Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Vermont Weekend Getaway Guide



Over the weekend, Joe and I are escaped to Vermont. This was our first trip to Vermont and we figured fall would be the perfect time to visit. Even though we only visited for the weekend, we were still able to fit in plenty of fun and I want to share my highlights here. 

Waterbury


Our first stop was Waterbury. This cute town is filled with farms and delicious food. We started out downtown with a quick bite and Heady Topper [local beer] at Prohibition Pig. We continued the food tour with trips to the Ben & Jerry's Factory, Cabot Farm Store, and Cold Hollow Cider Mill.

Ben & Jerry's



The Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour is a must when passing through Waterbury. The tour itself is roughly 30 minutes--a quick video of the history of Ben & Jerry's, brief factory tour, and a sample. We spent $4/person on the tour. After the tour, we had to get a cone from the ice cream shop out front. 


We wrapped up this spot with a stroll through the Flavor Graveyard--a fun way to reminisce or be thankful these flavors no longer exist! 


The Cabot Farm Store offers a variety of locally produced cheddar cheeses. We were able to sample over 20 types before selecting our favorites to take home. They also sold several other fun products--from ciders to baking mixes.


For some hot apple cider and fresh donuts, we visited the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. This cute farm shop was the perfect spot to pick up some cider-related products to take home.

Burlington


Even though we stayed in Burlington, we didn't spend as much time there as we'd anticipated. We mostly ate and walked around Church Street Market


Church Street Market is the downtown area in Burlington. Streets are lined with fun shops and restaurants. We picked up a few souvenirs and sweets from Lake Champlain Chocolates. 


We also walked down to Lake Champlain and spotted some cute buildings along the way.


And found some breathtaking fall foliage!


Of course we couldn't travel without finding some delicious local restaurants [thanks to my cousin-in-law, Lauren]. We ate at a couple mentionable eateries:

American Flatbread: We visited this restaurant for dinner. You can probably imagine what they make ;) Although their flatbreads were delicious, I'm not sure if I'd wait 1+ hours for a table next time. Overall, I do recommend their food though! 

Spinning Pinwheel: We hit up this cozy spot for brunch. We ordered half plates of a few dishes to maximize our meal. We selected the apple popover [pictured above], blueberry sourdough pancakes, half waffelini with Vermont maple and bacon [basically a panini pressed waffle, filled with bacon and drizzled with maple], and a piglet [half portion of pig in a pancake]. 


These were just a few highlights from our trip. There are many more places we want to explore in Vermont, especially in the warmer months.

Have you been to Vermont? What are your recommendations?





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