RDC - Lodging and Dining - Squam Lake NH

RDC - Lodging and Dining

Lodging & Dining

Unique and Rustic Lodging for Every Kind of Vacation

Because we have a wide range of sizes and styles of lodging, we handle each reservation personally so that we can ensure the right fit for your needs. Call, email, or write to Becky or Alana. They will be glad to help you.

Rest assured, whether you are seeking a friends and family gathering or a romantic getaway, we have a variety of options to choose from. Accommodations range from private two-person cabins and cottages on Squam Lake NH to our 24-bed rustic lodge with hand-hewn beams and wrap-around porches, all environmentally friendly and built just for vacationing. You can use your vacation with us as an opportunity for complete escape, but if you prefer to stay connected, most of our accommodations offer free WiFi. No matter what you desire, you will find our lodging provides privacy, coziness and relaxation all overlooking the beauty of Squam Lake NH

There is no need to worry about cooking or finding places to eat, since all your meals are included in the price of your stay. Relax and enjoy a hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner in one of our vintage exposed-beam dining halls with views of Squam Lake NH. If you have food allergies or special dietary requirements, let us know. Our friendly staff will do their best to accommodate you and your family.


 Here are things to know before coming to RDC for your first stay.

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The Reservation Process

Reserving your Family Vacation

Reserving your Family Vacation

In 2020, RDC's guest season runs June 1st to September 17th.

Reservations are made on a weekly basis for lakefront cottages and on a daily basis for lodges and other room accommodations. Full American Plan rates include lodging, all meals, daily housekeeping and use of recreational facilities including tennis courts.

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We give preference to families who have been here before, but we have new people every year. Tips for getting reservations: consider the very early or late parts of the season, be flexible about your cottage preferences and which week(s) you can come.

Accommodations at RDC are allocated according to seniority. In order to take advantage of any seniority you may have, be sure to send in your reservation request before MARCH 1st.

You can fill out the Reservation Request Form by clicking on the link below.

General Reservation Information

General Reservation Information

Arrival and Departure times: Arriving guests should not enter their accommodation before registering at the office. To allow staff enough time to properly clean lodging facilities, check-in time is after 4 p.m. and check out is no later than 11 a.m. Guests staying in the lodges or other rooms rented by the day are entitled to lunch on their day of departure. These guests must, however, check out of their room(s) before the lunch hour begins, no later than 12:30 p.m. Mid day meals on departure and arrival days (normally Saturdays) are not included in weekly rates. Bagged lunches will be provided to departing guests who give the dining room a day's notice. 

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A 20% deposit, received within 30 days of our offer letter, is required to confirm a reservation. If a cancellation is made prior to May 15th, 50% of the deposit will be refunded. Guests who cancel within one month of the expected arrival will be responsible for 50% of their total bill if the resulting vacancy is not filled. Guests who cancel within two weeks of the expected arrival will be responsible for 100% of their total bill if the resulting vacancy is not filled.

New Hampshire Rooms and Meals Tax of 9% is added to lodging and meal charges.

Extended Stay Discount: For reservations of 3 consecutive weeks or longer in the same accommodation on Squam Lake NH, guests will be credited a percentage reduction on the final weeks bill equal to the square of the number of full weeks in the stay, i.e. 3 weeks = 9%; 4 weeks = 16%.

Maxiumum Discount: Please note that any combination of discounts may not exceed 40%.

Gratuities: Guests may wish to reward employees for exceptional service; however, employees are paid with the understanding that gratuities are not required.

RDC's Recreation Programs, with activities for all ages, begin June 12 and end September 2.

Morning Play Group, called Wee Campers is provided from June 13 to September 2 for children 3 to 6 years age, Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon. (Refer to RDC's Guest Manual for details.

Pets cannot be accommodated except during "Dog Days" Saturday, September 9 to Friday, September 15. Sorry!

We do not accept accept credit cards. Cash or check only please!

The Reservation Process

The Reservation Process

We frequently receive multiple requests for the same accommodations in the same time periods, especially in August. Potential conflicts are resolved on the basis of priority and seniority.

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In order to receive early consideration for an accommodation, we must receive a written request prior to March 1st. Requests received after March 1st will be honored but only after filling all those received before the deadline. Typically, availability becomes quite limited as the summer approaches. We ask that all guests use the Reservation Request Form. When reservation bookings begin on March 1st, the order in which reservations are placed is as follows:

  1. All "priority" guests.
  2. Guests with the most "seniority credit," to guests with the least seniority credit. (Additional credit is given to guests staying for two or more consecutive weeks in the same accommodation.

Priority: Guests who have reserved the same accommodation during the same time period for three consecutive years earn a priority. A guest having priority on a particular accommodation will be given the first option to reserve that accommodation for the appropriate time period.

Seniority credit: One year of seniority is credited to the person or married couple for whom a reservation is made. Guests receive one seniority credit for each year in which they were guests in camp for a stay of five consecutive nights or longer after the age of 25. This credit applies whether or not the individual has paid an RDC bill. An additional credit is granted to guests who stayed at RDC prior to age 25, and a further credit is granted to those guests who served as an employee for at least one full season. A maximum of one seniority credit per season is allowed for any individual.

If the accommodation requested is available, an offer letter will be sent to you with a request for a 20% deposit. If we receive your deposit within 30 days from the date of the offer letter your reservation is confirmed.

If the accommodation requested is not available, a staff member will attempt to contact you to discuss other alternatives. Please make sure you give us current work and home phone numbers!

If the accommodation requested is not available, and no alternatives exist, you will be notified and, if you wish, put on a waiting list.

To give yourself the best opportunity to receive the cottage and dates of your choice, send in your reservation request before March 1st.

Becky Kneeland

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