Waterbury, Vermont, a town located about 30 minutes southeast of Burlington, offers an impressive amount of culinary gems for a small town. If you ever find yourself in the area with a day to spare, go hungry – you won’t regret it!
You can start your day off at the Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center and Cafe. The cafe offers an impressive amount of coffee flavors, and you can also purchase K-cups and Vue cups in many varieties. The visitor center also offers a self-guided tour. It can be a little difficult to find, so program your GPS for the Waterbury Amtrak station.
Next, check out the Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour. Visit during the week to see the ice cream production live (a video shows during the weekend), and make sure you taste some samples. The factory also offers a scoop and gift shop, as well as outdoor activities in season.
Travel down the road to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, where you can watch the cider pressing process, and taste some delicious cider and cider donuts. There’s also a great gift shop, and a small luncheonette (if you are still hungry!). Next, drive a few blocks down the road to the Cabot Cheese Annex and the Lake Champlain Store and Cafe. You can get samples of every variety of Cabot Cheese at the Annex – bring a cooler bag for your purchases! Then, try out some chocolate samples at the Lake Champlain Store.
If you are looking for a hotel in the area, consider the Best Western in Waterbury, which offers an indoor pool, restaurant, and fitness room, or drive down the road to Stowe, where you’ll find numerous luxury hotels.
This is a guest post by Jodi Grundig of Family Travel Magazine. Photos are courtesy of Jodi Grundig.