New Hampshire Grand has announced that The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem – known for its Christmas Tree Farm and Maple Tours every spring – has been named a Certified Grand Adventure.
The 15 Grand Adventures of Northern New Hampshire are among the best experiences the region has to offer based on guidelines developed by New Hampshire Grand, the official visitor information source for the Great North Woods and the Northern White Mountains.
Known as a popular New Hampshire Christmas tree farm, the 1,400-acre Rocks Estate is also the North Country Conservation & Education Center for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Beyond the neat rows of Christmas trees, lies a world of history, wildlife, and experiential learning. The property is open to visitors year-round for structured and self-guided tours and programs.
The Rocks Estate’s popular springtime New Hampshire Maple Experience takes guests on a tour to learn the history of sugaring, help tap a sugar maple tree, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride through the property, and get a taste of the syrup made onsite at The Rocks.
“The most interesting part of this experience for me is when families come for the tours the parents often think that it’s going to be great for the kids – and short enough so that they don’t get too bored,” says Nigel Manley, Director of The Rocks Estate. “However, by the time they’re midway through, the parents are asking more questions than their children, and are fascinated by the time-honored tradition of maple sugaring.”
Visitors to The Rocks during the summer and fall months – from June 1 through Columbus Day – may visit the New Hampshire Maple Experience museum for a self-guided tour, including a video demonstration of maple sugaring. The museum contains a display of maple sugaring tools and artifacts from the extensive collection of Charlie Stewart, who sugared for decades in nearby Sugar Hill.
During the winter, The Rocks also offers Dog Sled Rides at The Rocks, in partnership with Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel in Jefferson, New Hampshire, another certified New Hampshire Grand Adventure.
Originally the summer home of the affluent Glessner family, The Rocks Estate includes several buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A maintained trails system welcomes visitors year-round, leading guests on short, easy strolls or longer hikes, past scenic views of the Presidential Range and preserved wildlife habitat.
“The Rocks has been described as a modern day Norman Rockwell Christmas scene, complete with the jingling bells of their horse-drawn wagon rides and roasted marshmallows at the fire pit,” said Pam Sullivan, Marketing Coordinator for New Hampshire Grand. “The Rocks is truly an experience regardless of the season and is a beautiful place to simply enjoy a picnic, look for wildlife, or take in the view!”
The 14 other Certified Grand Adventures of New Hampshire Grand are AMC High Huts of the White Mountains, Absolute Adventure Tours, ATVing in New Hampshire’s North Country, Bretton Woods Canopy Tour, The Cog Railway, Year-Round Dog Sledding Adventures, Mount Washington Auto Road, Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Santa’s Village, Mount Washington Observatory, The Snowmobile Highway, Team O’Neil Rally School, Tuckerman Ravine, White Water Rafting, and TNT Guide Services.