A Taste of Vermont
March 21st – 23rd – Recap
Vermont’s claim to fame would have to be their maple syrup; however, they are also widely known for their farm to table restaurants … as a mecca for craft beer brewing … and for their cheese, chocolate and wine!
In March, forty-five PRIME TIMETM Travelers ventured on a 3 day Get-a-Way to the Green Mountains to take in some of Vermont’s beautiful scenery, learn all about Vermont history and, of course; experience those delicious products that Vermont has become so famous for!
During this ‘Taste of Vermont’ journey, PRIME TIMERS witnessed firsthand how the “best cheddar in the world begins” with a tour of the Cabot Creamery. Later, they picked up some local specialty items at Cold Hollow Cider Mill – the largest cider mill in New England and they made a stop at Boyden Valley Winery… and that was just on Day 1! At the winery, the group learned of the vine-to-wine process, enjoyed a wine tasting which included several versions of Boyden’s award-winning Vermont Ice and each traveler was given a commemorative Boyden Valley wine glass.
Also during the tour, the group visited Morse Farm Sugarworks, one of the area’s premier sugar houses. Here, they met 8th generation owner, Elliot Morse, a truly entertaining ‘old time Yankee farmer’ who discussed the processes of making maple syrup and treated the group to some ‘sugar on snow’ – an old-Fashioned form of maple candy and a local favorite. The ‘Taste of Vermont’ tour continued with a memorable luncheon at Idletyme Brewing Company. While indulging in a ‘brew-ski flight’ (a sampler of craft beers served on a miniature ski), the group heard all about the art of craft beer brewing by Brewmaster, Wil Gilson. After lunch, Wil also provided a guided tour of his prized brewery.
Another “tasty treat” included in the ‘Taste of Vermont’ adventure was a delicious tour of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, complete with samples and shopping. However, enough cannot be said about the 4 star accommodations provided at the picturesque ‘Trapp Family Lodge’. This unique, alpine-style resort is owned by the same von Trapp family that inspired ‘The Sound of Music’. It featured authentic Austrian-inspired architecture along with delicious culinary offering’s (native to their home land) and served by waitstaff in traditional outfits. All of this and a fresh coat of snow provided a stunning location with an awe-inspiring backdrop of scenic mountain vistas.
An additional highlight of the stay was the von Trapp history talk which was provided by a long-time employee of the resort and complete with a documentary film featuring Maria von Trapp; well known as the main character in The Sound of Music and portrayed by Julie Andrews in the film. The history talk ended with a surprise ‘question and answer’ session hosted by Kristina von Trapp, granddaughter of “the real Maria”.
In conclusion, the ‘Taste of Vermont’ tour was a perfect mix of old and new; blending old-world fare, ambience and accommodations with new-era, ultra-modern brewing and culinary technology.