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View Poll Results: How far from the Lake is your primary home?
Waterfront 165 9.05%
0 to 5 miles 221 12.12%
6 to 50 miles 146 8.00%
51 to 100 miles 468 25.66%
101 to 200 miles 439 24.07%
201 to 300 miles 115 6.30%
More than 300 miles 270 14.80%
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Old 09-05-2008, 03:15 PM   #1
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Old 09-08-2008, 12:07 PM   #2
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I live on the lake opposite Beaver island in meredith
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Old 09-08-2008, 02:17 PM   #3
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Growing up in NJ we were 335 miles from the lake. I am now 215 miles away by living in CT. My son lives in Cambridge which is about 100 miles closer. We keep getting closer and closer with each generation.
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:41 PM   #4
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Our drive is almost exactly 100 miles, door to door. I was a bit torn on which category to vote in
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:15 PM   #5
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Default my trip to the lake

I really have to gear up for the long drive to the lake. 6.2 miles from Gilford Village to Lake Shore Park.

One of my favorite things to do is "complain" to all of my MA/RI/CT friends on Sunday afternoon about my long trip home.

I Know, I Know, I Know... it's not nice of me to do that.. but it's soo much fun. And, if I happen to forget to tell them ... they remind me..

Other than that, I'm really a nice guy.. honest.
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Old 09-09-2008, 02:40 AM   #6
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Property tax benefits keep my "primary residence" 2000 miles away, but six months of the year I'm just 40 feet from the lake.
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Old 09-09-2008, 07:48 AM   #7
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I'm about 100 miles away, but getting closer every day ... !
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Old 09-12-2008, 10:54 PM   #8
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78 miles - 80 minutes with no traffic - then priceless
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:53 PM   #9
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Default 209 miles from where i am sitting right now!

i dont "live" on the lake, but when i am at our shop i am about 40 feet from it! when i am home on the island i live on i am 60 feet from the high tide line in the "pond"! i try to never be far from the water... i feel very fortunate to be able to live on two of the beautiful waterbodies in the world (IMHO).
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:31 AM   #10
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Red face about 4000 miles

But we'll visit this summer! Can't wait.
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:34 AM   #11
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Default OK Folks... Welcome my sister to the forum

Wannabesaukee is my sister, and the Moose Lady from this post.

http://www.winnipesaukee.com/forums/...ead.php?t=7209

I'm gonna bet she wins the "most distant" prize. In her post she says she's "about 4,000 miles".. google map says 4,510 miles!

She'll be visiting with us this summer.. we can't wait! (No, she's not bringing the moose)
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Old 02-11-2009, 09:28 AM   #12
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1836 miles from Plano Texas to Meredith.
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Old 02-11-2009, 10:22 AM   #13
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Wannabesaukee is my sister, and the Moose Lady from this post.

http://www.winnipesaukee.com/forums/...ead.php?t=7209

I'm gonna bet she wins the "most distant" prize. In her post she says she's "about 4,000 miles".. google map says 4,510 miles!

She'll be visiting with her family this summer.. we can't wait! (No, she's not bringing the moose)
Welcome Sister of Steve. The pictures of the moose were awesome!
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:37 AM   #14
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Welcome welcome.Hey I wanna be in Valdez for crazy heli-skiing.Maybe we could do a swap?
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:57 AM   #15
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225 miles, about 3.5 hours including the rest stop for all of my girls
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:10 PM   #16
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In reality: 6-50 miles
In my dreams: Waterfront
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:13 PM   #17
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30 feet.It met setbacks when the original cottage was built.
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:13 PM   #18
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takes about 25 minutes to get in our boat in Alton Bay and head North to Cow Island...going to be a longer ride every Friday only going 45...YA RIGHT!
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Old 03-06-2009, 10:50 PM   #19
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Further than I wish I was. Seriously though, physically, I'm about 100 miles from the lake, mentally I'm at the lake all the time !
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:08 AM   #20
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66 miles to Gilford/Fay's and 55 miles to Alton Bay. Takes about the same time for either location from my home. Hopefully at the lakes region someday.
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30 feet.It met setbacks when the original cottage was built.
LOL, same with us. How lucky we are to be 30 feet from the lake! I think in most places , if you built before the late 80s, early 90s, you could still be 30 feet from the lake!
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Old 03-07-2009, 01:46 PM   #22
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We live in Salem and approximately 64 miles from our driveway to Lakeport Landing.
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Old 03-07-2009, 06:30 PM   #23
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Shall we declare Wannabepesaukee the winner? Anyone with a longer commute?
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Old 03-07-2009, 11:43 PM   #24
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But we'll visit this summer! Can't wait.
In 1969 I married my wife and drove to Alaska in our 1969 Vw bus. Drove from Bedford MA to Eielson AFB (26 miles from Fairbanks) via Buffalo to Cleveland to Chicago to Twin Cities to Jamestown ND, crossed into Canada at Portal to Edmonton to Dawson Creek and then the Alcan to Eielson. Total mileage was almost 4800 miles. Left on Nov 19th and got to Eielson on Dec 4th with a day's layover in Edmonton to get the bus winterized.

