Since we had no guests this morning, we decided to take advantage of the warming temperatures and maple sugaring season. We headed out to Parker’s Maple Barn for breakfast and then to their maple sugar house to watch them boil down the sap into syrup. Parker’s Maple Barn is a bit of a drive (about thirty minutes away) and it can be tricky to find but the food is good, the atmosphere is casual, and of course they make their own maple syrup right on the property.
We think we are officially in “maple sugar” season: when the maple trees are tapped and the sweet sap is collected and boiled down into maple syrup. There are quite a few maple sugar houses in the Monadnock region from which to buy maple syrup, they are easy to spot because you can see the light colored and sweet smelling smoke rising from the peaks of the buildings.
The last weekend of this month, March 28-29 is NH Maple Weekend when the maple sugar houses open their doors and invite the public in to learn about the process of boiling down the sap. It’s a fun and informative weekend for all ages. Stonewall Farm is even having a maple sap gathering contest with teams of horses racing around the farm while their drivers gather the sap.
To celebrate this weekend, we have put together a special package.
March Maple Sugar Madness – March 27-29
Come join us in celebrating the sweet taste of spring during the NH Maple Producers’ Open House Weekend, March 28 & 29, 2009. Enjoy a special maple-themed breakfast, then venture out to visit some of the local maple sugar houses and learn about how their syrup is made. Stay for two nights, double occupancy, for a special rate of $189 (plus tax). Single night stays
available for $105 (plus tax).