The Green Mountain State
After having a taste of Colorado’s colors, we were eager to take on another state known for its Autumn bliss. Is there really a place more famous for its fall wonders than Vermont? Land of endless maple syrup, moose, forests, and foliage? Not in our book.
Day 1 Highlights:
We started off our first day in Vermont like anyone in their right mind would – by heading to the local Cedar Mill and stuffing our faces with fresh donuts and cider.
Cold Hollow Cider Mill is a hard recommend if you’re in the Burlington Area! They’ve got a country-store filled with all the Fall items your East-Coast heart could desire. Plus, the make donuts and cider fresh, in house! Pro tip: head to the back of the shop to see how they make their Cider!
Day 2 Highlights:
Our first morning in Vermont greeted us with vibrant Fall colors, right outside our window. Eager to get outside, we drove up to a local farm, Chapin Orchard and grabbed some breakfast. Donuts and Apple Cider – you guessed it!
$0.49 a pound? A steal! Shame our carry-ons were already stuffed to the brim with jugs of Maple Syrup…Or else we would’ve walked away with a sac full of these beauties. Wandering through Chapin Orchard early morning was the perfect start to the day. Truth is, few things are better than disconnecting from work, emails, and all the craziness of your daily life – especially on a Monday morning. And when you pair that with a loved one and some story-telling over warm, apple cider…well…it doesn’t get much better than that.
Next, we headed straight for the Ben and Jerry’s Factory – a Vermont staple! A 30 minute tour took us through the ins and outs of the factory, revealing all the sugary goodness (and its plenty) that goes into each pint of Ben and Jerry’s…*gulp*. Naturally, we couldn’t leave empty handed. We picked up a pint of our our favorite flavor: Milk and Cookies. Something about eating ice cream by the pint just makes it all the better.
Our last stop before heading back to Burlington landed us at the Brewster River Gorge. This scenic little creek and its many wooden bridges were just begging to be explored, can’t ya tell? Peep the big smile – this was shot at the height of our sugary high.
Day 3 Highlights:
Our last “hurrah” before heading to the airport landed us at Shelburne Farms. Shoutout to Marica & Steven for the recommendation! These beautiful farms, nestled right on the shores of Lake Champlain feature a charming and rustic Inn with divine food and views. Sometimes, you’ve got to trade the burger & fries in for something a bit more…fancy. And if you’re in the Burlington area, Shelburne Farms hits the spot.
We even got to meet some Vermont locals on the farm. Check it! This friendly cow was particularly keen on pats and kept coming’ back for some more. Proof that Vermonters are kind folks that love to welcome newcomers.
Thanks for the (moo)mories Vermont…catch ya next time!