As the days grow longer and the sun rises higher, the true harbingers of springappear, usually in late February. These are the metal buckets hanging on the sugar maples collecting gallons of sap that will be boiled down into maple syrup in over 50 “sugar houses” throughout New Hampshire. It’s a New England tradition not to be missed. Usually the fourth weekend in March is Maple Sugar Weekend.
Spring skiing offers an opportunity to enjoy warmer weather and get a good workout. If you come later in the spring season you’ll find outstanding hikes to waterfalls and on the warmer, sunny days, there’s good biking on country roads.
The Lakes Region Flower and Craft Fair is held the first week in April with over 100 exhibitors and most of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s shops are open throughout the year. Visit antique shops, museums, galleries or spend the day in Concord visiting the Capitol, the Museum of NH History or the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium. In May Canterbury Shaker Village opens for the season, a lovely way to spend the day.
Once spring is firmly entrenched, the golf courses sprout their greenery and it’s time to brush up on your game. In mid-May the M/S Mt. Washington begins its daily cruises on Lake Winnipesaukee. Spring is a quiet season with lots to do and fewer NH visitors making it a very special season to come to the Manor.