Field Trips for Grownups™!

Remember school field trips? If you loved them the way I did, you’ll want to bookmark this page as a reminder to yourself to return for additional information about a developing series of field trips designed to recreate some of the pleasures of childhood, for curious grownups.

Maine Maple Sunday

Simmons & Daughters Sugar Shack

Simmons & Daughters Sugar Shack

Maine Maple Sunday is an annual event held on the 4th weekend in March each year to celebrate and learn about some of the best maple syrup in the world! I’ve loved maple syrup my whole life but until I moved to Maine in 2008, to buy the Belmont Inn, I had never tasted maple syrup made by cooking maple sap over a hot wood fire.  The taste of wood smoke is in the syrup and it’s absolutely wonderful!  That’s the syrup I use at my inn for French toast, pancakes and muffins, although syrup cooked in closed containers over a propane fire has a clean, pure maple flavor which is particularly well suited to refined preparations like Maple Crème Brulee.

On Maine Maple Sunday, the 4th Sunday in March every year, maple syrup producers all over Maine open their sugar shacks to the public and offer us the chance to learn about how maple sap is harvested and turned into maple syrup.  The problem is, whether you’re from Maine or “away” (a phrase Mainers use to refer to everyone not born and raised here), it can be next to impossible to figure out how to get the most out of that one day a year when the sugar shacks open their doors and offer us this unique glimpse into the lives and work of Maine farmers and their families.

Wentworth Hill Farms Sugar Shack

Wentworth Hill Farms Sugar Shack

Enter, Field Trips for Grownups™! I’ve researched the nearby maple syrup farms, driven out to meet the farmers and to see their sugar shacks, and chosen a cluster of farms within easy driving distance of each other and the Belmont Inn for you to visit on Maine Maple Sunday.  Combine 2 nights lodging, a wonderful 4-course gourmet dinner at the Belmont Inn on Saturday featuring Maine maple syrup used in some creative ways, and directions to a number of very different and interesting Maine maple syrup farms.  Take home with you experiences that you’ll never forget.

2-night package from $189 to $279/per night, based on double occupancy and room choice, tax not included.  Full made-from-scratch breakfast each morning.  BYOB (at dinner)!

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