Pancake breakfast on new york state maple syrup weekend

🍁 Maple Weekends: 13 Sweet Sugar Shacks Near Rochester

New York State Maple Weekends are March 16-17 and 23-24, 2024.

Please note that some of these spots may be cash-only due to the nature and location of each business. Bring cash with you, just in case.

New York State Maple Weekend is a series of events held each spring to honor the tradition of maple syrup production. During these two weekends, local maple syrup producers open their doors to the public, offering tours of their operations and tastings of their delicious, amber-colored syrup.

Visitors can learn about maple syrup production and even participate by tapping trees and collecting sap. In addition to touring sugar houses, many maple syrup weekends also feature live music and pancake breakfasts.

With the warm atmosphere and mouthwatering maple treats, New York State Maple Syrup Weekends are a delightful way to experience our maple heritage. Enjoy some of my favorite places to celebrate!

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Cartwrights Maple Tree Inn

Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn

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The 2024 season will run from February 6 through April 7, serving all-you-can-eat buckwheat pancakes with 100% pure maple syrup.

Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn has been serving pancakes and maple syrup since 1963, but the Cartwright family’s syrup production dates back to the 1850s. After several setbacks, including the burning down of their sugar shacks, Ronald and his wife Virginia decided to build a new one and a restaurant in 1963.

Their restaurant has undergone numerous renovations and expansions, and the family also runs a large dairy farm. In 2006, they became the first syrup producer in the US to own a state-of-the-art evaporator, and they acquired a new reverse osmosis machine in 2015.

Despite its remote location, Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn has attracted customers worldwide. Ronald passed away in 2004, but Virginia upholds the restaurant’s traditions.

Maple Sugrar kettle fire
Cumming Nature Center

Cumming Nature Center

Naples, Ontario County

2024 Maple Weekend Schedule
March 16-17, 23-24
9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Visitors can enjoy steaming-hot stacks of locally sourced pancakes inside the nature center before heading outdoors for trail demonstrations that explore the science of sap and the long cultural history of tapping maple trees in our region. Your walk will end at the sugar shack, where you can see first-hand the process of boiling sap down to syrup and take a sip of nature’s tastiest sugar.

Enjoy a locally-sourced meal with all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, and drinks. All served with real maple syrup, of course! Each pancake breakfast ticket includes admission to the Nature Center and the trail demonstrations.

We source our ingredients from Finger Lakes favorites like New Hope Mills, Bostrom Farms, Pittsford Farms Dairy, Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters, and Red Jacket Orchards. Gluten-free and vegan options are available upon request.

The dining room will be open from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. each day, and guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Flint’s Maple

Warsaw, Wyoming County

2024 Maple Weekend Schedule
March 16-17, 23-24
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

We will be giving tours of the sugar house, pump house, and woods throughout the day (woods tours depend on the wind; we don’t take groups into the woods when the risk of trees breaking is high). We will show you the different ladder systems we use and how we put lines together, and we will have the evaporator running periodically throughout the day.

We will have samples of all of our maple products—syrup, cream, candy, sugar, and infused syrups—as well as all of our other unique products, including mustards, pizza, wing, and BBQ sauces, ketchup, and lemonades.

You can find Flint Maple products in Rochester at their new Upper Monroe Avenue shop, the Homegrown and Handmade Market.

Genesee Country Village maple syrup
Genesee Country Nature Center

Genesee Country Nature Center

Mumford, Monroe County

2024 Maple Weekend Schedule
March 15-17, 22-24
10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Gather family and friends to enjoy an outdoor exploration of the history of maple sugaring in New York State! Start your adventure at our Sugarhouse, then journey to the 19th century to see the techniques and tools that early settlers used to collect sap and make maple sugar. Plus, sweeten your day by adding a stop to the Museum’s Meeting Center for a delectable Pancake Plate to fuel your maple sugaring adventures!

Tapped Maple Trees Letchworth
Tapped Maple Trees in Letchworth

Humphrey Nature Center

Letchworth State Park, Wyoming County

2024 Maple Weekend Schedule
March 16–17, 23–24
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Join us at the Humphrey Nature Center for a weekend full of maple-themed activities! Three different maple sugaring techniques will be demonstrated continuously, including Haudenosaunee stone boiling, iron pot fire pit boiling, and the use of a modern evaporator. Hourly walks led by park naturalists will highlight maple tree identification, how to tap a tree, cap collecting, and more!

Thanks to the Friends of Letchworth State Park, pancake breakfasts will be available for purchase from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

In addition, you can enjoy Maple SAPturdays in February and March.

Kettle Ridge Maple Farm syrup

Kettle Ridge Farm

Victor, Ontario County

2024 Maple Weekend Schedule
March 16-17, 23-24
9 a.m.–2 p.m.

With indoor seating for approximately 140 people in their heated barn, enjoy a selection of hearty maple-inspired breakfast foods. After sampling maple products to take home, bring your own chair to relax by one of the outdoor fire pits. Be sure to check out their sugar-house demos. They also host Pancake Sundays from January 7 through March 3.

