Maple Syrup Weekends pancakes

Maple Syrup: 12 Sweet Sugar Shacks

2020 Maple Syrup Weekends are
March 21-22 and March 28-29

March is officially Maple Syrup month in New York State, but there are ways to enjoy 100% pure New York maple syrup all year long!

Besides buying it at a market, like Brighton Farm Market or the Rochester Public Market, here are a few places we look forward to visiting during late-winter to early-spring.

Start enjoying in
January & February

Kettle Ridge Maple Farm pancake truck
Kettle Ridge farm
Kettle Ridge Maple Farm barn
Kettle Ridge Maple Farm tasting room
Kettle Ridge

1. Kettle Ridge Farm


Stop by Kettle Ridge Farm for Pancake Sundays starting in January. It’s also the perfect time to adopt-a-maple!

Maple Weekend Activities

A stunning maple farm just around the corner from Eastview Mall! Visit their maple/honey sugarhouse and tour the beautiful 11 acre sugarbush and enjoy free samples.

Pancakes and breakfast sausage in the barn, served piping hot from the Kettle Ridge Farm Food Truck, pure maple syrup, sausage, coffee, juice from 9am-2pm.

Cartwrights Maple Tree Inn
Cartwrights Maple Collection
Cartwrights Maple Tree Inn product
Cartwrights Maple Tree Inn entrance

2. Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn


Open only during maple syrup season, it’s never too early to start planning a trip to Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn!

After a beautiful 90 minute drive south to Angelica, you will be enjoying the most celebrated all-you-can-eat buckwheat pancakes, topped with maple syrup drawn from 8,000 of the family’s trees.

Because they are only open mid-February – mid-April, Cartwright’s draws thousands of people from hundreds of miles around. Weekends get pretty busy, especially during Maple Syrup Weekend, and parking in the lot and along the road gets a little crazy, though it doesn’t usually take more than a 1/2 hour to get in.

And it may be cold lining up outside, but it’s toasty warm (sometimes hot!) inside where they cook the pancakes on a very large griddle which can handle 700 pancakes an hour, so service is quick.

3. Moore’s Maple Shack and Pancake House


Like Cartwright’s, they are open for breakfast during the season only, roughly March 1-April 15 each year, except Mondays and Easter Sunday, but also open Sundays in January and February

No need to wait for Maple Syrup Weekend! They share a similar story with Cartwright’s with multi-generational sugarmakers, and all-you-can-eat buttermilk pancakes drawing crowds from across the state.

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Maple Syrup Weekend

2020 Maple Syrup Weekends are
March 21-22 and March 28-29

Celebrate the innovative process of turning sap into syrup! Stop by the places mentioned above, plus these local producers who open their sugar bush and sugar shacks to the community during Maple Syrup Weekend. 

New York State Maple Syrup Weekend Pancakes
Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn

The best way to fully appreciate fresh syrup is with a full stack of pancakes dripping with liquid gold!

Genesee Country Village Museum maple processing
Processing raw maple sap

Commercial farms, nature centers, and restaurants create a fun atmosphere offering maple-flavored cotton candy, ice cream, BBQ sauce, milkshakes, mustard, scones, cheesecake, popcorn, hot chocolate, baked beans, or sugar on snow.

Genesee Country Village Museum syrup snow
GCV&M sugar on snow

This is also a prime opportunity for them to sell products including maple syrup, candy, butter, and cream.

These maple-licious destinations (also shown in our Google map) have a similar agenda of activities that likely include:

  • Walking through the sugar bush to see maple trees tapped with spiles, using buckets or bags for collection.
  • Learn to identify maple trees suitable for tapping (species and age are significant!)
  • Learn about the logistics for getting sap to the sugar shack.
  • Watch the sap boil, and water evaporate. Learn what temperature it needs to be heated to.
  • Learn about old-fashioned techniques and modern technological advances in food & tree safety and quality (reverse osmosis, vacuum pumps, UV lights, tubing systems).
Shadow Hill Maple Farm tapped trees
Shadow Hill Maple Syrup property
Shadow Hill Maple Syrup tasting
Shadow Hill Maple Farm Ontario
Shadow Hill Maple Syrup

4. Shadow Hill Maple Syrup


Pancake breakfasts every weekend in March from 8:30am-4pm.

Maple Weekend Activities

Tour their Sugar Bush and Sugar House, see how sap is collected and made in to maple syrup, cream and candy. Hike the gravel trails through the Sugar Bush and see how a modern tubing and vacuum system works.

Enjoy syrup samples and other maple products such as maple cream, bourbon aged maple syrup. maple mustard, Maple Hot Sauce, Maple BBQ Sauce and homemade doughnuts! All products are for sale.

An all you can eat ala carte pancake breakfast is served all day.

Genesee Country Village Museum maple
Genesee Country Village Maple sugar house
Genesee Country Village Maple event

5. Genesee Country Nature Center


Maple Weekend Activities

Discover all things maple! Venture onto the Nature Center’s Maple History Trail to learn how tree tapping methods evolved and get hands-on with the tools of the trade. 

