March is New Hampshire Maple Month, and we couldn’t be more excited! While every day of the year is perfect for fat stacks of pancakes and hearty pours of maple syrup, when the snow starts thawing and the sap starts flowing, life in the White Mountains is even sweeter. This year, the perfect time to visit is March 19th & 20th (aka Maple Weekend).
In honor of this special season, we’re extending the tastiest of challenges: tap into a new tradition and visit some of the best sugar shacks in New Hampshire!
FADDEN'S GENERAL STORE & MAPLE SUGARHOUSE (Woodstock, NH)
While Maple Month extends all the way through March, many local maple syrup producers celebrate in earnest on Maple Weekend. This includes the iconic Fadden’s General Store & Maple Sugarhouse in North Woodstock, NH, family owned and operated since 1896.
Over the years, Fadden’s has garnered many “Best Of” blue ribbons and trophies for its maple syrup. Walking through the general store, with its old floorboards, vintage photos, and maple-themed products, is like taking a step back into NH’s history. Expect taxidermy moose, heaping piles of kettle corn coated in maple syrup, and fanciful souvenirs, as well as a friendly pup eager for a few scratches before you take you maple tour.
During this informative session, visitors will learn how tree sap becomes maple syrup and also sample some exclusive Maple Weekend treats. Sugar on Snow, maple cotton candy, and plenty of syrup tastings make this North Woodstock stop well worth the trip.
(Photo Credit: Colleen Eliason)
THE ROCKS (Bethlehem, NH)
For some visitors, maple treats are the main draw. For others more inclined to the story behind the syrup, a visit to The Rocks in Bethlehem, NH is a must. This working farm isn’t just a place to cut your own Christmas tree – it’s also a great local producer of the sweet stuff!
If your schedule is looking open for the last three weekends in March (or first weekend in April), book your tickets for The Rocks’ signature event, the NH Maple Experience. Learn the history of maple sugaring and maple tree identification. Take a horse-drawn tour of the maple lines, ride a tractor to the sugar house, and try maple syrup the traditional way (with, of all things, a sour pickle!).
The NH Maple Experience tour takes about 2 hours. Walk-ins are welcome, but we’d recommend securing your tickets online ahead of time if you’re making a special trip just for this activity.
(Photo Credit: Emily Lord-Forest Society)
FULLER'S SUGARHOUSE (Jefferson & Lancaster, NH)
Are you headed a little further north? Fuller’s Sugarhouse has two outposts to visit. The first is their sugarhouse, located in Jefferson, NH. If the weather conditions are just right and you see steam coming from the sugarhouse, stop on in! You just might have the chance to see sap boiling away into soon-to-be syrup. From this location, visitors can also take a walking tour of the maple lines. Dress warmly if you plan on doing so; there are still plenty of snowy patches in the woods.
From there, head to Fuller’s Sugarhouse Country Store in Lancaster for a full selection of maple treats, including pints and gallons of syrup, plenty of maple candy, and more.
- Fuller’s Sugarhouse: 2021 White Mountain Highway, Jefferson, NH
- Country Store: 267 Main St, Lancaster, NH
(Photo Credit: Fuller's Sugarhouse)
BELIEVE IN BOOKS SUGAR SHACK (Intervale, NH)
You may have taken a ride on their Journey to the North Pole train excursion, walked their Storybook Trail, or jammed out to live music during one of their seasonal Entertainment Series. If you haven't checked out Believe in Books 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack, you are missing out on of their sweetest activities. Open weekends in March, stop in for a yummy maple sample, some maple popcorn, and purchase some of your own maple products, made right on-site. Stay for a walk or a cross-country ski on one of their trails.
(Photo Credit: Courtesy Believe in Books)
We’ve sold you on the syrup, but now there’s the matter of where to stay.
The Adair Country Inn & Restaurant in Bethlehem is centrally located and is running one heck of a special for Maple Weekend (March 19th & 20th).
The Adair Maple Weekend package includes a two-night stay in one of the Inn’s fireplace rooms, maple treats on arrival, an outstanding 4-course, maple-themed dinner for two, and reservations for the NH Maple Experience at The Rocks! Call the Adair or more information on booking this one-of-a-kind weekend retreat.
(Photo Credit: Adair Country Inn & Restaurant Facebook)
Ready to plan your visit? Maple Weekend (March 19 & 20) is the highlight of New Hampshire’s Maple Month, and the majority of sugarhouses will be open. Click through our website to explore all the best places to stay in the White Mountains; chances are, a sugarhouse is just a short drive away!
Take a tour of Fadden's General Store & Maple Sugarhouse! Click the video below.