Tap Into Maple Syrup: Six Sweet Stops Near Us

Things are getting a little sweeter up here! Tap Into Maple 2018 does that. It’s that time of year when we celebrate all things maple across Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramera and Severn. Until April 30th, experience the “sweetest route” in Ontario’s Lake Country with 14 stops, ranging from local maple syrup producers, attractions, family activities, restaurants and cafes, all with maple-inspired goodies, local syrup and homemade goods.

The Tap into Maple driving route showcases our region’s local maple syrup, maple products and events. It’s your chance to experience maple history, taste local maple cuisine, and create your own maple products. We at Rawley are proud to say that we are one of the sweet stops on the route!

From producers to restaurants, cafes to museums, there’s something for everyone at Tap Into Maple – you can get outside and tour a sugar bush, enjoy local maple cuisine, learn about cooking with maple products, take a horse-drawn wagon ride and bring home sweet treats to enjoy all year long! Here are some of the highlights, just a short drive from the resort:

Rawley Resort – Lighthouse Restaurant

Okay, so this stop takes no driving. Stay for the weekend and take in all the activities or make it a date night and share a sweet treat at our restaurant. Enjoy our signature maple dessert, a Maple Syrup Donut with a dark chocolate glaze. Served with homemade, Maple Syrup Ice Cream Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 9pm. Here’s a coupon for 10% off. So now that you have a comfortable stay and a decadent dessert, let’s explore the route.

Producers

Hewitt’s Farm Market & Bakery

Experience maple from tree to bottle at Hewitt’s. Maple season is a busy one at the farm. And they certainly know maple; this family owned business has been doing this truly Canadian experience since 1976. Tour their Sap Hut and visit their from scratch bakery. There’s plenty off maple items to choose from like Hewitt’s maple syrup, baking, barbecue sauces, candles, soaps, fudge, coffee, candies. Show your coupon and enjoy a 10% discount on all maple products!

Backwoods Maple Syrup

Located South East of the Coldwater Village this maple establishment has been producing since 2006. With over 2,000 taps and growing, Backwoods is a local maple syrup producer offering up bottled maple syrup in a variety of sizes.

Attractions

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

We’ve talked about the hiking, biking and skiing trails, canoeing and kayaking at Wye Marsh before. Maple season is another great time to visit the Centre. Explore Wye Marsh and learn about the cultural and natural uses of maple syrup during their special Sweetwater Programs including Sugar Shack tours. Sweetwater activities are available until April 9. Redeem your coupon to receive 20% off admission at the Marsh (Sweetwater Festival excluded).

Events

Visit The Easter Bunny

Very Important Bunny Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, March 31 –  10:00 to 11:00am

Hewitt’s Farm Market & Bakery

Bring the family for a pancake breakfast with the Easter bunny at Hewitt’s. Pre-purchase your ticket as limited seating is available.

Make It A Weekend

Maple Weekend

Saturday, April 7 & Sunday, April 8
Various Locations

Simcoe District Maple Syrup Producers Association will be hosting the 4th Annual Maple Weekend including local producers! See how maple products are produced, visit sugar shacks, taste and purchase quality maple products. Sugar makers are inviting you to share in the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring. Come and talk to the producers in your local area. They will be happy to share with you how their operation works.

That is just a sampling of the events that you can participate in during Tap Into Maple. We are a perfect weekend home for you to taste some of the sweetness of the season and to explore the natural beauty (and flavour) of the area. Visit Tap Into Maple for information on all of the participating producers, businesses and activities. Be sure to use #TapIntoMaple and #RawleyTime to share your adventures!

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