Old-Fashioned Rustic Family Encampment
While vacationing recently in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire we had dinner The Rockywold Deephaven Camp. There are 2 sides of the camp here one being Rockywold and the other Deephaven. . Their 1 and ½ miles of shoreline at Squam Lake is dotted by 60 unique cottages that can accommodate 2 to 8 people.
All meals are included with accommodations here with the full American plan and served at one of the 2 dining rooms overlooking the lake. The dinner is served between 6 and 7pm and guests can wander in any time dating that hour. Although dinner is not a fancy affair it is dignified so sports attire and swim gear are inappropriate. We were served a chicken and rice dish, shrimp scampi, pizza, a salad bar, cheese and crackers and fruit. A great selection of juices and milk was also available. There was a dessert table and ice cream/sundae bar for those that played very hard during the day. Although we all enjoyed our delicious dinner, we also enjoyed taking a tour and getting a feel for the camp with the co-managers Kathy Wheeler and John Jurcynski after our meal.
We learned that Rockywold Deephave has been in existence since 1897.The camps are located in the woods on the shores of the lake. It has been well cared for and up kept by staff and shareholders since that time. It is a un ique place that is like a summer camp for kids that has been tailored to fit the needs of families including adults. Each cottage is one of a kind and sits near the lake and has a boat slip. Interestingly the cottages each have a ice refrigerator and there is an ice house on property that has ice harvested from the winter stored within. There is an ice delivery each day if you need it as well as wood for fires. We attended a talk after dinner from a guest who has been coming to RDC for years and has helped with the ice harvesting in years past.
Families are encouraged to participate in scheduled activities together. After dinner everyone from both camps headed for the ball field while children of all ages played a counselor supervised game of ‘capture the flag’. Adults looked on and socialized watching those children who were too young or too tired to play. We discovered that the camp attracts multiple generations of families and many families have been coming for years. The managers we met indicated that one of their guests has been coming for over 50 years. Many families have met at the camp and decide to take their vacation week the same time each year to spend time with specific families and not surprisingly many marriages have been born there. I became concerned that newcomers might feel out of place, but John reassured me that new people are always hearing about the camp and coming to stay for a week. They had just greeted a brand new family that night and while we were at dinner I was approached by several visitors asking if we had arrived to stay at the camp. They were very friendly and welcoming.
Other activities arranged by the camp include; tennis, boat tours,yoga,staff versus guest softball, guided hikes, and picnics to name a few. They do have a wee-campers program for children aged 3 to 6 do give parents a bit of downtime from 9:30am to noon each day and also separate counselor guided activities for the 6-12 year old set throughout the day. You may rent different types of boats from canoes to Sunfish for $40.00 to $60.00 per day depending on the type. Also available for rent are bicycles, Hyrdobikes and motors for the boats in the range of $20.00 to $75.00 a day.
You will never run out of things to do at RDC. With a staff of over 150 people every need of your family can be met as long as you understand you are camping in a rustic environment on a lake.This is not a flashy big time resort. This resort is meant for you to take a break from the hustle of life and reconnect with your family.
Standard rates at RDC range for a weekly rate for a 2 person cottage of $2960.00 to 8 people at $8870.00 which includes all meals and activities (Not including rentals). Credit cards are not accepted so cash or check only. Pets also cannot be accommodated. Gratuities are not expected and there is a discount rate available if you are staying more than 1 week.
We would love to stay a week at Rockywold Deephaven sometime soon. I think the kids would really enjoy it!!!
This review is based on a complimentary meal and tour of the Rockwold Deephaven Camps. I received no other compensation beside the meals and tour at RDC and the facility did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view.