Explore a Season:

Maple Sugaring

When days warm but nighttime temperatures still plummet, sap begins to flow in New Hampshire’s maple trees, and maple-sugaring season gets underway. During this intense period of six weeks or so, maple producers make syrup and other maple delights, and pancakes taste better than you've ever dreamed they might.  The state celebrates New Hampshire Maple Month every March. More than 90 sugarhouses in New Hampshire open their doors to show visitors the maple-sugaring process in full swing. The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association has dates and detailed information on participating sugarhouses and their offerings, from tastings and horse-drawn wagon rides to pancake breakfasts and the chance to make old-fashioned sugar-on-snow.

Special Events:
  • Prescott Farm Environmental Center in Laconia will host a “Tap into Maple” Family Program every Saturday in the month of March.  From tapping a tree to tasting delicious maple syrup, you will have hands-on participation in every step of the syrup making process. The program involves a 20-minute walk to our Sugar House, with an uphill hike back after the program. Please wear boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Snowshoes or traction cleats will be provided as needed – bring your own if you have them!
  • The Rock's Estate in Bethlehem will host it's annual New Hampshire Maple Experience on March 16, 23-24, 30-31, and April 6. It is a hands-on experience that encourages participants to learn about the process of turning sap into maple syrup, from identifying sugar maple trees to tapping a tree to collecting sap.  Participants will enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride through the historic estate, learning to identify different types of trees along the way. They’ll be invited to tap a sugar maple and take a tractor-drawn wagon ride to The Rocks’ own sugarhouse. Maple syrup tastings includes fresh donuts and sour pickles made at The Rocks – to offset the sweetness of the syrup. Each day at noon, some of the region’s best chefs will perform a cooking demo, using maple syrup to create and share their original recipes.  The Rocks is partnering with 9 lodging properties in the White Mountains to offer lodging packages with the NH Maple Experience. 
  • Enjoy a weekend in Canterbury at the Canterbury Maple Festival, March 23-24.  Tour sugar houses, artisan shops, and visit the Canterbury Shaker Village for a weekend of historic and modern activities. Stop in for a pancake breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday from 9am-11am, join Tim Meeh & Jill McCullough of North Family Farm to learn about their maple production, and attend the "Backyard Maple" presentation by UNH Cooperative Extension’s Tim Fleury on Saturday at 11am to learn how to start tapping your own maple trees!
  • The Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner will provide complimentary tastings of their maple syrup and a sampling of Indian griddle cakes on their Annual Maple Sugar Weekend, March 23-24.  You will sample the rare treat of "sugar on snow," in a live demonstration of how indigenous people make maple sugar and learn how to boil sap in the traditional Native way. 
  • The New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton's Maplefest event takes place Saturday, March 30 from 10am-2pm.  Stop in for tree tapping, sap boiling, sugar on snow & sour pickles, pancakes, maple cotton candy, maple story time in the parlor and more fun! Local syrup, maple cream, and maple candy for sale. 
  • The Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamsworth will host a free NH Maple Weekend Open House on March 23-24 from 11am-3pm both days.  Learn about historic and modern methods of maple sugaring. Outdoors, watch demonstrations of Early Abenaki Indian sap boiling practices, the boiling technique used in the traditional sugar bush, and Doc Remick’s handmade backyard boiler. Step into the Maple Sugar House and learn how a modern evaporator works; sample a maple treat. Maple syrup and Remick-made maple goodies are for sale while supplies last. Demonstrations take place on Saturday only.
  • The town of Warner’s Kearsarge Maple Festival is happening the weekend of March 23-24. 9 sap houses will be open to the public, there will also be pancake breakfasts and various other events throughout the village of Warner.  
Lodging packages:
  • The Jack Daniels Motor Inn in Peterborough is offering a Maple and Mud Package available from February 1st - April 30th at the rate of $169+tax double occupancy. This package includes one night's stay at the hotel, $60 dining dollar voucher to use at participating local restaurants, a maple syrup sampler from Ben's Sugar Shack in Temple NH, and a sampler from Ava Marie's Handmade Chocolates in downtown Peterborough. Guests are also encouraged to go on a local tour of sugar houses in the area, and are provided directions from the hotel on a personalized printout to make their trip even more unique. 
  • Enjoy a “sweet” luxurious stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Lebanon/Hanover during the Maple Sugar Season. Located minutes away from many local maple sugar events. Book the Maple Sugar House Package to  receive a $20 credit to our lounge during your stay.