About the property
- House1500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
LAKE FRONT Vacation Rental
Family Vacation Time!
Spacious Three Bedroom House, Wrap around screen Porch,
Gas grill & picnic table outside.
Fully equipped Kitchen with side by side refrigerator.
Outstanding views up and down the Bay!
Lake Winnipesaukee, Alton Bay, NH
Sandy Waterfront, Private Boat Dock
Swim Raft, Sandy Bottom Swim area, Fishing, Boating, Hiking etc.
Race Fans Welcome (Easy Loudon Access)
DiPace’s “Dock of the Bay”
Dock of the Bay
19 Litch Lane, Alton Bay NH 03810
Guide to the Area
There is a Hannaford's grocery store 2 miles from the house. There are also 2 Walmart Superstores (Rochester and Gilford) and a Market Basket (Rochester) within 10-12 miles. Don't load your car down with a weeks worth of food. Get enough for the first day and visit the store on Sunday.
Alton Bay has a few number of good restaurants:
Sandy Point, 1/2 mile away, has always been known for Lobsters and Prime Ribs, but it is under new owners?
Dockside in Alton Bay is old time décor, but the food is good.
Pops Clam Shell is a must to fill that great fried seafood urge.
JP China has a great Pu-Pu Platter for two.
Shibley's is a little pricey, but people love their blue cheese burger.
Johnson’s Seafood & Steak on rte 11, 3 miles east of alton is a great family restaraunt and is reasonably priced. They can handle a larger crowd with a big variety of dishes. Their sundaes are a two meal quest.
Three miles west of us on rte 11, is Mt. Major with a pleasant 45 minute hike up for a spectacular view of the Lake.
Outside of Alton there is:
Meredith: Harts Turkey Farm is a destination by itself. A must do Family Turkey place.
Down the street is Kellerhaus Ice Cream buffet. Homemade ice cream, in large quantities, at a reasonable price. Wednesday is dollar a scoop cone day, everyday is make your own Sundae.
Also in Meredith and reachable by boat are two great places, Guiseppie's Pizzeria & Ristorante and Town Docks. Outside dining at Guiseppie's with the waterfall misting you on a hot day brings the food to life. “Town Docks” has the best” Lobster Roll” in the area (they are the benchmark that we still compare all others to).
Gilford: right on rte 3 in Gilford and reachable by boat is Ames Farm Inn. You can't beat their breakfasts! A must do early in the week so that you have time to repeat! Sawyers Dairy Bar in Gilford is a great diner and ice cream stop. Gilford also boasts Gunstock Mountain for its new Aerial Tree Top Adventure and Zip Tour. They also offer Chairlift rides and Segway tours. There are also a number of great golf courses, Pheasant Ridge & Lakeview to name a few..
Wolfeboro has the shops and is a strollers charm. It is the easiest destination from Alton Bay by boat. The Upper Deck restaraunt is a great place to view the boating scene and eat. The food is more then passable, but the atmosphere makes it worth it. It should be tried. The ”Spice Squares” at the Yum Yum Shop are worth the trip and are a favorite of ours. Browns Gift Shop is always a great destination. Reachable by boat, you can get some groceries right next to the town docks.
Meredith is also a great place to stroll around. The Mill has plenty to see in their three floors of indoor stores. The Town boasts Antique shops, Book stores, Candy stores etc..
Weirs Beach can be fun for a few hours just to see a bit of Americana. You can get drawn into the pinball games and old time charm. The "Drive in Movie" is a great take on a good night. Bring some lawn chairs, a blanket and picnic basket and sit outside the car.
Alton Bay has a relaxed and laid back atmosphere. The town dock has a lifeguard and kids love to mingle and jump from the dock. Mini Golf at Jay's is always a hit with the kids. Their ice creams are a good bang for the buck. There is no shortage of ice cream stores in the bay. On Saturday nights there is always a group playing at the bandstand. Locals and tourists bring lawn chairs and enjoy listening and dancing.
Five towns have large public docks for boaters with many surrounding amenities. Alton Bay, Wolfeboro, Meredith, Center Harbor and Weirs Beach. The areas in the southern portion of the Lake, in general, have less boating hazards then the northern areas. In the northern part a good co-pilot reading the chart and markers is invaluable.
