Maple Sugaring in the White Mountains: Your Weekend Itinerary
Rumor has it there is a major outbreak of “Cabin Fever” spreading rapidly throughout the Northeast and sources report the production of an organic cure for this condition is underway in New Hampshire.
It is Maple Sugaring season and when you take a drive to the White Mountains and visit our team of Maple Syrup Producers, they are sure to cure all types of Cabin Fever. Experience Maple Sugaring season in the White Mountains and learn about the history of this centuries old New Hampshire tradition, and even tap your own maple tree! Don't forget to try the sweet treats to really get a hands on taste of the maple sugaring process.
Start your weekend off with a visit to the award-winning Fadden's General Store & Maple Sugarhouse on Route 3 in North Woodstock. The Fadden family has been harvesting maple trees for over 200 years, produce over 2,500 gallons of maple syrup at their sugarhouse annually and have won the Carlisle Memorial Trophy for excellence in the production of maple syrup 7 times. Jim Fadden and son's James and John open their sugarhouse to the public for tours and demonstrations whenever they are boiling. Stop by to see their maple operation, be entertained by Jim and learn some history about the maple sugaring process. Don't forget to pick up some syrup at the General Store on the way out, it will sweeten the moment! More details at nhmaplesyrup.com.
40 minutes north off I-93 and Route 302, is The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem. The New Hampshire Maple Experience at The Rocks Estate, led by property host Nigel, offers a hands-on experience. Features a horse drawn carriage ride around the property, a lesson on how to drill and tap a maple tree, and last but certainly not least, finish off the experience with fresh donuts, maple syrup, and the Estate's famous pickles. The NH Maple Experience is scheduled for the last 3 weekends of March and the 1st weekend of April. More details at nhmapleexperience.com.
Continue north on Route 3 to the scenic town of Lancaster to the award-winning producer Fuller's Sugarhouse. Established in 1972, the Fuller family taps more than 10,500 maple trees each spring, Fuller's produces more than 4,000 gallons of pure maple syrup for the best tasting maple products. This may be why Fuller's has received New Hampshire's Carlisle Trophy for best in the state and has been named best in the world by the North American Maple Syrup Council. Stop by during New Hampshire Maple Weekend (March 18 & 19) for free sugar-on-snow, coffee, and donuts. Take a tour of the facility and learn about the craft of maple sugaring. More details at fullerssugarhouse.com.
When you leave the village of Lancaster, enjoy a beautiful drive east across Route 2 to Route 16 south through Pinkham Notch to the town of Intervale. Intervale is home to the Sugar Shack in the 100 Acre Wood. The 100 Acre Wood Sugar Shack is operated by the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation and offers guided tours of their Sugar Shack on weekends 11am-4pm. The hour long tour includes a wagon ride through the woods, a history lesson of sugaring and maple tree identification, tree tapping for sap, collection and a sweet sample tasting. The net proceeds of the “100 Acre Wood” Maple Syrup goes directly toward their literacy programs. More details at believeinbooks.org.
To end your sweet weekend, travel south through the bustling community of Conway, to Route 113 to the charming village of Tamworth. Experience the life of a working farm and learn about the historic and modern methods of maple sugaring at the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm. Meet newborn farm animals, watch demonstrations on boiling practices and sample their sweet farmyard syurp at their Farm Kitchen and enjoy some delightful homemade treats after your tour. More details at remickmuseum.org.
Make your plans now to begin your delicious journey. March 18-19 marks the annual Maple Weekend in New Hampshire and it the season will pass quickly. For producers throughout the state visit, visitnh.gov.