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Ten Little Known Facts About New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee

Weirs Beach Has Been Inhabited For Thousands of Years Lake Winnipesaukee has been a vacation destination since before we were a country! In the mid-1700s Governor John Wentworth vacationed on the lake in Wolfeboro, considered the oldest summer resort in the country. Since that time, Lake Winnipesaukee has garnered its fair share of legends, stories, and local lore.  There are two different interpretations of Lake Winnipesaukee. Some say the name means “beautiful water in a high place.” The second, more popular interpretation is “the smile of the Great Spirit.” How Lake Winnipesaukee Got its Name According to legend, Lake Winnipesaukee got its name as “the smile of the Great Spirit” because of the love of two Native Americans. Long ago...

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The History of New Hampshire's Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee

Weirs Beach Has Been Inhabited For Thousands of Years Today, Weirs beach is one of the fun hotspots on Lake Winnipesaukee with great food, a boardwalk full of fun activities for the whole family, and the home of the M/S Mount Washington every summer. But did you know that this valuable piece of real estate has a history stretching back thousands of years? The Original Summer "Resort" Recent archaeological expeditions at the beach have found that Native Americans used the area as a summer camp for hunting and fishing dating back to 8000 BC. The native Abenaqui of the Penacook tribe called their village Aquedoctan, meaning “place of good fishing.” In fact, this popular summer resort actually got its name from...

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Frequently Asked Questions On Lake Winnipesaukee Islands

Learn About The Islands of Lake Winnipesaukee Lake Winnipesaukee is New Hampshire's largest lake with a surface area of 72 miles and around 200 miles of shoreline. At 9 ½ miles wide and 28 miles long, the lake is home to (what some estimate to be) 365 islands of which 274 are habitable.  Visitors to the lake are often fascinated by Winnipesaukee's islands. For residents, island living affords a unique lifestyle and the ability to get back to nature, amazing views, privacy, friendly neighbors, and a unique culture all its own! FAQs About the Islands of Lake Winnipesaukee Visitors who take the M/S Mount Washington sightseeing cruises often ask us about the islands. Here are answers to some of the...

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Learn The Lake Winnipesaukee Ports Of Call For The M/S Mount Washington

  Enjoy a Unique Experience with a Cruise NH Trip on Lake Winnipesaukee This Summer! Lake Winnipesaukee, named for the Native American word meaning “smile of the great spirit” is New Hampshire's largest lake. The glacier formed and spring fed, Lake Winnipesaukee is surrounded by three mountain ranges and is 504 feet above sea level. The Lake is approximately 25 miles long, 15 miles wide and covers 72 square miles. It's wooded shoreline, and clean, clear waters have made it a popular summer resort for over 200 years, and visitors from all over the world have come to rest and relax among its beautiful surroundings. Traveling by ship is the best way to experience the unique views and beautiful towns...

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Summertime Fun on the Big Lake

As the summer season is officially underway, a reminder from Captain Jim about the rules of the waterways.

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Q & A with Captain Jim about the U.S. Mailboat

With the new season of summer mail service about to begin, we caught up with Captain Jim about what it's like to operate the oldest floating post office in America.

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Spring Season Schedule

As Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, I hope everyone takes a moment in their busy lives to remember the brave men and women who laid down their lives to secure and ensure the freedoms we enjoy today. 

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Let the boating season begin!

With the ice-out on Lake Winnipesaukee officially declared, the M/S Mount Washington will soon return to Weirs Beach for another season of cruising.

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What’s up with the Sophie C?

Many of you are curious as to what’s up with the beloved mailboat, Sophie C. and are most likely wondering if she’ll ever sail again.

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September Cruising

In all the years I’ve been around I cannot think of a better month for cruising the big lake, Winnipesaukee, than September after Labor Day.

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Nearing the Halfway Point

It’s hard to believe that the halfway point of our 2018 season is upon us.  What a season it’s been so far.  With twelve weeks of cruising behind us, there are twelve weeks ahead of us giving you plenty of time to get out on the lake.

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This Week on the Mount

Doris and Sophie begin their cruise seasons, the Mount begins its summer schedule, and the Dinner Dance Cruise season gets into full swing.

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June, Anniversaries and Bike Week

Thirteen years ago I couldn’t help but notice this attractive lady greeting the U.S. Mailboat, Sophie C. many times when we stopped at the YMCA Camp Lawrence out on Bear Island.  I thought nothing of it at the time other then she caught my eye...

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A First for Mount Washington Cruises

Patricia Quinn already made history as the first female Skipper of the M/V Doris E. and M/V Sophie C. This year, she begins pilot training on the M/S Mount Washington.

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A Salute to Mount Veterans

I am surprised by the number of veterans we do have working on the boats today.  I proudly salute all my fellow employees who have served or are actively still serving this great country.  They are as follows:

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Returning Favorite: "Salute to Service" Dinner Dance Cruise

Annie & the Orphans and Mark Shelton perform on the first Dinner Dance cruise of the season, this Saturday, May 26 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

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New in 2018: Memorial Day Family Party

For the first time, we're bringing our popular Family Party cruise to Memorial Day Weekend. Kids under 12 cruise free, and your ticket includes cruise, buffet dinner, and live entertainment.

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Daytime Scenic Cruises Begin Tomorrow on the M/S Mount Washington

The M/S Mount Washington will begin her Spring cruise schedule on Saturday, May 19 with cruises at from Weirs Beach and Wolfeboro.

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Let Mom Choose Her Cruise

Mothers' Day Brunch may now be sold out, but we have a season full of amazing experiences that Mom is sure to enjoy. Here are five additional ways to spend time with Mom on the lake this season.

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Retired Captains Club

Since there have been fewer than 20 Captains in the life of Mount Washington Cruises, the retired Captains’ Club is a unique fraternity. One which I will someday proudly join.

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