Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bus tours rolling into The Rocks Estate

Tour buses rolling along the back roads and state highways are a common sight all around New England this time of year. As the leaves transform the landscape into a breathtaking medley of colors, people come from all over to take in the beautiful fall foliage. And sometimes they come by the tour bus load.

The road to The Rocks is bathed in fall color!
While The Rocks is known most popularly as a Christmas tree farm, we’re also the North Country Conservation & Education Center of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. As part of our education mission, The Rocks offers natural history programs and tours year-round, as well as working with other area businesses and attractions to boost the region’s economy

Yes, there is more to The Rocks than the neat rows of Christmas trees and picturesque views.

When bus tours first started finding their way to The Rocks, the passengers would generally get off the bus, take a quick look around, snap a few photos and reload for the next destination. Oh, how things have changed!

This year The Rocks will welcome a total of 52 bus tours to the Estate, with groups selecting from a variety of natural history programs to enjoy during their visit. These range from the New Hampshire Maple Experience and tours of the Estate’s formal gardens to presentations on some of New Hampshire’s most famous wildlife – moose and bear.

Fifty-two busloads of visitors translates to more than 2,500 people touring The Rocks and neighboring businesses and attractions. From The Rocks, buses often roll on to the Cog Railway at Mt. Washington or Littleton’s celebrated Main Street. Rocks Estate staff members and volunteers also tout other area attractions like the Brick Store in Bath and Harman’s Cheese & Country Store in Sugar Hill. 

Whether you come by bus, car, or motorcycle, we hope you’ll visit The Rocks Estate and the surrounding area this fall. While you’re here, we invite you to jump into the holidays by Tagging-Your-Own Christmas tree in our fields and visiting our fun and festive shops!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Time to Tag-Your-Own Christmas Tree at The Rocks!

We know that for many of you, it’s never too early to start thinking about the holidays! To help all you Christmas junkies out there, we’re opening our fields (and shops!) at The Rocks Estate during weekends from September 27 through October 18 so you can come tag-your-own tree in the fields and get an early start on your holiday shopping.

Tag-Your-Own Christmas tree seekers are welcome to roam the farm in the search of that perfect tree. We encourage Tag-Your-Own folks to come to The Rocks equipped with lots of colorful decorations so you can claim your Christmas tree in style – and be able to find it easily when you return to cut it later. Tag-Your-Owners may come back to The Rocks to cut and purchase their tagged trees anytime from November 22nd through December 24th.

Autumn is an amazingly beautiful time to visit The Rocks, as the farm and surrounding hillsides are bursting with fall color. While you’re here looking for a tree, we invite you to enjoy the scenery and some of the other fall fun offered at the farm:

* Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at The Rocks Marketplace and Gift Shop – two great shops offering a festive array of gifts, decorations, and personal treasures, including a plethora of locally- and USA-made items.

* Take a self-guided tour of our interactive New Hampshire Maple Experience, complete with a working sugarhouse and museum.

* Explore some of the beautiful trails on the historic property, weaving through colorful forests, along old stone walls, and past beautifully restored buildings. Bring along your smart phone to gain glimpses of past and present activities at The Rocks with our mobile tour.

Let the holiday season begin... We'll see you at The Rocks this fall!