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Colorado Ski Country Celebrates Spring with Events, Activities Galore

February 21, 2016
Copper Mountain, Colorado. Colorado resorts offer a slew of special events and activities during spring © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Copper Mountain, Colorado. Colorado resorts offer a slew of special events and activities during spring © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

DenverColo. –As Colorado’s 2015/16 ski season enters what is typically the state’s snowiest month, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts have calendars full of events, deals, promotions, and activities for the whole family. Between now and the end of March, guests at CSCUSA ski areas and resorts can celebrate spring and participate in fun racing events, enjoy a diverse range of live music, learn new tricks in the terrain park, partake in giant on-mountain scavenger hunts, and much more.

Here are just some of the early spring festivities at resorts across Colorado Ski Country between now and the end of March: 

Arapahoe Basin

Alpenglow Ascents Rando Challenge (Race 1 of 2) – March 12

A-Basin’s spring uphill/downhill ski mountaineering race provides a great afternoon challenge for ski area guests. Whether training for the Traverse or just trying out their randonee equipment, this race is an awesome way for athletes to work out in the alpenglow. Registration is 3:30pm; 4:30pm race start. The entry fee is $25; no lift ticket needed. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.

6th Annual Save Our Snow Celebration and Demo Day – March 26

A benefit for the High Country Conservation Center (HC3), $20 from each lift ticket sold at the window goes to the HC3. Participating guests will celebrate sustainable practices and meet Colorado companies working to keep winter white. The ski area will also be demoing local Colorado ski and snowboard manufacturers for a donation to the HC3. Guests can try out the latest in Snowsports gear, learn about A-Basin’s efforts to improve the sustainability of our business and find out how they can make a difference for the environment in their everyday lives. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com. 

Aspen Snowmass

16th Annual Bud Light Spring Jam – March 18-27

The 16th annual Bud Light Spring Jam will bring two weekends of competitions, downtown concerts and parties to Aspen Snowmass. The festival features everything from the 17th annual KickAspen Big Air, where skiers and snowboarders compete under the lights at the base of Aspen Mountain, to free Bud Light Hi-Fi Concerts with acts such as Nahko and Medicine for the People, Big Gigantic, and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers. Other events include a snowboard Banked Slalom competition, Terrain Park Boot Camp sessions that offer instruction on how to slide a box or hit a rail in a mini-park at Snowmass, as well as the inaugural Colorado Collegiate Freeride Championships. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com.

Cooper

10th Mountain Division Day at Cooper – February 19

Each year Cooper honors the men of the 10th Mountain Division to whom we owe our existence as an industry and an organized winter sport. The day will culminate with an S-Formation “Ski-Down” on the Molly Mayfield trail. Several surviving veterans are expected to participate, and those who are unable to ski will ride in one of Cooper’s 12-passenger Chicago Ridge snowcats. For more information, visit www.skicooper.com.

Cooper Mogul Competition – March 19

Cooper invites skiers to test out their bump skiing skills in the competition course and have a chance to win cash and other prizes. The competition will be divided into Junior (11-17) and Adult (18+). Prizes in the Junior group will include awesome selections of Cooper swag, and a 2016/17 season pass for 1st place. Prizes in the Adult category will include a cash purse and pass products. The course will be bumps-only. Scoring will be based on turns (75%) and speed (25%). A “bonus” 5% will be available for air, but air must be taken from a mogul, as no jumps will be built in the course. Inverted aerials not allowed. For more information, visit www.skicooper.com. 

Copper Mountain

USSA U-19 National Championships – February 28 – March 4

Copper is home to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association’s under-19 Alpine Championship 2016. The best of the best in alpine ski racing, ages 16-19, will compete for a National title in slalom, giant slalom, downhill and Super G races. For a detailed schedule, visit www.coppercolorado.com.

Moonlight Dine & Ski – March 19

Join Copper Mountain for their last Moonlight Dinner of the 2015/16 ski season. Participating guests will ride the lift to Solitude Station, where they will enjoy fine dining and live entertainment. Once dinner is complete, guests are invited to ski down a groomed run under the moonlight. The evening finishes in Center Village with a celebratory cocktail. Learn more at www.coppercolorado.com. 

Crested Butte

Ski Town Breakdown – March 19

Skiing, springtime and music go hand in hand at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. The resort hosts its annual Ski Town Breakdown on Saturday, March 19, featuring a free KT Tunstall show in the base area. After spending a day on the slopes, guests at Crested Butte will enjoy this awesome singer and songwriter that is sure to wow the crowd with her energy, spirit and jams! For lodging deals visit www.skicb.com/deals. 

Eldora

Easter Sunday – March 27

Eldora is hosting Easter Sunday of fun for everyone. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to say hello to all the children and he will hit the slopes as well for some fun on the snow. In addition, the resort will host an Easter Egg hunt for kids in the base area, featuring eggs loaded with candy and great prizes including Eldora goodies and more. For more information, visit www.eldora.com. 

