Maple Syrup, Granite, Graves and Stone Soup

Fall Morse Farm_Mapletree_bucketCountry charm abounds when you arrive at Morse Farm Sugarworks. Watch how real maple sugar is made, from the trees to the finished product, on a traditional Vermont maple sugar farm. You will tour the sugarhouse, sample fresh-made maple syrup and visit the largest and most unique maple, crafts and mail order shop in the area. A traditional “sugar on snow” party will leave you feeling like a local.

Your next stop is at the nation’s smallest state capitol, the Vermont State House in Montpelier. The State House was built in 1859 and modeled after the Temple of Theseus in Greece. The elaborate high dome is sheathed with copper and covered with gold leaf. A statue of Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, stands atop the dome, symbolizing the importance of that industry to the State. Enjoy a guided tour and marvel at the fossil embedded marble floors, the original representative’s desk still used in the chambers today, a beautiful collection of artwork and original lighting fixtures.

Gather in the State House Café for an included lunch. You just might find yourself dining next to the Governor!

Rock of Ages Quarry- Photo courtesy of Rock of AgesBoard the coach after lunch and travel to Rock of Ages in Barre. This is the world’s largest and most modern granite manufacturing plant. Travel up to the quarries and see the raw product, then visit the showroom and witness the exquisite finished pieces.

Embark on a tour and taste at Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. Learn how $5, an online course and a beat-up truck turned into “Vermont’s Finest” ice cream. This is the perfectly sweet ending to your day of touring.