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(Spoiler alert:  way-cool video link at the end of the article) 

Right out your back door (so to speak) are the finest maple sugar producers in the world (and they're not in Vermont!).  Shushan, Salem, Argyle, Hartford and surrounds boast an unusually high concentration of maple sugar trees, which not only makes the area more beautiful than any other in the Fall, it makes it more deliciously productive in the Spring.  Over the next two weekends, you can get up close and personal with the maple sugaring process by attending any one of a number of maple sugar pancake breakfasts held right on the farms that produce the elixir.  A typical meal costs just a few dollars and features a couple of sausage links, a small stack of pancakes and WARM maple syrup.  In some places you can actually be dripped upon from the gathering condensation created by the sugaring process.  It doesn't get any more authentic than that! 

For information and directions, let me direct you to:

If you'd like to get a glimpse of the area of which I am speaking, check out my buddy Terry Campbell's video at which is not only educational, it shows you the area surrounding their sap house.  

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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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