Founded in 1781, Sunapee is a year-round, quiet resort destination in Sullivan County, New Hampshire, with about 4,000 residents. The town, Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee share the name, which is derived from the Algonquian Indian words suna (meaning goose) and apee (meaning lake). The Indians called the area Lake of the Wild Goose because the body of water is shaped like a goose. The 4,085-acre lake is a favorite among families for its calm waters and numerous activities, such as boating, kayaking, swimming and fishing. Bucklin Beach even has a children’s play area. In winter, the Mount Sunapee area is popular for its alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and sledding. Cozy mountain cafes and pubs serve tasty food and offer scenic views year-round. Once the snow melts, visitors flock to the mountain for hiking, biking and ziplining in Adventure Park. Although Sunapee is known for its array of outdoor recreation, many visitors enjoy strolling through picturesque public gardens and perusing quaint New England shops. Lodging options include inns and hotels.
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