Fall in New England is best known for its foliage. But for many people, spring is even better – sweeter you might say as spring is maple syrup season. It’s a great time to explore New England and discover what the sweetness all about.
Here’s a look at some sweet places to explore:
The hotel has a “Maple Madness” package that includes overnight accommodations at the boutique property in Burlington, as well as breakfast and a half-day tour of Central Vermont’s finest maple purveyors. The five-hour tour takes guests maple-tapping and visits Morse Farm Sugarhouse, Fresh Tracks Winery and Red Hen Bakery and Café, followed by a stop at three historic covered bridges in Northfield Falls as well as a stop at the Golden Dome Statehouse in Montpelier. The next morning, guests can get in more maple-syrup goodness at on-site restaurant Juniper, with dishes such as Local Gluten-Free Oatmeal with Spiced Milk and Maple Syrup or Wild Blueberry Pancakes. Guests then leave the hotel with their own bottle of Vermont Maple Syrup. Rates starting at $549. Available for a Thursday, Friday or Saturday stay.
Mountain Top Inn & Resort
This month throughout April, Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, VT., is inviting travelers to experience the resort’s “Sweet Maple Mania” package. The resort is offering guests a number of “sweets’’ throughout the month of March and April. Relax at the resort’s Spa and Salon with a Maple Sugar Body Scrub. Travelers really looking to learn how the production of maple syrup takes place can take a short drive to the New England Maple Museum or head to the Mendon Mountain Orchards where guest can pour syrup from a giant steel drum. End the day at resort’s Mountain Top Tavern and get the taste of maple with the Maple Creamy cocktail including VT Sapling Liquor, Vanilla Vodka topped with whipped cream. Package rates start at $575 for double occupancy.
Omni Mount Washington Resort
As sugar houses across New England fire up to create fresh batches of the natural delicacy everyone loves – maple syrup – – Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H., invites guests to get in on the action with the New Hampshire Maple Experience. The package allows guests to visit to the nearby Rocks Estate where they will learn how to identify and tap trees, and insight on how tree sap is collected and transformed into delicious maple syrup. While on their sweet springtime adventure, guests can get a horse-drawn wagon ride around the Rocks Estate, a visit to the sugar house, maple museum and of course, sample some fresh maple syrup.