Over the years, Maine Maple Sunday has become an institution here in our beautiful state. In March, the sun is higher in the sky, the days are warmer, and the sap begins to flow in those maple trees that provided breathtaking beauty during foliage season.
At Wolf Cove Inn, our romantic Maine bed and breakfast, Maple Sunday traditionally occurs on the 4th Sunday of March. In 2022, that means the weekend of March 26th & 27th. Most sugar shacks make a weekend of it, spreading out the joy of this tradition.
In the spirit of our family motto – “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing” – at Wolf Cove Inn, we’ll celebrate Maine Maple Sunday for the entire month of March. For your romantic getaway in Maine, we’ll add some additional maple syrup based recipes to our breakfast and baked goods treats.
Maine Maple Sunday Sugar Shacks To Visit
Here are some “fun facts” before you start your syrupy wanderings:
- Fun Fact #1 – A forty year old maple sugar tree annually produces about 40 quarts of sap. This is enough to make one quart of maple syrup. Fortunately A LOT of maple trees call Maine their home.
- Fun Fact #2 – Wolf Cove Inn serves and uses about 64 quarts of Maine maple syrup per year on our pancakes, waffles, french toast and in our home baked muffins, breads, cookies and cakes. We offer a heartfelt thanks to those 64 hardworking maple trees!
- Fun Fact #3 – Check out fun fact #3 at the end of this article.
Without further ado, here are some local sugar shacks where you may experience the wonderful variety of Maine Maple Syrup. The list is sorted by drive time from the Wolf Cove Inn.
1 – Russell Farm
46 Russell Road, Poland (6 minutes south)
At Russell Farm, the aroma of sap boiling in the sugar house fills the air. Sample their syrup over ice cream. Their bakery and shop offers maple syrup, maple nuts, maple granola, maple whoopie pies & cookies. And if you aren’t already full from your breakfast at the Wolf Cove Inn, try their french toast casserole, pancakes, sausage, bacon, coffee, juice & milk.
2 – Sweet Williams
66 Spiller Road, Casco (10 minutes south)
Sweet Williams offers a “show and tell” of the syrup making process. You may also partake of their sugarbush tours. They offer free samples of syrup on ice cream, as well as homemade fried dough bites and maple baked beans. You’ll find all manner of maple for sale – maple butter, cotton candy, lollipops, popcorn and more. They also serve maple doughnuts and other maple baked goods while they last.
3 – West Minot Sugarhouse
Woodman Hill Road, Minot (15 minutes north)
West Minot Sugarhouse celebrates Maine Maple weekend with a pancake breakfast, demonstrations at the Sugarhouse, and horse drawn wagon rides both Saturday and Sunday. Check their Facebook page for event times and prices. Farm tours, restrooms and handicapped accessible.
4 – Balsam Ridge
140 Egypt Road, Raymond (15 minutes southeast)
Balsam Ridge is the home of the Maine Maple Producers Association. Visit their rustic sugarhouse and you might (OK, will) catch them making maple syrup. In addition, Balsam Ridge offers farm and sugarbush tours. Portable facilities available. Handicapped accessible.
5 – Dad’s Maple Sugar Shack
1061 Naples Road, Harrison (25 minutes southwest)
Dad’s Maple Sugar Shack is open to the public. A small farm tapping around 800 trees, Dad’s uses both tubing and traditional buckets. See and smell the sap boiling in the sugarhouse and sample their maple goodies. In addition, farm animals hang out at Dad’s for your viewing pleasure.
6 – Ricker Hill Orchards
295 Buckfield Road, Turner (30 minutes north)
At Ricker Hill Orchards, see their live boiling demonstrations and sample their maple taffy. Available in the retail shop, you’ll find maple hard cider, maple donuts, maple ice cream and much more. Open for Maine Maple Weekend Farm tours, restrooms, handicapped accessible. See my article on Ricker Hill Orchards for more information about them.
Visiting Wolf Cove Inn During Maine Maple Weekend
You don’t have to wait until Maine Maple Sunday to visit our romantic bed and breakfast in Maine. We have lots of fun early spring/late winter activities in Maine to enjoy anytime you visit. Regardless of what you have planned, start your day with your delicious Maine comfort breakfast served in our beautiful dining room overlooking Tripp Lake. We make our breakfasts from scratch using local ingredients whenever we can.
Then, go forth and have yourself a wonderful adventure exploring our beautiful corner of Maine. Return for some fresh baked cookies, spectacular sunsets and maybe even a relaxing, invigorating dip in your own private jetted spa tub. Book a room for your Maine Maple Weekend today!
Can’t make it for Maine Maple Sunday? Read on for a Maine maple syrup recipe you can make at home while dreaming about visiting in the future. As well, you also have the option to experience all things maple in the fall during the Maine Maple Tour.
Maine Maple Syrup Recipe
Fun Fact #3 – In the old days, when syrup making was a community affair, children and adults alike enjoyed “Leather Aprons”, a taffy-like candy made when one pours hot Maine maple syrup onto well-packed snow. (Please only use Maine snow!) Pair this first treat of the maple season with plain doughnuts and sour pickles. They provide a nice contrast to the sweetness of the maple.
Sugar on Snow (Leather Aprons)
Heat the desired amount of syrup to 22 degrees above the boiling point of water. Without stirring, pour immediately onto packed snow (or shaved ice) to form a thin taffy coating. Wind the taffy onto fork tines for eating — it’s too soft to pick up.
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