick for a truly enjoyable winter hike is the Newbury Trail. Your effort will be rewarded with stunning views of Lake Solitude and distant mountain ranges. There are many opportunities for winter hiking in the Lake Sunapee Region, check out our four favorite winter hikes.
Snowshoe at Dexter’s Inn
Whether you want to try snowshoeing for the first time, or you’re an advanced winter hiker, Dexter’s Inn in Sunapee offers 30 kilometers of trails to explore. The trails are open to Inn guests as well as the public. Don’t have snowshoes, no worries! They provide onsite snowshoe rentals. Explore more Sunapee Region Snowshoe opportunities here.
Cross Country Ski and Spot a Moosecot!
For a truly fun cross country ski experience, head to the neighboring town of New London, New Hampshire and explore the scenic trails of Pine Hill Ski Club. Nordic skiers who prefer to bring their favorite four-legged friend will find a variety of dog friendly trails available. Make sure to keep an eye out for the colorful Moosecots that line the trails. Read more about cross country skiing in the Sunapee Region.
Pine Hill Ski Club Trails, New London, NH
Ski or Ride at Mount Sunapee
Of course this is on our list, after all we love to ski! Out of all the great New Hampshire ski resorts, Mount Sunapee is still one of our favorites. If you have not seen the sweeping views of Lake Sunapee in all its winter beauty from the ski trails, please put this on your winter to-do list! More skiing and riding recommendations can be found in our Lake Sunapee Region Visitor’s Guide.
Take a Stroll Around Sunapee Harbor
If you ever want to know what it might feel like to be in one of those picturesque snow globe villages, all you have to do is take a walk around Sunapee Harbor on a snowy day. For those looking to really stretch their legs, we recommend the Burkehaven Hill Road loop. Make sure to stop at Saint James Episcopal Church, a beautiful fieldstone chapel set in wooded grove dating back to 1898.
Ice Skate at Veterans Field
Located in the heart of Sunapee, Veterans Field comes alive in the winter with skaters! The rink is built and maintained by the Sunapee Recreation Department. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for ice rink updates.
Visit a Cozy Café
Embrace winter and cozy up at a comforting café or bakery! Grab a book and take a drive to the neighboring town of New London or go a little further to Warner, New Hampshire and indulge in a delicious treat and warm cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate! Our three top recommendations are:
Blue Loon Bakery, Main Street, New London
Cozy ambience paired with delicious pastries and artisan-style breads baked daily. Their homemade soup and sandwiches will brighten up any cold winter day!
grounds, Main Street, New London
Large selection of coffee concoctions to keep you warm. Their outdoor igloos provide a fun way to enjoy winter in New Hampshire.
Café One East, Main Street, Warner
Fun coffee house with a relaxed atmosphere. Offering homemade treats, breakfast all day and lunch. For the winter enthusiast, pair a hike up the Kearsarge Mountain access road with a stop at Café One East!