The real star of the movie On Golden Pond was the landscape. And a stay at the luxury hotel in Holderness puts you right at the heart of that natural beauty. Here sits Squam Lake, a favourite with tourists since the 19th century, and classic steamboats still traverse the water. Take a trip yourself, or just wander through the beautiful New Hampshire countryside.

Welcome to the great outdoors, American style – a mirror-like lake, majestic mountains and magnificent forests.

Things to do


The Squam Lake Natural Science Centre was set up as a refuge for injured animals, and it’s well worth a visit. You’ll be able to get up close to some fascinating animals like coyotes and mountain lions. Or take a private guided trek through the landscape and the forests.


If you’re a hiking or a rock climbing fan, then a trek up the West Rattlesnake Mountain is a must. You’ll be rewarded with some amazing views of Squam Lake and the New Hampshire landscape. And don’t forget to bring a picnic.


Whether you’re here to explore the scenery, enjoy the fine dining or simply to relax, you’ll find that the lake is never far away. So why not hire a boat while you’re here? A guided tour will take you to Church Island in the lake – a beautifully serene destination. 

If you’re visiting the Squam Lake Science Centre, make sure to buy a combination ticket, which includes a trip on the pontoon boat over the lake. 

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