It’s time to celebrate the New York State tree – the sugar maple. The sugar maple was adopted as the state tree for the Empire State in 1956. This weekend (and last, though many of us were too busy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to notice) is the 23rd annual Maple Weekend – when maple farms across New York State invite the public to come tour their maple farms and see firsthand the process of producing maple syrup and related products. The Maple Producers Association also has a comprehensive list of pancake breakfasts available this weekend to try your New York maple syrup, as well as an interactive list of participating maple farms to visit. Check their website for more details.
If you happen to be in “Downeast” Maine for a few days’ R&R, York has plenty of attractions to make for a good visit. Home of Cape Neddick Lighthouse, better known as “Nubble Light”, York has beautiful coastlines and attractive beaches. There’s even an arcade right at the beach. At The Goldenrod you can watch the saltwater taffy being made fresh right before your eyes – and their lunches (and frappes!) are delicious.
For the fiber enthusiasts, York has a very attractive and welcoming yarn shop (the Yarn Sellar) which happens to be on the Maine Yarn Cruise (a summer yarn crawl around the state) and stocks Maine yarns.
And last but certainly not least – the York Wild Kingdom offers fun for all ages, whether that be on the amusement park rides or visiting the wide variety of animals at the zoo and butterflies in their Butterfly Kingdom.
Happy vacation planning!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Don’t forget: it’s Paddy, never Patty. http://paddynotpatty.com/
Annie Moore was the first person to go through Ellis Island in New York, entering America. Rumor has it that there’s a matching statue of her there…
The largest monument to a writer in the world, the Scott Monument commemorates Sir Walter Scott, an Edinburgh-born writer famous for his historical novels.