There are so many unique places to stop when you are taking a road trip through the state of Vermont. While you can stop at the usual attractions, I recommend choosing some of the local farms, breweries, and even glassblowing studios. These destinations will give you an authentic look at the true Vermont and the people who live there.
There are quite a few options when it comes to breweries in the state of Vermont. However, I recommend adding Otter Creek Brewing Company to your list of things to do. This innovative brewery is not afraid to do what needs to be done to create the best brews for you to drink. They even added six more fermenters and thirty thousand barrels to their current count back in 2010. This ensures they can keep up with the demand for each of their tasty beers. Whether you love IPAs, sours, stout, or seltzer, Otter Creek will have you covered.
Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory is in Waterbury and you can take a tour to see how they make their ice cream. During your tour, you will stand high above the factory floor. This will allow you to look down at the entire ice cream making process. At the end of your tour, you will get a small ice cream cone that contains the flavor of the day.
A Bear Ambassador will be with you every step of the way during your tour of the Vermont Teddy Bear Company factory. The tour is very informative, and you will be surprised to see how these bears are carefully created by hand. Before the end of your tour, you will spend a little time in the Bear Hospital. This is where all teddy bears go when they need a little extra TLC. While you can purchase a bear inside the Bear Shop, you can also create your very own bear.
There is so much to do at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury Center. I recommend grabbing a bite to eat at the Apple Core Luncheonette and Brew before you begin the rest of your cider adventure. From there, you can check out the cider press, donut robot, and the honey bee corner. Before you leave, grab all the yummy Vermont products that are for purchase at the store. There are hundreds of items to choose from, so take your time as you are shopping. After all, you won’t want to leave anything behind!
Over in Cabot, Vermont, you will discover Cabot Cheese. While you can no longer take a tour of their cheesemaking factory, you can watch it all on a television in their store. Once you have learned all you want to about making cheese, you can wander around testing all types of delicious creamy cheeses and other products. You will have a difficult time deciding what to purchase. I recommend having a large cooler filled with ice with you because it will be full when you go to return home.
You must plan your road trip to Vermont carefully if you want to see all the maple sugaring fun. While the sugaring takes place during the cold winter months, you can still learn quite a bit during a visit to this farm at any time of the year. I recommend taking the maple walk and the sugarhouse self-tour. Don’t forget to grab some maple syrup, as well as maple cream and maple cookies before you leave at the end of the day.
One of the best places to watch a glassblowing demonstration is Robert Burch Glass in southern Vermont. The owner has been blowing glass for more than thirty years now, so he can answer all your questions easily. You can even take a glassblowing lesson if you have always been interested in learning how to do this craft. After your demonstration or class, you will want to do a little shopping. This will allow you to go home from your vacation with a few souvenirs to remember all your glassblowing adventures.
These are the seven best things to do during your road trip to Vermont. There are so many other places that can get added to this list though. To get your copy of my Glorious Vermont to Maine itinerary, click here. I can also personalize a family vacation itinerary in Vermont for you, so don’t think you must stick to what is on your list.
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