As the winter frost begins to thaw and the first signs of spring emerge, Vermont comes alive with a cherished tradition that celebrates its rich maple heritage. Late February and March is the perfect time to indulge in the sweet delights of sugar house tastings, sugar on snow, and maple tastings.

Visit maple businesses within Okemo Valley region and nearby: 

Green Mountain Sugar House (Ludlow) * Papa John’s Sugar Shack (Mount Holly) * Smith Crest Maple Farm (Shrewsbury) * Stewart Maple (Cuttingsville) * Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind (Chester) * Sugarbush Farm (Woodstock) * Billings Farm & Museum (Woodstock)

6 Way to Explore Maple this Spring

1. Join for the special Maple Open House Weekend on March 23-24, 2024 where you can witness the fascinating process of sap boiling and explore the enchanting world of maple syrup production straight from the source! See our events calendar for more details on these special events and our Spring Open House Maple Guide 2024.

** Due to the snowstorm of last weekend, many local sugar makers are opening their doors March 30th – check here for details!

2. Check out Exploring Maple on the Explore Okemo App, a must-visit for maple enthusiasts. This self-guided tour takes you through scenic landscapes and introduces you to local sugarhouses and maple locations.

3. Visit a local sugar house. Step into the heart of Vermont’s maple industry by visiting sugar houses. These rustic structures are where the magic happens, as sap collected from maple trees is transformed into the golden nectar we know as maple syrup. 

4. Learn from the producers! Engage with knowledgeable producers who are passionate about their craft and learn about the honored techniques that have been passed down through generations.

5. Try sugar on snow. No visit to a sugar house is complete without experiencing the quintessential Vermont treat known as “sugar on snow.” This delectable delicacy involves pouring hot maple syrup over fresh, clean snow, creating a sweet and sticky delight that is both nostalgic and irresistible.

6. Take a taste testing tour. For those seeking a flavorful experience, maple tastings are a must. Discover the vast range of maple products available, from different grades of syrup to maple candies, creams, and even maple-infused hot sauces and beverages. You may even find the perfect souvenir or culinary pairing to take home with you!

Whether you’re a maple enthusiast or simply curious about this beloved tradition, Maple Season is a sweet treat in Okemo Valley!