The Maple Tree Inn is a lot of fun for being located just a hop, skip, and a jump past the middle of nowhere. Western New York is beautiful, the people are friendly, and the food is outrageously good. They started this place as a syrup shack in the 1850’s and have kept adding on tacky additions ever since.
Their menu is simple: all-you-can-eat buckwheat pancakes and their own homemade syrup. My idea of the perfect day is waking up to a fresh coat of snow on the ground, and driving the back roads through Keeney Swamp (if they’re open; they’re seasonal, after all) to stand in line to get into the Maple Tree in before a day of skiing up the road in Swain. Yes, you heard me right: a line.
The Maple Tree Inn is only open from around Valentine’s Day through mid-April – syrup season, basically. So people come from miles around for their pancakes. If you’ve read William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways, know that this is a true, tack-o-rama, bonafide, three-calendar restaurant. I’ve been coming here since I was a kid, and my mom has been coming here since she was a kid, and so on. What a place. What pancakes.
For fun, call the pancake hot line at (585) 567-8181.
4321 County Road 15A, Angelica, NY, 14709over 5 years ago