Yeah, been there and done that, and you definitely get my vote. Hope you get here soon, and I hope you have got your "sourdough rating".
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i live in bristol nh with my fiance and my dad lives in new hampton nh..... takes about 25 minutes or so to drive to meredith docks.....
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:44 AM   #26
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100 miles from Melrose, Ma to Y Landing
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:29 PM   #27
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35 miles from Concord to west alton marine
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:16 PM   #28
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About 250' ( my feet ) to 400-500' ( your feet )

Dallas/Fort Worth, ball park 1,870 miles.
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Old 03-26-2009, 12:59 PM   #29
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It's 305 miles from Clifton, NJ to Sandy Point. After trying many different routes over the last 22 years, I've found the shortest drive (5 hours flat with no stops and no traffic -- and keeping the cruise control on 68):

Garden State Parkway, NY Thruway to Tappan Zee, 287 to Merritt Parkway.
91 to Rt. 3, Rt. 2 (East Hartford), then 84 E to Mass Tpke.
Mass Pke from Sturbridge to Auburn for 290.
290 to 495N. In Chelmsford, Rt. 4 to 3 North.
Everett Tpke. to 93 in Hooksett. Exit 15 to 393, then Rt. 4 & 9 into Chichester.
Take the short cut thru "downtown" Chichester to Rt. 28
28 to Alton Circle and then Rt. 11.

I think the car knows the way by itself after 5+ years on the road.
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Old 03-27-2009, 02:06 PM   #30
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265 of the longest miles I know (Long Island, NY > W. Alton Marina)
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Old 03-27-2009, 02:56 PM   #31
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Southboro, MA to Shep Browns 130 miles usally 2 hours from driveway to boat ramp
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Old 03-28-2009, 03:22 PM   #32
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Well, 4.7 miles from primary on 11A to lakefront on 11.

Also from home, 1 mile to boatyard where boat stored, quick hookup, and less than a mile to Glendale to launch.

Is it Summer yet?
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:24 PM   #33
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It's about 155 miles from Providence to Exit 24 near Ashland. Trip meter usually says 111 when we reach the state liquor store rest stop in Hooksett. Can't wait to get up there in August!
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Old 04-01-2009, 07:07 PM   #34
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74 miles, drive way to drive way. And I enjoy every one of them on my weekly Thursday night departures. Just 8 more weeks to go until opening.
When we closed last October, it seemed like it would be forever. But now, just 8 weeks. And with the Sox opening this Monday, the time should pass quickly.
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Old 04-02-2009, 08:15 AM   #35
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70 miles if I don't follow the GPS's suggestion to get off at exit 20 and go all the way to Route 3. About 5 miles shorter if I do.
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Old 04-02-2009, 08:18 AM   #36
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From Farmington CT to West Alton Marina (another 60 though if I start the meter at work before getting home!). But, we still made it up nearly every weekend from May through October last year...
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:37 AM   #37
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I live 3100 miles from the lake, so I don't get back there often enough, however I do live on the salt water whose area is as beautiful as it is at the lake. Pro: Boating year around; I was out today watching the Orca Whales. Con; The water temp.today was 60 F. I was running my Seadoo today while wearing a dry suit.
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:16 PM   #38
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We live about 140 miles too far from the lake.