Howelsen Hill

25th Annual Steamboat Pentathlon – March 5

The Steamboat Pentathlon, hosted by the City of Steamboat Springs Parks & Community Services Department, is a one-of-a-kind spring event featuring five athletic disciplines in one race. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Steamboat Pentathlon, which was first held in 1991. Participants can race as individuals, dynamic duos or as a team, with both short-course and long-course options available. The race is comprised of five separate stages that include alpine skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, nordic skiing, mountain biking and running. Stick around after the race for the after party, featuring free food, drinks, prizes and participant raffle. All participants receive a swag bag, event t-shirt, free lunch and chances to win great prizes. For more information and to register, visit www.steamboatpentathlon.com. 

Loveland

Ski With A U.S. Forest Ranger – Wednesday, March 9

The U.S. Forest Service and Loveland Ski Area team up to host Loveland’s Ski with a Ranger Day. Guests can join a Forest Service Snow Ranger for a fun, free, and easy run centered around the relationships between Loveland and the land we all enjoy so much. Topics include glacial geology, winter ecology, local history, and partnerships and are suited for all ages (recommended for ages 8+). Meet at Ptarmigan Roost Cabin at the top of Chair 2 at either 10:15am or 1:15pm for a run with the Snow Ranger. Loveland will host another Ski with a U.S. Forest Ranger Day on Saturday, March 26.

Giant Easter Egg Hunt – Sunday, March 27

Visit Loveland on Easter Sunday for a giant Easter Egg hunt. Participating guests will gather at Loveland Basin for first chair at 8:30 am and keep their eyes peeled for the giant Easter eggs hidden on the slopes and around the base area. Huge eggs mean huge prizes like skis, snowboards, outerwear, lift tickets and more. This is an event for all ages.

The Easter Bunny will also be enjoying the slopes and there will be a more traditional Easter Egg Hunt just for kids off Lift 7 at Loveland Valley, a separate base area just for beginners. For more information about spring events at Loveland Ski Area, visit www.skiloveland.com.

Monarch

Telemark Festival  – February 21

Monarch is hosting a series of telemark workshops, tours, and other activities to show some tele love. Guided Mirkwood tours and tele lessons are available for $55. For more information, stop by the season pass desk or email mktg@skimonarch.com. 

Purgatory

Spring Break Fun at Purgatory for the entire Family, March 5-20

With games, giveaways and unique activities every day for kids, teens and adults, it’s nonstop fun for everyone during Spring Break at Purgatory in Durango, Colorado. Guests can enjoy live music, tubing hill parties, sleigh rides, dog sledding, family movie and game nights, snowshoeing, free yoga and meditation classes, teen dance and karaoke parties, and more. Purgatory’s March festivities continue with the Purgatory Cardboard Derby on March 26. For details, visit www.purgatoryresort.com.

Kids Ski free during Spring Break at Purgatory. Guests can save 25% on lodging and receive free lift tickets for the kids. For more information, call 800-525-0892 or book online at www.skipurg.com.   

Powderhorn

Night Skiing – February 26-27

The 3rd Annual Night Skiing is also the inaugural year of the Flat Top Flyer high speed detachable lift. Two runs from top to bottom, one of which will lead to the terrain parks which are illuminated as well. For beginners, the EZ Rider Lift will be operational and one EZ run will be under the lights. Tickets from 4:00PM-9:00PM will be $56 for 13 & Up and $35 for 12 & Under. Tickets from 12:00PM-9:00PM will remain the same as our normal ticket prices. Season Pass and P-Card Holders will be able to ski for free both nights (Mid-Week passes only good for Friday). In addition, Powderhorn is hosting a USASA Rail Jam under the lights! For more information, visit www.powderhorn.com. 

Ski Granby Ranch

Rock the Ranch

Granby Ranch hosts Rock the Ranch on Saturdays in March with live musical entertainment. Guests can start the month off on a good foot by skiing or riding for a cause at the Dress in Blue fundraiser event for the Colon Cancer Alliance on March 4th. At night head out on the slopes after après ski at Granby Ranch Grill for the only Night Skiing in Grand County, Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm – 8pm for only $17. Mom and dad can get out early on Saturdays for the Morning Intro Ski Tour, a beginner’s opportunity to get into the sport of Alpine Touring.

Beach Bash – March 26

Closing weekend is jam-packed with the Beach Bash celebration on Saturday, March 26, which includes snow cones, leis and a pond skim. The day will close with night skiing on the mountain and a Moonlight XC Ski and Snowshoe on the Golf Front 9. On the last day of the season, Sunday, March 27, head up the mountain for a Sunrise Easter Service, enjoy a special Easter Brunch at Granby Ranch Grill and visit the Easter Bunny during the Easter Egg Hunt. To celebrate the nearing bike season, the resort will be holding its first Granby Ranch Meltdown, an on-snow downhill bike race and kids’ fun ride. Register to race or come cheer as bikers get air and cruise through the turns on the way to the finish line. For more information visit www.granbyranch.com 

Steamboat

Bud Light Rocks the Boat Concerts – March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2, 9 & 10

The Steamboat Ski Area will again be rockin’ during the winter ski and snowboard season as the Rocks the ‘Boat Free Concert Series returns for the 17th season offering a great mixture of various musical genres. The Rocks the ‘Boat series has brought together everything from bluegrass and New Orleans style rhythm & blues to a traditional Irish sound to flat out rock and roll. The spring lineup includes:, Afrolicious, Magic Giant, Goonies, Jakubi, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Ozomatli and a soon to be announced band for closing day.

