Yes, it was time to get out of Dodge again and this time it was a weekend in Vermont. It took us with stops over 6 hours to get there but I was so glad to be leaving the city that I just dealt with it.Lol
Our first stop on the way to Vermont was Yankee Candle which is located in South Deerfield, Massachusetts. The Yankee Candle Company is an American manufacturer and retailer of scented candles, candleholders, accessories and dinnerware.
Here are some photos and yes, I had a great time shopping.SoLol
Our next stop was The Quechee Gorge Village and The Vermont Antique Mall. We got to see and hike the Quechee Gorge if we wanted to, I opted to look downLol (see photo below) and then we visited The Vermont Toy Museum, The Whisper Hill Bath and Body Shop, The Sweet Spot Candy Store and The Antique Mall which housed antiques in a cooperative fashion from 135 collectors.
But, the best part of this mall was the Vermont Alpaca Store where I got to feed and pet the alpacas (outside the store of course) and these were the alpacas whose wool was sourced to create the products for sale inside the store. So much fun!
Our next stop was The Cabot Farmer’s Village Store Market which is located in Waterbury, Vermont and sold all things Vermont! Yes,…Lol this was a shopping trip but it was a lot of fun and the beauty of the state was really the most captivating thing of all. So quiet,,,so green…so quiet…Loved. Loved. Loved.
But…I thought these items were so clever that I have to share.
But most of all I found this tee shirt and I loved this saying…
The next day we had an amazing experience at The Morse Farm and Maple Sugar Works which is located in Montpelier, Vermont. There were free sugar house tours and tastings, plus multimedia displays in a real woodshed theatre, a nature trail, a Vermont farm life museum and just absolutely gorgeous scenery!
Just check out this scenery.
Ok. Ok. The next picture is me on a swing. I couldn’t resist posting it. Like, helloLol, when was the last time you were on a swing. Definitely a captured moment 🙂
By the way we had a fabulous sugar sap tasting where we actually made sugar candy and then tried it with donuts and pickles. Yes, that’s right and it was really an interesting combination. Below is a photo on how the sap on ice looked after we finished making the candy. So fun!
Our next stop was the capital of Vermont which is Montpelier.
It was a nice town but it was a Sunday and very, very quiet.
Our next stop was the Cold Hollow Cider Mill which is located in Waterbury Center, Vermont.
Believe it or not they process 140,000 thousand apples a day to produce what I would say after a tasting is the most amazing apple cider ever!
And our last stop before heading back to New York City was to visit the Ben & Jerry’s, ice-cream plant which is located on Route 100 in Waterbury Village. Now truthfully, I’m not a Ben & Jerry’s fan because I prefer Edy’s Low Fat ice-cream but I did think that their Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard where all flavors like Rainforest Crunch that didn’t do well on the market ended up was an interesting idea.
So do I love Vermont?
Yes, I do and I seriously can’t wait to return for another weekend of peaceful bliss!!!