Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday shopping made fun and easy at The Rocks Estate

Amid the considerable joy and festivity of the holidays comes the sometimes not-so-enjoyable task of finding gifts for all the good boys and girls on your list. Well, The Rocks Estate can help!

With two shops filled to brimming with holiday goodies and unique gifts (plus our super shopper-friendly online store), your holiday shopping at The Rocks will be fun and easy.

Our gift shop, located in the former electric plant building at The Rocks, is brimming with handmade wreaths, crafted right here at the farm and featuring a merry assortment of designs, from simple bows and ribbon to whimsical forest characters and adornments of berries and other seasonal flora. Shoppers will also find ornaments, fresh garland, birch deer, and Rocks Estate items in the gift shop.

The Rocks Marketplace, located in the red barn, is a showcase of goods from more than 30 regional artisans, from ornaments and pottery to homemade fudge and local books and music. Highlights include handmade Deeda’s Baskets, crafted by Vermont artist Linda Lomasney; jams, jellies, and soups from White Mountain Canning Company; and festive hand-poured chocolate pops from RHD Candy Company – perfect for stuffing stockings!

Both shops are open daily through the season from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. C’mon in and cross some names off your gift-giving list!

Of course, while you’re here, there’s lots of holiday fun happening, too. The Rocks is open daily through Christmas Eve for cut-your-own tree seekers, and we always have a fine selection of freshly cut Christmas trees in our retail lot as well. Weekends are chockfull of festive events. Check out our online calendar for more information.

Happy holidays – and we’ll see you soon at The Rocks

Monday, November 19, 2012

Making memories on Christmas Lane

Carrying on family traditions and making memories at The Rocks.
The holidays are filled with tradition, and at The Rocks Estate we’re honored that many families include a visit to the farm at Christmas Lane as an essential piece of their holiday season.
We’ve been growing Christmas trees for more than two decades, and we love to see new visitors each season, as well as the families who have been coming to find their Christmas trees in our fields for years – sometimes even generations.

Whether it’s the simple, joyful act of wandering through snow-dusted fields to find your perfect tree for trimming, a ride through the historic estate in one of our horse-drawn wagons, or the annual photograph of the kids in Stumpy Village, we’re happy to be a part of your holiday traditions.

Well behaved pets (even goats!) are always welcome at The Rocks.
The holidays are now in full, festive swing here at The Rocks. Weekends are filled to brimming with fun events, tree seeking, and holiday shopping, and the farm is open daily now through Christmas Eve. You can find more about what’s happening at The Rocks from our online calendar

If you’d like to share your Rocks tradition with us, please e-mail us at info@therocks.org.

We hope to see you soon on Christmas Lane!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Holiday Season is ON at The Rocks Estate

We’ve already seen the season’s first snow here at The Rocks, and we are ready to open for the season this Saturday, November 17th!

We have a full slate of festively fun activities planned throughout the holidays, from horse-drawn wagon rides through the farm to roasting marshmallows at our fire pit, along with visits with our own Green Father Christmas and two holiday shops filled to the brim with holiday accessories and unique gifts.

And Christmas trees, of course! Cut-your-own customers are invited to meander through our fields of fir trees to find their perfect tree. We also have a retail lot at The Rocks, with fresh-cut Christmas trees from large to small.

The Rocks will be open daily, from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. right through Christmas Eve. Wagon rides are offered November 17th, 23rd-25th, and December 1st-2nd, 8th-9th, and 15th. Green Father Christmas visits The Rocks Saturdays from November 17th through December 15th and will have fir tree seedlings for children to bring home.

Our Gift Shop and The Rocks Marketplace are open daily during the holiday season, offering an array of handmade wreaths created right here at the farm, ornaments, a plethora of New England-crafted items, maple syrup, fudge, and much more.

To find out more about what’s happening at The Rocks this holiday season, take a look at our online calendar

And don’t forget our Christmas Memory vacation package, offered in collaboration with the region’s best inns and hotels. Stay at any one of the participating lodging establishments, and you’ll enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride and all the other holiday fun at The Rocks AND receive a Christmas tree as part of the package. Please visit our website for more information and a list of participating inns and hotels.

In fact, if you “Like” The Rocks on Facebook, you may enter to win a 2013 two-day Christmas Memory Package, comprising a stay at the Indian Head Resort, a beautiful farm fresh tree, and a holiday wreath. Check our Facebook page for details.

If you can’t make it to The Rocks in person, we invite you to visit our super shopper-friendly online store, where you’ll find a wonderful variety of Christmas trees, wreaths, accessories and gifts – all with free shipping!

The Rocks Estate is a beautiful place to be during the holidays… we hope to see you at the farm soon!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Rocks Estate Traditions & Trees for Troops

At The Rocks Estate, we endeavor to share the joy of the holidays with our customers. So we’re always happy to see folks return to The Rocks year after year to select a farm fresh Christmas tree, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, browse our shops, sip some cocoa, and roast a marshmallow or two. For many of you, visiting The Rocks has become a holiday tradition, and we’d love to hear your stories.

If you’d like to share how The Rocks fits into your holiday season, please email your story to info@therocks.org.

One of our holiday traditions at The Rocks is supporting the national Trees for Troops program. Founded in 2005, Trees for Troops provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to military personnel and their families serving both in the United States and overseas. Last year, Trees for Troops delivered more than 19,000 trees, and since 2005, the program has provided more than 103,000 real Christmas trees to members of our armed forces.

Trees for Troops is a program of the National Christmas Tree Association’s Christmas SPIRIT Foundation. Trees are provided to the program through donations by Christmas tree farmers and their customers. FedEx provides free shipping for the program.

The Rocks has wholeheartedly supported the Trees for Troops effort for years. Rocks Estate manager Nigel Manley is chairman of the national program, and in that role visited the White House when Trees for Troops was named a national finalist in the Joining Forces Community Challenge, an initiative started by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to recognize organizations that provide service and support to military families.

Trees for Troops has also become a community effort, with the 5th grade class from Bethlehem Elementary School spending a morning each December loading some 400 donated trees from New Hampshire and Vermont onto a FedEx truck at the farm. The students tag each tree with notes of thanks to the service men and women who will receive them.

It is often said that Christmas is about giving. Participating in Trees for Troops is our way at The Rocks of sharing a bit of the holiday spirit with the folks who serve our country. If you’d like to support Trees for Troops, you may make a donation at The Rocks or through the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation