There’s no sweeter way to spend your time in the Northeast than touring Vermont’s favorite sugar houses. Whether you’re shaking up an artisan cocktail or stacking up pancakes, maple syrup pleases palates of all kinds.

Take one of these Vermont maple syrup tours for a look behind the scenes of this popular treat.

Sugarbush Cheese & Maple Farm – Woodstock

Sugarbush Cheese and Maple Farm
Sugarbush Cheese and Maple Farm | Photo courtesy of Kiki W.

Around 8,500 trees produce the Luce family’s famous maple syrup at Sugarbush Farm, open to tourists nearly every day of the year. Taste four different grades of syrup as you learn about the sugaring process, and sample some homemade cheddar while you’re at it!

A nature trail winds through the woods, taking you past the farm’s animals and trees. Every part of the year offers something different here, from peak sugaring season to the bustling summer months to enchanted snowy holidays.

Baird Farm – Chittenden

Baird Farm in Vermont
Baird Farm | Photo courtesy of Baird Farm Maple Syrup via Yelp

Tucked away on 560 acres near Chittenden, Baird Farm harvests some of Vermont’s finest syrup. The farm produces certified organic syrup via strict USDA and VOF (Vermont Organic Farmers) guidelines. Learn about the process on a guided tour, which you can schedule on their website.

Baird’s gift shop is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, and the sugarhouse offers free samples anytime. It’s a family operation in a gorgeous corner of the state!

Vermont Maple Festival – St. Alban’s

maple syrup and pancakes
Maple syrup and pancakes | Photo courtesy of Herson Rodriguez

What better reason to visit Vermont at the end of April than the Vermont Maple Festival? This three-day sugar extravaganza brings the community and visitors together around all things maple. A carnival provides rides and attractions for all ages, while various demonstrations and tastings display maple syrup’s possibilities.

Dig into an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and put some of the state’s best syrup to the test—the whole family will enjoy the classic combination of sweet pancakes and maple.

Green Mountain Sugar House – Ludlow

Green Mountain Sugar House
Green Mountain Sugar House | Photo courtesy of Richard Schatzberger

Make Green Mountain Sugar House in Ludlow a destination on your quest for the best maple syrup. This down-home operation educates visitors about sugaring, and, of course, offers samples.

Visit the gift shop for all manner of maple products, including a crowd-pleasing pancake mix and syrup combo package. Order a maple creemee, Green Mountain’s signature maple soft serve in a cone, and enjoy it out on the spacious lawn.

K&S Ruane Maple Farm – Tinmouth

Four maple syrup grades
Syrup grades from light to dark | Photo courtesy of Dvortygirl

K&S Ruane Maple Farm is a small family-run operation where guests are welcome year-round. They love giving tours of their farm and produce a whopping 3,200 gallons of maple syrup every year. If you make it out during open house weekend, you’ll be treated to fresh pancakes topped with their signature syrup—don’t miss out!

Mitch’s Maples – Chester

tapping maple trees
Maple syrup collection | Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture

A sugaring staple for over 70 years, Mitch’s Maples opens their sugar house daily to the public, selling their wares and showing off the sugaring process. During the sugaring season in the spring, they offer tours on the weekends while the syrup is boiling.

Maple syrup isn’t the only treat to come from trees here—maple candy and maple cream fill the shop’s shelves, too. If you’re craving their sweets after a visit, Mitch’s products can be purchased online, so you can restock your maple stash from anywhere.

Goodrich’s Maple Farm – Cabot

Making maple candy with snow.
Caramelized maple on fresh snow | Photo courtesy of Jaime Walker

Ever been to a sugar on snow party? Goodrich’s hosts them during the sugaring season as long as there’s snow on the ground. Hot syrup (231 degrees, to be exact) hits fresh snow and instantly caramelizes, turning into chewy taffy candy. Join in on the fun for just $2.50 per person.

Goodrich’s offers group tours of the farm, too. Just be sure to call in advance to make your reservation. Pick up some of their maple products on the way out as a souvenir for anyone who wasn’t lucky enough to come along.

Merck Forest & Farmland Center – Rupert

Merck Forest Farmland Center
Merck Forest Farmland visitors center | Photo courtesy of Vicky L.

Merck Forest and Farmland Center teaches visitors the importance of sustainable farming and forestry, which includes the production of their delicious organic maple syrup. Tour the farm’s 40-acre sugarbush, where about 3,000 taps produce syrup yearly.

Visitors can explore the grounds and even hike on-site! Family-centered events happen year-round, so stick around for farming demonstrations, hiking opportunities, festivals, and more. Of course, sweet syrup can be purchased in their gift shop on your way out.

Vermont and maple go hand in hand, so it’s hard to call a trip complete until you’ve been on a maple syrup tour. Don’t miss these sugary opportunities to experience the state’s sweetest treat!

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Author: Katie Wojciechowski

A native Austinite, Katie misses Tex-Mex food, but has fallen in love with Portland. Iceland’s Ring Road, Maui’s Road to Hana, and a horse-trodden trail in Argentina’s wine country are some of her favorite journeys to date, but they fail to top the trip to Marfa and Big Bend she often made during her college years in West Texas.