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The Top 7 Sugar Houses to Visit in Massachusetts

From sap to syrup
From sap to syrup | © QUOI Media Group / Flickr
Sugar houses, or sugar shacks, are a staple in New England. In addition to offering fresh maple syrup, they can double up as restaurants. Visitors are invited to learn more about the maple industry, enjoy sweet snacks, and experience a sense of community that can’t be found in supermarket aisles. Read on to learn more about the top sugar houses in Massachusetts.

Gould’s Maple Sugar House

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Boiling the syrup at Gould's Sugar House | © Kay Rhodes / Flickr
Gould’s Sugar House in Shelburne Falls has syrup that tastes delicious and fresh. Like other traditional sugar shacks, Gould’s is open only for two months in the spring and two months in the fall, so be sure to stop in to watch how the syrup is made. Breakfast is also available and comes with Gould’s own syrup.
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Mon - Sun:
8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast

Atmosphere:

Casual, Family Friendly

The Red Bucket Sugar Shack

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Stop by The Red Bucket Sugar Shack for a full pancake breakfast, and then watch the owners make pure maple syrup. You can even view the boiling process. Children and kids at heart will love learning more about the industry, craftsmanship, and tradition involved in the family-owned and operated business. Their season typically closes in April, so watch their site for updates.
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Mon - Sun:
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast

Atmosphere:

Casual, Family Friendly

Hardwick Sugar Shack

Farm Shop, American, $$$
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Grades of maple syrup
Grades of maple syrup | © LadyDragonflyCC - >;< / Flickr
Located in Hardwick, this sugar shack is a small, family-owned farm. Stop by to get an inside look at the dedication and craft that goes into making maple syrup. The benefit of visiting a smaller, lesser-known sugar house is the authenticity that comes through. You can learn a lot about the family just by reading their blog with updates on the farm! Hardwick Sugar Shack allows the public to stop by during open houses on Sundays throughout the syrup season.
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North Hadley Sugar Shack

Restaurant, American, $$$
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North Hadley Sugar Shack is one of the few sugar houses that stays open year-round with their fresh farm market and deli. Of course, maple syrup-making season is only in the winter, so be sure to swing by at that time to see the experience firsthand. If you’re lucky, you may even get to try the shack’s incredible Bourbon Maple Syrup, which flies off the shelves quickly. They also have strawberries, asparagus, and other seasonal fruits and vegetables throughout the summer.
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Mon - Sun:
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual, Family Friendly

Steve’s Sugar Shack

Restaurant, American, $$$
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This small sugar shack in Westhampton serves up not only delicious pancakes with bacon but also all other breakfast eats. Stop by early in the morning during maple syrup season to grab a seat. The eatery is seasonal only, so check the website to learn when to stop by—typically the last Saturday of February through the second Sunday of April every year.
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Sat - Sun:
7:00 am - 1:00 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast, Brunch

Atmosphere:

Casual, Fast Casual

Hanging Mountain Farm

Diner, American, $$$
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Strawbale Cafe at Hanging Mountain Farm is truly a farm-to-table experience. This breakfast café is open year-round, except during the month of January. Enjoy traditional sugar house eats during the maple syrup season, including waffles, pancakes, meats, and eggs. During the rest of the year, Hanging Mountain Farm switches to a more creative breakfast menu giving you variety—they even have some gluten-free eats! Dine outside on their patio overlooking the farm, and then check out their unique gifts inside the gift shop. From February to March, you can learn more about how they make their delicious maple syrup.
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Sat - Sun:
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast, Brunch

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual, Family Friendly

High Hopes Farm Sugar House

Restaurant, $$$
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High Hopes Farm Sugar House is open seasonally to visitors during the sugaring season, February through April. Stop in for an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with pancakes, French toast, home fries, bacon, sausage, ham, and their very own homemade maple syrup all for less than $12 per person. It’s quite a steal and a local favorite! Visitors can always watch the syrup being produced in the evaporator if they come during a period of cold nights and warmer days.
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Sat - Sun:
7:00 am - 2:00 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch

Atmosphere:

Family Friendly, Casual