In early spring, long rows of maple trees saddled with buckets, spigots or taps can be seen in New Hampshire. March is prime maple syrup making time and this region’s sweet tooth can’t get enough of this rich, delicious goodness. There are a host of events during this time of year that honor nature’s amber confection. Maple syrup must be processed before it can be made into candy, marinades, sauces or just enjoyed precisely as it is. Did you know that it takes roughly forty gallons of pure sap to produce only one gallon of pure, maple syrup? That means we should savor every drop, and there’s no better way to do this than to attend some maple syrup themed events this spring!
Where are the scrumptious maple syrup tasting events?
With the New Hampshire maple syrup industry producing, on average, over 90,000 gallons of syrup each year, they are bound to have some festivals to celebrate its production. One of the most attended events is the New Hampshire Maple Sugar Weekend that occurs typically during the last or second to last weekend in March. They have sugaring tours, maple syrup production demonstrations, endless maple sugar sweets, plenty of locally made syrup inspired products, contests, and more! This is a great event for the whole family.
If you are looking for an immersive maple syrup experience, look no further than the Rocks Estates in Bethlehem. At a rate of $256 for an overnight stay for two adults you can venture out to find maple trees, tap them, bring the sap back for processing, turn it into sap and then sample your final product on homemade donuts. This is definitely a unique New Hampshire experience for anyone who wants to be part of an authentic New England tradition.
If you want a less “hands-on” experience but would still like to get away for a weekend to try some fresh maple syrup, look no further than The Wayside Inn. Two adults for two nights lodging includes specialty cooked meals with maple syrup right at your fingertips. They boast daily of having fluffy, freshly made blueberry pancakes drizzled in thick, locally made maple syrup for breakfast. Enjoy their famous creamy maple salad dressing and other inspired food creations.
Another fun culinary event is the Monadnock Maple and Mud. Travel to Peterborough to the Jack Daniels Motor Inn. Here for $169 you can stay at the award-winning inn, explore the region’s quaint sugar shacks and houses and sample their local maple syrup and dine in their fabulous restaurant. For more information, please check out this link: www.jackdanielsinn.com
For more information and events regarding maple syrup production in New Hampshire during the spring season, please check out this link: Maple Syrup Events
If you find that you want to find your own way to maple syrup harvesting locations and camp out or stay at a hotel, these two links will guide you: