Sweet maple deals and maple festivals to celebrate the sweetest month in New England

Maple Syrup is an essential ingredient in most DINE maple recipesThey call March the sweetest month of the year.  As the sap starts flowing, Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers start pulling out the maple recipes and maple syrup goes top of mind for all in Northern New England.  You’ll see bucket-filled trees and steam coming from the sugar shacks throughout New England.  To celebrate maple month, we’ve gathered some great specials being offered by DINE innkeepers along with some sweet maple recipes to put on your “bucket list” of maplishious treats!  Continue on to read about the statewide maple festivals taking place the last week in March along with a list of sugarhouses in each of the New England states.

Combine a trip to any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England with a day spent sampling maple syrup on snow (and even by then we’ll probably still have snow in all New England states!).  Meander through New England sugar shacks and take home sweet maple gifts and gallons of that sweet New England gold.  Return to the inn and enjoy dinner or some quiet time in front of the fire.  Now that’s what we call one romantic weekend getaway!

Let’s start with a few sweet deals being offered in DINE country. Please note, none of these offers may be combined with any other special, offer or discount and are valid only with new reservations.)

Maple sugaring season at Chesterfield Inn

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The Sweetest Sugar Time Special is back at Chesterfield Inn

Visit Chesterfield Inn, in West Chesterfield, NH and spend the day sugar house hopping throughout March and April. It’s such a fun way to tour New Hampshire and Vermont and take in a quintessential New England tradition. Chesterfield Inn is located in New Hampshire, just five miles from the Vermont border, offering easy access to sugar shacks in both state. Stay in any room at the Chesterfield Inn on Sunday through Thursday now through April 15, 2018 and you will receive 25% off your room rate.  Simply put the note SWEETSAVINGS in the “Special Requests” box when you book online or call 603-256-3211 to book. Click here for more information.

A gift of liquid gold from Captain Jefferds Inn

The fourth Sunday in March (March 25, 2018) is reserved for Maine Maple Sunday, and this year celebrates the 35th anniversary of this statewide event. Book a two-night stay over this weekend receive a gift of Maine-made maple syrup and directions to local farms and sugar houses celebrating Maine Maple Sunday with events and tastings. This offer is valid March 24-26, 2018. Info here.

A sweet deal upgrade from Rabbit Hill InnRabbit Hill Inn Sweet Upgrade March offer

To celebrate the height of the syrup season, Rabbit Hill Inn is offering this sweet deal. Reserve a two-or-more night stay in a Superior Room between March 25 through 31, 2018 and pay the Classic Room rate of $160 midweek, $205 weekend). Or, book a Luxury Room for two-or-more nights during the same period and pay the Superior room rate of $234 midweek and $279 on weekends.  This free upgrade offer represents a savings of nearly $75 per night.  Now, how sweet is that? But it’s only offered for a limited time, so when booking online, click on “Special Rates” and enter sweetdeal.  Click here for more information.

Combine a stay with any of the Maple Weekend events taking place throughout New England.  Here’s a calendar of statewide maple celebrations to help with your planning.

March 17-18, 2018: Massachusetts Maple Weekend: The main event of the state’s “Maple Month.” Contact the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association to find out which sugarhouse is hosting the kickoff event this season, with state officials in attendance to tap the ceremonial first tree. Info: massmaple.org

March 25, 2018 Maine Maple Sunday (statewide): March 25, 2018: Some 40 farms and sugarhouses participate in this annual celebration. Info: mainemapleproducers.com

March 24-25:  New Hampshire Maple Weekend (statewide): More than 60 sugarhouses across the state participate in this open house. Learn how maple syrup is made; plus, free samples, horse-drawn rides, sugar on snow, pancake breakfasts, and more. Info: nhmapleproducers.com

March 24-25: Vermont Maple Open House Weekend (statewide): Celebrate the season and visit sugarhouses throughout the state. Watch maple syrup being made (weather permitting) and sample maple products. Info: vermontmaple.org

To learn more about Maple events in your state, contact these New England Maple Producers.  Each link includes a list of local sugarhouses.

Connecticut  ctmaple.org
Maine  mainemapleproducers.com
Massachusetts  massmaple.org
New Hampshire  nhmapleproducers.com
Rhode Island  farmfresh.org
Vermont  vermontmaple.org

Click here for three fabulous maple recipes offered by DINE members.  We look forward to celebrating the sweetest month of the year with you.

In New Hampshire:  Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness & Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield

In Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in Grafton

In Massachusetts:  Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, Gateways Inn & Restaurant in Lenox, Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod.

In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic

In Maine:  Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport & Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden.

Thanks to the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce and Wiseguy Creative Photography for the header photo of maple buckets at the 100 Acre Wood in Intervale, NH.