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Mar 26, 2011 07:13 AM

Sugar Shack Season

Going today to Davenport's in Shelburne , MA, our favorite sugar shack. We like it best because the food is wonderful and varied ( including white or wholewheat pancakes, finnish pancakes, french toast , several breakfast meats, and great pies.). Each patron gets a small maple syrup to use and then take home the remainder, there are real, not styrofoam plates, and the views at this working farm are gorgeous.
Other people have their favorites but for us, davenport's is the BEST!!!

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  1. i agree totally. although it's worth noting they get super busy after about 9:30, so it's best to hit early if you're hungry. bur davenport's really is the best sugarshack food-wise & view-wise in my opinion. there was a period in the early '90s when they were open year round & served dinner as well. those meals -- mostly fish & game oriented -- were quite memorable as well.

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    1. re: fatheryod

      I remember the great days of being open all year! sigh....
      We go late rather than early, after 1:30 , and then no wait either.

    2. thanks for the recommendation. any idea how long their season runs?

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      1. re: andytee

        pretty sure it runs weekends 8-3 until mid april. they have a sign up on rte 2. their phone is listed as (413) 625-2866.

      2. "take home the remainder" have remainders??!!

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        1. re: Science Chick

          yes science chick, amazing! It is a little bottle for each person, much too much for a serving.
          They usually stay open at least until easter.

          1. re: magiesmom

            Any other suggestions? We will be visiting the grandparents in Amherst and would like to go somewhere on Sunday a.m. Davenport's looks great, but I'm wondering if there is anything good closer to Amherst. Last year we went somewhere in Hadley which was a bit disappointing (the food was blah and they weren't even making syrup!). I still long for sap on ice served with pickles, which is what I remember as a kid....

            1. re: Weiszguy

              sugar on snow is more a vermont thing; Gould's has pickles but us way inferior to davenport's. There are places in hadley and deerfield but none good as far as I know.

              1. re: magiesmom

                i think williams in south deerfield has sugar on snow, but it's not nearly as interesting a spot, nor is their food as good as davemport's. they do have an open boiling room, however, and lots of maple sugar stuff they make, so perhaps a visit there is not without merits. they are also open during the week, by the way, when there's not much of a wait. still, if can make davenport's early, the view and atmosphere will be worth the drive, i suspect. and the food is really a cut above.

              2. re: Weiszguy

                Being a hilltowner, (hence the name), I am partial to Davenports, but I must say, in the shacks defence, (the one you wen to last year), last year was a terrible year for syrup making and the season dried up pretty quickly, so please do not condemn the shack for not making syrup in April. None of them were.

                1. re: hilltowner

                  I had breakfast this morning at South Face Farm in Ashfield. Alas, it is their last weekend of this season. Food and service both very good, and they were boiling. The prices are quite reasonable. It's a bit of a jaunt into the hills, but the views are spectacular, and they have birdfeeders at the windows, so we watched the birds while eating cinnamon bread french toast and corn fritters. I used to work at Gray's Sugarhouse back in the day, and South Face is a pretty close second!

                  1. re: cheferella

                    Ah, Gray's... Alas, I have only ever heard of the wonder that was Gray's. I moved to Ashfield shortly after they closed the restaurant, but it seems to have been unanimously adored. I also love South Face, more than Davenports, but I live in Colrain now and Davenports just makes more sense.

                    1. re: hilltowner

                      Gray's was a truly special place. People came for the experience, as much as for the food. The Gray family really went out of their way to give people that experience. The wait in line was often 2 or more hours to be seated, but they had coffee and doughnuts available, and outdoor games and activities for both grownups and kids. And the food was really good, served with warm maple syrup. If they were boiling, you could watch from the dining room. I worked the deep fryer for 7 seasons, and was terribly sad when they closed. Maybe someday the grandkids will be interested in opening the restaurant again.

                      1. re: cheferella

                        I loved gray's too, but am no fan of South Face as our meal there two seasons ago was BAD. maybe just an off day.
                        Elmer's uses the Gray's pancake recipe, supposedly.

                2. re: Weiszguy

                  I can't tell you where to go, but I can tell you where NOT to go. Two weeks ago my wife and I went to the North Hadley Sugar Shack. The service was terrible (the waitress never even came to refill our coffees!), the pancakes were only ok, and the syrup at the table just didn't seem right. When we went into the back and they offered us a sample of syrup, the stuff they were making was thick and sweet...really tummy. But the syrup on the table for breakfast was thin and almost watery, with not much flavor.

                  We left incredibly disappointed.

                  Sugar Shack
                  177 Spring St, Marion, MA 02738

                  1. re: steve_eats

                    too bad! I think you really need to venture into the hills for the real thing.

            2. We went there yesterday, a 2 hour ride, but worth it. LOVED the finnish pancake, a eggy custard delight. When paying we asked how long they were going to be open "3 o'clock" the nice lady said. No, for the season, "3 o'clock" We'll be back yearly!

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                1. re: magiesmom

                  I wonder if it's because Easter is later this year? But she was clear that the 10th was their last day.

                2. re: breakfastfan

                  glad you made it. it's really the best place around.