Both Walter’s Basin and the nearby Inn Kitchen + Bar offer several delicious lobster-based entrees. While Squam Lake is a bit inland, they get their catch fresh each day -- Holderness isn’t too far from Maine, after all. “You can’t go wrong with ordering lobster there,” Fisher says.
Opened in 2005, the cozy Inn Kitchen + Bar specializes in locally-grown produce and locally-caught seafood, and offers a slightly more upscale option among the area’s laid-back dining options. Though make sure to plan ahead and make a reservation -- the restaurant, which is attached to a bed & breakfast, is only open for three hours a day, five days a week.
Also in downtown Holderness, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center offers hiking trails to see wildlife, including mountain lions and river otters, up close. But Fisher prefers to head four miles north to the trailhead for West Rattlesnake Mountain, her favorite hike in the area. A two-mile, moderately steep trail leads to the top of the mountain, and provides a perfect panorama of the area and the lake’s many islands. “There are eagle sightings and it’s just beautiful,” she says. “There are lots of trees and then when you get above the trees -- well, we’ve got a lot of family photos from there.”