Destination guide

Holderness: a spectacular wilderness on your doorstep

The tiny agricultural town of Holderness lies on the shores of Squam Lake. It doesn't matter whether you visit in spring, summer or fall, the changeable natural scenery is exquisite. There's history here aplenty, from old cruise boats that ply the waterways to buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Further north, you'll find the vast White Mountain National Forest. If water sports aren't your thing, the hiking trails and wildlife spotting in the park might be just what you're looking for. Holderness might be small, but the surrounding wilderness is anything but.

Things to do

Museum buffs take note of Holderness

Museum buffs will be pleasantly surprised with the attractions in Holderness and nearby Ashland. If you're a certified trainspotter, you won't want to miss the Ashland Railroad Station, which now serves as a tiny museum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Alternatively, you've got the quirky Toy Museum, the Whipple House Museum and several art studios to dive into. For more history, you can hop board the MS Mount Washington, a boat that's been plying Lake Winnipesaukee since the 1940s and offers terrific sunset cruises across the waterway.


Sailing and kayaking in Holderness

Being so close to Squam Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee, it's hardly surprising that most of the activities near your Holderness vacation rental are on the water and it's the best way to experience this gorgeous corner of New Hampshire. You can take your pick on how you experience the lake. Launch your sailboard to take advantage of the year-round consistent breeze, or nab yourself a kayak and paddle along at your own pace. The newest water sports craze is paddle boarding and Squam Lake has them in droves. Alternatively, pack up your rod and bait and find a sunny bank to cast in your line.


Holderness' hot summers are best spent on the lake

The weather around the lakes is prone to bigger swings than down along the coast. That said, the summer makes for the best time to stay in a Holderness vacation rental, when the temperature is consistently warm. It's also the most popular time to visit, so if you're planning a summer getaway, book up early. Outside the peak months, travelers abandon Holderness. If you don't mind the cooler temperature and prefer fewer crowds, then spring makes for a good time to visit. Alternatively, try fall, when the foliage is at its brightest and the walking trails are most appealing.

Natural features

Get up close to black bears in Holderness

From the White Mountain National Forest to the Mount Kearsarge State Forest Park, you'll find wildlife everywhere you look near your Holderness vacation rental. If you walk along the trails in the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, you'll find the butterfly-filled Kirkwood Gardens, which teems with colorful flowers best seen in spring. Continue along the trails and there's an astonishing number of critters to spot, including black bears, coyotes and river otters, all of which are kept in enclosures as close to their natural habitat as possible. Don't miss the raptor area, where you can see eagles and hawks.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Holderness

The nearest airport is in Laconia, NH (LCI-Laconia Municipal), located 13.6 mi (21.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Lebanon, NH (LEB-Lebanon Municipal), which is 36.8 mi (59.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Holderness?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 641 vacation rentals near Holderness. From 361 Houses to 146 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Holderness for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Holderness:

  • Meredith: 1,142 vacation rentals
  • Weirs Beach: 206 vacation rentals
  • Alton Bay: 102 vacation rentals
  • Loon Mountain Ski Resort: 560 vacation rentals
  • Plymouth: 1,038 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 Holderness?

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

  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center: 1,106 vacation rentals
  • Winnipesaukee Pier: 1,143 vacation rentals
  • Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook: 1,129 vacation rentals
  • Ridgewood Country Club: 1,322 vacation rentals
  • Ragged Mountain Ski Resort: 335 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Holderness 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 Holderness?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 361 Houses in Holderness. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Holderness include:

  • Cabins: 146 rentals available
  • Cottages: 146 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 146 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Holderness?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 158 vacation rentals with pool available in Holderness. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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