Many folks look forward to the yummy maple sustenance our local restaurants offer in March. And, while some dishes are only available during this certain season, many local dives offer maple goodness (and other delectable treats!) all year round.
So whether you’re lucky enough to be a resident of Highland County, Virginia, or you choose to visit us during a solo getaway, couples retreat, or family vacation, our cooks and chefs are always ready to serve.
Here’s a rundown of what our eateries offer during maple season, but also goodies you can enjoy throughout the year!
Hull’s Hideaway Restaurant & Tavern
Family-owned-and-operated, Hull’s Hideaway Restaurant & Tavern, serves up breakfast daily. Yup, alllll year long, they offer pancakes and buckwheat cakes, plus homemade french toast and a variety of other breakfast delights. They also serve locally-sourced Rainbow Trout (Fried, Grilled Almond, or Baked Lemon Pepper) throughout the year as well! During their limited maple menu hours listed below, they’ll be offering some additional maple-themed selections, such as Maple Pork BBQ and Roast Beef dinners. And, if you’d rather enjoy a meal at home or at your accommodations, carry-out orders are welcome.
Regular Hours: Monday: 8 am – 3 pm, Tuesday-Thursday: 8 am – 7 pm, Friday & Saturday: 7:30 am – 8 pm, and Sundays: 11 am – 3 pm
Special Maple Menu Available: March 12 – 14 and March 19 – 21, 8 am – 8 pm
The Curly Maple
This recently-renovated general store offers goodies, groceries, and gourmet coffee featuring Red Rooster Coffee Roaster and Crazy Fox Coffee both, of which, are local to Virginia. Throughout the entire year, The Curly Maple (also available for catered events) offers a selection of mouth-watering baked goods. Plus, they have lodging upstairs! Nine uniquely-designed studio apartments are available to rent by the night, and each pay homage to a different beloved area of Highland County. For upcoming specials including Maple season offerings, please stay tuned to The Curly Maple Facebook Page.
Storefront Hours: Tuesdays: 2 – 5 pm, Wednesdays – Fridays: 10 am – 5 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm.
Kitchen Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays: 11 am – 3 pm, Fridays & Saturdays: 10 am – 3 pm
Extended March Maple Hours: March 12 – 14 and March 19 – 21: Fridays 10 am – 6 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 9 am – 4 pm
Want a Maple milkshake? High’s Restaurant, which has been collectively serving our community for over 80 years, has them all-year long. Additionally, during selected March hours (listed below), High’s will serve pancakes and buckwheat cakes accompanied by locally-sourced USDA-certified organic maple syrup from Mill Gap Farms, maple-glazed chicken, and maple-glazed bacon. But if Maple isn’t necessarily your thing, their Lemon Berry Perfection Cake is reason enough to stop-in any time of the year. In fact, High’s guarantees if you don’t like this cake, they’ll eat it for you! (I doubt that happens too often!)
Regular Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 am – 8 pm; Sundays 11 am – 7 pm
Special Maple Menu Available: March 13 & 14 and March 20 & 21, Saturdays: 8 am to 8 pm, Sundays: 8 am – 7 pm
So, you see, our maple industry is open all year round! And, these restaurants are ready to serve when you decide to visit a local maple sugar camp or explore the Virginia Maple Syrup Trail.
About the Author
Dorothy Stephenson grew up on her family's cattle operation in Meadowdale, located in the southwest corner of Highland County. When she wasn't on horseback helping her father gather and work cattle, you'd likely find her (still on horseback) jumping creeks in her family's nearby "Big Pasture." Today, though she doesn't ride horses much anymore, she has her own cattle, land, and expansion plans for a farm. Additionally, (and with the inherited, Stephenson, entrepreneurial spirit) she owns two small businesses in Highland County - Sundance Media & Design and Sundance Studio & Productions, which houses another of Dorothy's long-time loves - Clogging. Dorothy loves exploring new places, skills, and ideas, and she intends to live life to the fullest as long as it will let her. (Oh! And she LOVES Christmas!)