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Maple Weekends "On Tap" & Off The Beaten Path

One thing the Battenkill Valley is NOT is "touristy."  There is an authenticity to everything here; none of that all-that-and-the-t-shirt-too blatentnish you'll find across the state border.  And no time is this more true than Sugarin' Time. Sugar houses will be open the weekends of March 20 and 27.  You want authenticity?  Check out Mapleland Farms in Argyle, where you can have a traditional pancake breakfast in the actual sap house (and occasionally get dripped on by the sap condensation that builds up on the tin roof!).   The view alone is worth the trip. Or try the pancakes at Dry Brook Sugar House in Salem down Chamber Hollow and sit smack in the middle of one of the biggest and most impressive farms around.    (Just watch where you step!)  Wherever you go you'll find the syrup will be served warm and, of course, you can buy some to take home.  It's fun, it's educational, it's delicious, and it's very, very authentic.  For more info and directions visit
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I've had the pleasure of experiencing some of the attractions thiss Mr. Budde describes, and I tell ya he's right on the money.
As a photographer, I've done enough travelling to make you think I'm a cartographer-in-training, so I've been to a lot of nice places, but the Battenkill is peerless when you combine its scenery, diverse offerings and friendly folk.

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Al Budde

40 minutes East of Saratoga and a world away; the Battenkill Valley is a Cornucopia of Cool. No Interstates. No noise. No hurry. Called "The Tuscany of New York", the region abounds in farm-crafted cheeses, creameries, heirloom vegetables and specialty meats you can buy right off the farm. Art galleries that will amaze you. Scenery that will inspire you. And through it all runs the Battenkill River, an astonishingly clear and gentle water playground that also happens to be the toughest trout fishery in the U.S.A Like touring? There's a reason the largest pro-am bike race in America happens here. And don't get me started on the Revolutionary war history, or the “you won't believe what I found: antiques and shops.

AL BUDDE has a lot of interests in fly fishing, playwriting, canoeing (and tubing), history, shopping, dining, friendships and he counts himself among the fortunate few who have found a place where all of those things collide: The Battenkill Valley. He knows (almost) everyone here, and will be your personal guide to all of those hidden places, activities, sights and scenery it would take you years to discover on your own. Discover the Battenkill Valley. Have fun. Make new discoveries. Renew your soul. And start here!


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