If you are visiting or passing through the Waterbury, Vermont area (perhaps returning from a Smugglers Notch family vacation?) you’ll find some fabulous factory tours and sampling opportunities that are family friendly.
Here are some of the delicious stops:
It can be a challenge to find this place, so if you have GPS, search for the Waterbury Amtrak Station. There’s a small museum (not too exciting for kids), and a cafe with every flavor of Green Mountain coffee and Keurig coffee. It’s a great way to check out some of the Keurig flavors before you commit to buy a whole box.
Who doesn’t love Ben and Jerry’s ice cream? Visit the factory during the weekend, when the ice cream is actually produced. While you can also get a tour on the weekends, you’ll watch a video of production instead of seeing it live. If visiting during the summer, you’ll also find food vendors and kids’ crafts on site.
I love apple cider donuts, and the ones at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill are the best I’ve ever had. You can also get fresh apple cider, coffee, and gifts at this quaint shop. I always get some extra donuts too – they are great days later when heated up for a few seconds.
This annex of the main Cabot Store offers dozens of different cheese samples. I dare you to leave without buying something!