Remember the “Evil Twin” episodes from your favorite 60s sitcoms? Elizabeth Montgomery puts on a brunette wig and a mini skirt, and she becomes Sabrina’s wild child cousin Sarina on Bewitched. Max Baer, Jr. puts on braided pigtails and a short gingham dress, and Jethro becomes Jethrine, a sweet, demure country girl.
Well, last week I wrote about Americade, the family-friendly touring rally that runs from June 6 – 10 in Lake George, New York. Well, put a brunette wig and a short skirt on Americade, and meet Laconia Motorcycle Week – Americade’s wild twin cousin.
Laconia Motorcycle Week takes place in Laconia, New Hampshire, from June 10 – 18, 2017. Laconia is just 160 miles east of Lake George, about a three-and-a-half-hour ride through the Green Mountains. This year will be the 94th annual event, which makes Laconia the oldest motorcycle rally in the United States.
Laconia activities center on a commercial strip of Weirs Beach and spread out from there. The charming New England town becomes a sea of black leather, chrome pipes, tattoos and bikinis for a week of late spring fun. Restaurants, food trucks, accessory vendors, bike shows, demo rides, bars, music and fun-loving bikers roam the streets. It’s like a mini-Sturgis, a grownup Disneyland and a gathering of the faithful all in one. Leave the kids with their grandparents, polish up your Harley-Davidson and hang out with people who share your love of motorcycling and the biker lifestyle, if only for a week.
A few years ago, I hit the tail end of Americade and the beginning of Laconia on one trip, and I had a blast. I experienced the breadth of the motorcycling community, while getting a chance to ride some of the fantastic roads of the region along with a bunch of fellow travelers. It was an unforgettable experience, and each event shined a light on the other by contrast.
Nearby Meredith, NH is the home of the American Police Motorcycle Museum, a must-visit site for motorcycle fans and police aficionados.
New Hampshire has 54 covered bridges, including the world’s longest two-span covered bridge, the Cornish-Windsor Bridge between Cornish, NH, and Windsor, VT. Check out the New Hampshire Covered Bridge Map to plan a tour of some of these unique local attractions.
Best Western has five hotels within 50 miles of Laconia in New Hampshire. My favorite is the Best Western Concord Inn and Suites (in Concord, just 23 miles away. Be sure and book through BWRider.com, and take advantage of the discounts and bonuses of your Best Western Ride Rewards membership.
See you at Laconia! Ride safe!