Every March, we look forward to Maple in the County, an event which for the past 16 years has heralded the arrival of spring, and with it the sweet mapley goodness that it brings. It’s an annual event that brings thousands of visitors to our sugarbushes, wineries and restaurants, and it was also the first event that we, as a family, took part in. It was March, 2002. We were new to the County, and it was a great opportunity to take our son, Nathan, to visit a local maple syrup producer.
In subsequent years, we have enjoyed our fair share of pancake breakfasts, and watched as sap was turned into syrup in the sugar shack. Some years it has been so warm that pancake breakfasts could be enjoyed outdoors on picnic tables while we soaked up the warmth of the early spring sunshine.
Maple in the County is also the beginning of our season, when everybody gears up for a busy spring, leading to the summer and fall tourism seasons. It’s a time when the County welcomes visitors from everywhere – and I mean everywhere: Europe, Asia, the United States, all over Canada, and of course our neighbors in Ontario and Quebec.
This year, we celebrate Maple in the County on the weekend of March 25 & 26, when throughout the County you can enjoy activities such as pancake breakfasts, s’mores by the fire, petting zoos, maple kettle corn, lumberjack shows, free public skating and family movies at the Regent Theatre – not to mention all the fabulous maple treats you’ll be able to taste at local wineries, craft breweries, The Cider Company, and participating restaurants.
If you are planning on visiting the County this spring, check out our Maple Lover’s One Night Package, available Tuesday through Saturday through March 31. Each package includes your overnight accommodation, an afternoon County wine & cheese tasting, dinner in our restaurant, complementary tastings at local wineries, breakfast in the morning plus a bottle of locally produced Maple Syrup – but hurry! It’s only until the end of March. We look forward to seeing you here soon!
Edward Shubert, innkeeper