Destination guide

From skiing to swimming... but probably not at the same time

Situated in western New Hampshire, Lake Sunapee is the ideal destination for outdoor lovers. With 7 sandy beaches, an adjacent ski resort, and 4 neighboring state parks, you'll be hard-pressed to find a time of year that isn't stunning. The town of Sunapee captures the smalltown New England spirit, but the lake is definitely the main draw. Bring your ski gear for a winter escape, or jam that supersized swan floatie in the trunk for the ultimate summer getaway -- a waterfront Lake Sunapee vacation rental is sure to fit the bill.

Things to do

Where the great outdoors is your best education

The town of Sunapee has everything you'll need for a laid-back stay in a Lake Sunapee vacation rental. Apart from the lake (obviously), there are also 4 nearby state parks, so you'll not exactly be short of places to visit and things to do. But if you jump in the car you'll be able to explore the region's highlights to your heart's content. For urbanites, the town of Hanover is under an hour away, where travelers can find plenty of museums, restaurants, and shops.


The world needs more lakefront apres-ski spots, no?

With Mount Sunapee Ski Resort adjacent to Lake Sunapee, the slopes rule the region come the first snowfall. This makes any Lake Sunapee vacation rental the best spot for a cozy apres-ski drink or 2, but you don't have to visit in winter to fall in love. Wait for mild weather for stunning hiking, biking, and camping, or to laze away the day on the back of a rented boat. The local geese populations and other species soaring around the hills are a sight for birders, while an annual craft fair, boat parade, and bike race are huge attractions for families visiting each summer.


It's always sunny in Sunapee (except for when it's not...)

New England has 4 distinct seasons, but winter dominates. Snow has been spotted around Lake Sunapee as early as October, and can last through May - which is great news for anyone eager to hit the slopes. Temps normally inch back up in April, making way for a vibrant spring, full of wildflowers and lush, green trees climbing the mountains. Fall is perfect for apple-picking or a scenic drive, camera in hand to capture the changing leaves. Summer travelers can spend their time beach-hopping, boating, or splashing around in the glittering lake.

Natural features

Soo-Nipi doesn't mean what you think it means

The name of the lake can be traced back to the Native Americans, who originally called it Soo-Nipi, meaning "Wild Goose Waters." Expect to see plenty of wild geese migrating overhead, or dotting the shores before heading north. The lake has 11 islands, and boasts 7 sandy beaches -- including Mount Sunapee State Park beach. A variety of trout, salmon, and bass call the lake home, with open season beginning in the spring. The alpine trails on the nearby Mount Sunapee offer ideal skiing conditions in winter, and are perfect for hiking and biking when the snow finally clears.

Can I find a vacation rental around Lake Sunapee?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 124 vacation rentals near Lake Sunapee. From 76 Houses to 27 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Sunapee for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Sunapee?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Sunapee. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Vermont: 4,433 vacation rentals
  • New England: 38,686 vacation rentals
  • White Mountains: 2,551 vacation rentals
  • Lakes Region: 2,295 vacation rentals
  • Bristol: 86 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Sunapee! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Sunapee?

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

  • Bristol: 86 rentals
  • Newbury: 101 rentals
  • Lebanon: 133 rentals
  • New London: 125 rentals
  • Grantham: 90 rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Sunapee?

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

  • Mount Sunapee: 121 rentals
  • Ragged Mountain Ski Resort: 339 rentals
  • White River Junction Station: 259 rentals
  • Pats Peak: 125 rentals
  • Wellington State Park: 748 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Sunapee listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.