The sandbar in West Alton fills up quickly and is a boating favorite among the Marina crowd with no beach of their own.
We love to picnic at Ragged Island. Head due north at the western end of Rattlesnake Island and you will cross “The Broads” and find the 4 docks on the southern side of Ragged Island. This is a hidden jewel on the Lake. It is not advised to boat into the northern side of the Island unless you have a great spotter on the bow. Leaving Ragged and heading north you can ventures through “Hole in the Wall”, to Nineteen Mile Bay in Tuftonboro. They have a small town Dock with a great Ice Cream Store across the street.
Hugging the shoreline in smaller boats is advisable on the weekends. It is a different lake from Sunday night to Friday. The big boats are gone and the Lake is less congested and calmer. We always enjoy a ride through the Varney Islands. It is always fun to see the sunset from the mouth of Alton Bay (Little Mark Island marks the entrance to the bay) with some cheese and crackers (a little wine helps also).
Gas pumps are available in Wolfeboro, Meredith, Weirs Beach, Smith Cove etc. We find Minge Cove and Robert’s Cove are the closest and have good prices.
Weirs, Meredith and Wolfeboro are favorite destinations.
Boating Tips: Always bring a phone! You never know when you'll need assistance. Sea Tow and Boat US are available in the Lake.
Get your bearings for north and south before you start out. The bay heads north as you exit it. The markers can more easily be remembered by Red (Hot)= South/West, Black (Cold) = North/East. Even with that it is difficult to distinguish mid channel markers from regular buoys. If you get lost, check for a numbered marker and get your bearing from that. The old fall back method is to stop and wait for a boat to pass, then follow them if they make it without problems. .
Kancamagus Hwy- heading east on rte 125 and then north on rte 16 you will turn right onto the Kancamagus Hwy (aka rte 112). Stopping at the Lower Basin (about 7 miles in) it is a great place to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch atop boulders in the stream. Moving on you should stop at The Gorge(depicted above) and then Sabbaday Falls. The town of Lincoln is a great place to grab Dinner or an Ice Cream Cone. If you head south on rte 3 & 93 you will pass Harts Turkey Farm restaurant at exit 23. This trip will take 5 or 6 hours if you linger at the Lower Basin.
The Fish Hatchery in New Durham is a great place for kids of all ages. It has many different pools with trout, bass etc grouped by age.
Hiking at Mt. Major is a great way to get a panoramic view of Lake Winnipesaukee. It is less then an hour to the top and is rated as a light to moderate climb. You can park on rte 11 west about 3 miles from the house.
Gunstock Mountain Tree Top Adventure and Zip Line Tour has a great reputation for a challenge to all ages.
There are so many activities you will have to read up on places like Storyland, Santa’s Village, The Flume, Lost River, Mt. Washington Cog Railway etc. Etc.
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About Tom DIPACE
Couple with years of experience in the Lakes Region of NH. Boston College graduate with a technical background enjoys meeting new people and welcoming them to the Lakes Region of NH! Our family has over 35 years of experience in this area and has a great respect and appreciation for the natural beauty and wildlife! We can head you in the right direction to fulfill your vacation dreams.
Tom DIPACE purchased this House in 1983
Why Tom DIPACE chose Alton Bay
We have a unique swim area of white sugary sand and gradual slope water front to allow you to get wet at your own pace. A natural brook abuts us and brings fresh mountain water every day! We are in the Quiet area of the Lake with local Ice Cream stands and plenty of restaurants and mini golf places. Saturday night local concerts, happenings and periodic Craft Fairs are abundant. Family friendly with 2 Kayaks and a canoe available for use. We pride our self on being a smoke free property.
What makes this House unique
We have a place for your boat as well! Bring all the toys and enjoy it all at the waters edge.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Wonderful week on Winnipesaukee!
My wife, daughter and myself had a great time staying at 'The dock of the bay'. The house was great and has amazing views of Alton Bay. I can't emphasize enough how awesome the back deck is. I think I ate every meal sitting outside watching boats go in and out of the bay. The location is great and it is easy to get to other parts of the lake by car or boat.
The owners were very kind and offered to answer any questions we had making themselves available any time. We truly enjoyed our stay here and are looking forward to returning next summer!
