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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Looking for a sugar rush? Then make your way to any maple sugar house this month and venture inside. Even though farmers begin the tapping process in late February, March is when they boil the sap so it reaches proper sugar levels.

While Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio produce maple syrup, New England is the sweet spot. A visit to one of the many sugar houses in the region would put you front and center to some of the top producers of maple syrup in the world and their delicious maple syrup-infused products. Speaking of tasty treats, innkeepers at bed and breakfasts in maple-sugaring country are known to join in the season’s celebrations with their own sweet offerings including breakfast dishes and snacks that include maple syrup as an ingredient.

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Vermont, where the Golden Stage Inn Bed and Breakfast is located, leads the other New England states in maple syrup production. The 8-room Proctorsville, VT, bed and breakfast inn was built in 1788 as a stagecoach stop and offers five acres of sprawling lawns and beautiful garden. If you would like to sample award-winning maple syrup, spend an afternoon at the Green Mountain Sugar House located nearby in Ludlow, VT.

How much does Maine love its maple? The state loves it enough to dedicate an entire day to it. On “Maine Maple Sunday,” you can visit many of the sugar houses, including Cabane A Sucre Bergeron in Hebron, ME, and enjoy free syrup samples, demonstrations on the sugaring process, tours, and musical performances. Come down from your sugar high and relax at the intimate four-room Greenwood Mountain Inn where you can admire the picturesque scenery from the porch or shake off the chill in front of the parlor fireplace.

“The Bay State” has over 350 maple producers that provide around 50,000 gallons of maple syrup according to the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association. North Hadley Sugar Shack, owned by brothers Joe and John Boisvert, is one of those businesses. It’s located near Ivory Creek Bed & Breakfast in Hadley, MA, a seven-room inn situated on 18 wooded acres of the Mount Holyoke Range. You can enjoy a scrumptious breakfast on the inn’s back deck overlooking the outdoor pool and cascading waterfall.

There’s no better reason for getting behind the wheel and spending a day traversing the quaint, wooded back roads of New England than a maple-sugaring tour. Add in some R&R at a B&B and end each day on a sweet note.

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