I remember staying at a cabin in the White Mountains a few years ago that had a cute little sign in the entryway that read, “if you’re lucky enough to be in the mountains, you’re lucky enough.” I remember smiling at that sign and thinking, you know, you’re probably right. Even after living in the Granite State for 8 years I try not to take our stunning mountains for granted!
Enter: New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. While every place I’ve lived has had plenty of lakes, there is something special about Lake Winnipesaukee. The views from every angle are beautiful – from the stunning lake and mountain combinations, Castle in the Clouds‘ bright red roof looking out from Moultonborough; Meredith’s lovely restaurants and church steeples greeting you from the lake, fire towers topping various mountain peaks helping with navigation; the loons, turtles, eagles, and occasionally much larger animals; and the hundreds of islands, each with a little bit of character and lore, there’s enough places to explore to keep anyone entertained. Simply put: if you’re in a beautiful place with lakes and mountains within reach, you’re really lucky.
I have found myself extremely lucky to have a tour guide to do much of that exploring with this summer, which is how I wound up in Wolfeboro mid-week in the middle of July. I had only been to Wolfeboro twice before (I once walked in their 4th of July parade and found out afterwards that Mitt Romney was in it too! #NHLife) so it was nice to have someone who knew the best views and could make restaurant recommendations.
Needless to say, he really came through on the lake views and the food! We went to Garwood’s, which as you can tell, has a patio right on the water. At the time of this writing, they are open for indoor and outdoor dining, but definitely check their website for updates. The above cocktail was a blueberry, lemonade and vodka drink which was super refreshing and perfect for our hot summer vacation day. All of their cocktails are named after islands on the lake and I’m 99% sure this was the Blueberry Island!
While the menu is pretty big and varied, seafood is the obvious choice when the boats are docking within shouting distance and the family of ducks are walking along the grass to hop into the lake 6 feet from your table. Crab cakes are probably not the most popular seafood choice in New England, but it’s MY favorite seafood, so I went with the sandwich option. It was perfectly seasoned, topped with a fresh citrus aioli (yum), with a crispy exterior and big chunks of crab meat throughout. I also really enjoyed their homemade chips as a side, too. If you have a bigger appetite or want to stop by for dinner, the crab cakes are also available as an appetizer or more of an entree with cole slaw, rice, and vegetables.
I failed to get a full shot of the shrimp and avocado salad, but that got rave reviews as well. It features fresh shrimp, lots of spinach and avocado, and is topped with hard boiled eggs and a remoulade dressing. Both plates were licked clean and would definitely be ordered again.
So, the food and drinks were really great, and the inside of the restaurant was really nice and a little higher-end. However, I can’t recommend sitting outside on the patio enough. If weather allows, I would highly recommend a socially-distanced patio table and an island cocktail outside for the full lake effect!
Garwoods Restaurant & Pub is open every day at 11:30 am and is located at 6 North Main Street in Wolfeboro.
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