Alton Bay is the southernmost port of call on Lake Winnipesaukee. Located at the end of a narrow finger of water that could almost be called a fjord, it is a hub of activity no matter what season of the year it may be.
Approaching it by Route 28A / 11, you come to an awkward fork in the road that is a boat launch in the summer – and a vista to look up the narrow tree lined inlet into the lake. Here you want to take a left across a narrow bridge that passes between marinas to follow Route 11/ the Mount Major Highway, so the lake will be on your right and you can pull off to admire the views. In fact, the first pulloff is just after a jink in the road to head north, where a long parking lot is mostly plowed out to help provide views of fishing shanties on the ice, and the odd snowmobiler group zipping across the ice.