Maple Sugar Season New Hampshire
The Bartlett Inn is celebrating Maple Sugar Season in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Every year as the days get longer but the nights remain chilly the Maple sap begins to run. Maple trees are tapped and sap collected in buckets. The sap is then boiled down to make a concentrate that is the delicious syrup and reduced even more to a crystal for Maple Sugar. Call 603 374 2353 to make a resrvation for lodging for Maple Sugar Season New Hampshire near North Conway New Hampshire.
During Maple Sugar Season New Hampshire the Bartlett Inn serves local Maple syrup from Fuller’s Sugar House in Lancaster New Hampshire. Did you know that the true Liguid Gold is not Gasoline currently at $2.28 per gallon but Maple Syrup at about $80.00 per Gallon. Yes Maple Syrup is truly liquid Gold. That is because you have to boil down 40-60 gallons of sap to get 1 gallon of Maple Syrup.
Using the “Rule of 86,” you can figure that the number of gallons of sap you need to produce one gallon of syrup is equal to 86 gallons divided by the percent of sugar in the sap.
So if you start with sap that is 2% sugar, you would need to evaporate 43 gallons of water (86 gallons / 2% = 43 gallons) to make one gallon of syrup.
The sugaring season usually lasts 4 – 6 weeks, depending on the weather.
When the season starts in the early spring, our trees are usually producing sap with a sugar content of 2.2%, so it takes 39 gallons of sap for us to make 1 gallon of maple syrup. One year, our trees were producing sap with a sugar content of 2.7%!
As the season progresses, the sap’s sugar content decreases. At the end of the season, sugar content of our trees’ sap generally goes down to about 1.4% or 1.5%, so it takes 57 – 61 gallons of sap for us to make 1 gallon of our Grade B maple syrup.
Maple Sugaring in the 100 Acre Wood by Believe in Books Foundation For Literacy is located just a few minutes from the Bartlett Inn.
“Tap Your Own” Program
Have you ever wanted to tap your own maple trees but didn’t have the equipment to do so?
Well now you can! Believe in Books will have “Tap Your Own” kits available for you to rent complete with drill bits, spiles and buckets. They provide the supplies – you provide the trees!
Kits will be available in the 100 Acre Wood Sugar Shack on the weekends and at our office during the week. After you’ve collected your sap, you can bring it back to our Sugar Shack and trade it for maple syrup!
Sugar Shack Tours and Storybook Self Guided Trails open each weekend 11am-4pm.
Guided tours through our Sugar Bush offered weekend afternoons. Enjoy a wagon ride through the woods, learn about the history of sugaring, how to identify maple trees, tap for sap, collection and sample tasting. Tour is approx. 1 hour. Dress according to weather. Suggested donation: $5/per person. We are grateful for all donations.
Self-Guided tours can be done on our Maple Storybook Trail which begins right near our Sugar Shack. This tour can be done anytime, however an inside peek at our Sugar Shack can only be done when we are open.
If there is steam rolling out of the Sugar Shack, you are welcome to step inside for a firsthand look of the historic and innovative process of turning sap into maple syrup. Stop in, learn more about one of Mother Nature’s sweetest and healthiest offerings and taste a sample.
Rocks Estate’s Maple Experience – Bethlehem, N.H. located about 40 minutes from the Bartlett Inn..convenient to stop in on the way up to the White Mountains or on your way home! Call 603 374 2353 for a stay at the Bartlett Inn.
This seasonal experience on a historic estate has a more of a living history component to it, with interpretive guides accompanying guests through the entire experience. Guests can get hands-on by helping tap maple syrup trees before tasting the end product. A horse-drawn tour of the estate is part of the experience. There are three maple weekends in March leading into a final one the first weekend of April.
Want to come to New Hampshire to enjoy Maple Sugar Season New Hampshire call 603 374 2353 and stay at the Bartlett Inn. We will give you tips on where to go to enjoy the most Maple Sugar Season New Hampshire has to offer.