U.S. Freestyle Championships – March 18-20

Freestyle skiing makes its return in late March as the Steamboat Ski Resort hosts the 2016 US Freestyle Championships, featuring the America’s best men and women mogul and aerial athletes, including Olympic, World and National Champions. The 2016 Championships will take place across the Park Smalley Freestyle Complex, which consists of the Voo Doo aerial venue and the 1,000-foot vertical long adrenalin generating Mayer’s Mogul Course. Steamboat has one of the premier freestyle facilities in the country and is the place that launched numerous athletes on their way to the pinnacle of the sport including World Champion Ann Battelle, Olympic medalists Nelson Carmichael and Travis Mayer as well as 2014 Olympian and US Champion Eliza Outtrim. For more information about spring events at Steamboat, visit www.steamboat.com.

Sunlight

Defiance Challenge – March 4

The Defiance Challenge features ten hours of skiing on expert terrain. Lifts open at 7:00 am and close at 5:00pm. Proceeds from the event are split between the Sunlight Ski Patrol and the family of a fallen patroller with the National Ski Patrol. Registration is $150.00 per team and includes event hat, T-shirt, lift ticket, after event dinner and party. For more information, visit www.sunlightmtn.com.

Melanoma Awareness Day – March 5

Sunlight will host free skin screenings in the lodge from 10:00am – 2:00pm as well as a prize drawing featuring a Sunlight Season Pass and other prizes. All proceeds are directed to the Melanoma Research Foundation. For more information, visitwww.sunlightmtn.com. 

Telluride

Rail Jam at the Beach – March 12

Participate in Telluride’s annual Rail Jam, located at the Beach in Mountain Village. Registration begins at 12:00 pm at Mountain Village BootDoctors and runs until 2:00 pm. Freestyle sessions begin at 2:00 pm, the competition kicks off at 4:00 pm and awards start at 6:00 pm. 

Helly Hansen Scavenger Hunt – March 27

Helly Hansen will be hosting an on-mountain scavenger hunt using their app and geocaching. Guests who download the app will be notified when they are close to free Helly Hansen gear. From 1:00 – 3:00 pm, there will be a free beer tasting at Gorrono Ranch with Telluride Brewing Company and SweetWater Brewing serving up some of their most popular beers. For more information, visit www.tellurideskiresort.com.

Winter Park Resort

The 41st Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup – February 26-28

The Wells Fargo Ski Cup celebrates its 41st anniversary with a weekend featuring world-class disabled ski racers, Denver celebrities, Broncos alumni and amateur skiers/snowboarders coming together to benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).

The weekend is highlighted by three races, the Corporate Challenge, a Pro Am style race where teams of five friends, family or coworkers are paired with an NSCD Competition Center athlete and compete for prizes; the Kids Snowplow Sprint, which features up-and-coming NSCD athletes and able bodied young skiers; and the Wells Fargo World Disabled Invitational. The weekend also includes a giant silent auction with items perfect for any budget. All proceeds go directly to fund NSCD programs, which serves over 3,000 participants on an annual basis and has delivered on its goal to “enable the human spirit through therapeutic recreation and sport” for over 45 years. For more information, call the NSCD at (303) 293-5711 or visit www.winterparkresort.com.

Wolf Creek

Weekend Fun Races at Wolf Creek

Fun Races at Wolf Creek Ski are held every weekend throughout the season with eight races in February and March. The modified giant slalom course with a dual race format is free to both skiers and boarders. With more than 14 age brackets, men, women, boys and girls of all ability levels are able to race for gold, silver and bronze medals. Races begin ‪at 11:00 a.m., awards are ‪at 3:30 p.m. on the sun deck of the main day lodge.

Wolf Creek will also be hosting a Wolf Creek Challenge Series. The series will include two races: A Giant Slalom with 40+ gates and a Super-G race course. The Challenge Series races are open to teams and individuals.  Entry rates for the races along with dates can be found on www.wolfcreekski.com.

Local Appreciation Days

Local Appreciation Days at Wolf Creek offer all guests a discounted lift ticket. No I.D. is required, everyone is a local that day. Lift tickets are $43 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for children. College Days offer students with a valid college photo I.D. and printed, current class schedule a break from the books and a $43 discounted lift ticket. For a calendar of races, local appreciation days, and clinics visit www.wolfcreekski.com.

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The Woodstock Inn & Resort Sweetens Spring with Sugar Season Packages

February 18, 2015

Woodstock, VT – Sugar Season signifies the end of winter in Vermont as warmer weather brings flowing sap for the creation of Vermont’s famous maple syrup. This spring maple takes center stage with sweet savings at The Woodstock Inn & Resort located in the heart of Woodstock, VT. From a family-friendly vacation to an elegant romantic escape, the resort’s Sugar Season Escape packages allow guests to indulge in the luxury of The Woodstock Inn & Resort to welcome the spring season.

