Discover a selection of 1,000 vacation rentals in Gilford that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and kitchens. Prices start at $125 per night, and houses and cabins are popular options for a stay in Gilford. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Gilford is a winter sports paradise

For a serene and peaceful retreat, try Gilford, which is located in central New Hampshire on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and the slopes of Belknap Mountain. Gilford vacation rentals have attracted travelers since the early 1800s, when farmers supplemented their income by renting to summer boarders. Today, some of the main Gilford points of interests are winter sports, such as cross country skiing and ski jumping. Alpine skiing is also popular, and Gunstock Mountain introduced the area’s first motorized ski lift and a snow train to transport skiers from Boston.

Things to do

Discover Gilford on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee

For a fun family destination, search for Gilford vacation rentals near Gunstock Mountain Resort, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee. From May through November, sample a diverse selection of locally produced wines at Stone Gate Vineyard. Experience a show at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, a 900-seat amphitheater on the shores of the lake. If you’re looking for Gilford attractions that don’t involve the outdoors, Pepi Herrmann’s Crystal Gallery & Museum showcases some of the world’s finest hand-cut crystals and offers one-of-a-kind customized creations for you to purchase as a souvenir.

Activities

Enjoy family-friendly activities in Gilford

Winter sports are among the most popular Gilford activities. Visitors often check out Gunstock Mountain Resort for its skiing and snowboarding trails. The resort also offers snow tubing, snowshoeing, off-road Segway tours, a treetop adventure, and ziplining. Swim in Lake Winnipesaukee at the Ellacoya State Park. There’s usually a breeze and you can relax on the sandy beach and dine in the picnic area. Don’t miss Funspot, which is the home of the largest arcade in the world. Adventurous travelers should take the opportunity to view Gilford from the sky in a unique biplane tour of the area.

Weather

Gilford has a season for everyone

From December through February, relish cold weather sports like skiing, sledding, and snowmobiling. During these winter months, the local Gilford weather forecast typically calls for snow and dropping temperatures. From March through May, wildflowers burst through the thawing ground, and you can visit maple sugar houses for live demonstrations. The lake region comes alive in summer from June through October, with area tours, water sports, and an abundance of hiking. The spectacular colors of fall ignite the imagination, and you’ll be able to experience the crisp, mouth-watering taste of freshly picked apples.

Natural features

Get up close and personal with nature in Gilford

For spectacular views, look for Gilford vacation rentals near Belknap Mountain at the southern point of town, as this is the highest point in the area with an elevation of 2,384 feet. Almost 28 percent of the town is covered by water. Discover Gilford nature and wildlife with your family and friends at Ellacoya State Park. You may be lucky enough to spot a peregrine falcon, moose, or speckled fawn. Gilford vacation rentals put you in best possible place to experience and enjoy all that nature has to offer, from amazing wildlife to majestic mountains to a sparkling lake.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Gilford

Fly into Laconia, NH (LCI-Laconia Municipal), the closest airport, located 2 mi (3.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Concord, NH (CON-Concord Municipal), which is 24.2 mi (38.9 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Gilford?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 896 vacation rentals around Gilford. From 543 house rentals to 211 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a lakefront property in Gilford?

Picture it. You and your pals, out on the deck, soaking up stunning lake views with a drink in hand. Our lakeside escapes are all about easygoing days and comfortable stays. Vrbo has 487 vacation rentals near lakes ready to be booked. Open to other suggestions? Vrbo is teeming with other property options to check out, including:

  • 304 lake-view vacation rentals.
  • 243 beachfront vacation rentals.
  • 237 waterfront vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Gilford?

If you're after a home away from home for your upcoming trip, renting a whole house is a terrific idea. You and your crew will have the space you need for all your vacation activities. There are 513 options currently on Vrbo. Prices start at $55 a night. If that doesn't fit with your family's style, we've got a range of other property types to select from, such as:

  • Cottage: 170 vacation homes. Prices start from $82 per night.
  • Condo: 75 vacation homes. Prices start from $49 per night.
  • Cabin: 41 vacation homes. Prices start from $33 per night.

Can I stay in Gilford in a large group?

Whether you're hitting the road on a break with your relatives or spending a few nights away with all your old school mates, it's always heaps of fun staying under the one roof! The good news is that Vrbo has options to suit you. House vacation homes are the preferred choice for big groups of guests, with 72 featured here. Around the area, the rental options that can accommodate larger sized groups include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we have 182 vacation homes appropriate for that size. Spend a night for as little as $82.
  • If you have 8 in your squad, you'll be delighted to hear that there are 180 vacation homes that are ideal. Prices start at $49 per night.
  • Looking for rentals catering to 10 people? You'll be delighted to know we have 120 that'll be ideal. You can score one from just $150 per night.

You and all your besties will be well catered to when you plan your Gilford getaway with us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Gilford?

Vrbo is here to help you get together with the people you hold dear. Offering plenty of reasonably priced rentals, you're sure to discover a fabulous den that keeps you all under one roof. Chocorua Ski & Beach is heaven for bargain hunters. And with 8 Vrbo rentals at an average price of $185 a night, you can see why. South Down Shores is another place to consider. We've got 49 rentals here, and the average price is around $247 per night.

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