Vermont Arts Council has created a fabulous web page that guides you on a tour of Vermont maple farms along with nearby galleries and other places to enjoy Vermont art – murals, sculptures and much more.
Do you love Vermont? Just open this page and start driving – leave all the route planning to Vermont experts in hospitality:
With more than 3,000 sugar makers, Vermont is the leading maple syrup producer in the country. This self-guided tour can be done anytime in the season – through late April – or combined with visits during Maple Open House Weekend, March 23 and 24, or a day at the Vermont Maple Festival, April 26 to 28.
Take pictures (you won’t be able to stop yourself) and send them out into the world using the hashtags #VTarts and #VTmaple; the arts council repost some of the best. Highlights, north to south include:
St. Albans hosts the Vermont Maple Festival in April. A popular local mural titled “Sugaring Off” by Phillip Von Saltza can be found in the town’s Federal Building. Visitors can also enjoy “Haying,” another onsite mural by the same artist. Both were New Deal paintings commissioned in 1939.
The Branon Family Maple Orchards, in Fairfield and Bakersfield, are run by seventh generation maple producers. Nearby and open for Vermont Maple Open House Weekend are Bouchard Family Dairy in Franklin and Leahy’s Maple Farm in St. Albans.
Jeffersonville and Enosburg
Jeffersonville has two new public murals. At the roundabout in town, see the North and South Silos, by artist Sarah Rutherford. Both murals feature state symbols such as the hermit thrush and red clover.
Also nearby and worth coming back to visit when it’s open in summer, Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Enosburg Falls features 50 massive sculptures by David Stromeyer amid old farm meadows and hay fields.
At Snowshoe Pond Maple Sugarworks in Enosburg Falls, Barbara and George Salg have been producing maple products for generations. In Jeffersonville, at Marsh Family Sugarworks, Diane and Ryan Marsh manage over 10,000 taps. Sweets shoppers should flock to the Vermont Maple Outlet on Route 15 in Jeffersonville.
At Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits in Cambridge, Maple Open House activities include free sugar on snow. See their sugarhouse at work and sample syrup inside. Maple butter yeast donuts will be available for purchase. In the winery, enjoy maple cocktails, maple wine and maple cream liqueur.
Just south of Burlington, the Shelburne Museum offers a full day of glorious art exploration on a vast property.
A short drive downtown Burlington is Backyard Boilers in Colchester. During open house weekend, visitors can watch traditional methods of sugaring on a “gentleman’s farm” with chickens, geese, and ducks.
At Shelburne Farms’ 15-acre sugarbush, sap is collected using modern plastic tubing and about 50 metal buckets.
Visitors to the State capital can stop at the Vermont Arts Council on State Street. Open to the public, tourists and locals alike can explore the Council’s year-round outdoor sculpture garden. It is a lovely place to enjoy some quiet reflection.
A major figure in Vermont’s maple sugaring world is Morse Farm Sugarworks a 200-year-old family sugaring operation led by the inimitable Burr Morse. Open and serving maple creemees year round, Morse Farm offers sugar house tours and syrup tastings, a country store, displays in a real woodshed theater, nature trails, and an outdoor farm life museum.
Rutland’s extensive arts scene features public art and outdoor exhibits. In West Rutland, The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center has a contemporary sculpture garden situated at an historic marble quarry. Just down the road, explore the West Rutland Art Park’s outdoor sculptures. Several public murals always delight travelers.
At Green’s Sugarhouse in Poultney, the tradition of maple sugaring has been passed down through six generations. Though open year round for tastings and guided tours, Pam Green recommends calling ahead (802-287-5745).
At the Poultney Maplefest Craft Fair on March 25, Vermont artisans offer handmade crafts and locally-produced art, including painted sap buckets, yarn, knitted items, jewelry, greeting cards, sachets, photographs, art, glass, wood, and tin products.
Home to the largest sculpture garden in the state, the Southern Vermont Arts Center offers outdoor art and a historic mansion and art gallery. SVAC’s stunning sculpture park and gardens provide a mix of culture and contemplation for art lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. You will be stunned by glorious views of the Green and Taconic Mountains in every direction.
Dutton Berry Farm has three well-known farm stands across Southern Vermont where you can purchase maple syrup and other specialty products. Wild Farm Maple is an old hill farm on the lower slopes of Mount Equinox, chopped out of the wilderness at the end of the 18th century. The Clay family arrived to restore the property in the 1960s and began producing maple in 1972.