Photography by Kath Usitalo

Since 1898, the Parsons family has farmed the land and tapped the maple trees at Harwood Lake, about 12 miles south of Charlevoix. The fifth-generation syruping business, in the hands of sisters Katie Untalan and Amber Munday, now turns out “liquid gold” infused with bourbon, kumquat and ghost pepper. Find their syrup and maple products at Harwood Gold café in Charlevoix, where you can sip an espresso and dig into meat pies and goodies baked by Amber’s husband, Australian-born chef Phillip Munday.

This article originally appeared in the 2018 fall/winter issue of Experience Michigan magazine. The contents of this article were checked for accuracy when it was published; however, it’s possible some of the information has changed. We recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the destinations, attractions or restaurants mentioned in this article.

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Kath Usitalo is the author of three books, “Secret Upper Peninsula: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure,” “100 Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula Before You Die” and “100 Things to Do on Mackinac Island Before You Die.”

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