Disclosure: I experienced the kayak excursion as a guest of Smugglers’ Notch. My other visits to Boyden Valley Winery were at our own expense.
Are your kids in camp at Smugglers’ Notch? Are you looking for something “adult” to do while they are occupied? One of my favorite stops in Vermont is the Boyden Valley Winery, located a few miles down the street from Smugglers’ Notch. Boyden Valley Winery is a great spot for wine and spirit tastings, delicious light food sampling, and beautiful country views. It’s a family-owned winery. While the main location is in Cambridge, Vermont, near Smugglers’ Notch, there’s also an annex location at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Woodbury. At that location, you have the opportunity to try an exclusive cider – the Barn Dance Cider.
Parents’ Time Out at Smugglers’ Notch: Boyden Valley Winery and Spirits
Tastings at the Boyden Valley Winery
Boyden Valley Winery and Spirits offers daily wine tastings of their delicious wines. You can also purchase bottles of wine, or enjoy a glass right at the winery. Tastings are offered all day everyday, and come with a complimentary wine glass.
While all of the wine is delicious, my personal favorite is the Vermont Maple Reserve, made from apple cider and maple syrup. It’s such a light, delicious wine – perfect for a picnic. I also love the Apple Creme Liqueur, and the Big Barn Red.
Food at the Boyden Valley Winery
You can also get some delicious food at the Boyden Valley Winery and Springs. While the winery doesn’t have a restaurant, light bites are available. I love to get the cheese plate, which is the perfect complement to a glass of wine. There’s also a winter cheese board, a chocolate tasting board, and petite desserts.
Kayaking/Canoeing to Boyden Valley Winery
If you want to combine your visit to Boyden Valley Winery with some outdoor activity, consider taking a kayak/canoe trip to the winery with Vermont Canoe & Kayak. We did this excursion a few years ago, while our kids were in camp at Smugglers’ Notch. It was such a fun experience. After a nice, leisurely paddle down the river to the winery, we were treated to a wine tasting with cheese and bread. Then, we rode in a van back to our car. It was such a fun experience, and a great way to spend the day while the kids were in camp.
Boyden Valley Winery & Farm
Junction 15 & 10470 Vermont Route 104
Cambridge, Vermont 05444