Destination guide

Gilford is a winter sports paradise

For a serene and peaceful retreat, try Gilford, which is located in central New Hampshire on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and the slopes of Belknap Mountain. Gilford vacation rentals have attracted travelers since the early 1800s, when farmers supplemented their income by renting to summer boarders. Today, some of the main Gilford points of interests are winter sports, such as cross country skiing and ski jumping. Alpine skiing is also popular, and Gunstock Mountain introduced the area’s first motorized ski lift and a snow train to transport skiers from Boston.

Things to do

Discover Gilford on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee

For a fun family destination, search for Gilford vacation rentals near Gunstock Mountain Resort, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee. From May through November, sample a diverse selection of locally produced wines at Stone Gate Vineyard. Experience a show at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, a 900-seat amphitheater on the shores of the lake. If you’re looking for Gilford attractions that don’t involve the outdoors, Pepi Herrmann’s Crystal Gallery & Museum showcases some of the world’s finest hand-cut crystals and offers one-of-a-kind customized creations for you to purchase as a souvenir.


Enjoy family-friendly activities in Gilford

Winter sports are among the most popular Gilford activities. Visitors often check out Gunstock Mountain Resort for its skiing and snowboarding trails. The resort also offers snow tubing, snowshoeing, off-road Segway tours, a treetop adventure, and ziplining. Swim in Lake Winnipesaukee at the Ellacoya State Park. There’s usually a breeze and you can relax on the sandy beach and dine in the picnic area. Don’t miss Funspot, which is the home of the largest arcade in the world. Adventurous travelers should take the opportunity to view Gilford from the sky in a unique biplane tour of the area.


Gilford has a season for everyone

From December through February, relish cold weather sports like skiing, sledding, and snowmobiling. During these winter months, the local Gilford weather forecast typically calls for snow and dropping temperatures. From March through May, wildflowers burst through the thawing ground, and you can visit maple sugar houses for live demonstrations. The lake region comes alive in summer from June through October, with area tours, water sports, and an abundance of hiking. The spectacular colors of fall ignite the imagination, and you’ll be able to experience the crisp, mouth-watering taste of freshly picked apples.

Natural features

Get up close and personal with nature in Gilford

For spectacular views, look for Gilford vacation rentals near Belknap Mountain at the southern point of town, as this is the highest point in the area with an elevation of 2,384 feet. Almost 28 percent of the town is covered by water. Discover Gilford nature and wildlife with your family and friends at Ellacoya State Park. You may be lucky enough to spot a peregrine falcon, moose, or speckled fawn. Gilford vacation rentals put you in best possible place to experience and enjoy all that nature has to offer, from amazing wildlife to majestic mountains to a sparkling lake.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Gilford

Fly into Laconia, NH (LCI-Laconia Municipal), the closest airport, located 2 mi (3.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Concord, NH (CON-Concord Municipal), which is 24.2 mi (38.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Gilford?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,008 vacation rentals near Gilford. From 591 Houses to 258 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Gilford for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Gilford:

  • Meredith: 1,207 vacation rentals
  • Weirs Beach: 208 vacation rentals
  • Alton Bay: 104 vacation rentals
  • Plymouth: 1,075 vacation rentals
  • Winnisquam: 29 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 Gilford?

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

  • Gunstock Mountain Resort: 874 vacation rentals
  • Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook: 1,203 vacation rentals
  • Ellacoya State Park: 1,194 vacation rentals
  • Bolduc Park: 1,161 vacation rentals
  • Stone Gate Vineyard: 1,169 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 591 Houses in Gilford. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Gilford include:

  • Cabins: 258 rentals available
  • Cottages: 258 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 96 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Gilford?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 112 vacation rentals with pool available in Gilford. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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