Tucked away in the magnificent Vermont countryside lie one of our nation’s greatest treasures: sugarhouses.
Vermont is a state well-known for its delicious and fresh maple products, especially the syrup. The sugarhouses are where those products are made. Each year, all the sugarhouses coordinate to have a special open house event in March. Each house will open its doors to the public to tour, taste, and enjoy the seasons fresh batch of maple syrup (and other products).
Plan Your Visit – Vermont Maple Open House Weekend
If visiting the exquisite countryside of Vermont and indulging in all things maple is your cup of tea, then a trip to the open house weekend is in order. We’ve got the inside scoop on everything you need to know to plan the perfect maple syrup getaway!
Mark Your Calendar For March 24-25
This year, open house weekend falls on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25. If you can’t make it on either of those days, no sweat. Sugaring season is usually around 4-6 weeks long, between winter and spring. Visit anytime during sugaring season, and you’ll get to taste the years freshest batches of the liquid gold.
Sugarhouses to Visit
When it comes to choosing a sugar house, there are many to choose from. We’re not talking five or ten options, more like a few hundred (there are more sugarhouses than towns)! Where to begin, right? Here are a few of our favorites:
You really can’t go wrong, every sugarhouse is wonderful!
There are Different Grades of Maple Syrup
Did you know that there are four different grades of maple syrup? Important information for those who fancy themselves as connoisseurs! The grades are:
- Golden – delicate taste
- Amber – rich taste
- Dark – robust taste
- Very Dark – strong taste
Amber is the grade most often gifted! Every single grade is delicious, and each has different uses and occasions, which you can learn all about at the sugarhouses.
The Many Maple Syrup Delicacies
Sugaring season has been around for centuries, and as a result, a vast array of maple syrup products and cuisines have arisen. During open house weekend, you might be able to taste things such as maple mojitos, maple fennel sausage pizza, maple nuts, maple seasonings, and more!
Sound like an experience you’d like to have? We hope you get a chance to visit during sugaring season! In between maple tours and tastings, you can enjoy Vermont’s abundant nature and get cozy in one of our quaint hotels! Keep the cuisine theme going strong with a stay at The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa.