Wolfeboro: Quaint New England Without the Crowds


Ever wanted to get away from it all? See a small New England lake town on the off season, but you have kids, school and work that stop you from doing it? Ever thought of waking up at 5am to take a stroll? No? Really? I’m shocked.

The Wolfe Tavern is part of the Wolfeboro Inn, an architectural beauty at the edge of the main drag

The perfect time to check out a town while on vacation is in the wee hours of the morning. With a jet lag baby or fussy sleeper this can be very easily done. If you are going backwards in time, take advantage of those first few days as your baby adjusts. If you are going forward in time, try a late night stroll through downtown. The small lake town of Wolfeboro, NH was usually quiet by 7pm on a weeknight.

Downtown buildings are sometimes all visitors will see unless they get away from the crowds

No one was out on the morning Dek and I took a stroll, except the locals headed off to work. The diner wasn’t even open when we first arrived. So we wandered. What we saw was a beautiful town. Many of the dominant buildings had been renovated, making up the main 5-block strip that was the social center of town.

As soon as we got out side of the town hub we saw the older character of the place. Many of the buildings looked like they had seen better days. They had more character in them than I could have dreamed of. Peeling paint, slanted doorways, missing shingles, dilapidated porches and steps. If you looked deeper, even at the renovated buildings, you could see Victorian and colonial style architecture.

Small shops line the main drag through town

I grew up in Philadelphia, one of the homes of these types of buildings. I miss that out west. Architecture in the Pacific Northwest is beautiful in it’s own way, but it’s not that same. Getting my fill of New England homes and small town lake life was a recharge to my soul. Apparently I needed a reminder of my younger years more than I had realized.

Black’s is a Wolfeboro institution for all your vacation needs.

Whether you get out early or late, just make sure you take that time to yourself. The hustle and bustle of your every day can be tiring. Get the baby in the stroller, or grab your 5 year old by the hand and head down the street. You never know what you might find.

The local church tells the history of the town. Many of the original parishioners names are familiar. Other sights around town are named after them.

Want to know why we really love this area?
Read Summer Lake Life in Wolfeboro, NH

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Showing 8 comments
  • Sonja

    How do you arrange your photos like that on the page? I like it!

    • Reply

      Hi Sonja, If you mean the groupings of 2, 3 or 4 images, I build the groups in Photoshop and then upload them as a single image. Easy as pie to do, but you do need a photo program.

  • Anne Patrone

    These are amazing photos beautifully arranged. I’m always impressed by the quiet found when no one else is around.

  • Lisa

    I’ve not yet been to New England but I’ve always been drawn to the architecture – will definitely have to make it there soon!

  • tricia

    I haven’t yet visited New England, but it is on my ‘must see’ list. Fantastic photos!

  • Reply

    I’m a big fan of the early morning stroll. You’re right – the quiet hours really connect you to a place in a special way.

  • Jen (@twokidsandamap)

    Such pretty pictures. I love a good morning walk when the crowds haven’t gotten out of bed yet, too…that is if I can get myself out of bed!

  • Jessica

    That is some extra sweet lemonade you made out of those sleepy lemons. Good job!

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