Malabar Farm State Park Maple Syrup Festival Offers a Weekend of Fun in the Great Outdoors


March 5, 2014

Malabar Farm State Park Maple Syrup Festival Offers a Weekend of Fun in the Great Outdoors

If you love history and the great outdoors, we have plenty to do in Central Ohio that will leave you with rosy, springtime cheeks and a refreshed glow to your skin as you enjoy nature in all its glory.

Each year Malabar Farm State Park, the home of late conservationist and author Louis Bromfield located near Lucas and Mansfield, Ohio, hosts their Maple Syrup Festival over the first couple weekends of March. This year, the second weekend of the event is quickly coming up on the calendar, from noon to 4 p.m., on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9.


Held annually since 1977, this event brings hundreds of people to the peaceful and scenic Malabar Farm, the famous Pugh Cabin (this historic cabin was used in the movie “Shawshank Redemption” and now will offer activities for children), and the working Sugar Shack that produces Ohio maple syrup. Those who enjoy the damp, muddy trails of spring, the sweet aroma of maple sugar being boiled down, pioneer reenactments and education, viewing the farm animals and rolling hills, and learning from historical presentations all can adjourn for a celebration of nature, and of course, all things maple!

During the festival days, live presentations educate attendees on how sugar was first made as well as explaining the modern process of making maple sap into syrup! Inside the simmering Sugar Shack, they even give you free samples of freshly boiled syrup after you learn how it all works.

You can park and take a ride on horse-drawn wagons to the section of the farm where the sugar shack and Pugh Cabin sit, or up to the Louis Bromfield estate which will be open for tours.  If you would rather walk, it’s a great crisp and lovely hike between areas in view of a natural stream and forested areas. Sometimes there is even a Native American hiding behind the trees along the way. There is plenty to do, so plan on spending the entire day, bring extra money for maple syrup and snacks, and wear your boots!

To read more on this heritage event that features all things maple, go to and enjoy the photos from past events.

*Photos at Malabar Farm by Erin Al-Mehairi, Addison's Compass Public Relations and Breathe Beauty Art and Photography*

Stay at HideAway Country Inn to Complete Your Weekend!

If you are coming in for Malabar Farm’s Maple Syrup Festival, we’d love for you to take the beautiful country drive towards Bucyrus, Ohio, and stay the night with us at HideAway Country Inn. We are a large, yet cozy, bed and breakfast that offers fine dining options and amazing breakfasts. We have the same historic feel you’ve been experiencing at Malabar as we sit on 22 acres of woodland area, offering sweeping views from many of our rooms and our dining areas. We have Loft, Premiere, and even a Treehouse Suite that are great options for a couple getaway weekend, a small family excursion, or even a gathering place if you are with a group of friends.

For instance, if you like the outdoors, you might consider our Hunter’s Den Loft, which you can view here: /rooms/hunters-den or our Eagle’s Nest, shown here: /rooms/eagles-nest. However, we have plenty of other rooms to choose from equipped with warm and quaint fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, and a relaxing atmosphere. You can view them all on our website here: /rooms.

In addition to our lovely dining room, we also offer our Leaning Oak Bistro and Wine Bar, with décor made out of recycled wine barrels, high tables, and a bar. Check that out here: /dining/leaning-oak-bistro-and-wine-bar.

We hope to assist you soon in finalizing your getaway plans. Give HideAway Country Inn a call at (800) 570-8233 to discuss your plans!

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