Maple Sugar Trade in Vermont
Concierge.com's insider take:
U.S. states have official flowers, birds, and songs, but some sap gave Vermont an official flavor: maple. Sugar makers produce a half million gallons of the amber liquid each year, tapping their sugar maples (Vermont's official state tree, natch) during the spring thaw and boiling up batches of syrup in sweet-smelling sugarhouses. Many makers, including Sugarbush Farm in Woodstock (591 Sugarbush Farm Rd.; 802-457-1757; www.sugarbushfarm.com) and Morse Farm in Montpelier (1168 County Rd.; 802-223-2740; www.morsefarm.com), open their sugarhouses to the public; the best month to visit is March. A full list of places and events can be found at www.vermontmaple.org.