Woodstock celebrates all things maple during Maple Madness Weekend, March 28 and 29, with festivities at Suicide Six including Sugar on Snow, a maple taste-a-round and even a muddy bike ride. Guests interested in learning more about maple syrup production can visit nearby Sugarbush Farms and take-in the sugar house tours, explore a nature trail to see the sugar maple trees, and sample four grades of 100% pure Vermont maple syrup.

The Sugar Season Escape package includes: Luxury accommodations at The Woodstock Inn & Resort; Hearty country breakfast for two each morning (Midweek rates starting at $169/room/night; Weekend rates starting at $199/room/night).

The Sugar Season “Extra Sweet” package includes: Luxury accommodations; breakfast; $100 spa credit per room, per night ( Midweek rates starting at $239, Weekend rates starting at $269).

Sugar Season “Suite Deals” package includes:Luxury Suite accommodations;breakfast; bottle of wine upon arrival; a taste of maple welcome amenity ( Midweek rates from $299, Weekend rates from $329).

Packages run March 8 through May 28, 2015. To reserve this package, call 855-238-6954 or book online http://www.woodstockinn.com/Specials-Packages Booking restrictions apply.

Activities at the Woodstock Inn & Resort include a 41,000 square foot Racquet & Fitness Club, complete with indoor tennis courts and racquetball courts, a 30-by-60 foot indoor lap pool, a whirlpool, workout equipment and a steam room and a sauna. The 10,000 square-foot LEED-designed spa offers a nature-inspired ambiance, nourishing treatments, organic products and a great room for spa-goers to enjoy.

Guests can dine at Richardson’s Tavern, which offers a cozy old-world atmosphere with a full bar. The Red Rooster, the resort’s award-winning fine dining restaurant, emphasizes fresh, local ingredients sourced from the best purveyors in New England. The new game room brings out the kid in everyone featuring a wall-size scrabble board, vintage pin ball games, shuffle board and bar service from Richardson’s Tavern.

Located in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont, The Woodstock Inn & Resort defines country sophistication in one of New England’s most charming and popular year-round vacation destinations.  The 142-room, AAA Four Diamond Resort and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, offers award-winning dining in two restaurants, ranked among the finest in New England.  The Woodstock Inn & Resort is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc.  Proceeds from Resort operations support The Woodstock Foundation and Billings Farm & Museum education and conservation programs.

For additional information become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Woodstock-Inn-Resort, visit www.woodstockinn.com or call the sales department at 802-457-6632.

 

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New York State Rite of Spring: Maple Sugaring Weekends Let You Experience How Syrup is Made

February 18, 2015

Syracuse, NY – Tap into one of the sweetest events of the year, New York State’s Maple Weekend, which will be celebrating its 20th year in 2015. The event takes place March 21-22 and March 28-29 from 10am-4pm each day. During both weekends, producers from across the state will welcome families to their farms to experience firsthand how real, mouthwatering maple syrup and other related maple products are made. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, taste New York’s freshest syrup and purchase maple products directly from the source.

Each year, New York ranks as one of the top maple producing states in the U.S. As spring temperatures begin to rise in late February and early March, maple trees and sugar bushes come alive with activity. In Northern New York, when sap begins to drip through sugaring lines, it’s a sure sign that maple sugaring season has begun.

Maple Weekend offers visitors and residents alike the opportunity to taste this “liquid gold” in all its forms.

During Maple Weekend producers from across the state welcome families to their farms to experience firsthand how real, mouth-watering maple syrup and other related products are made. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, taste New York’s freshest maple syrup and purchase your favorite maple products.

Plan your own Maple Weekend trip at mapleweekend.com and join the conversation on Facebook at facebook.com/mapleweekend.

 

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Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Montego Bay Offers ‘Suite Spring Sale’

December 24, 2014
Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Montego Bay, Jamaica

Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Montego Bay, Jamaica

Spring Break in Jamaica will be sweeter in 2015 for guests of the all-inclusive Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay thanks to a new Suite Spring Sale. Savings of up to 50% off published rates are available in KidSuites® and One-Bedroom Suites between February and April 2015:

 

KidSuites®   One-Bedroom Suites
Savings Travel Dates Rates Savings Travel Dates Rates
35% Feb 1 – April 11, 2015 $443 35% Feb 1 – April 11, 2015 $508
50% April 12 – April 30, 2015 $314 50% April 12 – April 30, 2015 $364

*All rates based on single/double occupancy

“Spring Break in Jamaica is always great, but in one of our suites, the experience is that much more magical,” said Nicola Madden-Greig, Group Director of Marketing & Sales. “Ultra spacious and more elegant than you might expect, our suites were fully-renovated recently to provide guests with an unmatched level of comfort for the money. Our new Suite Spring Sale makes an already great value even better.”

For families, the new KidSuites® are simply ideal. KidSuites® feature a unique room within a room concept, where kids and parents enjoy their own private space. Each unit features a partially separated sleep/play area for kids, with one set of bunk beds, cable TV with kid friendly channels, and play table or desk. The main sleeping area has a king bed, flat screen cable TV with premium movie channels, direct dial telephone with voice mail, coffee maker, in-room safe, AM/FM clock radio, hair dryer, refrigerator, iron and ironing board. KidSuites® are also ideally located on the ground floor adjacent to the resort’s award-winning KidSpree Vacation Club.

