Say Cheese in Vermont! – Follow The Artisan Cheese Trail

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall
Tour Length:
3 Days/2 Nights

Known as the "Napa Valley of Cheese," Vermont currently has the claim to fame of boasting the largest number of artisan cheese makers, per capita. Excerpted from Martha Stewart Living Magazine, "The Green Mountain State is famous for its dairy farms, which have provided fresh, clean-tasting milk to New England for generations. Now, thanks to a new breed of dairy farmers, some of these dairies are also producing delicious, hand-crafted cheese. These luscious creations include tangy chevres; buttery tomme-style wheels; oozing disks that recall Camembert; and pungent, creamy blues -- all inspired by European classics and tasting of the fertile earth from which they come (or at least of the grasses, herbs, and other browse that cows, goats, and sheep graze on before they are milked)." Follow along, travel from the farm to the table and discover why "Martha Stewart loves Vermont Cheeses!"

Day One:

Fall Morse Farm_Mapletree_bucketOn your way into Vermont, your first stop is at Neighborly Farms. This traditional, family-operated dairy farm is the ideal introduction to your Vermont Cheese Tour. The farm operates on 168 acres with grazing fields to support the dairy and a sugarhouse for producing pure Vermont Maple Syrup. The Neighborly Farms store features dairy products, maple products, wood products, bee products and more! Enjoy a barn tour and sample their award-winning cheeses and fresh-made maple syrup.

Take a lunch break served in an historic Vermont barn, converted into an impeccably furnished Adirondack-style Mountain Lodge. Its hilltop location provides outstanding, unobstructed views of the surrounding valleys and peaks. Stop in the adjacent historic general store to sample Vermont gourmet food products and browse through the Granite Museum.

Vermont Camebert CheeseYour next stop is at the award-winning Vermont Butter and Cheese, where artisanal dairy products are crafted in the European style through a vital link with local farms. The company supports a network of more than 20 family farms, providing milk that meets the highest standards of purity. Their cow’s milk and goat’s milk cheeses have gained international recognition and Martha Stewart loves their signature Bijou cheese!

Arrive at your Stowe area hotel and relax with a complimentary welcome reception. Dinner will be served in the hotel’s dining room this evening.

Day Two:

After breakfast in your hotel, get ready to savor the many flavors of Vermont. Your day begins with a stop at Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Open the door to a mouth-watering aroma of fresh-baked cider donuts and watch apple cider being made. The Cider Mill gift shop offers a fine collection of Vermont specialty food products, crafts and wines. Enjoy the free samples!

You’ll fall in love with the animals, the heart warming struggles to save their herd, and the cheeses at Three Shepherds in Warren. Three Shepherds Farm is a true family farm and has the involvement of all five members of the Faillace Family. The production of their highly acclaimed raw milk cheeses, from the finest grass-fed milk, has a loyal following not only in the Mad River Valley of Vermont, but also across the country. Larry’s cheeses have been featured in numerous publications and on television, including "Food Finds" on the Food Network, Martha Stewart Television, "Gourmet," "Cooking Light," and "Ski" magazine.

Travel into Burlington for a "Cooking with Cheese Demonstration." The demonstration takes place in an amazing healthy living market, where you may have lunch on your own in their café, prior to the demonstration.

Lake Champlain and the Green MountainsTravel to Shelburne Farms, a National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain, Shelburne Farms was created in 1886 by Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb as a model agricultural estate. The 400 acre estate is home to a herd of 125 purebred, registered Brown Swiss cows, the Inn and Restaurant, originally the 19th century home of Seward and Webb, a cheese making facility, bake shop, gift shop and educational center.

After a driving tour of this remarkable property, sample their award-winning "farmhouse" cheddar. The American Cheese Society has consistently honored their cheddar with awards for excellence since 1990.

What’s missing after all of this cheese? A glass of wine! Your visit to Shelburne Vineyard includes a tour, a souvenir glass, and of course samples of delicious wines!

Dinner this evening is served in a cozy New England style, historic building. You’ll love the variety, the home-cooked cuisine and the service in this charming setting.

Day Three:

Enjoy a farewell breakfast at the hotel and prepare to depart for the last day on the trail. It may be a bit early in the morning to sample cheese, so you will arrive at Morse Farm to sample another Vermont flavor! 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.

As you head south, stop at Fat Toad Farm, a small family-run goat dairy that specializes in artisanal goat cheese and goats’ milk caramel. Their Fat Toad Farm Caramel was featured in New York Times Style Magazine. They produce farmstead cheese, meaning all of the milk used in cheese production comes from the farm, creating subtle flavor nuances throughout the year because the goats’ diet changes seasonally, based on pasture availability. Enjoy samples of their five distinct fresh goat cheeses.

Your last stop is the Taftsville Country Store, built in 1840. The store has one of the State’s finest assortments of Vermont cheeses, gourmet foods, pure Vermont maple syrup, gift baskets, smoked bacon and ham. This gem of a store is the centerpiece of the Taftsville Historic Districts that includes one of Vermont’s oldest and longest covered bridges. This is the ideal stop to pick up some Vermont treats to take home and grab a bite to enjoy along the way.

Details

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall
Tour Length:
3 Days/2 Nights

You Package Includes:

  • 2 Nights accommodation
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 2 Dinners
  • Vermont Cheese Tour
  • Visit Vermont Butter and Cheese Store
  • Explore Cold Hollow Cider Mill
  • Visit the Three Sheep Farm
  • Attend a cooking demonstration
  • Admission to Shelburne Farms
  • Wine tour and tasting at Shelburne Vineyards
  • Visit the Fat Toad Farm
  • Roundtrip motor coach transportation
  • Accommodations and breakfast for the coach driver
  • Taxes and Gratuities (NOTE: Gratuities for the coach driver are not included and are at your discretion based on service. Gratuities may be included upon request.)

Pricing Information:

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