Spring begins March 20th this year and the oncoming warmth of the season brings renewal, greening, and – of course! – maple sugaring time! Every year, the maple harvest begins anew. Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend celebrates Michigan’s oldest crop: pure Michigan maple syrup!
Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend is actually three weekends:
Southern Michigan – March 17th & 18th
Northern Lower Michigan – March 24th & 25th
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – March 31st & April 1st
Maple farms here in the Lansing area will be celebrating Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend March 17th and 18th.
These special weekends provide you with the opportunity to experience the maple sugaring process at one of Michigan’s many maple farms. Maple farms and sugar houses across the state will open their doors to eager, maple-loving visitors. Guests will see tapped trees, learn the harvest process, and smell the amazing scent of boiling maple sap.
Maple is used for more than just syrup. It is also used to make maple candy, maple cream, maple sugar, and more! Many of the participating maple farms will not only provide an overview of the maple sugaring process but also a taste. Some will have samples of syrup, others may offer a full pancake breakfast! Many will have a variety of homemade maple treats, like maple taffy, to sample – yum!
You can see a full list of participating Southern Michigan maple farms and sugar houses on the Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend website.
Michigan will also see a number of other maple-related events throughout the spring season. Two are within a half-an hour’s drive or less of The English Inn Restaurant & Pub:
Fenner Nature Center’s Maple Syrup Festival – March 17th
Fenner Nature Center will also celebrate the Michigan maple harvest with their annual Maple Syrup Festival, on March 17th. Attendees will learn about the maple sugaring process, including tapping a tree. You’ll also be able to enjoy treats like maple crème and maple cotton candy! Learn more at mynaturecenter.org.
Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival – April 27th through the 29th
Vermontville is home to Michigan’s original Maple Syrup Festival, which is always held the last full weekend in April. It’s three days of maple-madness including parades, contests, pageants, entertainment and more. Learn more at www.vermontvillemaplesyrupfestival.org.
Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend
March 17th & 18th, 2018
Be sure to visit www.michiganmapleweekend.com for more information.
Southern Michigan Lodging
No matter what brings you to the Lansing area, The English Inn Restaurant & Pub in Eaton Rapids is your answer to fine dining and accommodations! The English Inn offers ten plush guest rooms, a fine dining restaurant, and English pub. And all in a historic mansion on 15 acres of beautifully manicured grounds overlooking the Grand River. Best of all, it is all less than half an hour’s drive from the Capital City, Lansing! Do yourself the favor and book your stay at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub today!