One-bedroom suites offer the ultimate in comfort and refinement for guests of the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay. Each of these ultra-spacious penthouse accommodations features a completely separate living area, full ocean view, private whirlpool, vaulted ceilings, dark wood accents, fine décor, flat screen TV with premium movie and sports channels, work desk, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, AM/FM clock radio, coffee maker, refrigerator, an in-room safe, and enough room to comfortably sleep up to five persons.

The Suite Spring Sale is valid on bookings made by April 29, 2015 for resort stays enjoyed between February 1 and April 30, 2015. There are no blackout dates and a minimum night stay of three nights is required for resort stays taking place February 12 – 17, 2015, as well as March 30 – April 5, 2015.

Savings apply to KidSuites® and One-Bedroom Suites room categories and include unlimited meals, snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), non-motorized watersports, resort amenities (tennis, mini golf, fitness center, etc.), taxes, gratuities, and free nightly shuttle service to Margaritaville in the heart of Montego Bay’s nightlife center, The Hip Strip.

As an added value, free Wifi Internet service is accessible in all rooms and suites at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego, and all kids 12 and under stay, play and eat free when sharing accommodations with parents.

Group bookings are ineligible and revisions on current bookings are not permitted. Savings of up to 50% cannot be combined with any other promotion or consumer savings and can be withdrawn at any time.

The Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay is a 518-room full-service resort which combines the strength of the world’s most-trusted hotel brand with authentic Jamaican hospitality. Distinguished as the only 100% all-inclusive Holiday Inn*, the property helps travelers stretch their vacation dollars to new heights, offering a series of complimentary special programs benefiting families (KidSpree) and seniors (GoldenSpree). Those wishing to tie the knot can even take advantage of the Free Caribbean Wedding program (conditions apply). The resort continues to upgrade its facilities and amenities to better serve the modern traveler.  New room categories – Junior Suites for added elegance, and KidSuites® for more family fun – together with exciting dining options at the just-opened Kenko Teppanyaki Restaurant, upgraded rooms and common areas add a refreshed feel to the property, even for the most frequent of repeat guests. Additional amenities, such as the boutique Sol-Mer Spa & Salon, five restaurants/grill, four bars, two pools, tennis, mini golf, half-mile of pristine white sand beach and boardwalk, “Tek-it-Easy” private island, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, electronic casino, and more, affirm that the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay truly offers something for everyone.

 

For Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay reservations, visit www.caribbeanhi.com/jamaica, or call 1-888-288-6006.
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How Sweet it is in New Hampshire during Maple Sugar Season!

March 7, 2012

The 2012 Maple Sugar season in the Granite State has officially begun, starting about one week to ten days early, according to the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association (NHMPA), due to the milder than usual winter weather. However, the season is predicted to be just as “sweet” as usual, with the normal amounts of maple syrup being produced by the industry. Each year the New Hampshire maple industry produces close to 90,000 gallons of maple syrup. And, this year, the NHMPA says that a record 112 sugar houses will participate in NH Maple Weekend. Hours and participating locations can be found at www.nhmapleproducers.com or call 603-225-3757 for information.

Kicking off this season’s Maple Experience is the annual Tree Tapping ceremony to be held on March 8, 2012 at 1pm with Governor John Lynch. The event is a ceremonial beginning to the maple season in New Hampshire and will be held this year at Fadden’s Sugar House in North Woodstock. This will be the eighth time that Governor Lynch will be tapping a maple tree for the ceremony. The public is encouraged to join the celebration.

Gail McWilliam Jellie, Director, Division of Agricultural Development, says, “The annual maple tree tapping ceremony is a sure sign of spring and we are looking forward to another great production season in the Granite State.”

This year’s New Hampshire Maple Weekend occurs March 24-25. Maple Weekend is an annual open house held by the maple producers of the state to showcase their products. A record 112 sugar houses in the state will be offering samples of syrup, maple products and refreshments. Some locations will have petting farms, pancake breakfasts and sleigh or hay rides. http://tamfarm.com; http://www.raggedviewfarm.com/

Director of NH Travel & Tourism Development, Lori Harnois, says, “Maple Sugar weekend is a fun family tradition in New Hampshire, as children of all ages love to gather sap and taste the cooled syrup on cold snow! We encourage visitors to come join the fun at the many local sugar houses in the state, learn about the centuries-old craft of how sap is turned into syrup, and enjoy the unofficial and tasty kick off to spring!”

