NH Town Could Be Romney's 'White House North'
Wolfeboro bracing for possibility of famous resident's victory
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2012 2:16 PM CST
Mitt Romney, is surrounded by reporters as he campaigns on primary election day outside of a polling station at Webster School in Manchester, NH.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – George W. Bush had Crawford, Texas, Ronald Reagan had Rancho del Cielo, and if Mitt Romney becomes president, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, is pretty sure it's next on the list of presidential retreats, Reuters reports. Locals are imagining the rustic-yet-ritzy lakeside resort as Romney's "White House North." Romney, after all, owns a $10 million, 11-acre estate on Wolfeboro's Lake Winnipesaukee, complete with a 5,400-square-foot, three-story home. And if he wins, it could change the face of the town.

"We're already talking about how we might change this business if he is the nominee. We know things would change if he's the president," says the owner of one local eatery, saying she'd likely add staff and operating hours. The town is used to visits from celebrities and VIPs; locals are still bemoaning Nicolas Sarkozy's overzealous security detail. Most say they've seen Romney around, but made no fuss about it. "The residents here take pride in not bothering him," Romney's realtor says. "He's just a neighbor."