Destination guide

Barnstead is waiting for you

The friendly folks in Barnstead, many of whom have been here for generations, have long welcomed visitors into their little town, whose historic main street is lined with pretty colonial houses. It's perhaps perfectly placed, roughly halfway between the mountains and the seaside and nearby there is a fine selection of gorgeous lakes. On one day you could be sunning yourself on the East Coast beaches and, on the next, hiking in the wilderness trails of the White Mountain National Forest. So, what are you waiting for? Barnstead vacation rentals are ready and waiting for you.

Things to do

Like a kid in a candy store

It's not just the activities that the kids will love. You know the old idiom about being like a kid in a candy store? Well, now you can take them to Kellerhaus, the oldest sweet shop in the state. Don't miss their famous ice-cream sundae buffet. Suitably sugared up, it's time to drive north to Lake Winnipesaukee where you can ride the exciting Hobo Railroad. For something decidedly more adult, the fascinating Laconia's Belknap Mill is the oldest unchanged textile mill in the US and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You'll never tire of Barnstead.


Let the kids run amok

This part of New Hampshire is kid-friendly, so bring the whole family to a Barnstead vacation rental for a mountain break, away from the bustle of the city. When you're there, take them up to the Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, where they can run amok along the aerial obstacle course, the biggest in New England. Afterwards, you can all step aboard one of the paddleboats for an afternoon on the sunny lake or lace up the boots for a hike along the winding forested trails. Winter brings with it a whole host of snowy activities, including snowmobiling.


Book early for summer

If you're planning to take the kids away on a summer break, be sure to book up your Barnstead vacation rental early to avoid disappointment. Long, sunny days exploring this beautiful part of the world with the family will surely create memories not easily forgotten. The shoulder months can also be a wonderful time to visit. For some, the slightly cooler weather and fewer vacationers to contend with, by the lake and along the trails, is preferable. If you come in the winter, expect deep snow and powdery nearby slopes, slopes which just beg to be skied.

Natural features

An island for every day of the year

Just 10 miles north of your Barnstead vacation rental is the huge Lake Winnipesaukee. You'll find plenty of secluded spaces along its 240 miles of shoreline. If you don't, cross over to one of the 365 little islands that dot its center – one for every day of the year. For wildlife spotters, this is the place to be. A hike along the banks of the lake can reveal everything from playful otters to bounding deer. Look a little harder and you may spot a muskrat or mink and, if you're lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a coyote.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Barnstead

The nearest airport is in Concord, NH (CON-Concord Municipal), located 14 mi (22.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Laconia, NH (LCI-Laconia Municipal), which is 17.8 mi (28.7 km) away.

Where to stay around Barnstead?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 170 vacation rentals near Barnstead. From 94 Houses to 61 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Barnstead for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Barnstead:

  • Meredith: 1,206 vacation rentals
  • Weirs Beach: 207 vacation rentals
  • Alton Bay: 104 vacation rentals
  • Winnisquam: 29 vacation rentals
  • South Down Shores: 61 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 Barnstead?

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

  • Winnipesaukee Pier: 1,212 vacation rentals
  • Southern New Hampshire University: 71 vacation rentals
  • Gunstock Mountain Resort: 874 vacation rentals
  • Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook: 1,203 vacation rentals
  • Winnipesaukee Playhouse: 1,252 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 94 Houses in Barnstead. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Barnstead include:

  • Cabins: 61 rentals available
  • Cottages: 61 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 61 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 Barnstead?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 8 vacation rentals with pool available in Barnstead. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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