Honoring the annual maple season, the eight-county region of West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands will be joining with the rest of the state to highlight all things “Maple,” the land, people who produce it and the culture surrounding its enjoyment and use. On March 16, 2019, various sugar houses and other businesses will be joining in the celebration to demonstrate maple syrup production and its many varied applications.
Across the Potomac Highlands region visitors will be able to visit local, family owned and operated sugar houses and participate in a variety of activities. Sugar house activities will range from tree tapping and boiling demonstrations to tours and sampling. If you have never experienced a “sugar camp” now is your chance!
In addition to finding maple at its source, many businesses in the region will be featuring various maple-related specials for the enjoyment of Maple Days visitors. Participating restaurants will feature maple on their menus, ice cream, donut, coffee and chocolate shops will be using maple for a special twist, a distillery and winery featuring age-appropriate maple-themed recipes and even artisans and art galleries working with maple-related products in creative ways. There will also be educational opportunities throughout the region to learn more about the land, the culture and the history of the region from the delicious perspective of maple syrup production and consumption.
The “Potomac Highlands Maple Trail” is perfect example of people coming together to offer a great day and weekend of activities,” stated Dr. Chuck Terrell, President of Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College (Eastern). “Eastern continues to create partnerships and alliances across the region while highlighting all things “local.” We truly are stronger when we work together to create better economic opportunities for our region,” said Terrell.
Eastern is proud to partner with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, West Virginia University Extension and the West Virginia Maple Syrup Producers Association. Be sure to check out their website and Facebook page for updates, featured participants and even a map of stops you won’t want to miss.
Come celebrate all things “Maple” and spend the weekend in the Potomac Highlands. Lodging is available throughout the region, including establishments, which will be hosting their own maple-themed celebrations. Stay for the weekend and check out what the Potomac Highlands has to offer! If you plan to visit, we recommend reaching out to each sugar house or business directly to confirm their hours of operation. Look for the maple flags.
Locator Map: www.tinyurl.com/WVMapleDaysRegionalMap
Social media tag: #WVMapleDays2019