Maple sugar season is upon us, and so is the
38th Annual Vermont Maple Festival. Read about it
in the Calendar of Events.
Guests who visit the inn will also have a chance
to take a tour of our sugar house, where we
produce our own maple syrup.
out our revised Antiques
in Vermont in
the link section of our newsletter.
Between Feb 1 and March 31 we're offering a 3
for 2. Stay 3 nights and pay only for 2. That's a
pretty good deal. Of course we can't combine it
with AAA, Canadian at par, or other discounts and
since this offer is limited only to folks on our
mailing list, we ask that when reserving you
please let us know that you're coming on the
Brad and Jacquie
BRAD & JACQUIE'S
1/2 cups oatmeal
1/ 2 cups milk
Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp
Tbsp baking powder
large mixing bowl, pour milk and maple
syrup over oatmeal and let sit
for 10 minutes.
flour, add salt, cinnamon and baking
powder; mix well. Add to oatmeal
egg and oil, mix well. Let rest for
3-4 minutes. Pour batter onto hot
pancakes over once when they are puffy,
full of bubbles and lightly brown on one
with maple syrup, maple butter or
10 to 12 pancakes
I can feel it, taste it, almost see it,
and certainly hear it. SPRING IS ARRIVING.
Bill and his men have tapped the trees,
the first run has happened, and the first
boil has taken place. Maple syrup season
has arrived. I love visiting the sugar
house and smelling that sweet taste of the
steam. Bill always lets me have a small
taste of the new syrup - it is SOOOOO
good. Whenever guests are here, they go
down and watch too. Of course I need to
show them the way. While there, Bill
explains everything and lets them have a
taste too. They leave licking their chops
- just like me and Gizmo.
Speaking of spring, the spring birds are
beginning to arrive. I have heard guests
tell Mom and Dad that we have a good
variety at our feeders every year.
Also speaking of spring, Mom and Dad have
resumed their daily two mile walk on Buck
Hollow Road. I don't understand humans.
Why do they insist on walking on the dry
paved portion of the road when everyone
else uses the wet, muddy and dirty
shoulder. What's more, they don't even lie
down and rub themselves the way Gizmo and
I do. Then, when we get back, they won't
let us in the house until they have wiped
us off with a towel. WHAT'S THAT ABOUT ?
Annual Vermont Maple Festival- April 23-25th
a few of the activities are:
Show and Sale
& Crafts Show and Sale
Sap Run (8.5 mile foot race)
Show, Youth Talent Show
rides, maple cotton candy, pancake
Festival Details »
Information on the
benefits and practice of maple-sugar
making was included in tracks for
immigrants to Canada and the United
States. It was pointed out as one of the
attractions of the New World that, whether
settling in the South or in the North, one
could grow one's own sugar in one's own
Until the 1800's,
maple sugar was the primary sugar in the
United States. Only when the cane sugar
industry began in the Caribbean Islands
did cane sugar begin to replace it. By
1885 cane sugar began to undersell maple,
and maple has since become a luxury not a
The use of maple
sugar was regarded as an act of protest
during the Civil War in the United States.
All of the cane sugar and most of the
molasses was raised and produced in the
Southern states. During the war and prior
to the war, people in the North refused to
use cane sugar. Northerners used maple
sugar to sweeten their foods. Therefore,
using maple sugar was a form of protest
against the South.
Cane sugar continued
to gain favor despite a movement that
sought to boycott the product as it was
made with slave labor, which peaked during
the Civil War.
first European settlers arrived, the
Indians traded maple sugar with them and
eventually taught the settlers the secrets
of the maple sugaring process.
OUR GUESTS SAY!
very much for the enjoyable
meal, and banter. We'll
be sure to come again whenever
we're in the area."
Kerrie, Elliott, Susan Toronto,
had a SUPER time. So nice to have
the animals around.
greatly enjoyed taking Gizmo &
Isham for walks. We can't imagine a
more comfortable, homey feel away
from home. Splendid time!
Bob and Christine
Annual Franklin County
Quilt Show- April
annual event began in 1999
and features more than 100
and a silent auction.
Admission is free.
Market, Collectibles and
Home and Garden Show-
Annual Craft Show-
April 30th- May
Equine Expo & Horses-
April 24- 25