In other words, we live 140 miles from the lake.
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:36 PM   #39
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Sitting on porch one does not see the land.
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I live 99 miles away.The family has had the camps for 50 years.Love it!!!
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Old 03-14-2010, 02:54 PM   #41
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:56 AM   #42
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1550 miles from Naples Fl to the lake. At the Lake, 30' from front porch to the water. Cabin built in 1903 before the set back rules
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About 480 miles. Much nearer in my mind...
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:38 PM   #44
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437 miles. Translation: 437 miles too far.
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I can walk to the lake
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I currently live in Juneau, AK, which is about 2,800 miles as the eagle flys to Moultonborough, NH. Google Maps won't give a driving distance, because you can't drive out of Juneau!
Can't wait to be back on the island! Just 8 more weeks out here...
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Old 03-30-2010, 04:40 PM   #47
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I can measure the distance in feet, not miles!!
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:27 PM   #48
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It will be tough to beat APS, even when I lived near him he was still several feet closer (his house is 'grandfathered' for closeness to the Lake), but now I am off the Lake, but only .7 miles to the water and beach.
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100 miles door to door!!
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i love in wolfeboro, over by lake wentworth so about 6 to 8 miles from winni.
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Google Maps says I'm 50.3 miles from our driveway (in Hopkinton NH) to West Alton Marina where we launch (yes, we trailer back and forth!). Subtract 2 miles if Ames Farms' launch ramps ever re-open to the public (god, I hope they do soon!)! Nothing against West Alton Marina; the people there are great, it's just their launching and parking is a little cramped. Plus if Ames re-opens, that's 2 less miles on a narrow, twisty section of Rt 11.

Thank god I don't have to travel 93 South on Sunday evenings; that traffic is horrendous just getting through Concord!
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268 Miles including 1 ferry door to door and every mile and every minute is well worth the trip!
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I live 127 miles during the week (from Rhode Island) but about 2 miles on the weekends.
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during the weekends I live 70 feet from the lake,
i already gave my during the week answer
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150 miles to our front door in Meredith. Just love it there!
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On the lake, an island in Tuftoboro in the summer. Loved it here so much we built our off-season retirement home near Melvin Village.
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It will be tough to beat ApS, even when I lived near him he was still several feet closer (his house is 'grandfathered' for closeness to the Lake), but now I am off the Lake, but only .7 miles to the water and beach.
Camp guy might remember that when eight years old, I made the trip to Winter Harbor from Polynesia—solo!

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How lucky we are to be 30 feet from the lake! I think in most places , if you built before the late 80s, early 90s, you could still be 30 feet from the lake!
Even in Wolfeboro, you can start by building on your old "footprint":



...or even put a dent in your dining room with your bow's navigation light...:
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65 miles from our home in Bedford, NH to West Alton Marina
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Since the poll began, we've gone from 100 miles to a bit under 100 feet.
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It's 371 miles from our home in western New Jersey to our cottage in Laconia just down from the Governers Island bridge. It's a 6+ hour drive but worth it every time.
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I live 5 miles fero the lake, in Laconia.
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Since this poll began, we have gone from 106 miles to about 22 feet and we are loving every minute. It's a dream come true.
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256 miles very long miles on a Friday. now going up on Wednesdays from work and it isnt bad..... although the 270 miles to work on Mondays is not bad.
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We live 3060 miles away. So wish we lived closer! During the summer we live 30 feet from the lake and love every minute of it!
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We live 3060 miles away. So wish we lived closer! During the summer we live 30 feet from the lake and love every minute of it!
....you only live 1545 miles away....it is closer .

