Southern New Hampshire Life

Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor

Southern New Hampshire Life - Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor

The 19th Annual New Hampshire Maple Weekend

To lift your spirits this cold and snowy winter, you can head south to Florida to bask in the sun – or stay here and be enrobed in the sweet scent of maple syrup being made! 

March 15 to April 6 has been designated Maple Sugaring Month this year, during which time sugar houses state wide open their doors to the public to show how maple sugar is made.  Visit demonstrations showing how gallons of freshly-tapped maple tree sap are transformed into maple syrup, maple sugar, and other great products.  Sam's Sugar Hse, Milford (1)

On NH Maple Weekend, March 22nd and 23rd, over 100 participating maple sugar houses throughout the state will be showing how syrup is made, handing out free samples, and selling one of NH’s most popular naturally made products.  Many sugar houses will be offering samples of maple candies, coffee, and doughnuts sweetened with maple syrup.  There will be a variety of other activities, including horse-drawn rides, petting farms, and of course, pancake breakfasts.   

For more information on NH Maple Weekend and NH Maple Sugaring Month, check out the website of the NH Maple Producer’s Association.  For a list of sugar house participating in Maple Weekend with a list of each one’s special Weekend activities, click here.


Country Cuisine 4: Mason

Mason is a town of rolling hills and winding roads, where many farms still thrive interspersed among the homes of long-time residents and recent arrivals.

Parker’s Maple Barn, open daily for breakfast and lunch, is in a large antique-decorated barn.  Well known locally for its pancake and omelet breakfasts, they also serve a full lunch menu highlighted by maple baby back ribs and roast turkey. They serve their own maple syrup, which is made in an adjoining maple sugar house; they offer demonstrations daily during maple sugaring season.  They also have a gift shop featuring a myriad of maple sugar products and souvenirs. They host an American Indian pow wow every September; their souvenir shop includes many Native American gifts. The restaurant is very popular.  Waits can be up to two hours long on summer and fall weekends; they suggest calling ahead. Address: 1316 Brookline Road, Mason; phone: 603-878-2308; website:

To get to Pickity Place one travels down scenic roads and over hills with great views.  This unique restaurant is well worth the trip. Its chefs are well-known for using a wide variety of fresh and dried herbs from their own gardens in their menu items. Their 5-course gourmet prix fixe menu changes monthly and always includes a vegetarian selection.  Some recent entrees included chicken saltimbocca with basil polenta, crab and gruyere phyllo purses, and vegetable moussaka. The grounds include an herb store and a greenhouse. There are three seatings for lunch daily; reservations are essential. Address: 248 Nutting Hill Road, Mason; phone: 603-878-1151; website: