Sunday River Sugaring House
How sweet it is!
The Sunday River Sugaring House is one of the resort’s long-term visions of “Living in Nature’s Cathedral.” The Sunday River Sugaring House offers tours, demonstrations, as well as free candy and syrup samples! Want to bring some home? Sunday River resort-made syrup is for sale at Sunday River Sports, the Mountain Grocer and both Grand Resort Hotel shops. The Sunday River Sugaring House is located at the bottom of the Sundance trail at the base of South Ridge.
The Sunday River Sugaring House will open for the sugaring season soon. Stay tuned for details on our very own Maine Maple Weekend on March 23-24, 2013.
More fun facts:
- Sap is gathered onsite through a system of taps and tubing near the Grand Summit Resort Hotel.
- There are a total of 950 taps connected by almost 3 miles of tubing.
- There are also 100 traditional metal buckets throughout the resort that collect sap.
- There is a total of 2,400 gallons of sap stored at the resort.
- 40-50 gallons of sap are boiled to produce one gallon of maple syrup.
- Each tap will produce about one pint of maple syrup per season.
- The equipment used to boil sap is a wood fired 3' x 10' Leader evaporator.
- The evaporator will boil 85 gallons of sap off per hour.
Like syrup itself, hours of operation for the Sunday River Sugaring House are truly weather dependent. When it's below freezing at night and 40 degrees and sunny during the day, sap will literally pour out of maple trees. On these days the Sugaring House is closed so we can gather over 100 pails of sap. Once the sap has been collected, we come back to the Sugaring House to boil what we have retrieved and turn it into delicious maple syrup. Hence the saying, "When you see the steam pouring out of the Sunday River Sugaring House, we're open!"