March is Maple Month!

mapleCome on up! Experience the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring and taste why pure New Hampshire maple syrup is the enduring harbinger of spring during Maple Sugaring Month, hosted by the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association.

Between March 11 and April 2, 2017, you can participate in this New England tradition at one of several sugar houses in the vicinity of Woodwards Resort & Inn!

Just down the road in North Woodstock, the authentic and old fashioned Fadden General Store has been family-owned since 1896 and turning out some of New Hampshire’s best syrup! In fact, their on-site maple sugar house is a 5-time winner of “Best Maple Syrup in New Hampshire.” Tour the maple shack or the maple museum or just explore the store for fun and yummy souvenirs to take home.

If you choose to be a part of the NH Maple Experience at the historic Rocks Estate, you’ll take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the property and see up close the workings of a modern-day (pipeline collecting) system and visit an operating sugarhouse. Visitors will also learn how to drill and tap a maple tree. The day’s program will finish with maple syrup and fresh donuts. The family-geared program is educational “but a lot of fun, too,” says director Niel Manley. “People really enjoy the experience of tapping a tree themselves.”

Benton’s Sugar Shack in nearby Thornton will be open weekends until April 2  and will offer maple making tours from “trees to jug”, maple cotton candy, and live music on Sundays.

On Maple weekend (March 25-26), Bridgewater Mountain Maple will be offering coffee and doughnuts as well as free samples of fresh maple syrup, maple candy, maple popcorn, maple cotton candy, and their favorite sugar on snow! A “crew” will be available at the sugar house to guide guests through our process of making Maple Syrup.

Check out Woodwards’ special rates for March rates (below) and plan your maple-sugaring March get-away. There will be lots of free samples of fresh syrup, maple candies and confections, coffee, and doughnuts.