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Jul 24, 2011 08:48 PM

Escape the heat wave--Maple Sugaring plans

Seems a strange thing to ask for this time of year, but I'm looking for ideas of food to warm us up in New York state this coming winter.

We're planning a break from the city during our trip to New York early next March. From this website it looks as though there are numerous Maple Sugaring possibilities within 1.5 or 2 hours from NYC by public transit, and the dates in 2011 suggest that they may be going on while we're there in 2012.

I expect some of these are better than others, and would appreciate comments on the various options.

Additionally, we will need to eat a meal or two on our excursion. I'm thinking it will be cold and we'll want something to warm us up, but not so filling as to make the train ride a pain. Given the constraints of travel mode and time, I won't be too picky as to what type of food exactly, but would prefer a yummy local spot.

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  1. The way restaurants come & go, you'd be better off posting this question next February!

    6 Replies
    1. re: menton1

      I'll be back!

      But mostly, at this point, I'm just wondering if the whole plan--head up north, get something hearty and warming to eat, do the sugaring thing, come back to town by bedtime--is workable. Am I going to find the kind of places I'm looking for with accessibility from the public transit we take from the city? Being cold and hungry and far from our hotel room and dealing with a cranky (because he's hungry) kid sounds miserable. Will that be our situation?

      1. re: saacnmama

        The link that you posted doesn't work - do you know the names of some of the towns that offer maple sugaring?

        1. re: Solstice444

          There's little information about this now. Something like checking the ski conditions in June!

          1. re: menton1

            Oh okay, I was just wondering since it seemed like she had heard of some places which she tried to show us, but the link is broken.

          2. re: Solstice444

            Sorry 'bout that! Trying the link again.

            Here are the names of the places listed.

            Nature Place Day Camp, Chestnut Ridge, NY
            Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining, NY
            Westmoreland Sanctuary Nature Center and Wildlife Preserve, Mount Kisco, NY
            Hoyt Farm, Smithtown, NY
            Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
            Tenafly Nature Center, Tenafly, NJ
            Millbrook Village, Millbrook, NJ
            Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT

            I'm guessing that it's a regular thing for most of them, and am trying to get an idea of if it's doable/which is most accessible. Google maps says they're all within a 90 to 120 min by public transit, but that isn't right. Also, we'd rather be out on a farm than in a suburban shopping center.

            Thanks for your help!

            1. re: saacnmama

              Teatown is a very nice place that has a "in the country" feel. There many places to choose from to eat in Ossining, there are Ossining threads somewhere on the boards if you search. You'd have to take a taxi from the train station, and it looks like it's closer if you get off at Croton-Harmon rather than Ossining.

              I haven't been to any of the other places listed. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum sounds interesting though, and Cornwall-on-Hudson is a cute small town with lots of nature/hiking areas around it. Woody's All Natural is supposed to have good burgers and organic stuff but I haven't been.