Our favorite sugar shacks and maple producers
We love the early springtime tradition of trekking out to a maple sugar shack and watching as sap quietly drips into plastic and aluminum buckets from maple trees. If you’re lucky, you can also sneak a peek at the production process and watch as 40 gallons of sap is boiled over a wood fire to yield just one gallon of syrup.
You can find nearly a hundred great sugar shacks across the state but if you’re looking to make an adventure or day out of it, here are some places you should visit during the official New Hampshire Maple Weekend (March 25-26, 2017). You can bet the following sugar shacks will have plenty of activities (and samples!) going on.
Turkey Street Maples
673 Turkey Street
Tamworth, NH 03817
Why you should visit: help the Turkey Street team collect sap from the trees, watch them boil it into delicious syrup and then sample it on freshly made vanilla ice cream. During Maple Weekend White Mountain Cupcakery and Robert's Farm will also be on site sampling their maple-inspired treats like cupcakes and cotton candy.
Maple Tree Farm
105 Oak Hill Road
Concord, NH 03301
Why you should visit: This year marks the 42nd anniversary for Maple Tree Farm and they have some great events planned for Maple Weekend including self-guided tours of the orchards and woodland as well as samples of sugar on snow, maple cotton candy, maple cream and, of course, maple syrup.
Parker’s Maple Barn
1316 Brookline Road
Mason, NH 03048
Why you should visit: It’s not hard to turn a trip to Parker’s into a half-day adventure. First, you’ll probably want to start off having a hearty breakfast at the restaurant – with delicious pancakes, eggs, waffles and more you definitely won’t leave hungry! And parents, don’t miss the outstanding maple coffee. After your breakfast, head over to the sugar house and watch the magic happen as sap is boiled into syrup. You also won’t want to miss the delightful on-site store that sells maple products as well as toys, puzzles and other goodies.
The Rocks Estate Sugar House
4 Christmas Lane
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Why you should visit: Maybe you've visited the Rocks Estate to tag and cut your own Christmas tree but did you know that there's a sugar house on site too? Called the NH Maple Experience, visitors are invited each March to experience maple sugaring from start to finish. You can drill and tap a tree, take a wagon ride to the sugar house and fill your own mason jar with the sticky, sweet stuff to take home.
Fadden’s General Store and Maple Sugarhouse
109 Main Street
North Woodstock, NH 03262
Why you should visit: Each year the NH Maple Producers crown the best maple syrup in NH and Fadden's has captured the trophy for the second year in a row (and seventh time, overall) so why not check out what makes Fadden's the best of the best? Besides a charming general store and great sugar shack, there's also a fascinating maple museum filled with maple artifacts from the 200+ years that the Fadden family has been producing maple syrup.
More maple sugar events to check out
Maple Sugar Madness at Prescott Farm
Saturdays, March 4 through March 25, 2017
928 White Oaks Road in Laconia, NH
Cost: Registration required $12 for non-members and $10 for members. Ages 3 & under are free of charge.
Why you should visit: Prescott Farm is one of our favorite places to visit any time of year but it's especially special during the springtime because kids are able to participate in every step of the production process.
Maple Express at Charmingfare Farm
Saturdays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25; Sundays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2017
774 High Street in Candia, NH
Cost: $19 per person or $9 per person for members
Why you should visit: Hop on board the 20-minute sugar express wagon ride to the sugar shack and learn about tapping and collecting sap from maple trees. While you're at Charmingfare Farm, don't miss out on visiting with the animals or tasting some delicious maple products in the gift shop.
Maple Sugaring Day at the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm
Saturday, March 25, 2017; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
58 Cleveland Hill Road in Tamworth, NH 03886
Cost: Admission is free for this special event (please note that the museum and farm will not be open).
Why you should visit: Besides checking out the maple production, you won't want to miss the fun of being on a farm during the springtime. Visit with the baby animals (pigs, lambs and calves) and make sure you take time to go snowshoeing and check out what's cooking in the kitchen.
New Hampshire Maple Experience
Saturdays, March 11, 18, 19, 25, 26 and April 1, 2017; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
4 Christmas Lane in Bethlehem, NH
Why you should visit: Take a guided tours of the sugaring operation including horse drawn and tractor drawn rides, tap a maple tree with the group, tree id, the history of mapling in New Hampshire, attend a chef demo about cooking with maple, the NH Maple Museum and sample maple syrup, pickles and donuts.