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A Taste of Vermont

March 21st – 23rd Recap

 

Photo of the Trapp Family Lodge in VermontVermont’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.

Photo of Prime Time travelers visiting the Idletyme Brewing Company in Vermont.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.