Vermont: The State of Bear, Beer, Maple Syrup, and Chocolate

Planning a road-trip? Vermont, the state of bear, beer, maple syrup, and chocolate may be the perfect destination for you

Google Map of Vermont
Google Map

If you are also planning your autumn trip in New England and can’t wait for the fall foliage to completely change leaf colors down in Boston, Vermont would be your dream place to visit.

Checklist before your trip to Vermont:

  • Vehicle with a big empty trunk. It’s almost impossible to do any sightseeing in Vermont without a car, and it’s also impossible not to buy a few packs of beers in Vermont.
  • Jacket
  • Trust me; your phone carrier would not work most of the time even in 2018.
  • Airbnb or a place to stay
  • Exciting mood

What to know about Vermont before your trip:

  • Vermont is famous for its local breweries, maple syrup, farms and chocolate, teddy bear factory, covered bridges, and beautiful trees
  • Weather can turn really cold during the night and early morning
  • People are extremely nice and warm

Here’s the trip we took during Mid-September, 2018 with a three day weekend getaway.Hope it might help you plan your next trip.

Day 1: Home >Stowe, Vermont> Hill Farmstead Brewery >The Alchemist Brewery > Prohibition Pig

Make sure you slept well the day before as you will have a 3.5 hr drive from Boston to Stowe. We left Boston at 8 am and arrived at our first stop, Moss Glen Falls, around noon. Moss Glen Falls (Stowe) can be reached thanks to a short but very nice hiking trail. (Suggested duration: 30 mins – 1 hour).

Later, we headed to Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, which has been named the best brewery in the world for 4 straight years according to RateBeer. If you are a dark beer drinker like me, you will definitely enjoy their Shirley Mae a lot; if you like pale ales, Abner would be a great choice; and even if you are not so much a beer fan, there’s an awesome pizza van right outside of Hill Farmstead Brewery. Try the chicken pesto pizza!

The Alchemist Brewery is another must-visit brewery in Vermont. You can sample a few of their tasty brews on draft, and take a look at their amazing facilities. Do not miss the all-time popular Heady Topper, which been rated the best IPA in the world.Prepare to bring your friends with you, as each customer is only allowed to purchase a limited number of four-packs.

Before you end your day, drive back to Stowe and have a fine dinner at Prohibition Pig, an amazing restaurant and microbrewery.

Moss Glen Falls
Moss Glen Falls
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Hill Farmstead Brewery
The Alchemist Brewery
The Alchemist Brewery

Day 2 (in Burlington): Vermont Teddy Bear Factory > Lake Champlain > Foam Brewers Brewery > Zero Gravity Brewery > Burlington Beer Company > Hen of the Wood

Vermont Teddy Bear Factory is one of the largest teddy bear factories. Its teddy bears are so cute and fluffy you might have a heart attack once you enter!You can sign up for a tour ($4 for adult),and build your own bear for the same price of an in-store teddy bear. During the tour, you will learn how and where bears are born, and see the entire bear-making process while cuddling buttercream or honey bears. Moreover, you will also visit the bear hospital, where the injured bears will sit in a hospital bed, wear a patient gown and have maple syrup IVs to help them recover faster. Once again, the place is so adorable that it will melt your heart. (Suggested duration: 2 hours).

Lake Champlain is very close to the Burlington City center area. We had our lunch in Church Street and walked around Waterfront Park. There are various ferries available on Lake Champlain, but remember to check the ferry schedule, since there are limited seats. Foam Brewers Brewery and Zero Gravity Brewery (or Queen City Brewery just across the road) are also located in the area, within walking distance. Indeed, you can take a romantic walk on the Waterfront Park from Foam Brewers, that will allow you to reach Zero Gravity Brewery in about half an hour.

If you are also planning to have a romantic dinner, head to the astounding Hen of the Wood, one of the best restaurants in the world! Remember to reserve at least a couple of weeks in advance, if you want to find a table.

Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
Waterfront Park
Waterfront Park

Day 3: Bragg Farm Sugar House >Quechee Gorge > Woodstock > Billings Farm & Museum > Home

We decided to take it slow on our last day and adding more sightseeing/nature attractions. We started with a sugar-high morning by visiting Bragg Farm Sugar House. Maple syrup is one of the signature products in Vermont. Take a free tour to learn the history of Vermont Maple syrup with endless maple syrup tasting.

Visiting Vermont covered bridges is also a must-do-activity in Vermont. We picked Taftsville Covered Bridge, Lincoln Covered Bridge, and Middle Covered Bridge in Woodstock, as they some of the oldest and prettiest ones in the state. We also visited Quechee Gorge, Vermont’s Grand Canyon, during our bridge hunt. Quechee Gorge is the deepest gorge in Vermont; you can take a nice picture on both sides of the gorge, by walking on the Route 4 Bridge.

If you are an animal lover, don’t miss a tour of Billings Farm & Museum before you end your trip. You will be able to pet farm animals such as pigs, jersey cows, horses, sheep, and chickens. Stick around for the 3 pm milking demonstration, and ask the knowledgeable and gracious stuff if you want to learn more about how the milking process works, and the farm daily routine.

Quechee Gorge
Quechee Gorge
Middle Covered Bridge
Middle Covered Bridge
Billings Farm & Museum
Billings Farm & Museum

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