Where to Go for Maple Syrup
Can’t wait for Maple Weekend? You can take a tour of April’s Maple anytime during open hours to see how the sweet sugary goodness is made. It’s quite the process so you’ll leave with a new appreciation for maple syrup producers.
Meet the Local: Gloria Jackson and Mark Leveillee are fortunate to be able to enjoy everything that maple sugaring season has to offer. Gloria’s niece owns April’s Maple, just two miles down the road. As the owner of Jackson’s Lodge, a three season resort in Canaan, VT, Gloria and her partner Mark have plenty of time to get together with their family and pitch in at the sugar house. When they aren’t lending a hand at the sugar house, they enjoy grabbing a bite for lunch and enjoying a sweet maple treat. Mark’s favorite thing at April’s Maple is the Maple Cremee, topped with maple crunch and a splash of maple syrup - Yum!
During Maple Weekend, snowmobilers with NH registrations are permitted to ride to April’s Maple using the state-approved “Commerce Trail.” If the trails are still open for Maple Weekend, make sure to make a stop at April’s Maple for lunch. It’s the best of the North Country in one day- local maple syrup and snowmobiling!
Where to Find Maple Food and Drinks
Hankering for a dish made with local maple syrup? The Black Bear Tavern in Colebrook offers a variety of menu choices that fit the bill! New to their lunch menu is the “Maple Bacon Burger”, a ½ lb. burger topped with maple bacon seasoning, cheddar cheese, bacon, a drizzle of maple syrup, lettuce & tomato. And, definitely one of the Tavern’s dinner favorites is the 8 oz. Maple-glazed, pan-seared Salmon filet! For something on the lighter side, they offer two delicious appetizers: the “Honey Pot” (maple and honey glazed sea scallops captured in crisp bacon) and Honey Maple Wild Wings. Indulge!
If you’re in the mood for a drink, head to Parsons Street and try their “Parsons Street Old Fashioned.” It’s muddled orange & cherry, local maple syrup, splash of soda, walnut bitters and Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey… it’s a guest favorite and a real “warm-up” on a cold March day!
As an added bonus, all these wonderful places can be accessed by snowmobile. If you’re looking for things to do in March, look no further! Since the North Country has some of the best snowmobile trails in New England, you can combine maple syrup tasting with a weekend of snowmobiling in the Great North Woods!