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22 selecttraveler.com J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7 NORTHEAST KINGDOM MAPLE TRAIL V E R M O N T Vermont's Northeast Kingdom includes three counties in the north- east corner of the state and was listed in Patricia Shultz's book "1,000 Places to See Before You Die." And while visiting, there are 1,000 ma- ple syrups to try — roughly. April's Maple harvests maple sap on its 800 acres of sugar bush near Canaan. The sugarhouse is open every day except Tuesday, and free tours and maple syrup tastings are available. April's Maple also has a cafe where groups can have lunch and try the soft-serve maple ice cream. About 45 minutes west, near the town of Derby, Jed's Maple is a family-owned operation where groups can experience all things related to "sugaring." The gift shop sells a range of maple goods, such as ma- ple-frosted nuts and maple balsamic vinaigrette. In 2015, the Wheeler family opened a maple museum in a former sugarhouse, where visitors can see a working wood-fi red evaporator, antiques and mementos. Just a few miles west, on the south end of Lake Memphremagog, the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center in Newport is a food hall that acts a sort of living museum of the region's many specialty foods. There, visitors will fi nd a restaurant, a bakery, a cider house, a tasting bar, a coffee shop and a maple shop. Butternut Mountain Farm's shop showcases the farm's maple products: syrups, sugars, candies, pop- corn, butters, barbecue sauce and pancake mix. To experience the Vermont tradition of sugaring, the annual Maple Open House is a must. Hundreds of sugarhouses normally closed to the public throw open their doors for a weekend, March 25-26 this year, to teach people about sugar-making. Visitors can enjoy pancake breakfasts and make sugar on the snow, just like Laura Ingalls did in "Little House in the Big Woods." W W W . D I G I N V T . C O M Courtesy Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Assoc. Grading syrup Inside a syrup sugarhouse 8 0 0 - 6 3 4 - 9 4 4 3 į w w w. L o u i s i a n a N o r t h s h o r e . c o m /g r o u p s rejuvenate your mind & body Adventure, Excitement, Relaxation & Inspiration. That's what you'll fi nd in St. Tammany Parish. Visit the Northshore and bring your appetite for great Louisiana cooking, and for living. Only 45 minutes from New Orleans. L O U I S I A N A ' S N O R T H S H O R E © Cajun Encounters

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