Happy New Year, Grey Goose. Hope you get 30 feet away really soon.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:36 PM   #67
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89 miles from the bed where we sleep 4 nights a week to the bed that looks out on to the lake where we sleep 3 nights a week. : )


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Old 05-28-2013, 04:25 PM   #68
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We've just started making the trip this year. We're new to the lake with a new boat to go along! It's 68 miles from our home in Nashua to MVYC. And the state put in the ORT in Hooksett just in time! How considerate of them!!!
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:43 PM   #69
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We've just started making the trip this year. We're new to the lake with a new boat to go along! It's 68 miles from our home in Nashua to MVYC. And the state put in the ORT in Hooksett just in time! How considerate of them!!!
Welcome aboard. What kind of boat did you purchase, and are you using the valet service @ MVYC? I love it.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:33 PM   #70
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The wife was a surprizingly easy sell when it came the a SeaRay Sundeck 240. I feel like I hit the jackpot! We've only got a few hours on it so far and are still playing around with where to store various things. We are using the Valet service at MVYC. The experience so far has been great! The employees at the club are very friendly and helpful. Every owner we've spoken to are also very nice and ready with sought after advice. At this point we're sponges soaking up all we can!!
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:43 AM   #71
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SeaRayBob, I just noticed that you are fairly new to posting on the forum and glad you have joined us. Have fun and enjoy the Winni Forum while making many new friends.

You and the family have a ball this summer using the new boat.

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Old 06-11-2013, 05:32 AM   #72
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It is impressive, and a tribute to our lake's awesomeness (I know), that 20 percent of the folks coming here do so from 200 plus miles away!
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:50 AM   #73
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I have lived in Laconia my whole life just one mile from the lake. I can't imagine living any where else. The only exception being bike week. It is pain just commuting to work.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:17 PM   #74
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It is impressive, and a tribute to our lake's awesomeness (I know), that 20 percent of the folks coming here do so from 200 plus miles away!
We'll be on our way next week!
905 miles according to Google. One stop on the way up, no stops on the way back!
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:17 AM   #75
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Smile 101 miles but worh every penny!!!!!

I'm 101 miles door to door (or boat) I live on every weekend I can! Love it up on the Lake and it's our "Liquid Valium" as we like to call it!!!
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:17 PM   #76
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more or less. Usually fly, but I've driven it a few times.
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:13 AM   #77
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Physically, about 115 miles door to door.
Mentally, I'm almost always there...
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:56 PM   #78
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From Beverly to Minge Cove and a couple miles further to Smith Point RD where we rent the cabin we enjoy so much. The boat stays at the lake and we drive up as often as possible during the season.
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Old 12-14-2013, 08:50 AM   #79
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About 25 feet, depending on how high the water level is!
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Old 12-14-2013, 01:28 PM   #80
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We travel 194 mi., from Ellington, CT., to enjoy distant friends and the lake.
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:13 PM   #81
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350 miles from my house in NJ
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:17 PM   #82
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About 300 ft. from the lake!
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:08 PM   #83
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Approximately 35 miles from Pembroke, NH to Weirs Boulevard, Laconia, NH.
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:10 PM   #84
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Sorry to mess up the results. During the time this poll has been active, I've gone from category #4 to #1...and loving every minute, even in this cold!
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Old 01-04-2014, 06:39 PM   #85
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150 miles or so in the car to get to the boat and then another mile or so out to the island. Throttling up to get on plane as we leave the marina is the best part of the trip!
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:19 PM   #86
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At the moment, we're about 2050 miles away as we sell our old house.

When we get home, we're a half mile walk to the bridge in downtown Wolfeboro. Technically that's Wolfeboro Bay, I guess....
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:44 AM   #87
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... about 300 feet from the shore.
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Old 09-09-2016, 08:04 AM   #88
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LOL! Try 1932 miles or 3-4 days driving depending on how hard we push it!
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:15 PM   #89
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LOL! Try 1932 miles or 3-4 days driving depending on how hard we push it!
Ouch! 800 miles for me each way. Can do it in a day but it's miserable!
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:50 AM   #90
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It could only be miserable on the way home.


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Old 12-29-2016, 03:50 PM   #91
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From the poll it seems like most live 1 to 2 hours away. I know when we were looking my wife wanted to keep it under 2 hours. But this past season the traffic was so bad an hour and 45 minute trip took us 2 1/2 hours.
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Old 08-05-2017, 08:17 PM   #92
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200 feet.

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Old 08-05-2017, 09:51 PM   #93
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1 block away, but the boat is always in the water and when the sun shines we are good to go.


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Old 09-18-2017, 10:41 PM   #94
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0.6mi as the crow flies or 1.1mi if I walk.

It's the 400' of elevation gain to get back home that can be the issue or a great workout depending on how you look at it. It does make for some nice views.
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