We’ve had a fantastic winter for skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding! But now it’s time to turn our sights toward spring’s warmer days and nights, budding trees, green grass and growing things. For many folks, one of spring’s eagerly awaited hallmarks is Opening Day of freshwater fishing in our northern waters, our Signature Event for April. Fishermen flock to Pittsburg for the world-class fishing, but so do lots of other folks who come to relax and explore the northernmost region of our state, with its quaint covered bridges, miles of trails, exceptional restaurants and lodges, and a chance to see its most famous inhabitant — the majestic and mighty moose! This month’s Featured Itinerary includes tips for getting the most out of your stay. If you haven’t visited LL Cote Sport Center in Errol, this month’s Featured Business, you are in for a treat. From the latest in fishing and camping gear to outstanding footwear and clothing, LL Cote packs an incredible inventory of sporting equipment into its 50,000-square-foot building. You’ll also find dozens of other suggested activities and itineraries, along with dining and lodging options atwww.nhgrand.com.
Easter in the White Mountains
This special weekend at the Omni Mount Washington Resort is full of festive activities and adventure for everyone to enjoy. Signifying the beginning of spring for many, the Easter Bunny will bound through, hiding his eggs and greeting guests of the resort. This year, enjoy a Mad Hatter Tea Party that will feature some of your favorite characters from the beloved story of Alice in Wonderland, while you enjoy a tea fit for the Queen of Hearts herself! Of course, there will be plenty of time to decorate your Easter eggs, create magnificent Easter bonnets and top hats, test your abilities in the Easter Egg Roll and of course participate in the annual Omni Mount Washington Resort Egg Hunt! Omni Mt. Washington Resort, Route 302, Bretton Woods.
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Maple Experience at The Rocks
Maple tours are back on tap at The Rocks Estate this spring. With the chance to discover the history of maple sugaring, participate in tapping trees and making syrup, take a horse-drawn wagon rides through the scenic Rocks property, and sample some tasty treats, the Maple Experience at The Rocks is a favorite springtime tradition. Visitors learn how to identify the sugar maple trees that produce the sweet sap for making syrup, hear the history of maple sugaring, and see part of the process demonstrated at the on-site New Hampshire Maple Experience. Reservations are recommended. Adults, $15; children, $12. The Rocks Estate, 4 Christmas Lane, Bethlehem.
Presidential Easter Bunny Bash
Weekend guests at the Mountain View Grand have plenty of surprises in store on Easter morning, including a visit from the Easter Bunny! Events in Presidential Hall from 10 a.m. to noon feature Jelly Bean Raffles, Easter Basket Raffles, Easter Bunny Crafts, the Mountain View Grand's Traditional Easter Egg Hunt and The Golden Egg reveal. From noon to 3 p.m., hop on over to the outdoor campfire for Chocolate Bunny S'mores. Mountain View Grand Resort, 101 Mt. View Road, Whitefield.
The Nick Grondin Group
The Boston-based Nick Grondin Group presents its music as modern instrumental storytelling, inspired by rock, folk and contemporary jazz styles. Using a broad palette of sounds they aspire to connect the listeners and performers through sharing a music that is rich on many levels, both musically and emotionally. 7 p.m. Tickets: $12, adults; $8, under 18. St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery Street, Berlin.
Patriot’s Day Slopeside Special
Wrap up a fabulous ski season with some last runs down the slopes at the Bretton Woods Ski Area. Patriot’s Day lift tickets are just $17.76 and include a voucher for skiing valid through December 18, 2015. This event is subject to weather and conditions. Bretton Woods Ski Area, Route 302, Bretton Woods.
Presented by the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce & White Mountain Distributors, the annual Brewtopia always draws a crowd. Arrive for the ale tastings, 7-9 p.m., and then dance the night away from 9 p.m. to midnight with live music by “Shine.” The evening includes lots of giveaways, hourly drawings and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets cost $20 for the entire evening. Bus rides home are available at 10 p.m. and midnight, courtesy of the Chamber. White Mountain Chalet, 161 East Milan Road, Berlin.
Spring Skiing at Tuckerman
Spring’s mild weather attracts skiers looking for a challenge, and there is no bigger challenge than Tuckerman Ravine, a gorgeous glacial cirque on the protected east slope of Mt. Washington. Snow piles up in the ravine and lasts throughout the spring, providing an exhilarating downhill opportunity. Spring skiing attracts very fit extreme skiers who test themselves on Tuck’s steep trails. Skiers and spectators must hike up carrying all of their equipment to the top of the Headwall for the skiers, and to spots along the way, like Lunch Rocks at the three-mile point, where cheering spectators juggle sandwiches and drinks as they applaud the daring skiers who schuss by on their way to the bottom. Check the Mount Washington Avalanche Center or the Mount Washington Observatory at www.mountwashington.org for current weather and avalanche conditions.