New England Maple Syrup Tour
March brings in the New England maple syrup season, perhaps best known in Vermont and New Hampshire, but also quite common in the other New England states. The craft of maple syrup extraction is best left to the experts (plus, we don't want you tapping into someone's tree on private property!), so we recommend visiting one of the myriad maple sugar farms and other related destinations, specializing in producing this delicious food. Some recommended maple syrup destinations:
Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharon, MA - The Mass Audubon Society's oldest sanctuary not only offers scenic hikes along 2,000 acres but also March maple sugaring festivals at its sugar house. For a small additional fee, you can sample pancakes with syrup, “sap” dogs, and maple popcorn! We heartily recommend the entire package. Details on Moose Hill and maple sugar events (click on news and special events on its web site for maple sugar information)
Maple Museum, Rutland, VT - Learn all about the process of maple syrup production at this unique educational experience. They have a gift shop, too!
Parker's Maple Barn, Mason, NH - Parker's Maple Barn, a wonderfully rustic breakfast and lunch destination in southern New Hampshire, also features a sugar house starting in March and ending in mid-April. Always call ahead at (603) 278-2308 to ensure there's enough maple syrup as the seasons vary depending upon the weather.
The Warren Farm and Sugar House, North Brookfield, MA - This old-fashioned, family-run farm offers March maple sugaring tours for families, schools, scouts and groups. The Warren Farm and Sugar House is located in one of our favorite regions, the unspoiled, scenic and pristine "Brookfields" region in Central Massachusetts. We recommend calling ahead for local conditions at 508-867-0174.
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