Monthly Archives: March 2008

Boating in NH

Boating in all its forms is one of the most popular activities enjoyed here on Lake Winnipesaukee.  I should know, I’ve been boating on this lake for more than 45 years and I’ve yet to tire of it.  Many of our visitors here at The Cozy Inn-Lakeview House and Cottages look at our beautiful lake and want to get out there and join the fun.  If this sounds like you there’s something you should know.

All people operating powerboats in excess of 25 horsepower on NH public waters are required to have taken and passed a boating safety course.  This includes all those who wish to rent a powerboat during their vacation.  Though the law does not include those operating unpowered craft or boats of less than 25 horsepower it makes good sense for all and is highly recommended.

No matter how long you have been a boater there will be something to learn for everyone taking the course.  A significant portion of the course concentrates on our somewhat unique navigational system on our lakes.  As Lake Winnipesaukee is located in the “Granite State” danger lurks below – an impact with a rock can not only severely damage your boat but possibly cause serious injury as well.

If boating is in your plans be sure to obtain a certificate – if you have one from your state be sure to check that it is valid also in NH.  This is the first year that all powerboaters are to be certified so it would follow that strict enforcement will ruin the day for uncertified boaters.

Go to and click on Division of Safety Services for complete information.

Concierge Services

“I don’t know what to do!”  How often we feel so overwhelmed by choices that we become stuck, and when vacationing in a new place or even the same place again everyone wants to get the most enjoyment we can out of our time and activities.

Good planning is difficult when in an unfamiliar place.  Keep in mind that the best advice will include local knowledge – we here in Weirs Beach not only know where to go but also when to go and how best to get there.

Whether its activities like hiking, bicycling, swimming, boating or waterskiing or less energetic pursuits like scenic touring by car, boat, train or plane we here at The Cozy Inn-Lakeview House and Cottages are happy to help you plan your Weirs Beach Lake Winnipesaukee vacation.

So if you “don’t know what to do” we can help you avoid hearing those dreaded words “you should have been here yesterday.”  We encourage all our visitors to take advantage of our concierge services to get the most out of your hard earned vacation.

Is the winter sporting season over? Not on your life!

All you snow heads out there know that this has been one heck of a year. As many of you from south of us see your crocuses and start dusting off your golf equipment, polishing your convertible cars, boats and motorcycles, we’re still looking at 6’ snow banks along our roads.

Yes, this is a banner year for winter sports. As a skier I can tell you that its been great at all NH ski areas, our local mountain Gunstock continues to have fabulous conditions as has the White Mountain region with areas like Cannon, Loon, Waterville Valley, Wildcat and Attitash all posting way above average, if not record snow amounts.

Snowmobilers coming off a couple of lean snow years are showing their enthusiasm with joyful exuberance. Lake Winnipesaukee is a great place to snowmobile and Weirs Beach is a great place to venture out of. Right from our yard snowmobilers have access to the Lake and the trail system that extends from NH’s southern border to our northern US border.

To all you winter enthusiasts, whether it’s skiing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing or scenic touring, there’s still plenty of snow. So what are you waiting for?

No Chains? Shed your chains!

Ever think about how our vacation experiences are formed by major corporate entities? That these huge companies merely homogenize vacation formats so that everyone gets the same thing? Tired of cookie cutter impersonal accommodations with ever changing staff with no on really in charge?

A unique aspect of a Weirs Beach Lake Winnipesaukee vacation is that there are no chain hotels and restaurants in the area.  Instead, you’ll find an array of traditional owner-operated tourism businesses where each accommodation is a little different from the rest with restaurants where you don’t already know the menu.

At The Cozy Inn-Lakeview House and Cottages every unit is different, often very different from each other, so choices abound.  The ownership and management is highly accessible – we all live here!  So whether it’s a room or cottage you can relax in a friendly place with regular folks here in Weirs Beach NH.