New Hampshire’s sweetest weekend is on the horizon once again, with statewide activities, events, entertainment, and nearly 100 different sugar shacks across the state to sample.
The weather is warming up and the sap is running, meaning New Hampshire’s sugar shacks are in full gear cranking out all-things maple. To the residents of New England, nothing heralds the transition into spring quite like seeing steam billowing out of the tops of the state’s many sugar shacks. The season kicks off with Maple Sugar Month, the traditional celebration when sugar shacks across the state open their doors to the public for tours, tastings, and to showcase the many uses of maple syrup. Travel the state with your Sugar House Passport in hand and be sure to share your experiences by tagging #NHMaple and #VisitNH for a shout out (and in the case of #NHMaple some fun maple-themed prizes). Here are some of the many ways to tap into the state’s sweetest tradition.
Fuller’s Sugar House [Lancaster]
Fuller’s invites their visitors to get in on the fun of sugaring season by running a month-long contest where competitors enter their favorite maple recipe and the public votes for their favorite. Two winners receive a quart of Fuller’s maple syrup and a shaker of maple sugar. Their recipe will also be featured on one of Fuller’s recipe cards.
The Rocks Estate [Bethlehem]
The Maple Experience Museum at the Rocks Estate is a working sugar house dedicated to teaching kids and adults the old ways of making maple syrup from tapping to bottling. To celebrate New Hampshire’s Maple Month, horses and tractors take groups on rides around the grounds, finished off with fresh maple donuts for all. Yum!
Mooney Hill Maples [Madison]
You can tour Mooney Hill’s sugar shack and taste their maple syrup, but this sugar shack offers something even sweeter too. Ciaran’s Cakes will be on site offering everything from maple cupcakes to maple whoopie pies to elaborate maple cakes, but only for the weekend of the 23 and 24, so mark your calendars.
Fletcher Farm [Washington]
A sugar shack and then some! Most everything the Fletchers need, they grow, raise, or forage on the property with the help of their two draft horses, Ozzie and Tucker. During Maple weekend, the horses take guests on sleigh rides across the snowy fields of the farm, dropping guests back to the farmhouse to learn all about organic sugaring with the bonus of sampling Fletcher Farm’s all-natural products.
Stewart and John’s [Westmoreland]
You can make a full morning at this one stop. As well as the traditional sugar shack tour and maple offerings, Stewart and John’s is also home to an ice cream parlor (serving up maple ice cream of course) and a full restaurant offering up breakfast and lunch along with their certified organic syrup.
Sunnyside Maples [Loudon]
This fifth-generation family owned sugar shack is best known for their backyard sugaring classes and bottling syrup with their tried and true methods. Come Maple Weekend, Sunnyside Maples opens to the public for free tours and tastings as well as a full menu of maple frappes, ice cream sundaes, cotton candy, and much more to munch and sip on while listening to live local music.
Morningstar Farm [Plaistow]
You’ve heard of maple candy and maple cream, but what about maple BBQ? Morningstar Farm (not to be confused with Morning Star Maple in Dublin) makes a top-secret sauce that uses maple syrup to give it a sweet New England taste that you just can’t find anywhere else.