Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks
Bus tour groups will have a truly authentic Vermont experience with a stop at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier. Free sugarhouse tours and tastings, multimedia displays in a real woodshed theater, a nature trail, country store and an outdoor Vermont farm life museum make up the diverse Morse Farm experience.
The history of this family-run business begins in 1814, when James Morse first settled in Vermont. Today, maple syrup is made here by an eighth generation of Morse family members, whose ancestors were taught to tap maple trees by Native Americans.
Morse Farm is open year-round, and each season offers a memorable outing for bus tour passengers. Anytime of year, visitors can enjoy a video about maple sugaring and the Morse family history, seated on sugar maple stumps in a real woodshed theater; examine the equipment used for maple sugaring in the Sugar House; trek the Maple Tree Trail to view the various maple and tree varieties and see how the sap is collected; sample a variety of maple syrups and maple-flavored treats; visit an outdoor museum that includes an antique replica of the Vermont State House; and shop in the large, well-stocked store for authentic maple syrup and other Vermont specialty foods, produce in season and a full array of craft and gift items. Selections can be mailed from the store or carried out. In addition, the property is adorned with whimsical folk characters carved with a chainsaw by owner Burr Morse.
The two most popular seasons for tours are spring and fall. Tree-tapping – or “sugarin’” – which takes place in the spring, has a very short run, from three to five weeks, beginning anywhere from late February or mid-March and running through early April, depending on weather conditions. During this exciting time, tour passengers can witness the maple sap being boiled down into syrup in the Sugar House and get a taste of “Sugar on Snow” – hot maple sugar turned to taffy when it’s drizzled over shaved ice and served with a fresh donut.
Fall, of course, is prime tourist season in Vermont, when bus groups will be treated to a dazzling display of autumn foliage. At Morse Farm, tour passengers can enjoy a maple creemee (soft serve ice cream flavored with authentic Vermont maple) and stroll the nature trail to take in the brilliant colors of the sugar maple leaves.
No on-site dining is available, but maple creemies, Sugar on Snow and other treats, such as milkshakes and floats, are offered for sale (drivers and escorts get a free sample).
Morse Farm welcomes bus tours anytime, with 20-minute guided tours available for a small fee (self-guided tours are free). Reservations are required from mid-September to mid-October, because of the volume of visitors during fall, and they are appreciated during spring, summer and winter. Buses can drop off and pick up passengers at the main entrance and park in the adjacent lot. Tour planners should allot at least one hour for groups to take the tour, walk around on their own and shop in the store.
Email Glee@MorseFarm.com for more details and reservations.
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Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks