Celebrate Maple Open House Weekend

Vermont leads the nation in maple syrup production, reporting a record-high 2.55 million gallons of pure VT maple syrup produced in 2022. Cold nights and warm days are the ideal weather conditions to get sap flowing from the maple trees. Syrup season is already underway here in Vermont, and it’s looking like another great year.  

Maple is a big deal here in Vermont – in fact, we have two weekends during the height of sugaring season dedicated to all things maple! Tap into the sweetest time of year and plan a trip to experience Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom during Maple Open House Weekend, March 25 + 26 and April 1 + 2.

Check out our list below of Maple Open House Weekend celebrations taking place throughout the Kingdom this year.

16th Lunenburg Maple FestivalLunenburg (Eastern Trek)
March 25, 8am – 3pm
As spring approaches, Lunenburg is poised to celebrate its maple sugaring heritage. All the favorite activities will continue this year, spread out among three locations. Start your morning at the pancake breakfast before heading to one of the many hands-on learning opportunities. Visit their website for a schedule of events.

goodwin family mapleGoodwin Family Maple Open House  – St. Johnsbury (Eastern Trek)
March 25 + 26, 9am – 3pm

Head to Goodwin Family Maple for a unique Maple Open House experience. See how their pure maple products are made, enjoy free sugar on snow and syrup samples with their full product line and maple cotton candy available for sale. On Saturday, visit with the oxen on view, and on Sunday, they will have mini horses and cows for visitors to meet. 

Burke Mountain Maple CompanyBurke (Eastern Trek)
March 25 + 26, April 1 + 2, 9am – 5pm
Burke Mountain Maple is a family owned and operated maple farm. Plan a trip during Maple Open House Weekend to enjoy sugar on snow, free maple samples, and tours of the sugaring operation.

Deer Ridge Maple Open HouseDerby (Eastern Trek)
March 25 + 26, 10am – 3pm
Savor sugar on snow and fresh maple products at Deer Ridge Maple, located just off Route 5 between Derby and Derby Line.  Tour the sugarhouse, take a walk through the woods and observe the tubing system, and discover the Judd family’s love for VT maple!

April’s Maple Open HouseCanaan (Eastern Trek)
March 25 + 26 and April 1 + 2, 10am – 3pm

April’s Maple is a year-round hot spot for pure VT maple. Visit their café where you can enjoy many maple-infused breakfast and lunch dishes. Shop their store for maple goodies and VT-made specialty products. During Open House Weekend, April’s Maple will be serving complimentary maple products and will also have a maple kids’ corner with crafts.

Fradette’s Maple SyrupHardwick (Farm & Field)
March 25 + April 1, 9am – 3pm, March 26 + 2, 10am – 3pm
Stop by for a tour of Fradette’s Maple Syrup during Open House Weekend. Tour the operations and walk the sugar woods, sample fresh crop, sugar on snow, and maple soda. Watch sap boil into syrup and smell the sweetness while warming up by the wood stove. 

Jed’s Maple Open HouseDerby (Eastern Trek)
March 25 + 26, April 1 + 2, 10am – 4pm
Celebrate spring at Jed’s Maple! There are plenty of children’s activities and maple samplings in store. Learn about the work Jed’s Maple does with the Aududon’s Bird Friendly Maple Program, and visit with Auddie, their bird-friendly maple ambassador. Maple sugar donuts, maple bread, and many maple products available for sale in the gift shop. See website for details.  

Covered Bridge Maple Sugaring Open HouseBarton (Farm & Field)
March 25 + April 1, 11am – 5pm, March 26 + April 2, 11am – 4pm
Covered Bridge Maple Sugaring is a classic Vermont sugarhouse with a modern twist. Stop by during Maple Open House Weekend to see how they use state-of-the-art equipment to increase energy efficiency and cut down on emissions. Enjoy sugar on snow and tours of the property.

Pure Gold Sugaring Maple Open House WeekendSutton (Farm & Field)
March 25 + April 1, 11am – 6pm, March 26 + April 2, 11am – 5pm
Visit Pure Gold Sugaring as they share their traditions, treats, and pure maple syrup with families and friends of all ages. Tour the sugarhouses and listen to generations of sugarmakers share their stories and histories of VT maple. Try “Great Grammies” dipping donuts and sugar on snow, with many other maple products available for purchase.  

Sugar Shack Open House at Firefly FarmBurke Hollow (Eastern Trek)
April 2, 1 – 4pm
After a three-year hiatus, Firefly Farm is reopening the doors to their sugar shack this season! Make plans to visit on April 2 from 1 – 4pm to enjoy free samples with products available for purchase.

Maple Grove Farms of VTSt. Johnsbury (Eastern Trek)
Open Year-Round, Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Visit the Sugar House Museum to learn about the entire sugaring process, and the history of the industry that made St. Johnsbury the “Maple Center of the World”. Then browse our spacious, red-roofed Cabin Gift Shop for maple keepsakes to take home or ship as gifts to family and friends.

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