Wakefield, NH, USA

Wakefield, NH, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 175 vacation rentals near Wakefield. From 92 houses to 46 cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Wakefield for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Get away from it all in Wakefield

Sitting among lakes and woodland right up against the state line with Maine, about 40 miles north of Portsmouth, the little town of Wakefield is a delightful 'get away from it all' destination. Wakefield vacation rentals range from grand properties enjoying beautiful lakefront vistas to snug wood cabins nestling under shady hemlocks. Stay here to enjoy the lakes and mountains. Whether you're here to tackle the rugged local hiking and biking trails, or want to spend sunny days out sailing on twinkling blue waters at the nearby yacht clubs, Wakefield is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise.

Lakeside pleasures in Wakefield

Wakefield enjoys a scenic waterside setting on the shores of Lovell Lake. Here, you'll find a small public beach and picnic area. Local amenities include bars, restaurants and local shops. The historic district of Wakefield Corner is a picturesque spot with a number of antique buildings, pleasant for strolling around while imbibing a little of the local history. You'll find many more shops and local restaurants at the nearby town of Wolfeboro, about 30 minutes away, sandwiched between the shores of Lake Wentworth and the larger Lake Winnipesaukee.

Forests and museums near Wakefield

As well as the local lakes, there are many different wildlife preserves and state forests to explore nearby. Along the shore of Lake Wentworth at Wolfeboro, you'll find the sprawling Wentworth State Park, a popular swimming, picnicking, boating and fishing spot. Wolfeboro is also home to a couple of small but interesting local museums, including the New England Boat Museum. Around 30 minutes to the north, Pine River State Forest has miles of beautiful trails through oak and pine woodland interspersed with wetland habitats. In summer, this is great birding and hiking territory. Come winter, the trails are open for snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing.

Year-round reasons to come

Wakefield enjoys a typical New England climate, with very distinct seasons. Winter is cold and snowy. This is the time to enjoy cross-country skiing, shoe-shoeing and snowmobiling on snow-covered forest trails. When the snows melt in spring, walking the forest trails to the sound of rushing meltwater and migratory birdsong is the perfect way to greet the sunshine. Summer temperatures don't get much above the low 80s, still comfortable for hiking, biking and enjoying the local lakes. Fall is perhaps the most spectacular season, with nature in her finery of pinks and golds, the trails a riot of autumnal color and the air thick with birdsong once again.

Explore the White Mountains from Wakefield

Wakefield occupies a scenic part of New Hampshire, between the Atlantic coast and the White Mountains, the most northerly section of the Appalachian Mountains and the most rugged in New England. If you fancy exploring its panoramic drives, snowy peaks and pristine mountain lakes, the closest edge of White Mountain National Forest is around hour north of Wakefield at its closest point, but it'll be closer to 2 hours before you arrive at its highest point, Mount Washington. You can enjoy unrivalled wildlife spotting here, with white-tailed deer, moose, foxes and black bears among the local residents.