Though not as well-known as nearby Lake Winnipesaukee, Squam Lake and its neighboring town, Holderness (located about a two-hour drive from Boston, or 75 minutes from Manchester), offer a quiet break from the pressures of city life, full of breathtaking views and old-timey East Coast hospitality. (It also provided the setting for the 1981 Jane Fonda and Katharine Hepburn film, On Golden Pond.)
“It’s a hidden gem,” Fisher says. “It just feels stumbled-upon and lovely and quiet. There’s a lot of time out from life and adventure to be had.”
A typical summer day can involve swimming or canoeing on the lake (also a perfect way to stargaze at night), hiking the area’s many trails, picnicking on the beach, and finishing the evening with dinner in town. Things move slower here, but that’s exactly what Fisher is looking for in a vacation spot.
For a nightcap, Walter’s Basin offers residents and vacation-goers a fun place to let loose with beautiful vantage points of the lake. (Every Thursday in the summer, its Basshole lounge hosts live music). “It’s a fun little hole in the wall,” she says. “You can actually pull your boat up and climb out.”