I have thought long and hard about my next 48 hours in a New Hampshire town. I finally decided that highlighting the oldest summer resort in America, seemed fitting for many reasons. Wolfeboro is a place like no other. It is one of many towns in the Lakes Region that is accessible by boat or car and is always a place that welcomes everyone with open arms.
Wolfeboro has always resonated with me. My father’s side of the family grew up here, and eventually my parents would raise my three brothers and me here as well. We would spend a day or a few in this place not only because we felt like we had to, but because we loved it and it loved us back. How could we tell? A familiar face will almost always say hello. Also, Wolfeboro never disappoints when it comes to a cup of coffee to warm (or cool) the soul from Downtown Grille Café or North Maine Café. And, of course, the outline of our mountains blushing in the distance over Lake Winnipesaukee make you feel right at home.
Presentation in Wolfeboro never disappoints when driving through South Main Street. You will pass pastel-colored buildings and watch the hustle of townies and vacationers peer into stores such as Black’s Paper Shop or Wolfeboro Casuals, lick an ice cream cone from a favorite spot, or take in the warm weather watching boats cruise into town while eating a hot dog by the docks.
If you are spending two days in Wolfeboro, there is a lot to take in, whether it be visiting the center of town to venturing out further to explore hidden gems. If you are paying a visit, I recommend taking advantage of renting something on the water or staying at the Wolfeboro Inn. One year, my family and I rented on Barndoor Island, and Wolfeboro would light up from across the lake where the occasional loon would howl in the distance. It was an experience that really made me appreciate this little piece of New Hampshire.
When it comes to food, there are plenty of options for those who are brewery fanatics, or those who just want a casual bite. My all-time favorites in downtown are Nolan’s Brick Oven Bistro (especially if you are looking for a delectable margarita pizza) or El Centenario, where the tacos are worth the drive across the lake (trust me, it has happened before). Breweries in town such as Lone Wolfe or Burnt Timber have been hustling and bustling – their atmospheres bring out great vibes.
Now of course, dessert! Who would want anything else on a scorching summer day in Wolfeboro than ice cream? In the center of town, a spot to get a quick cone or doggy bowl is Bailey’s Bubble. The line is almost always down the street on a hot afternoon. There are other places in town to get an alternative dessert, like pastries or candy, such as the Yum Yum Shop.
A huge part of why Wolfeboro is so close to me is because our family business, Bly Farm, is about ten minutes from downtown. Off of Route 28 on 620 Center Street is a farm and ice cream stand owned by my grandparents, Cynthia and Vincent Blandini. Bly Farm has been in my family since 1976. It is famously known for veggies/fruits, flowers/plants, jams/jellies, pies, cookies, of course, ice cream and much more. The best part about Bly Farm is the immediate feeling of being a part of our family. Cynthia will most likely give you a hug hello and goodbye.
With a two-day visit, there are so many places to explore and visit. I am fortunate to be sharing the treasures of Wolfeboro and shamelessly plugging my own piece of the town that is near and dear to my heart. It is worth the visit to not only make a great memory, but also to take in its history.