We are well into January, and we bet you’re feeling some of those New Year blues. It’s easy to feel a little down after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Though, we will say it’s been especially easy with such a soggy start to January. Fortunately, we’ve got some simple ways to boost the spirits.
Like taking a local road trip!
Masiello Employment Services has been happy to call the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire home for over 40 years. We know a thing or two about this place. And we can recommend plenty of destinations to beat the New Year blues. So, we decided to put together a day trip for you.
All these spots are easily accessible and sure to cater to everyone. Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth, need a garden fix, or just fancy a good meal made to go, our three destinations are going to put a smile on your face. So beat those New Year blues with this handpicked local road trip.
Stop 1 – Ben’s Sugar Shack
Located just off of Route 101 in Temple, New Hampshire is the all-new Ben’s Sugar Shack and Maple Station Market. Owner and operator Ben Fisk has been making pure New Hampshire maple products since he was five years old! It’s a lifelong passion of this Temple native, who recently expanded his business to include a brand new facility: The Maple Station Market.
The market has everything a maple syrup lover could dream of. Along with Ben’s award-winning syrup, you can buy maple-flavored eats, like maple donuts and roasted nuts, coffees, sandwiches, and more. The shelves are stacked with produce from local farms, handcrafted gifts, fresh pasta from Vermont, local breads and desserts, and even a fresh maple peanut butter dispenser!
The Maple Station Market is also planning to create a museum of maple sugaring history. That’s sure to be a hit with school groups, families, and anyone who loves local history.
Of course, when the maple sap starts flowing in earnest, you can head up Webster Highway to the original Sugar Shack and see how Ben creates his liquid gold. These free tours begin in March, so you have a little while to wait. In the meantime, make the Maple Station Market your first stop. Enjoy the local sweet fuel that’s sure to get your spirits up!
Stop 2 – The House By the Side of the Road
Since 1971, the House By the Side of the Road has been a plant lover’s dream. Located on Gibbons Highway in Wilton, New Hampshire, this year-round garden center caters to all of your planting needs, as well as providing a few charming personality quirks.
House By The Side of the Road sells an assortment of perennials, annuals, shrubs, hanging baskets, gifts, and plenty more. One feature they’re famous for are their greenhouses, which help visitors warm up from the chill and damp of New Hampshire’s winters. The shop also has ponds filled with koi, goldfish, and their incredible pet turtles. Be sure to say hello when you pop in for a visit.
Want to know the best thing about this shop, though? Besides the plants, turtles, and warm greenhouses, obviously? House By The Side of the Road also serves up bags of free popcorn all day long. So you can munch away while you dream about your summer garden. Don’t eat too much, though, because there’s still one stop left!