I just returned from a trip to Quebec and Vermont. My housemates were kind enough to invite me on their family vacation which coincidentally fell on the week of my birthday. I can never say no to an opportunity to use my passport so I was up for the road trip and getaway.
For those of you that think Vermont is just a state with Ben and Jerry’s (where we had to stop) and those controversial green leaves, you are terribly mistaken. Growing up in New England, I passed through Vermont a handful of times in my youth, but I don’t think I really gave the state enough credit until this past week!
I have fallen in love with Vermont. Now don’t freak out, I’m not jumping ship on Rhode Island (just yet), but I am planning on visiting VT more regularly. From the classic inns to the maple syrup, the covered bridges, mountain views, local fresh foods from the farmers and the dairy treats, the list of Vermont treasures goes on and on. You could seriously spend your whole time just admiring the scenery of Vermont!
Where we wined and dined:
King Arthur Bakery, Cafe, and Shop
I love this place! We had lunch which included freshly baked treats, hot from the oven. I paired my salad with some delicious coffee from the café. I then spent about an hour perusing the shop which has every ingredient, kitchen tool, mix, flours, and pan you can imagine. I also poked around the baking education center and watched the bakers at work! Adam, Ellynn, and Anthony were so kind and gave me a gift card which I used to buy a cute retro kitchen timer, some King Arthur Flour to bake delicious treats, and a cute purple bake t-shirt!
American Flat Bread
This is a must stop if you visit Vermont and love wood fired earthen oven pizza!
Each pizza is prepared with the finest all natural, local ingredients. I love the founder, George Schenk’s philosophy which is reflected in every part of the menu: “Food is important. What we eat and how it is grown intimately affects our health and the well-being of the world.”
My travel companions and I shared a bunch of delicious pizzas. My favorite pizza included strawberries, Belgian endive, dates, and scapes.
Edelweiss Mountain Deli
We ate the best deli sandwiches at Edelweiss after a hike. Edelweiss has homemade baked goods, including cookies and pies, and a huge deli where your sandwich is prepared right in front of you with the freshest local ingredients. On the other side of the store is a market with many local gems and a large selection of beverages. I enjoyed my maple turkey sandwich with Joe’s Peach lemonade. Boy, did that hit the spot after a 3 mile hike!
I happened to find this market while I was running one lovely morning. I am ready to move in. I love everything about this market– the decor, the staff, and of course the food! I enjoyed talking with the staff, sipping coffee and pairing some delicious treats with my morning espresso.
Green Goddess Café
What a charming little place for breakfast and lunch! Well, since I couldn’t go to Wildflour or Garden Grille while I was away, this café definitely was a wonderful fix. The menu has a large selection of sandwiches, salads, juices, and scrambles with some interesting twists. I had difficulty deciding what to order! I ended up doing a build your own salad bowl with fresh beet, ginger, kale, and carrot juice.
Order a maple creamy. “Creamy” is what Vermont calls soft serve. Delicious. I think maple creamy is giving my coffee soft serve some competition.
Where we went & the sights we took in:
Von Trapp Family Lodge
We visited the Von Trapp Lodge and signed up for a Von Trapp History Tour of the grounds. The tour featured a hike and the chapel built by the Trapp family sons on their return home after World War II. Yummy maple syrup tasting!
Where we visited & toured:
Ben and Jerry’s
We had a tour that included samples of a blueberry chocolate chip flavored ice cream. Delightful and the perfect size. We stopped into the Ben and Jerry’s flavor graveyard. What a trip down memory lane!
Lake Champlain Chocolate Store and Café
I enjoyed purchasing some of the “seconds”. They were first in my book!
Cabot Annex Store
Samples of the entire Cabot Cheese collection
Cold Hollow Cider Mill
This visit was complete with free apple cider tasting. I tried an apple cider doughnut for $0.50. Life changing doughnut!
Green Mountain Coffee
Melissa found a coupon for a free mug in the cute little Inn where we stayed. When I presented the coupon, the nice employees at the counter told me I could have any iced or hot drink for free in it! I chose ice coffee. Delicious.
What I want to visit & experience when I return to VT:
Have you been to Vermont?
What are your favorite places and eats?