June 11-15, 2015
Discover Vermont’s Enriching Culinary Experiences
Scenic roadways lead to decadent, local cuisine from artisan chefs, creative food companies and passionate farmers
In the vanguard of agriculture and culinary innovation, Vermont appeals to the most discerning of culinary travelers. Meet the people and connect with the places most revered among Vermont food experiences, from cheesemakers to microbreweries, cider makers and spirits distillers to vineyards and farm stands. For a taste of the dolce vita, there’s Vermont’s world famous maple syrup and chocolate, certain to please the palate. This four-day sampler offers the best of Vermont’s agriculture and food experiences.
Arrive at Burlington’s International Airport and take the short ride up scenic Route 15 to Stowe. Along the way, we’ll stop at Smugglers’ Notch Distillery, home of distinctive, hand-crafted spirits made with Vermont spring water, one small batch at a time. Dinner and overnight at Stowe Mountain Lodge, a luxury New England spa resort.
Get a sweet start to the day at Laughing Moon Chocolates in Stowe, and see how they incorporate locally made and grown flavors into their truffles and treats. A quick stop at Cedar Circle Farm in South Thetford will provide an excellent example of a local farmer’s market, on-site farm stand, and thriving organic CSA program. Nearby in Quechee, we’ll stop at Vermont Spirits Distilling Co. to sample their portfolio of award-winning, artisanal spirits made from local agricultural products such as maple, apples and corn. In the hills of Pomfret, Cloudland Farm is home to Black Angus beef cattle and a farm-to-table, post-and-beam dining room. We’ll overnight in Woodstock, repeatedly named one of the prettiest small towns in America.
Vermont has been home to an abundance of cheesemakers since the 1800s, and is a national leader in the American artisanal cheese Renaissance. Along with Normandy, France and Gruyere, Switzerland, Vermont is considered one of the Top 10 Destinations for Cheese Lovers. Touring the working landscape and tasting the extraordinary range of Vermont’s cheeses onsite showcases the passion of farmers and cheesemakers. We’ll start with a sweet-savory combo at Sugarbush Farm in Woodstock, which has 14 cheese varieties as well as maple syrup to sample. The Plymouth Artisan Cheese Factory, at the President Coolidge Historic site in Plymouth Notch, is the second-oldest cheese operation in the United States. And finally, Taylor Farm in Londonderry is a 180-year-old working dairy farm with a variety of goudas, some with nettle, garlic and even maple-smoked notes. Overnight in Manchester, a summer resort since the Civil War and summer home of the Robert Todd Lincoln family.
We’ll wind our way back to Burlington along Route 7, enjoying some of the most varied scenery of the state: farm-filled valleys in the shadow of the inviting Green Mountains. The Middlebury Tasting Trail features five beverage producers within five miles. We’ll enjoy world-class sipping at a winery, two breweries, a cidery and a distillery. In Shelburne we’ll stop at Shelburne Vineyard, recent winner of Best in Show from the International Cold Climate Wine Competition. You may choose to nap on our way back to Hotel Vermont in Burlington!
Depart Burlington International Airport.
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