Lake Placid Resort Making its Own Maple Syrup
By Mirror Staff
Monday, March 21, 2011
Spring has arrived in Lake Placid, New York and the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort has teamed up with Adirondack Sugarhouse and Cornell University to launch a new maple sugar program, bringing the sugaring off traditions out of the woods and onto the grounds of Golden Arrow and its restaurant Generations.
Maple trees that have been tapped throughout Lake Placid, sap is gathered, brought to the maple processing hut at the Golden Arrow and boiled down to syrup on property. It is a tasty, educational experience, one that’s fun not only for resort guests but for the entire community.
“The learning opportunity by having the sugarhouse so accessible is immense. I was lucky enough to tap my first tree the other day. Most people know that maple syrup comes from maple trees and may have seen the buckets on trees, but few have tasted the maple water or have ever experienced the process,” said Jenn Holderied owner of the Golden Arrow. “Today I got to sample some of the amazing menu items that Chef David Hunt has put together at Generations featuring the Adirondack Sugarhouse maple syrup. This is tree to table fresh! Talk about reaping the rewards of your labor. This is a way for the Golden Arrow to bring nature and its products to our guests and the community in a sharing partnership.”
Special overnight and weekend guest – “ Maple Madness -Make Your Own Maple Syrup” packages are available at the Golden Arrow from now through Earth Day – April 22nd , including a 3 hour tour and lesson on maple sugar, the opportunity to tap trees, collect sap, boil it down and take away your own bottle of maple syrup that you helped to produce.
To further promote the maple sugar and have the public sample maple in different forms, Chef David Hunt at Generations, the restaurant at the Golden Arrow has designed a special maple menu with maple offering throughout the day including: Maple Benedict- Two Farm Fresh Eggs poached in Maple sap served with Canadian bacon on a home-style English muffin topped with Maple Hollandaise, Monte Cristo – Brioche French toast stuffed with turkey, ham and melted Swiss cheese dusted with powdered sugar and served with Cornell Dark Amber Maple syrup, Maple Fried Chicken, Maple Panko Shrimp Tempura served with miso maple sauce and many additional maple offerings and desserts.
On site, people can taste the maple sap or maple water, which tastes like sweetened water). Mike Farrell, Director of Cornell University’s Maple Syrup Research Station said, “ The maple water is delicious. I drink about a gallon of it a day.”
Proceeds from the maple syrup produced at the Golden Arrow and the Adirondack Sugarhouse will benefit the Shipman Youth Center, which serves 300 children in the Lake Placid region each year. The Adirondack Maple Hut was built in 2010 and is made out of mature harvested sugar maple trees. You can see the “Tap Holes” from prior years tappings in the wood. The Adirondack Sugarhouse was designed and built and is owned by John Cragley.
Since beginning their Green initiative in 2005, The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort has been a leader with creating environmental friendly green programs, amongst hotels and resorts in New York State and nationally. The Golden Arrow is the only property in the United States to have achieved a 5- Green Leaf Rating from Audubon International and the Audubon Greenleaf Eco Rating Program. The Resort’s green programs and practices have set high standards for others in the lodging industry to follow. In 2010 the restaurant Generations received a national culinary sustainable award from Sante Magazine and the Golden Arrow was finalist for Innovation Leadership in Sustainable Tourism from The International Ecotourism Society (TIES). In2008 they were awarded the Environmental Excellence Award from the New York State Department of Energy and Conservation and are the only hotel property to have ever won the award. The Golden Arrow in 2009 received the Good Earthkeeping Award from the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association. In 2007 Jenn Holderied helped to initiate and form a Green Hospitality and Tourism Council for New York State, which launched in fall 2009.
The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is located directly on the lake at 2559 Main Street in Lake Placid, New York has 166 rooms and suites along with extensive conference facilities, full service dining and bar, along with a wide range of amenities on property. For further information or reservations call 518- 523-3353, 800-582-5540 or visit the Golden Arrow’s website.