Fun Is On Tap For Maple Weekends!
Yes folks, the sap is runnin’ and March and April’s Maple Weekends are the perfect time to chase away those winter blues with a visit to one of the area’s many sugarhouses. In the towns of Thurman and Athol, NY, you will discover four of the largest maple producers in the Lake George Area, and for three weekends, March 19-20, 26-27, and April 2-3,Thurman Maple Days is in full swing! Download a Thurman Maple Weekend Map www.thurmanmapledays.com and plan to visit one or all of the maple farms for a day full of Adirondack fun. Adirondack Gold, www.adkgoldmaple.com Valley Road, www.upperhudsonmaple.com Hidden Hollow www.hiddenhollowmaplefarm.com and Toad Hill www.toadhillmaple.com are all farms in the business of producing sweet maple treats, but each farm has its own unique history and story to be told. Fuel the day of fun with a country Pancake Breakfast at Valley Road Maple Farm, (9-1pm) complete with fluffy pancakes drizzled with pure maple syrup and delicious maple sausages from Oscar’s Adirondack Smokehouse. www.oscarsadksmokehouse.com. After breakfast, tour the area’s distinctly different sugar shacks to learn how maple syrup, maple sugar, maple cream and candy is produced and take part in special activities like tree-tapping and wagon rides. Sample the flavors of each farm’s unique products and be sure to visit their gift shops for your favorite flavor to bring home. You will definitely want to take the time to discover local, hidden gems nestled along the country roads along the way. Be sure to stop in to Nettle Meadow Farm www.nettlemeadow.com for a sampling of award-winning goat and sheep cheeses. Buy products, meet the sanctuary animals and marvel at the historic and beautifully restored gambrel-roofed barn as you tour the farm. And don’t miss, Martin’s Certified Tree Farm, www.martins-lumber.com just down the road. This farm offers fun for the entire family. Learn the principals of sustainable forestry and see selectively cut maple that bears the indications of maple tapping from years past. Kids can make a bead or a paper box while Mom browses the gift shop for unique, hand-made items. Wrap up the afternoon with a visit to Peru Llama Farm. Capture a photo with a sweet and wooly llama, learn about farm life and see an exhibit on llama behavior. After a full day of off-the-beaten-path activities, you surely will have worked up an appetite, so plan a relaxing dinner at one of the Lake George Area’s many dining establishments before heading home.