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2018 Maple Experience @ The Rocks Estate, Bethlehem, NH
The 2018 NH Maple Experience Starts March 17
Maple syrup lovers, rejoice! The New Hampshire Maple Experience Spring Tours begin again at the The Rocks, running weekends from March 17 thru April 7.
The NH Maple Experience is a feast of the senses, with spectacular views, a horse-drawn wagon ride through the historic estate, the heavenly scent of sap boiling into syrup, and – to top it all off – a syrup tasting, complete with fresh donuts and the requisite sour pickles.
Visitors to The Rocks during our Maple Experience are invited to jump into the sugaring action by helping to identify and tap sugar maple trees and visit our working sugar house, where fourth-generation sugar maker Brad Presby demonstrates some of the tricks of the sugaring trade.
“It’s a fun interactive thing for families and couples to do,” said Nigel Manley, manager of The Rocks. “The idea is you could actually go home and make maple syrup after learning the process at the Maple Experience.”
Before embarking on a tour of the historic and scenic 1,400-acre estate, Maple Experience visitors will learn the history of maple sugaring and how the process has evolved from the time of the first European settlers to today’s high-tech operations.
Visitors will take a horse-drawn wagon ride through The Rocks and discover how to distinguish sugar maples from other species of trees. They’ll learn how to safely tap trees to collect the sap needed to make maple syrup and sugar. A tractor-drawn wagon will carry Maple Experience participants to the Maple Museum and working sugar house, where fourth generation sugar-maker Brad Presby will demonstrate the process of boiling sap into syrup.
The Maple Experience concludes with a syrup tasting, complete with the traditional donut and a Rocks sour pickle. Chefs from local restaurants will also give maple cooking demonstrations each day at noon, and there will be maple kettle corn and maple cotton candy available during each day of the Maple Experience.
Join us for the New Hampshire
Maple Experience Weekends:
March 17, 24-25, 31, and April 1 and April 7.
Maple tours are offered at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., and 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended, with walk-in visitors allowed as space allows. Reservations may be made by e-mailing [email protected] or calling 603-444-6228.
Find out more about the
NH Maple Experience here…
To find out how to turn your maple tour into a complete weekend of fun, adventure, and relaxation, take a look at our Maple Vacation Packages.
If you can’t make the dates of the Maple Experience, The Rocks offers private tours for small groups with a private tour of the Maple Experience Museum.