Pack your bags and hit the road for a foodie road trip through Vermont. You’re going to hit a collection of places I’ve been to and others I want to visit. Pack a tent or linens for a cabin stay because I know just the place to stay the night.
We start our trip in Bennington, Vermont. A former resident of this town I wish I could say I know the best foodie spots but it’s been too long so we’re going to swing on up the road toward Manchester, Vermont.
Be prepared for sudden stops. We have a lot to see and do and some of it’s just a hop and a skip off the main road, so no lolly-gagging.
Day 1: Foodie Road Trip Vermont
- The Chocolate Barn (Shaftsbury, VT) – The fudge if you must ask. I always buy the fudge but try some ice cream while you’re there too. You did remember to wear stretchy pants, right?
- Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts (Manchester, VT) – I’ve never been but I read these donuts are THE.BEST out of Vermont. It’s been added to my list of “must-see” places.
- Vermont Country Store (Weston, VT) – Purveyor of “things I recognize from grandma’s house”, we need to grab a little of this and a little of that for a midday break. I suggest sampling some cheese then buying a hunk of your favorite with a bit of charcuterie.
- Long Trail Brewing Co. (Bridgewater Corners, Vermont) – If we’re in luck they’ll have my favorite porter or stout. Let’s grab a meal while we’re here.
I’ve never stayed at the Essex Resort and Spa but friends have and give it rave reviews. Tonight we rest in luxury. Tomorrow we rough it a bit because the experience and view are worth it.
Day 2: Foodie Road Trip Vermont
- Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center (Waterbury, VT) – Ready for that morning cup? Let’s head up to Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center for a quick tour and samples. Make sure you grab a bag to take home with you. My favorite is the Wild Mountain Blueberry if they have any.
- Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory (Waterbury, VT) – Vermont has a bit of everything. Take the factory tour if there’s time and don’t forget the ice cream!
- Lake Champlain Chocolate (Burlington, VT) – If you get there early enough and are 1 of the first 35 people, you can be part of the free tour. Grab some specialty chocolates while you’re there.
- Due North Vineyard and Winery (Franklin, VT) – I’ve never been but the name is cool and it’s about as far north as we’re going.
- Cabot Visitor Center (Cabot, VT) – Home of Cabot Cheese, you need to take time for the tour and sample the cheese – all the cheese. Make sure you have a cooler because a block or 2 needs to go home with you.
We’re going to end the day at Four Springs Farm Campground. You can either pitch a tent or rent the cabin for the night. I hope we make it before dark because the view in the mountains is breathtaking. Yes, we’re going up the mountain on a dirt road. I promise we aren’t lost. In the morning, make sure you ask Ginny what fresh baked goods she has before you leave. They’ll go great with our next stop.
Day 3: Foodie Road Trip Vermont
- King Arthur’s Flour (Norwich, VT) – The King Arthur Flour Bake Shop and Cafe is every baker or foodie’s dream. We highly recommend the whoopie pies and brownies. We sampled lemon ginger scones while we were there. Time to pull out my recipe and make a batch!
- The Vermont Butcher Shop (Londonderry, VT) – Let’s add some local charcuterie to our basket because nothing goes better with cheese and wine than a finely aged meat. This is another stop I’m adding to my “must-see” list.
- Grafton Village Cheese Co. (Brattleboro, VT) – Artisan cheese at its finest, I met this company at Natural Products Expo East.
- Robb Family Raised Beef (Brattleboro, VT) – also has a sugarhouse. I’ve never visited this sugarhouse and I’m not sure if you are able to so call before you make the drive there, but whatever you do, make sure you buy some maple syrup before you leave Vermont.
- The Potter’s Yard (Bennington, VT) – We’re ending back where we started. You absolutely, positively cannot miss a visit to The Potter’s Yard. A piece or 2 really should make its way home with you. It holds food. That’s foodie enough.
I hope you enjoy your whirlwind foodie road trip of Vermont. This is, by no means, a comprehensive list of the amazing flavors you can enjoy in the state but it gives you a nice sampling tour of some of my favorites and a few I have on my “must-see” still list. Are there any other stops you would add to this foodie road trip list?