What to Know About Lake Winnipesaukee
If the American people are on vacation this week, why can't presidential candidates be, too?
The full Romney clan - Mitt, Ann, their five boys, five daughters-in-law and 18 grandchildren - has gathered this week for a "mandatory" week-long family vacation in Wolfeboro, N.H., where the family owns a sprawling piece of property on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Daytime activities include jet-skiing (though it looks like Ann, not Mitt, is in the driver's seat), all-family boat rides and what the family calls the "Romney Olympics." The Romney vacation tradition has been ongoing for decades: the GOP presidential candidate first began vacationing in Wolfeboro with his father.
For more Romney family vacation photos, see our slideshow here.
The Romneys aren't the only interesting thing about Wolfeboro, N.H. or Lake Winnipesaukee, however. There's plenty to know about this quiet little lakefront town:
- "Winnipesaukee," a Native American word, means "smile of the great spirit" or "beautiful water in a high place," both of which seem fitting names for this idyllic town.
- The population of Wolfeboro is a mere 6,296, and the town's largest single employer is the local school district.
- Dr. Leo Marvin's ruined family vacation in "What About Bob" is set in Lake Winnipesaukee, but those portions of the film were actually shot in Virginia, not New Hampshire.
- Lake Winnipesaukee is also referenced in the beginning of Thornton Wilder's play, "Our Town." - While not set there, some scenes from "On the Golden Pond" were shot on Lake Winnipesaukee. Ernest Thompson, the author of the play that inspired the movie, now lives there.
- Jimmy Fallon has mentioned on his show, "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," that he has vacationed in the area.
- Romance novelist Barbara Lewinsky has also made her home there.
If Romney is elected president come November - or if he makes his VP selection from his lakefront house - the area might get one more bullet point to add to its star-studded history. For now, though, the Romneys are just enjoying their traditional family vacation, albeit with quite a bit more attention this year.