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The NASWA Resort: Generations of Summertime Food and Fun

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

What do three generations of women, New Hampshire Governor John H. Lynch and Powerboat Magazine have in common? The NASWA Resort in Laconia is the correct answer. From the governor's commendation for 75 years of outstanding multigenerational business service to the state and the area to being named a "Top 20 Boating Hotspot" by Powerboat Magazine, the now 80-year-old resort has had many high-profile recommendations throughout the years.

From 1935 to today, this well-known resort on Lake Winnipesaukee manages to stay relevant and in demand. First, the resort features summer cottage rentals, which used to be the norm on the lake.

"In more recent history, the cottage colonies on Winnipesaukee have all been turned into 'condominiums'," describes President Cynthia Makris, whose grandfather built some of the first cottages on the lake. "The NASWA Resort is one of a few remaining properties with cottages for rent other than individual owners." This makes cottage vacation rentals a hot commodity with their two-bedroom cottages, along with their AquaVista Beachfront Rooms, the most popular.

Second, the resort continues to cater to families. Makris says: "We are on the third and fourth generations of families staying with us. They have the same cottage on the same week for the past 20, 30, 40 or 50 years! In order to keep these families coming back to the NASWA for decades, we had to remain affordable to them during both good and bad economic times."

Reason number three: Guest are definitely treated like family. "It is part of our Greek heritage to be hospitable," notes Makris, who believes that it's their "personal attention to detail and our guests that makes us stand out above the rest." It's that hospitality and being greeted by the resort's 90-year-old family matriarch, Hope Makris, that keeps guests coming back every year.

The fourth reason the resort stays in demand is its award-winning Blue Bistro restaurant, opened in 2012, serving breakfast and dinner. In the evening, enjoy drinks and entertainment at the NazBar & Grill, a favorite beachside destination come rain or shine. You can even enjoy Blue Bistro menu items outside at NazBar during dinner hours. Sip a cocktail or cold beer in the lake or while kicking the sand at your feet and warm up by the evening fire. This family resort always has the kids in mind with a young folks' dinner menu and special nonalcoholic drinks.

Guest come from around the world to lounge at The NASWA resort, swim or boat at the lake, take a dip in the nearby springs or have fun at area events, such as the Laconia Motorcycle Week. Their website lets you select one of 90 languages to translate the content, showing the range of people who visit this iconic New England resort.

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