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CAUGHT IN THE WAKE NAVY RULES: The only demands of the day when lake cruising are memories in the making. OF WINNIPESAUKEE Introductions to Lake Winnipesaukee (New England’s largest lake) often start with a short vacation. It probably includes a ride across the lake on the M/S Mount Washington, or on the smaller M/V Sophie C, the oldest floating post office in the U.S. Wolfeboro, where Mitt Romney maintains a summer residence, bills itself as “America’s Oldest Resort,” a reasonable claim given that colonial Governor John Wentworth clawed his way through the 18th-century wilderness to build a second home there. But that first visit often only whets the appetite for more. Southworth’s Meredith Bay community is located right on the lake and the ideal place for any lake-lover to own a lake home. Soon you’re staring longingly at real estate listings and stopping by the local marina “just to look” at boats. It’s a slippery slope—next you may find yourself at the New Hampshire Boat Museum’s annual boat auction with a bidder’s number and an irresistible urge to raise your hand for Chris-Craft “U-22” Utility, akin to the one featured in the movie On Golden Pond. Then it’s off to Fays Boatyard in Gilford, where there’s a good chance you can find a part you need for that boat—in stock—along with a visit to Jeff Fay’s vintage marine engine collection. To really know Winnipesaukee means getting out on the water. You know you’ve become indoctrinated into the Winnipesaukee lifestyle when you start rattling off names of islands like Sleeper, Diamond, Barndoor, and Bear and places every boater knows, like The Broads and The Witches. You’ve watched fireworks from your boat on Fourth of July, glimpsed countless sunsets, and gotten up early to take the boat across calm waters for breakfast. You’ll have made your way to GETTYIMAGES.COM/NEIL RABINOWITZ town docks at Meredith, Center Harbor, Wolfeboro, 96 ISSUE ONE | ASPIRE Alton, and the Weirs. The transformation is complete when you find yourself as obsessed as any local with the four pillars of Winnipesaukee discussion: restaurants, real estate, boats, and the most recent celebrity sightings. LEARN MORE ABOUT MEREDITH BAY’S BEAUTIFUL L AKE HOMES, TOWNHOMES, AND CONDOMINIUMS AT ITS SALES CENTER, OPEN DAILY. VISIT MEREDITHBAYNH.COM. ASPIRE | ISSUE ONE 97