Friday, March 13, 2009

Highland Maple Festival next two weekends

It's known as Virginia's Switzerland, this southern-most location for gathering maple syrup, and it's right here in our backyard. Highland County will again host its annual Maple Festival the weekends of March 13-14 and March 20-21 in locations throughout the county.

Make plans to meander back roads, stuff yourself with pancakes drenched with locally-made maple syrup or try the trout or maple BBQ chicken, be entertained while eating fresh maple donuts made by the Ruritans, buy crafts, take in the beauty of this rural setting populated with sheep and cattle, and relax. Slow down. Breathe the cold, fresh air of the mountains.

View of McDowell in 2008

When you pass through McDowell, plan to visit Francis Chester and his daughter who will be working his traveling Cestari Farm booth at the Ruritan Building. Look for the red barn display set up outside featuring wool products from Mr. Chester's Churchville's Cestari Farm ... wool sweaters, socks, scarves, hats, sheepskin slippers and rugs, hot chocolate bits, flower bulbs, preserves, and more.

Last year I attended the festival and posted commentary and photos:
Highland Maple Festival ... Almost Heaven
South to Hot Springs

Take I-81 to Staunton's exit 225 (Holiday Inn). Turn south onto Rt. 262 and follow to Rt. 250. Exit at Rt. 250 and turn west toward Monterey. You will travel through Churchville and Deerfield on your way up and over Shenandoah Mountain into Highland County.

Maple events take place all over the county. Check out the Highland County website for more info about events and lodging.

You will be going through Pastures District in Augusta County ... enjoy as you pass through!

Photos by SWAC Girl
Lynn Mitchell

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