Melvin Village is a tiny little hamlet where you will begin to glimpse Lake Winnipesaukee again. Here the local town offices cluster across the main road from the ancient gas stations that seem unchanged from their hay day in the 1920’s. If you blink, you might miss the entire town.
Tuftonboro actually lets Route 109 skirt the water’s edge along two inlets the lake – first Twentymile Bay, then Ninteenmile Bay, which has a marina. Both bays have enough room for pulloffs and for good reason – if the ice is thick enough these are locales where ice fishing shanties pop up. If the ice isn’t thick enough, you may spy how the wind and currents cause the ice to drift to shore and pile up as they get trapped inside these shallow harbors.