Tomorrow is National Maple Syrup Day and the best way to celebrate is to have a delicious warm breakfast with good quality maple syrup. I plan to enjoy my oatmeal with blueberries, nuts, cinnamon, and syrup! Spiced pancakes and waffles with syrup would also make a nice breakfast on a winter cold morning. And next time you are in Whole Foods or a speciality market, look over all the maple syrup options. I think you might be delightfully surprised by how many varieties of natural syrup are available. I was educated a few winters back in Stowe, Vermont.
Two years ago for New Years, we planned what we thought would be an epic ski trip with our good friends to Smugglers Notch. Well, the weather had other plans for us. It was not cold enough for the snow to stick and then the rain washed away what little snow remained. By the third day, there were patches of green grass all around us and we decided to make the best of the trip. Instead of spending our last vacation day on the slopes, we made a day exploring Vermont’s finest.
The town of Stowe is a quaint, picturesque town, even more so when covered in fresh snow. There are darling little shops and restaurants and beautiful barns tucked off the main street. Character and charm is all around and it is really a very romantic place to visit. Also, within a few hours of Smuggs is the home of Ben & Jerry’s, Cabot cheese (sample, sample and more samples here!), and Cold Hollow Cider Mill. The cider mill has fresh apple cider donuts, jams and jellies, and many varieties of Vermont maple syrup. I think we spent about an hour in this store admiring the selections and sampling! We purchased apple pancake mixes, raspberry jam, and syrups which enjoyed for many months after the vacation. There are also many breweries around the town if you like microbrews. Although we didn’t get to explore all the ski trails like we had imagined, it was a memorable New Year’s Eve with our friends, and I would would definitely return to Jeffersonville and Stowe.