|Cedar Waters Village
Nottingham, New Hampshire
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Cedar Waters Village, Nottingham, New Hampshire
First off, let me make it clear right from the start: Cedar Waters Village (CWV) is not a singles friendly location. If you are a single, don't even think about going there. You'll just be frustrated. On the other hand, if you are a M/F couple or family, you might find CWV to be just the type of place you are looking for for a nudist experience. I have had the opportunity to visit CWV three times this summer: twice for day trips, and one overnight in a rental cottage. My impressions are based on these three visits.
CWV was established in 1950. It is family owned and operated--same family since it started. The patriarch and matriarch of CWV are both dead, but the tradition of CWV is being carried on by their son and daughter-in-law and their teenage son.
CWV is a lovely facility. It has a self-contained, small lake, created from a spring-fed quarry. The lake offers room for canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, fishing, and of course, swimming. There are houses and trailers around 2/3rds of the lake, but one side is undeveloped, with hiking trails through the woods. There are also rental cottages available, RV sites, and tent sites. Many of the members stay at CWV for the entire summer, while others rent cottages for a day, week or month.
The focal point of the club is a lovely grassy field which leads to the beach and swimming. There is a large clubhouse with a restaurant upstairs (open for breakfast on the weekends, and special occasion dinners throughout the season) and ping-pong and TV downstairs. The hot tub/sauna house features showers, a large Finnish-style sauna with a wood stove, and two round hot tubs. There is a small snack bar, open for lunch on the weekends and featuring hamburgers, hot dogs and other "outdoor" fare. The food is good, home made, and reasonably priced.
There are plenty of people around during the week, but special activities occur on the weekend. Bingo is popular. Movie nights, fishing derbies, volleyball tournaments, petanque--many of the usual "nudist" activities go on throughout the summer. July 4th and Labor Day weekend are highlights, with special meals and live music. I never got to any of these activities, but the printed schedule looked like lots was going on all season.
All of the people I have met at CWV have been very friendly and very welcoming. We took our children (ages 7 and 10) on two of the visits and they enjoyed themselves both times. I felt that it was a very safe environment (no strange people, no weirdos) for them to be in.
CWV is open weekends from May 15 to July 4th, and from Labor Day to October 15th. It is open full time from July 4th through Labor Day. Non-members can pay a daily rate of $25 to use the facility; a membership costs $475.
Would I recommend CWV? Yes, I would, but with the caveat that it is not for everyone. It is a quiet, somewhat conservative environment. No alcohol is allowed in the park. If you are looking for wild parties, this is not the place. If you are a single, you will not be allowed in. On the other hand, if you are new to nudism, this is a very nice place for an introduction. The owners and members are all very welcoming and supportive of new (or tentative) nudists. If you are introducing your children to a nudist life, this is also a very appropriate place to do so; I felt completely safe there with my children. The environment is northern New England rustic: lots of trees, comfortable, but plain cabins, swimming and fishing in a lake. If you want glamour and glitz, this is not the place to look for it!
For me, I find a nice nudist day to be one where I can sit in the sun, read a book, chat with friends, swim a little, and watch my children play as nature intended. If this is what you like to do, then CWV would probably make you happy. If you have different experiences in mind, then you might want to consider a visit to another club. But for many people, CWV is just what they want in a nudist experience.
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