Destination guide

An outdoorsy destination in New Hampshire

A small, friendly town in the Lakes region of New Hampshire, Alton is a vacation destination for outdoor enthusiasts and anyone seeking to escape the daily grind. On the southern end of Lake Winnipesaukee, many Alton vacation rentals enjoy beautiful lake views and direct access on to the picturesque inlet known as Alton Bay. From expansive homes with private decks and boat launches to romantic lakeside retreats, you can choose an Alton vacation rental to enjoy a serene and relaxing vacation whatever the season.

Things to do

Family days out in Alton

There are lots of interesting local shops and restaurants in and around Alton. Alton Bay has a little arcade, mini-golf and ice cream shop as well as more shops and restaurants to explore. Around minutes up the lakeshore, you'll find arcades, shops, and local restaurants in Weirs Beach, home of the Daytona Fun Park. If you're staying at your Alton vacation rental with kids, its bumper boats, go-karts and high ropes adventure course make for a diverting day out. From Weirs Beach you can also take a tour on the Winnipesaukee scenic railroad to Meredith at the top of the lake.

Activities

Lakeside fun in Alton

Even if your Alton vacation rental doesn't come with its own lake access, visitors to Alton can enjoy the town's public beaches, boat marinas and public boat launch. Swimming, kayaking and water sports of all kinds can be enjoyed, as well as lakeside picnics and beautiful sunsets over the water. In summer months, you can catch the Mount Washington ship from Alton Bay's ship port for lakeside cruises to different stops around the lake. Besides Lake Winnipesaukee, Alton is home to Alton Bay State Forest and Mount Major State Forest, so there are plenty of local trails to be hiked, biked and enjoyed too.

Weather

Alton through the seasons

Seasonal events and attractions, such as the drive-in cinema at Weirs Beach, make for a fun summer season. June through September enjoy high temperatures in the 70s and 80s – perfect conditions for getting out on the water. Either side of the high summer season, as the trails get quieter, an Alton vacation rental can be a great choice for a quiet retreat. You can get back to nature, hike woodland paths enlivened by vibrant fall colors, birdwatch and nature spot. Winters are inevitably cold and snowy. At this time of year, you can ice fish on the lake. Local trails are open for snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Natural features

Get back to nature in Alton

Hikers will be drawn to Straightback Mountain, the highest point in Alton. On sunny days, its trails through a mix of woodland and open terrain offer fabulous views over the sparkling waters of Hills Pond, Sunset Lake and Crystal Lake. In summer you can enjoy wild blueberries and the sound of songbirds. It's a different experience entirely in winter when the snow lies on the ground, but just as beautiful and inspiring. Nearby, Mount Major is a slightly lower summit east along the Belknap Mountains range. Surrounded by Mount Major State Forest, crisscrossed by hiking and biking trails, its summit affords spectacular views over Lake Winnipesaukee.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Alton

The nearest airport is in Laconia, NH (LCI-Laconia Municipal), located 13.5 mi (21.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Concord, NH (CON-Concord Municipal), which is 22.7 mi (36.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Alton?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 420 vacation rentals near Alton. From 237 Houses to 119 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Alton for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Alton?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Alton:

  • Alton Bay: 103 vacation rentals
  • West Alton: 16 vacation rentals
  • Meredith: 1,150 vacation rentals
  • Weirs Beach: 202 vacation rentals
  • Winnisquam: 26 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Alton?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Alton. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mount Major: 1,050 vacation rentals
  • Winnipesaukee Pier: 1,143 vacation rentals
  • Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook: 1,131 vacation rentals
  • Ridgewood Country Club: 1,333 vacation rentals
  • Winnipesaukee Playhouse: 1,183 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Alton listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Alton?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 237 Houses in Alton. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Alton include:

  • Cabins: 119 rentals available
  • Cottages: 119 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 119 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Alton?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 53 vacation rentals with pool available in Alton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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