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Famous for its all-day breakfast and its maple syrup ribs, Parkers Maple Barn (800-832-2308, www.parkersmaplebarn.com
in Mason, New Hampshire (boyhood home of the original Uncle Sam), features plump pancakes that taste like pumpkin bread just out of the oven: not too heavy and not too sweet. Grab a few maple-glazed doughnuts,
if available, before heading off to pick your
own apples at Masons Birchwood Orchard (603-878-0542, 206 Old Turnpike Road), then continue another 45 minutes along Route 124 to check out the striking scenery around Mount Monadnock.
Photograph couresty of Parkers Maple Barn