A Sweet Sampling of Maple Events and Activities across the State:

  • March Maple Madness in the Mt. Washington Valley: Embarking on a self-guided inn-to-inn tour, ticket holders can participate in “The Maddening Scavenger Hunt”. Traveling through the White Mountains there will be opportunities to visit several “Sugaring” locations to experience the maple syrup process first hand, uncover clues, and gather objects for the Scavenger Hunt
  • Maple Sugar Weekend: Enfield Shaker Museum, Enfield– March 17-18 & 24-25–Guests will enjoy sugarhouse tours, sleigh rides and crafts. Enjoy free samples, horse-drawn carriage rides, sugar on snow, pancake breakfasts and more. Fun for the whole family.
  • The New Hampshire Maple Experience: Maple tours are back on tap at The Rocks Estate this spring. Participate in the process of tapping trees and making syrup, horse-drawn wagon rides through the scenic Rocks property, and tasty treats have made these tours a favorite springtime tradition. Maple tours at the 1,400-acre Rocks Estate, owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, are scheduled for March 12, 19-20, 26-27, and April 7-8, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. And for those looking to turn the springtime Maple Experience into a weekend-long North Country stay, The Rocks collaborates with local inns to offer weekend vacation packages. Visit www.therocks.org/vacations.php to find participating lodging establishments.
  • Stonewall Farm Sap Gathering Contest in Keene takes place on March 24th. Each year, Stonewall Farm invites about twenty teams of draft horses and their owners to race along a course set up in the woodlands behind the Learning Center. They gather sap from old-fashioned buckets, which are then dumped into a large holding tank at the end of the run. Teams are judged for technique, time and quantity.
  • Maple Sugar Madness! At Prescott Farm in Laconia, visitors can experience the old-fashioned New England tradition of making maple syrup. Tap a tree, taste delicious maple syrup, build tree identification skills and learn the parts of a tree and their functions, use historical and modern tree tapping tools and discover the math and chemical/physical science in the boiling process.
  • Bisson’s Sugar House in Berlin continues a third-generation family tradition that dates back to 1921. Although they’ve modernized their sap collection system to be more efficient, they still boil their sap on a wood fire evaporator. During the sugaring season, they also make their special maple butter, taffy and maple candy.
  • Fuller’s Sugar House in downtown Lancaster, a “Best of New Hampshire Grand,” where maple syrup has been a tradition since 1972. When the maple season begins, this fourth generation family-owned sugarhouse taps maple trees in four “sugar bushes” or “maple groves” in the Lancaster area. Each spring Fuller’s taps more than 9,500 maple trees, boils down over 160,000 gallons of maple sap and produces over 4,000 gallons of maple syrup. Sap is collected by a plastic tubing system and hauled to the sugarhouse where it is boiled to golden smooth syrup.
  • Parkers Maple Barn in Mason has been a family establishment since the late 1960s. The Sugar House still produces maple syrup following the old tradition of wood-fired evaporators. Mason is a quaint country town historically known as the boyhood home of “Uncle Sam“, a fact that this town is still proud of today.
  • Mapletree Farm LLC of East Concord is holding its open house on Saturday, March 24th. Visitors will be able to see the sugar house in operation, watch the sap flow through hundreds of feet of tubing, take a self-guided tour of the orchard and woodland, and get free samples of maple goodies.
  • Wilson’s Sugar House in Brentwood is hosting a pancake breakfast and free tours & syrup samples during NH Maple Weekend, March 24th-25th. This traditional sugar house located on the Exeter River was built in 2006 from lumber harvested from the property. From 2006 to 2010, Wilson’s produced an average of 15 gallons of syrup a year from 100 taps using a 2 by 4 wood fired evaporator.

For visitors who wish to spend a whole weekend in the heart of maple country, and get a “sweet” deal in the process, friend or follow VisitNH.gov on Facebook or Twitter and enjoy the “fan benefit” with the Sunset Hill House in Sugar Hill, N.H., which includes: Two nights lodging in a traditional room with king or queen bed with scenic mountain views, full gourmet breakfast each morning and either the maple experience at The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem or a tour of Fullers Sugar House in Lancaster with up to a 60% discount for New Hampshire fans. Complete package details are available on www.facebook.com/VisitNH.

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Mild Winter Brings Early Onset of Maple Sugaring Season to Coos County in New Hampshire ‘Grand North’

March 7, 2012

Maple sugar season has arrived in New Hampshire’s Grand North, a little earlier than usual, but every bit as sweet. According to the New Hampshire Maple Producer’s Association, the warmer than normal winter has caused maple season to arrive about a week to ten days earlier than expected; however, it is projected to last the typical 4-6 weeks with the current weather pattern.

“Northern New Hampshire is a special place to visit any time of year, but during ‘sugaring season’ it is especially sweet,” said Cathy Conway, Economic Development Director for Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC). “The maple sap flows and the sugar shacks are bellowing steam to produce pure, natural maple syrup.”

Five Coos County sugar houses are participating in this year’s NH Maple Weekend on March 24th-25th, among them, Fuller’s Sugar House in downtown Lancaster, a “Best of New Hampshire Grand,” where maple syrup has been a tradition since 1972. When the maple season begins, this fourth generation family-owned sugarhouse taps maple trees in four “sugar bushes” or “maple groves” in the Lancaster area. Each spring Fuller’s taps more than 9,500 maple trees, boils down more than160, 000 gallons of maple sap and produces over 4,000 gallons of maple syrup. Sap is collected by a plastic tubing system and hauled to the sugarhouse where it is boiled to golden smooth syrup.

Owner Dave Fuller says, “This year we’ll be offering visitors everything from syrup on snow to homemade dipping donuts to sour pickles, which are actually very traditional this time of year. After eating so much ‘sweet stuff’ people need to cleanse the palette so they can start eating more sugar on snow again!” Dave adds that he is optimistic about this season because the quality of the first sap and resulting syrup were very good; and winter seems to have returned for the time being, pumping “new life” into the maple sugaring season.

