Lake Sunapee Cruise: Exit And Explore Near I-89 NH
Fed up with interstate driving? Working your way through a boring section of I-89—trust me, it is? Want to lay back and relax instead of slogging up Mount Kearsarge (the other obvious option in this area on I-89). You’re feeling bored in the Upper Valley and need a change of scenery?
Here’s your chance to soak up the breezes of a summer lake and play the looky-loo.
It’s a Lake Sunapee Cruise…
Yes, right next to I-89 on Lake Sunapee NH, aboard the MV MT Sunapee II. Let Google or your GPS take you there, supplemented with written directions at the Lake Sunapee Cruise website. You’ll want the Sunapee Harbor. Keep your eyes peeled for signs.
Step right up and buy your ticket
The trip’s not especially spendy ($18 for seniors in 2017), and definitely worth it for taking a break and seeing something new. And then there’s the friendly company and New Hampshire fresh air.
While you’re waiting to walk the plank and scamper aboard, hang out in the pier-side General Store, buy a souvenir or two, a T-shirt, a postcard, an ugly coffee mug….
Relax on a bench in the sun and watch the pleasure boats launch in front of you. Yes, there’s a good restroom…
There’s an upstairs in the breezes and an enclosed downstairs, with plenty of glass so you can see out. Take your pick, or move about during the trip. These seniors went right for the front seats, with yours truly right behind.
Homemade cookies, too
Whoever heard of a mini-cruise with homemade cookies? Grab yours before they get sucked up by someone else. An inexpensive little treat.
Now comes your sightseeing excursion, emphasis on visuals. Yes, a Lake Sunapee cruise gives you a shoreside view of pretty much every cabin or mansion for about half the lake.
The first mate and his skipper, too / Will do their very best / To make the others comfortable / La la la la…
The captain knows how to steer AND he knows who’s who and what’s what. He grew up on Lake Sunapee as a kid: he’s great with history, anecdotes, and tooting the Lake Sunapee cruise boat’s horn. He gives the cue to wave at the denizens of the shoreline AND he has a perfect voice for the task. Might as well be off the set of Gilligan’s Island. See what I mean?
Get a head start on the cruise-by…
With a preview look at a few “cabins”.
There’s posh, basic, old-fashioned, and very up-to-date. Some homes have belonged to local families for generations, others are dramatically new. A fine touch: only the old ones get to have a boathouse.
See what I mean?
Tuckered out from relaxing and stuffed with local lore
The Lake Sunapee Cruise will return you shoreside.
Wait, we’re not done yet
An extra smidge of local interest awaits..
Natch, it includes a treat.
Set your GPS (or get directions from a local) and steer your way to nearish Sanctuary Farm. Imagine if you can, a donkey rescue combined with a homemade ice cream stand. Yep, asses and mint chocolate chip.
And enjoy the sunshine, ‘cos that’s it for today.
Since you might need the Lake Sunapee Cruise link, it’s right here. And yep, this cruise would be gorgeous in fall foliage season.
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