Featured image: A guide shows guests how to tap a maple tree during The New Hampshire Maple Experience at The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, New Hampshire (photo credit: The Rocks Estate)
Maple syrup season has returned to New England, which means that The New Hampshire Maple Experience is back at The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem.
Hop aboard a horse- or tractor-drawn wagon for a guided tour of the estate’s maple sugaring operations. Tap a maple tree. Learn how to identify trees and the history of mapling.
Watch a cooking demonstration using maple products. Sample fresh maple syrup, doughnuts, and pickles.
Also visit the NH Maple Museum at the estate, filled with interactive activities and a collection of maple artifacts from sugar maker Charlie Stewart of nearby Sugar Hill.
This year’s dates are:
- Saturday, March 17
- Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25
- Saturday-Sunday, March 31-April 1
- Saturday, April 7
Tours start at 10 a.m. and usually last three hours.
Reservations are required for tours. Call (603) 444-6228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for prices and availability. When I’ve sent emails, the office responds within 24 hours or less.
The Rocks Estate is the former summer home of Chicago businessman and International Harvester co-founder John Jacob Glessner and his family. He bought the property in 1882 and built a Queen Anne style house a year later.
Glessner’s grandchildren donated the property to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests on the condition that a crop would always grow there. Today, the estate is a Christmas tree farm and nature preserve. Hike more than eight miles of trails, ranging from easy to moderate. Dogs are allowed on leash.
The Rocks Estate is located at 4 Christmas Lane on Route 302 in Bethlehem, New Hampshire (get directions).
Visit The New Hampshire Maple Experience website for more information about the tours, or call (603) 444-6228.
Bethlehem, New Hampshire, is 120 miles north of Nashua, 143 miles northwest of Portsmouth, and 153 miles northwest of Boston.