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What hot sauce is to southerners, maple syrup is to New Englanders. We proudly stash a bottle in our purse, car, leather satchel, saddle bag, reusable tote – whatever – to ensure our pancakes, wherever we may be enjoying them, are topped with “the real stuff.” Our syrup is so good it’s worth a weekend trip to build your collection (secret and shared).

Stuart and John’s : Westmoreland, NH

Pancake House and Syrup Producer

From their website: The first Stuart & John’s Sugar House was built in the fall of 1974, when Stuart Adams and John Matthews decided to buy their own oil-fired evaporator and start a sugaring operation. At the time, Stuart was in the eighth grade, and John was in the tenth grade, and they had been best friends for years growing up in Westmoreland, NH. Stuart’s family owned and operated Windyhurst Farm, where John came to work, and the boys became lifelong friends. It was only natural that they would work together at Stuart and John’s Sugar House. They started with 920 taps, and made 230 gallons of Pure New Hampshire Maple Syrup. They became well known in the region for their quality.

Their breakfast menu goes far beyond just pancakes and includes omelets, eggs any style, fried chicken and waffles, so even if maple syrup isn’t your thing (maybe seek help), there’s still something for you.

Great Brook Farm Sugar House: Walpole, NH

From their listing on NH Maple Producers Association: Great Brook Farm Sugar House is located on a nine generation family farm dating back to 1761.  We boil sap in an updated sugar house that was built in 1943.  We support a number of local  non profit  organizations from the sale of our Maple Syrup

Open March 16th and 17th from 12pm to 4pm for tours and tastings, with or without waffles and ice cream! Call 1-603-313-8914 for more information.

Where to stay for Westmoreland and Walpole: Inn at Valley Farms and Cottages: Walpole NH

Inn at Valley Farms and Cottages

Ben’s Sugar Shack: Temple, NH

Tour and Tastings

From their website: Open every weekend in March from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. during the peak season offering free 30 minute tours.

This tour consists of learning about the traditional way of collecting using sap buckets, the modern way with plastic lines, seeing our pump house and collecting tanks, learning about the Reverse Osmosis system we use, meeting Ben and seeing him run the evaporator and then the best part; sampling. 

Some of those samples include, (Fresh/Hot maple donuts, maple soft serve -last 2 weekends in March),-EVERY WEEKEND WE WILL HAVE maple roasted nuts (pecan, almonds, cashews), maple cotton candy, maple fudge, maple BBQ sauce, all 3 grades of syrup, maple soda and more. 

Be sure to also their newly opened Maple Station Market, where you can pick up coffee, breakfast, lunch, and more.

Where to stay: The Birchwood Inn & Tavern: Temple NH or Riverhouse: Peterborough NH

The Birchwood Inn and Tavern, Temple NH
Riverhouse, Peterborough, NH

Woodard’s Sugar House: Surry NH

Tour and Gift Shop

From their website: Woodard’s Sugar House is a small sugaring operation in Surry, NH.  We offer a variety of premium maple products.  Mark’s love of maple began when he was a boy visiting his grandfather’s sugar house in Waterbury, VT.  His dream of having his own sugar house came true in 2005 when Mark and his father built the one in Surry.  A few years later, the equipment was bought and the sugar house was fully operational!  Mark and Kati have perfected producing premium maple products and love to share their passion for maple with others! 

Where to stay: The Burrell House: Keene, NH

Burrell House, Keene NH

Grand Monadnock Maple Farm: Harrisville, NH

From their website: GMMF boasts an award-winning product, having won the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript Maple Syrup contest two years in a row in 2014-2015. There is nothing added to their award-winning, all-natural, and organic products. Try us out for yourselves! Samples are always available at the Sugar House.

What’s your favorite way to eat maple?! Is it the super smooth maple cream? The crisp outside yet creamy center of the maple candies? What about substituting 1:1 granulated maple sugar for white table sugar? Are you the traditionalist who couldn’t possibly go a day without adding a splash of syrup to your coffee, oatmeal, granola, yogurt, butternut squash soup, BBQ rub, or ice cream? We want to hear from you – pictures too – and your favorite way to enjoy GMMF’s award-winning Maple products!

Where to stay: The Harrisville Inn: Harrisville, NH, or Aldworth Manor: Harrisville, NH

Harrisville Inn, Harrisville, NH
Aldworth Manor, Harrisville, NH

To see more Maple Producers throughout the region and in New Hampshire, check out the New Hampshire Maple Producer Association’s website.


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