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First Cruise of the Season - Highland County (VA) Maple Festival -- CANCELED

Sadly, the weather has failed to cooperate once again. We will try again next year.

Join ODCC on March 18th for the first cruise of spring! We'll head down to Monterey, VA to register, and then each of us can head to the various locations and events as the spirit moves us. We'll meet up again at the end of the day and head home, with a stop for dinner if anyone is actually hungry! Preliminary activities are shown below.

Weather permitting, we will meet at the Chick-fil-A parking lot near Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA at 7:00, and depart of the approx. 3 hours drive to Monterey, VA shortly thereafter.   A Google Maps link can be viewed here:                                                            


Keep an eye on this page, and the Festival website: for more information as it becomes available.

If you're interested in this event, please click the Register Now button so we can get an idea of how many people are interested. If you previously registered, but can no longer attend, please click the Cancel Registration button.

Take a step back in time to Highland County, “Virginia’s Sweet Spot.” Travel scenic back roads and majestic mountain byways to the annual Highland County Maple Festival.  Since 1959, visitors have been drawn to Highland County to tour real maple sugar camps for a cultural and culinary adventure! In 1999, The Library of Congress designated The Highland County Maple Festival a “Local Legacy.” In 2014, the Governor of Virginia signed a bill into law designating the festival as the “official maple festival of Virginia.” Each year, tens of thousands of visitors are drawn to this unspoiled, rural region of Virginia to celebrate the “opening” of the trees and observe the process of maple syrup-making. Sugar camp tours provide a unique and educational experience that portrays a rapidly vanishing way of American life. In 2023, there will be 10 open sugar camps with unique techniques and stories for you to explore for free. In addition to pancake and buckwheat cake meals, famous Maple Doughnuts and live entertainment, over 100 high-quality juried arts and crafts vendors take part in the festival each year. We’re glad to have you share the experience!

Full size, downloadable files of the maps below can be accessed here (first map)  and here (second map).

Saturday, March 18, 2023, 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM
We will meet an leave from the Chantilly Chick-fil-A near the Dulles Expo center.
61 Highland Center Dr
Monterey, VA  
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Bob Meyer
Club Event
Registration is not Required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Members pay for their own charges