The first day of spring may be March 20, but here in New Hampshire we tend to hang onto winter throughout the month. Typically we get a few good snow storms to deliver wonderful skiing and snowshoeing well into March. Most years, the ice on Lake Winnipesaukee remains until April, but “ice out” dates have been recorded as early as mid-March and — in one bitterly cold year in 1888 — as late as May 12!
Lake Winnipesaukee’s Ice Out is celebrated as a sign that spring has arrived in the Lakes Region, but March’s Maple Sugar Season is the first hint of things to come. Taps and buckets appear on maple trees throughout rural areas and the steam from sugarhouses fills the air as sap is boiled down to make delicious maple syrup. The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association has declared March “Maple Month.” Pickering House Inn is joining the March fun with special “Maple Madness” Demonstration Cooking Dinners and maple-themed breakfasts for our guests!
We are celebrating Maple Sugar Month with some maple-themed breakfasts for our guests, plus:
Thursday, March 7 and Saturday, March 9, 6:00 pm. – 8:00 pm
Join our chef, Patty Roche, in Pickering’s Kitchen for a delicious, fun and educational maple-themed cooking demonstration dinner. By reservation only. Seats at the Saturday dinner are reserved for Inn guests until 10 days prior to the event.
The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association will be hosting Maple Sugaring Month from March 9 – March 31, 2019.
Sugar makers statewide will open their doors inviting the public to share in the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring. Visit the producers in the Lakes Region area to learn how their operations work. Many will be offering free samples of fresh syrup, as well as samples of maple candies and confections, coffee and doughnuts. Some locations have horse-drawn rides and more. Experience the centuries-old craft and taste why pure New Hampshire maple syrup has long been a delicious harbinger of spring. Share in the excitement of the sweetest time of the year!