Bisson’s Sugar House in Berlin is another sugar shack located in the Grand North and it continues a third-generation family tradition that dates back to 1921. Although they’ve modernized their sap collection system to be more efficient, they still boil their sap on a wood fire evaporator. During the sugaring season, they also make their special maple butter, taffy and maple candy.

The Mountain View Grand in Whitefield features lodging specials during the maple season, which include a visit to Fuller’s, right up the road in Lancaster. One special celebrates the arrival of snow with two nights at 55% off. This includes a special promotion of $199.00 for two nights in a Grand View room plus a bottle of wine, and a $25 resort credit. For those not interested in snow activities, MVG offers horse-drawn carriage rides, sok tub sessions in the Tower Spa and more.

While staying at the Mountain View, visitors may want to treat themselves to its signature Maple Sugar Body Scrub. The treatment begins with a reviving sugar scrub and ends with a light massage with bio-maple moisturizing cream.

The New Hampshire Maple Experience is back on tap at The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem this spring. Maple tours are scheduled for March 12, 19-20, 26-27, and April 7-8, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Reservations are recommended. Visitors learn how to identify the sugar maple trees that produce the sap for making syrup, hear the history of maple sugaring, and see part of the process demonstrated on-site. The Rocks also offers horse-drawn wagon rides through the scenic property as well as plenty of tasty treats. And for those looking to turn the springtime Maple Experience into a weekend-long North Country stay, The Rocks collaborates with local inns to offer weekend vacation packages.

Cathy Conway adds, “Whether visitors are looking for an educational experience – to learn how maple syrup is produced – or to simply sample all the delicious maple products produced in northern New Hampshire, they have many opportunities to experience that here in the Grand North.”

“Experience New Hampshire’s Grand North” is the brand of New Hampshire’s North Country marketing initiative – also known as NH Grand — and is the official visitor information source for New Hampshire’s Grand North and the Northern White Mountains.

For more information on NH Grand, visit www.nhgrand.com, New Hampshire Grand on Facebook, and NH Grand on Twitter. To sign up for the monthly e-newsletters, visit http://www.nhgrand.com/maps-and-guides/email-sign-up.aspx

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New Hampshire Tourism Partners with Sunset Hill House for March-April VisitNH Fan Benefit

March 7, 2012

The New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism Development (DTTD) has announced the March-April VisitNH Fan Benefit with the Sunset Hill House in Sugar Hill, N.H.: Two nights lodging in a traditional room with king or queen bed with scenic mountain views, full gourmet breakfast each morning and either the maple experience at The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem or a tour of Fullers Sugar House in Lancaster with up to a 60% discount for New Hampshire fans. Anyone who “likes” VisitNH on Facebook or “follows” VisitNH on Twitter is eligible to receive the benefit. Complete package details are available on www.facebook.com/VisitNH.

“New Hampshire’s White Mountains and maple season go together like syrup on pancakes. At the Inn, we are committed to promoting all the maple sugaring operations in our area this spring, from tapping our own ancient sugar maples out front, to our many sugaring neighbors, large and small,” said Nancy Henderson, Innkeeper at the Sunset Hill House. “We are excited to offer this benefit in partnership with the State of New Hampshire, and we are confident we will reach our goal of introducing 5000 new guests to the sweetness of maple time in New Hampshire.”

According to DTTD, over 60,000 fans and followers are eligible for the VisitNH Fan Benefit. Fans and followers can receive benefits each month from New Hampshire properties and attractions and get access to the latest info, including events, photos, videos, links to news articles and other interesting activities going on in New Hampshire.

“Spring in New Hampshire means maple sugar and this benefit is a great way to experience March maple madness as well as the comforts of staying in a charming inn with spectacular views of the countryside,” said Tai Freligh, Communications Manager for DTTD. “New Hampshire was the first state in New England to launch an exclusive social media benefit program. We’re happy to be able to expose our visitors to the wide variety of experiences available in New Hampshire, whether it’s for a quick getaway or a longer vacation.”

To take advantage of this special offer, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and then click on the VisitNH Fan Benefit tab on our Facebook page to redeem your offer.

For more information about the Sunset Hill House, visit www.sunsethillhouse.com or engage with them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sunsethillhousefan. They will be posting maple recipes, maple events, and other springtime fun as well.

Freligh added that more than 20 lodging properties, including restaurants and attractions, have participated in the VisitNH Fan Benefit initiative since its inception, with most reporting a notable call volume increase, resulting in higher sales.

DTTD is actively involved on several social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

For more information about New Hampshire tourism, call 603-271-2665 or visit http://www.visitnh.gov.

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Extended Ski Season, Cycling Events, Memorial Weekend Festivities and Spring Deals at Tahoe’s Granlibakken

April 26, 2011

Apr. 25, 2011 (Tahoe City, Calif.) –

Ever see a Viking on a sled? How about a bike? Or perhaps a pair of skis? As Tahoe area resorts celebrate the arrival of spring with pond skimming, live music and snow volleyball, Granlibakken (www.Granlibakken.com) is tapping into its Norwegian roots to unleash a series of events and offers with their Vikings leading the charge.

