Vermont has a great reputation for its large number of local farms and specialty food products, from cheese to craft beer. In Stowe, there's a number of great businesses that make their own local food and drink products, and it's a fun afternoon to stop in and sample the wares. Should it be rainy or too cold on your visit to Stowe, here is an itinerary for your own food and drink tour of Stowe.
Start or end your trip in Waterbury, about a 20-minute drive south of Stowe. Here, you'll find the Ben & Jerry's factory, Cold Hollow Cider and Cabot Creamery. No visit to Vermont is complete without some Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and at the factory store you can take a 30-minute guided tour and then sample a new or your favorite flavor. Don't miss the flavor graveyard, a mock cemetery dedicated to all the discontinued flavors (RIP, Wavy Gravy).
Next up: cheese! Waterbury is home to the Cabot Cheese Farmers' Store, where there's plenty of free samples. Stock up on your favorite and browse the shop full of Vermont specialty food products. Then head north to Cold Hollow Cider, a sweet cider facility where you can see cider making in action and enjoy all sorts of apple treats. Cider is made three times a week in the off-season but daily in the fall—fortunately, the apple cider donuts are made daily no matter the season. Stock up on baked apple treats and cider and then hit the road back to Stowe.
In Stowe, visit Laughing Moon Chocolates to sample handmade chocolate truffles, bark, and clusters. The chocolatiers use Vermont ingredients where they can, including Jasper Hill Farms' Bayley Hazen blue cheese, a flavor combo you'll just have to try to believe.
You're sure to have worked up a thirst after all these tours, stop into one of Stowe's famed breweries to sample some of the local craft beer. See our post on Stowe breweries and end your food and drink tour of Stowe with a flight of craft beer.