Tganjs so much for your kind words!
It was so nice to meet a young family starting to make their memories at our Lake House!
We really enjoyed your time at the Lake and hope to see you again.
Wonderful week at "Dock of the Bay"
We enjoyed our stay very much at "The Dock of the Bay." Tom & Joan could not have been more friendly and accommodating. We loved the camp-like history of the cottage. The kitchen had a huge fridge and there was plenty of cabinet space for our food. The deck and screen porch were so enjoyable and very private. The swimming area would be great for children with it's shallow water. We rented a pontoon boat from "The Bayside Inn," just a short distance from down the lake. We were able to dock it right at our cottage. Alton Bay is just a 5 min drive with restaurants, etc. We would highly recommend the DiPace place to rent.
Wonderful family vacation
The cottage is neat and clean and has plenty of space for a family to spread out in. The screened porch and deck were used for all our meals. The sitting area around the fire pit was enjoyed. The bedrooms were comfortable. At night we kept the windows open and were never too hot or too cold. The kayaks and canoe were great ways to enjoy the lake. The dock and swimraft were enjoyed by all. The cottage faces east, so sun in the morning was a great way to start the day. Convenient to many towns around Lake Winnipesaukee. With two teenagers we were afraid they'd be bored, but they loved spending time in the cottage or on the water, and were old enough to enjoy the kayaks themselves. My family loved vacationing here and hope to be back. My kids are still talking about it!
Tom and Joan DiPace were terrific hosts. Very welcoming and friendly. It was great to have them nearby.
We enjoyed having your wonderful family staying with us! It was great to meet them all and see the enjoyment through their smiles. Best of luck to you all and we hope to see you again next year.
Tom & Joan DiPace
Enjoyable Vacation right on the Water...
We enjoyed our stay at "Dock of the Bay..." and would go back again! Everything worked out well, except the weather as it rained for a few days. Did not stop us from hiking, exploring, shopping, eating, or playing cards and Monopoly. I would recommend to all.
Thanks for the kind words Dan!
We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and your family.
It is refreshing for us to see people enjoying the Lake and the surrounding area as you all did.
We hope to see you again soon and please do stop by if you are in the area.
Enjoy the rest of the summer!
Tom & Joan DiPace
Well first of all, I would like to say that Lake Winnipesaukee is the best vacation spot I have ever been too. However, it didn't start off without problems. As luck would have it, my boat trailer broke on the way up to the house and caused extensive damage to my towing truck. When I arrived in town, I phoned Tom to let him know him know what had happened. He immediately dropped what he was doing and drove down to meet up with me and helped get my family to the rental location; including helping me drag my heavy trailer into a parking space. AFterwards, he emailed all sorts of info on places to get my trailer fixed, along wtih eateries, places to go, etc. Mr. Dipace and his wife totally made themselves available to me as not only the property owners, but as friends. Their hospitality was unsurpassed!!! I have already planned to go back for years to come.
Our vacation at the lake was terrific, and a lot of that was due to Tom and Joan's hospitality. They welcomed our family warmly, and gave us tons of suggestions on what to do on the lake as well as in the general region around it.
The home is charming and comfortable, with everything you need. The view from the large deck is gorgeous, and we loved the fire pit at night for some star gazing and s'mores.
They have a beautiful beach area where we were able to dock the rental boat, and Tom was always ready to give us some navigational tips or ideas on where to fish.
The house is plenty roomy, with 3 comfortable bedrooms upstairs, a cozy living room with a nice big TV, and a great eat-in kitchen. There is an big wrap-around porch with some rockers if you feel like relaxing and of course the deck. The house is up a fair number of steps from the water, so if stairs are a problem this is something to keep in mind.
We loved it, and would love to rent again. Thanks Tom and Joan!
In the center of the Lakes Region of NH! Lake Front on Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest Lake on the East Coast. Crystal clear water fed from Mountain streams and Brooks. The definition of relaxation is here. Biking, Hiking, Skiing, Tubing, rafting, Boating, Swimming, Snorkeling, Scuba etc. etc. enjoy it all. A manager is onsite, but separate, to insure your stay is pleasant and help with any questions regarding activities and restaurants.