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Maple: Tapping into PA - Laurel Highlands

Duration: 2 days, 2 night

Get your maple fix in the Laurel Highlands, a region bustling with maple production. In this neck of the woods, more than 90 maple farms and nearly 120,500 taps produce approximately 27,000 gallons of maple syrup every year! Local businesses — including distilleries, cafés, and restaurants — take pride in these sweet riches and incorporate maple syrup into their recipes, products, and experiences. In this road trip, you’ll get to explore the Laurel Highlands from tree to table. From learning the ins and outs of maple production and its history to indulging in specialty bites at local eateries, you’ll find there’s no such thing as too much maple.

Rise and shine, maple lovers! It’s time to greet the day and continue your trek into the Laurel Highlands. The maple season brings tons of events and festivals to the region, and depending on your road trip date, you’ll have two opportunities to tap into the long-standing Keystone tradition.

For Foodies & History Buffs: Maple Weekend Taste and Tour (March 10 & 11)

Travel Time: 30 minutes

Go north to the Somerset Historical Center’s annual Maple Weekend Taste and Tour, a free two-day event with 16 recreated 17th century Somerset County sugar camps to promote the maple industry. Learn about tapping, gathering, and boiling sap while you sample delicious maple concoctions and products. If you’re a foodie, this taste and tour is surely for you.

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For Families & Festival Lovers: PA Maple Festival (March 17-18 & 21-25)

Right in Yoder’s Guest House’s backyard is the Pennsylvania Maple Festival. You’re invited to celebrate spring and the tradition that comes with the season: the tapping of maple syrup from local maple trees. The seven-day festival includes tapping demonstrations, live entertainment, and activities for kids.

Morguen Toole

Travel Time: 27 minutes

Morguen Toole, a historic four-story building that once housed a hardware store, furniture store, and mortuary, is now home to an eclectic restaurant with a satisfying menu. This restaurant is a must-stop place along the Great Allegheny Passage, a trail that connects Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.

Brantview Farms

Travel Time: 29 minutes

Craving more maple production in action? Get your fix at Brantview Farms. The maple camp comes alive as the trees are tapped, tubing is placed, and the gathering begins. Visitors have the chance to see the process firsthand, attend product demonstrations, and stock up on maple products like maple cotton candy and pure syrup!

Quecreek Mine Rescue Site

Travel Time: 27 minutes

History awaits you at the Quecreek Mine Rescue Site, located just off Somerset Pike. Experience the miraculous story where nine miners were trapped underground for over 77 hours in July 2002. Hear how rescue workers freed the miners from 240 feet beneath the earth, and see artifacts like the rescue capsule and broken drill bit used in the rescue operation

Levi Deal Mansion Bed & Breakfast

Travel Time: 30 minutes

Your final stop is the opulent yet comfortable Levi Deal Mansion. Crowning Meyer's Avenue, a tree-lined thoroughfare hosting some of the oldest and grandest houses in Meyersdale, the Deal Mansion was home to local coal and timber baron Levi Deal and his family. Completed in 1900, the 15-room house features a ballroom on the top floor, reception hall, parlors, drawing rooms, a dining room, and library all trimmed in light, native hardwoods, including birch, oak, and maple.

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