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Sunapee, New Hampshire, is a charming town surrounded by stunning natural scenery within the heart of the state's Lake Region. With its natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and welcoming community, it’s no wonder why Sunapee is one of New Hampshire’s most desirable places to call home, regardless of whether you’re looking for a primary or secondary residence.  

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Aerial View of Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire

Shopping & Dining

Shopping in Sunapee offers a unique experience with a wide array of options for everyone. Shoppers can explore everything from charming antique shops to gift stores, offering items such as jewelry, gifts, clothing, and more. Additionally, Sunapee hosts a year-round farmers market, providing residents with fresh produce and local goods.

When it comes to dining, Sunapee boasts a variety of eateries that cater to a wide array of culinary preferences. If you're in the mood for BBQ, Wildwood Smoke House is a great option while Anchorage offers a relaxed dining experience with an outdoor deck overlooking the Harbor. For a unique dining experience, book a dinner cruise on the MV Sunapee Lake Queen! And if you have a sweet tooth, head over to Quack Shack in Sunapee Harbor or Sanctuary Dairy Farm located off Route 103 for some delicious ice cream. If you're planning a day of shopping or a night out, Sunapee offers a delightful selection of shops and eateries to explore.


The Sunapee Recreation Department plays a vital role in promoting community involvement throughout the year. They offer a wide range of programs and events, including seasonal sports, summer camps, annual events, and more. These activities provide ample opportunities for people of all ages to engage in healthy and fun-filled recreational activities.

A true four-season destination, residents can also enjoy hiking at nearby Mt. Sunapee State Park, skiing at the Mount Sunapee Ski Resort in Newbury, and boating and swimming at the picturesque Lake Sunapee. There’s something for everyone, no matter the season.   

Annual Events

Known for its tight-knit yet welcoming and friendly community, Sunapee's residents are committed to preserving the town’s historic charm and host various community events throughout the year. Enjoy many events, such as musical performances and yoga classes throughout the year at the Livery in Sunapee Harbor. There are also many recurring annual events that residents look forward to every year: 

Major Lakes and Water Bodies

The Sunapee region in New Hampshire is renowned for its numerous lakes and bodies of water, offering a diverse range of recreational activities such as boating, swimming, and fishing and contributing to the area's natural beauty and appeal for outdoor enthusiasts. 

  • Lake Sunapee 
  • Ledge Pond
  • Mountainview Lake
  • Otter Pond
  • Perkins Pond

Distance to Surrounding Areas

Below, find the approximate distances from Sunapee to several nearby towns and cities, providing a quick reference for commute times and planning your journeys in and around the region.

  • Lebanon, NH – 25 miles (25 minutes)
  • Concord, NH – 40 miles (40 minutes)
  • Manchester, NH – 55 miles (just under an hour)
  • Killington, VT – 60 miles (1.5 hours)
  • Boston, MA – 105 miles (just under 2 hours)
  • Montreal, Quebec – 211 miles (4 hours)
  • New York City, NY – 259 miles (5 hours)

** Location distances are approximate and subject to change with traffic.


The Sunapee School District serves pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students and has an excellent reputation for providing a high-quality education for all students, with a strong emphasis on academic excellence, community involvement, and extracurricular opportunities. 

The Sunapee School District, SAU 85, is made up of the Sunapee Central Elementary School (SCES) and the Sunapee Middle High School (SMHS).

  • SCES Student Enrollment, 2022-2023: approximately 159 students
  • SMHS Student Enrollment, 2022-2023: approximately 219 students


Sunapee is an area that provides easy access to quality healthcare facilities. With a variety of hospitals located nearby, you can quickly find the medical assistance you need. 

Buying & Selling in Sunapee, New Hampshire 

You’ll find a variety of real estate for sale in Sunapee, from historic homes and cozy cottages to luxury waterfront homes and modern developments. Whether you're looking for a year-round residence or a vacation home, Sunapee has something to suit your needs and budget. Contact the O’Halloran Group for help in buying or selling in Sunapee, New Hampshire! 

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