After a steep curve, you arrive at the rarest of landmarks in the Lakes Region – a stoplight. Here you turn right to follow the route towards Weirs Beach along Route 11B. Nearby is a shopping center to take a quick break, along with the small Laconia Airport to the west, a large marina on Lake Winnipesaukee, which is filled with plastic-covered boats wrapped up for the winter. You will also see signage for the famed Meadowbrook Concert Venue that is closed during the winter.
Just after the resort, the Dockham Shore Road is a short detour that offers a slightly closer approach to the lake, but multimillion dollar homes and camps mostly obscure the water views on the thickly wooded road that follows the high points between the lake and a low marshy area. It does offer some interesting scenery of its own right, and rejoins Route 11B, where again we take a right to keep heading towards Weirs Beach.
At this point, you will want to look for a green sign on the right of the road with the white silhouette of a man wearing a top hat and the initials “GIC” – here you’ll want to turn onto the Summit Avenue to visit Governor’s Island, which will be covered in the next entry in some detail.