Local Granlibakken spokes-Viking, Bjorn t’Party will rile up the masses as a special guest at a variety of spring events from Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling race in North America, to the official West Shore Summer Opening party. But before Bjorn can usher in the warmer months of summer, skiers and snowboarders will have a chance to sneak in springtime turns on the slopes of several North Shore resorts that have extended the season beyond April into May.

At Squaw Valley USA, snow sport enthusiasts will carve and slide all the way into Memorial Weekend. In celebration of the longer season, Granlibakken has a two day Squaw Package at $97 per person, per night including lift tickets to the nearby resort, lodging and breakfast valid anytime through the resort’s closing day. A two day package is also available for Alpine Meadows for $102 per person, per night through May 15. The Granlibakken one-day interchangeable ticket is $114 per person and is valid at Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Mt. Rose through May.

In anticipation of the Amgen Tour of California Stage 1 Start, Finish and Stage 2 Start at Lake Tahoe, cycling enthusiasts and spectators gain easy access to race-related events during the week of May 6 – 16 with lodging rates at Granlibakken from $99 per night including breakfast.

Also during the cycling extravaganza, the resort will partner with Tahoe Tree Company to host an Amgen Street Fair, May 15. The event will feature live music, food from Uncommon Kitchen and Granlibakken, bike demonstrations by CyclePaths, a climbing wall, face painting, beer, wine, hot drinks, ice cream, games and more. Spectators at the intersection of Highway 89 and Granlibakken Road will have a front row seat to cheer the peloton as riders whiz by at approximately 11:45 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. en route to the Stage 1 finish at Northstar-at-Tahoe (www.TahoeAmgenTourofCalifornia).

Memorial Weekend, May 27 – 29, is the official Summer Opening for West Shore Lake Tahoe and is jam packed with entertainment for the entire family. Visitors can take advantage of an exclusive lodging package: stay one night, get the second night free, starting at $143 per night. Details: www.Granlibakken.com.

Obexer’s Marina will serve as host venue for the Fly-In Splash Down on Monday, May 30, where spectators can watch as seaplanes from Northern Nevada and California execute impressive water landings and glide into marina slips for the afternoon. Annual deck and pier opening parties at several West Shore restaurants include Sunnyside, Chambers Landing, the West Shore Café and The Bridgetender.

Additional options at Granlibakken during the spring and summer months include hiking or mountain biking along resort accessible trails, as well as tennis, swimming, ropes course, stand up paddleboarding, sailing, river rafting and shopping in nearby Tahoe City

Located just one half mile from the shores of Lake Tahoe, Granlibakken serves as a central home base for a long list of warm weather activities. For information about Granlibakken’s resort amenities, events, nearby activities and more, visit www.Granlibakken.com, or get updates and the latest deals on Facebook and Twitter.

The Woodstock Inn & Resort Offers A Sweet Springtime Escape

March 11, 2011

WOODSTOCK, VT (March 11, 2011) –

The Woodstock Inn & Resort welcomes travelers to celebrate the onset of Spring and maple sugaring season in Vermont by enjoying the resort’s Sugar Season Escape package.  Available March 13 through May 26, the package includes accommodations in a standard guestroom with breakfast daily in the Main Dining Room.  Rates start at $159 per night Sunday through Thursday and weekend rates start at $189.

The Woodstock Inn & Resort is now home to a new 10,000 square-foot LEED-designed spa, offering a nature-inspired ambiance and featuring nourishing treatments and organic products.  Each season, a different signature treatment takes center stage among the extensive selection of year-round spa offerings.  In celebration of Spring, guests can experience the 100-minute Signature Vanilla Maple Treatment which begins with an exfoliating body scrub and hydrating wrap and ends with a full-body massage.

The Inn provides guests with a number of recreational and dining options to enhance their stay.  The Red Rooster, the resort’s award- winning fine dining restaurant emphasizes a menu using fresh, local ingredients sourced from the best purveyors in New England.  Richardson’s Tavern offers a cozy old-world atmosphere with a full bar and live music.

Resort activities include a 18-hole Robert Trent Jones designed golf course, a 41,000 square foot Racquet & Fitness Club, which includes indoor and outdoor tennis courts, indoor racquetball courts, a 30-by-60 foot indoor lap pool, a whirlpool, workout equipment and a steam room and sauna.   Guests can also enjoy downtown Woodstock filled with antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, specialty food markets and more.  Nearby Sugarbush Farms offers sugarhouse tours, where guests can see sugar maple trees and sample four grades of 100% pure Vermont maple syrup.

Located in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont, The Woodstock Inn & Resort defines country sophistication in one of New England’s most charming and popular year-round vacation destinations.  The 142-room, AAA Four Diamond Resort and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, offers award-winning dining in three restaurants, ranked among the finest in New England.  The Woodstock Inn & Resort is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc.  Proceeds from Resort operations support The Woodstock Foundation and Billings Farm & Museum education and conservation programs.

For more information, visit www.woodstockinn.com or call 888-481-8802.

 

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