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Mar 6, 2013 06:24 AM

Sugar shack that servers breakfast?

With maple sugaring season underway, I'd like to visit a local sugar shack where we can enjoy a hot breakfast with fresh maple syrup. Any recommendations on one that's close to Boston? Say, less than a 1.5 hour drive? I checked out the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association's list (, but nothing jumped out.

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    Google maps wants to just send you up 3 to Nashua and then over.
    I usually do it through Carlisle, Westford, Groton and up that way...takes a little longer but a fun drive.

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    1. re: rknrll

      I've never been to Parkers during sugaring season but in the fall you may experience a wait over an hour on weekends. It's not great either. Not even the highly touted ham hash.

      1. re: trufflehound

        agree that Parker's food is meh. The donuts, which you can get to go with little to no wait from the shop, i found to be great (both cake and yeast varieties).

        1. re: valcfield

          I agree. I've only been a few times...and didn't eat there a couple times because the wait was crazy.
          Last year I went and the place was empty...I'll see if I can figure out when I went. They were making the maple sugar and we did the tour...I remember it was raining and really wet, huge puddles in the parking lots, but there was still ice under the puddles. Slush everywhere.

          I was surprised they used carved turkey in the turkey club though...was fully expecting lunch meat style.

          1. re: rknrll

            We visited this past Sunday, it was the first weekend they were boiling the sap. We put our name in at 11 am and were told 1.5 hours, but the actual wait time was less than an hour. Plenty of time to listen to the presentation, etc. When I called ahead, they said the restaurant quiets down considerably after 12 noon.

            The food isn't terribly exciting, but I sure enjoyed my buckwheat pancakes!

            The parking lot and walk to the sugar house were definitely muddy.

    2. I've had the best experiences at Davenport's in Shelburne, MA. Not sure where you are starting from, but it's only about 1.5 hr from us (Waltham). I like them b/c they are not really commercial and the view from their farm, up on a huge hill, is spectacular.

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      1. re: Science Chick

        yes, and their food is really good. If you go after 1 they still serve breakfast but no line. It is worth the drive once a year.

      2. I second the recommendation for Davenport's. When the winter snow finally starts to melt, the aroma of the boiling syrup is intoxicating. It's located on a working farm which also sells eggs and raw milk, as well as maple products and of course, sugarhouse breakfast! It is also located near Wheel-View Farm, a great source for grass-fed beef (they sometimes have lamb too, which I believe the second generation of the family raises on a nearby property).

        Also in the general area, but farther out, is South Face Sugarhouse off Route 116 in Ashfield - my personal favorite.

        Let me know if you want detailed directions to any of these.

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        1. re: LilBrownBat

          Gee, I think Davenport's is Head and shoulders above South Face, even though I live much closer to South Face we always go the extra half hour to Davenport's.

          1. re: magiesmom

            An extra hour, from South Face to Davenport's? I'm not sure we're talking about the same places -- they're half an hour apart at most. In any case, I had breakfast yesterday at South Face and it was most excellent. Haven't been to Davenport's yet this year, that's probably next weekend.

            1. re: LilBrownBat

              Um, I said the extra HALF hour, Lil BrownBat ( see above).
              I'm glad you like South Face. I haven't been in a few years because of a bad experience . perhaps we should try again.

              We'll be at D's next Sunday so perhaps we will cross paths.

        2. lists a slew of maple sugarhouses with restaurants, as you said you checked out.

          I like North Hadley Sugar Shack, not far from Amherst.