North Conway Via Montpellier Just You Singles Holidays

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NORTH CONWAY via MONTPELLIER - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 12th October 2017


There’s little chance for a lie-in with Just You - the itinerary is action packed. Although the main Maple Production is in Canada, we had so much to see there that our visit to a Maple Farm was designated for the USA. I think we all found the visit thoroughly fascinating. Did you know the Syrup has to be tapped (like a rubber tree) at a certain temperature and is harvested when the farmers are wearing their winter coats and snow is on the ground.

We met a couple of real old characters who related the story of the Maple gathering which was quite fascinating. There are dozens of different Maples. Maple syrup is a syrup usually made from the xylem sap of sugar maple, red maple, or black maple trees, although it can also be made from other maple species. In cold climates, these trees store starch in their trunks and roots before the winter; the starch is then converted to sugar that rises in the sap in late winter and early spring. Maple trees are tapped by drilling holes into their trunks and collecting the exuded sap, which is processed by heating to evaporate much of the water, leaving the concentrated syrup.

We were served a sample in a unique way. There were gherkins on the table probably to cut the sweetness of the Syrup. We were given little cups of crushed ice and a measure of the syrup - very runny but which solidified on contact with the ice. You then scooped it up onto a biscuit or a gherkin and it was delicious. I don’t have a sweet tooth but I did purchase a small bottle shaped like a Maple Leaf - well I had to didn’t I.

Our next port of call was the smallest Capital in the USA with possibly one of the largest Capital buildings - Montpellier is the State Capital of Vermont and a truly magnificent edifice and a great place to photograph. 

It was only a whistle stop at Montpellier but we did see one of the famous bridges over the river - not covered and not like the Bridge at Madison County! but interesting nevertheless.

Our resting place for the night was North Conway - again a small and attractive town and this time with a lovely covered bridge and many interesting craft shops.

NORTH CONWAY via MONTPELLIER - Just You Singles Holidays

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