Trout Brook Sugarhouse
Keyes’ Trout Brook Sugarhouse

Keyes’ Trout Brook Sugarhouse

Honeoye Falls, Monroe County

2024 Maple Weekend Schedule
March 16-17, 23-24
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Stop by the Alpaca farm to pick up pure NY State maple syrup and alpaca fleece. Open 7 days a week for pick up of online orders. Phone and email orders are also accepted. Call (585) 624-5648 or email info@troutbrooksugarhouse.com to schedule an order for pickup.

packard valley farm wagons

Packard Valley Farms

Macedon, Wayne County

2024 Maple Weekend Schedule
March 16-17, 23-24
10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The horse-drawn wagon rides, sugar shack, bush tours, petting zoo, and pony rides are available all four days. Enjoy a tractor ride between the farm and the Log Cabin Restaurant for a pancake breakfast with Packard Valley Farms maple syrup.

Schoffs Sugar Shack
Schoff’s – Photo from Facebook

Schoff’s Sugar Shack

Victor, Ontario County

2024 Maple Weekend Schedule
March 16-17, 23-24
10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Schoff’s Sugar Shack will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Sundays. The Victor Village Inn will offer a pancake breakfast with Schoff’s maple syrup from 9 a.m. to noon.

Shadow Hill Maple Syrup product
Shadow Hill

Shadow Hill Maple Syrup

Ontario, Wayne County

2024 Shadow Hill Maple Festival
March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Come and enjoy our all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with pure maple syrup, then browse our large variety of maple products to sample and buy. In addition to all grades of maple syrup, we also have maple granola, maple-covered nuts, maple cotton candy, maple hot sauce, maple barbecue sauce, maple mustard, maple cream, infused maple syrup, and bourbon-aged maple syrup.

Our sugarhouse is conveniently located in the center of the sugarbush, allowing you to walk out the door and see the sap being collected firsthand. Enjoy a stroll along our well-manicured trails that stretch almost a mile long. This is a great family event enjoyed by all ages and is completely accessible.

Timber Trails Maple

Timber Trails Forest Farm

Canandaigua, Ontario County

2024 Maple Weekend Schedule
March 16-17, 23-24
9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Our family-owned working farm in the heart of the Finger Lakes produces one hundred percent pure maple syrup using sustainable forestry and agricultural practices. Located in the Bristol Hills, where long valleys rise to tall ridges over one thousand feet high, our rich forest creates an ideal location for cultivating high-quality products. We welcome you to come taste, learn, and interact with the environment to see where your food is made.

You can tour the 625-square-foot timber-framed Sugar House and learn about the traditional wood-fired method for making maple syrup. Try our Amber, Dark, and Bourbon-Barrel Aged Maple Syrup.

Come tour our new state-of-the-art, eco-friendly Maple Lodge, which operates on 100 percent electricity with no carbon emissions. Built with timber harvested and milled on the farm, our lodge includes space for Eco-maple production, a commercial kitchen, a bottling facility, and a 2,500 sq ft timber-frame great room. Using New York State’s first electric evaporator, learn how we make one hundred percent pure maple syrup with no carbon emissions.

Join us for all-you-can-eat pancakes provided by The Valley Inn at Honeoye Lake for $12 for adults and $8 for kids.

Wolf Maple Products
Wolf Maple – Photo from Facebook

Wolf Maple Products

Middleport, Niagara County

2024 Maple Weekend Schedule
March 16-17, 23-24
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come see, smell, and taste your way through the sugaring process. Weather permitting, tram rides to our sugarbush, petting zoo, demos, and displays. Lots of maple goodies and concessions.

maple open house
processing raw sap

What is Maple Weekend?

Maple Weekend is an annual event organized and sponsored by the New York State Maple Producers’ Association. The event provides an opportunity for the public to visit farms, learn about New York’s maple sugarmaking processes and traditions, and taste pure maple syrup in various forms. The association, funded by both its members and the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, aims to showcase the unique family traditions of making maple syrup in New York State and celebrate the state’s first agricultural harvest of the season.

Visitors can meet the producers who make New York the second-largest maple-producing state in the U.S.

During Maple Weekend, participants can taste pure and natural maple products, learn how maple syrup and other confections are made, and experience sustainable agriculture practices. The event spans four days on two weekends and began in 1995 as a single “Maple Sunday,” evolving into a multi-day tradition.

Maple Weekend takes place at various locations across New York State, offering agritourism at its best. Visitors can witness the maple-making process firsthand, from the cooking down of sap to the creation of different maple products. While most sites offer tours and product samples free of charge (with museums being an exception), some locations may provide on-site pancake breakfasts at an additional cost. Prices for breakfasts vary by location, and visitors are advised to check for any exceptions at their planned destination.

Given the rustic and often muddy conditions at many locations, attendees are encouraged to dress in layers and wear closed-toe or insulated footwear. Maple Weekend promises a family-friendly environment for participants to enjoy and appreciate the maple sugarmaking experience.

New York Maple Syrup

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

New York, Vermont, and Ontario, Canada, are the prime commercial locations for harvesting maple tree sap to produce syrup. One of the best ways to enjoy maple syrup is by pouring it over a stack of pancakes. You can also use maple syrup to flavor food and drinks, such as cotton candy, ice cream, BBQ sauce, milkshakes, mustard, scones, cheesecake, popcorn, hot chocolate, baked beans, and sugar on snow.

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Where is your favorite farm or nature center to visit during New York State Maple Syrup Weekend?

Your insights and experiences are valuable. Please share them in the comments.

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