There’s a particular time of year when the temps are cold enough at night, and warm enough during the day, that the sap of Maples begins to flow, and trees are tapped for their bounty. The Hudson Valley is the perfect place to celebrate the Maple sugaring season, which runs from February to April, during which many local farms provide tours of their property and sugar shacks, with festivals and fairs happening on Maple Weekends, typically held the last two weekends of March.
New York is the second largest producer of Maple Syrup in the United States, and the trees themselves add to the beauty of our own Hudson Valley backdrop. Contributing to the local flavors of the valley are all the many iterations of Maple sugar to be found in shops and farms, like soaps and lotions, ice cream and cotton candy, maple cream… whiskey!
We made a short list of some Maple Syrup celebrations happening right around Beacon, so, get there and get something sweet.
Maple Sugaring and Pancake Breakfast at Green Chimneys:
After your pancake breakfast in the sunny Dining Hall, you’ll take a short walk to the Sugar House to see first-hand the maple sugaring process of boiling down sap to make pure maple syrup. There’ll be Maple sugaring demos, Guided hikes, Free crafts for kids and local artisans & vendors
Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus
33 Clearpool Road, Carmel, NY 10512
Sunday March 10 9-1
$5 per person
Pancake & Sugaring Event at Randolph School:
Randolph School’s Maplefest is a favorite among families, with Music, Sing-a-longs, Storytelling, Maple Sugarging, Sap Boil, Kid Crafts and more.
2467 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls, New York 12590
Saturday March 10
Pancake Breakfast 11-1 / Activities 1-4
Adults $10/Kids $5/Families $25
Fresh Air Fund Sugar Maple Celebration:
Maple Sugaring Demonstration, Historical Characters of Sharpe, Nature Discovery Room, Planetarium, Live Animal Show, Local Crafts and Food Market, and Annual Maple Syrup Judging Contest.
436 Van Wyck Lake Road Fishkill, NY 12524
For more info call 845-897-4320
March 23 10-4
So, whatever you have a taste for, you’ll find something you like! So long as that “taste” you have is for Maple! I, for one, Really love the spun maple sugar. If you haven’t tried it yet… do ! There’ll be an abundance of the sweet stuff for the next few months. If you’re nearby, just Google “Maple Weekends” to find the nearest event to you, and Tap In!