Watch the Sugar House evaporator transform sap into thick, amber maple syrup and in the Historic Village, savor tales of maple sugaring origins with visiting Haudenosaunee storytellers.

Reservations are encouraged for the pancake breakfast.

The Sugar Shack, Nature Center, and Historic Village are open 9:30am-3pm. Breakfast runs from 9am-1pm.

Maple Sugar Soiree is April 6

On April 6, enjoy the Maple Sugar Soiree – a sweet night out! Toast with maple themed drinks, food, and games. Dance to live music and roast maple s’mores over a campfire. This night out is sure to break your winter doldrums. This is a 21 and over event.

Wohlschlegel's Maple Farm Naples view
Wohlschlegel's Maple Farm
Wohlschlegel's Maple Farm Naples product

6. Wohlschlegel’s Naples Maple Farm


Enjoy the breathtaking view from Wohlschlegel’s Naples Maple farm!

Maple Weekend Activities

Learn how sap is transformed into maple syrup with sustainable energy efficient methods. (4200+ taps on vacuum, reverse osmosis, a 3 by 12 oil-fired evaporator with steam-away).

Activities include a woods walk through the sugar bush. Complimentary beverages, free samples of fresh maple syrup and specialty maple cream are available for tasting.

All you can eat pancakes, 2 sausage, and beverage served 8am-1pm.

Their retail store sells pure maple syrup, maple cream spread, maple mustard, maple garlic rub, soft molded maple sugar, granulated maple sugar, maple cotton fluff & more.

Maple Sugrar kettle fire
Cumming Nature Center
maple sugar processing

7. Cumming Nature Center


Maple Weekend Activities

Take in the gorgeous landscape; enjoy a hearty, locally sourced meal; and wander the trails. On the trail, learn how a tree makes sap and discover the different processing techniques while enjoying the outdoors. 

Pancake breakfast is served between 9am–1pm. Gluten-free pancakes and vegetarian options will be available, call 585.374.6160 in advance to confirm availability.

Special Event: Sat, March 28: Join artists from the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators for a special “Sketch with the Artists” event. This will be a chance to hang out with artists from the new exhibit, Life in the Water of the Finger Lakes, and try your hand at illustrating the natural world.

New York State Maple Syrup Weekends Maple Syrup Tree Tap
Helmer Nature Center

8. Helmer Nature Center


Maple Weekend Activities

Open House Sat, March 21, 12-3pm. Walk the trails as staff and volunteers take you through the sugaring process. Help collect sap, stop at the evaporator and watch it cook into syrup. Make and sample treats such as sugar on snow, maple ice cream, corn bread with syrup, cookies and milkshakes! Fun crafts for kids, too! Refreshments include: hot dogs, maple baked beans, maple pulled pork, hot and cold beverages and desserts. (Nominal charge for food, beverages, crafts, and some activities.)

Pancake Breakfast Sun, March 29, 10am-2pm. All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, maple syrup, coffee, milk, orange juice.

Tapped Maple Trees Letchworth
Tapped Maple Trees in Letchworth

9. Humphrey Nature Center

Letchworth State Park

Maple Weekend Activities

Humphey Nature Center is open 10am to 5pm each day. Maple Weekend programs and activities include maple sugaring displays, three techniques for boiling sap and maple syrup grading demonstrations.

Pancakes at Humphrey Nature Center served by the Friends of Letchworth. from 10am to 1pm. All day on the hour, short maple tree identification walks with Park Naturalists, including brief instruction on how to tap a tree from the technique used by the Haudenosaunee to modern day sap collection.

10. Schoff’s Sugar Shack


Maple Weekend Activities

Schoff’s is a family operation that produces about 250 gallons of syrup a year. Syrup, candy, cream and gift bottles will be available along with free samples of various syrup grades. Reverse osmosis and bottling demonstrations will be conducted when sap and syrup is available.  View maple videos and hands-on demonstrations though out the day.

11. Packard Valley Farms


Maple Weekend Activities

Horse drawn wagon rides to and from the all-you-can-eat pancakes and full breakfast menu at the Log Cabin Restaurant across the road. Visit the farm for kids activities, guided tours of the authentic sugar shack, syrup/maple product sales and rides to the sugar bush.

12. Wolf Maple Products


Maple Weekend Activities

Enjoy free demonstrations, displays, and taste samples. Tractor rides into the sugar bush run all four days. They’ll have all kinds of maple-based concessions for you to try; maple soft-serve ice cream, maple popcorn, maple cream glazed donuts, and try one of the “maple dogs”. Pancake breakfast is nearby at Middleport Fire hall with the Boy Scouts & Shelby Fire hall both on the first Sunday of the two Maple Weekends.

Kettle Ridge Maple Farm syrup

Did you know that Maple Syrup is entirely a North American product?

New York, Vermont, and Ontario, Canada are the prime commercial locations able to harvest maple tree sap to produce syrup, along with a few other locations around the Great Lakes and New England.

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Where is your favorite place to visit during Maple Syrup Weekend?

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