Greetings from New Hampshire (and Vermont, we’re very near the state line)! As the title states, we’ve been on the hunt for delectable cheeses and other local New England Grub. Our first stop was not for cheese but for apple cider donuts at Carter Hill Orchard. I would apologize for the explosion of pictures in this blog post but these states were just too beautiful to not take ALL THE PICS.
We were able to get some fresh hot apple cider donuts, apple cider to take home, and a slice of apple pie (hey, live it up while ya can some days). The orchard was packed full of fall vibes and smells. We purchased a bag for pick-your-own apples (so worth $6!). Though Luke had been apple picking as a kid, I’d never gotten to experience this joy so off we went!
We would HIGHLY recommend a stop at Carter Hill orchard. There are a ton of orchards to choose from but we sure enjoyed this particular one.
Quechee Gorge Village
Our first stop in Vermont was Quechee Gorge Village, the town of Quechee is very close to Woodstock Vermont. It is home to Living the Dream Alpaca farm and Cabot Station (both housed at Quechee Gorge Village). First we absolutely had to feed the alpacas because how could you not? They’re adorable and now I want to start an alpaca rescue when we get back to Arkansas. For a mere quarter, you can let these adorable creatures nibble snacks gingerly from your palm. I mean honestly, what better way to use your quarter?
After sanitizing our hands (lol we did just feed alpacas), we made our way down the sidewalk to Cabot Station. Where they ALL the Cabot cheese and some other local cheeses. We decided we were ready for a snack so we sprang for extra sharp cheddar with crackers.
Wander a little further down the sidewalk and your in the antique mall! Now usually I’m not one to recommend antique malls because more often than not they seem like a bunch of leftover junk from a failed garage sale. However this antique mall had FOR REAL antiques (like you know not stuff from 1985), like snowshoes from the early 1900’s and vintage kitchen gadgets. We really enjoyed browsing.
Next up, our mishap of the day. We went ahead and drove through Woodstock to make our way to Plymouth Artisan Cheese. It was only about 30 minutes out of the way and did include a lovely scenic drive, however, Plymouth Cheese is only offering window service at the time :(. We didn’t want to eat cheese in a gravel parking lot and had hoped to tour their cheese museum. But, so goes life, the town of Plymouth is extremely small (like I’m not really sure it’s even a town) but it is home to the Calvin Coolidge Homestead. You can get a guided tour for a small fee, but truthfully we aren’t that into Calvin Coolidge so we settled for exploring the property on our own and reading the plaques.
So we shrugged our shoulders and headed back to Woodstock to continue our search for cheese. We planned to visit Billings Farm and tour the grounds, wouldn’t you know they were closed the one day we decided to visit. Okay, monitor and adjust again, off to Sugarbush Farm we went! I’ve learned at this point in the game it’s always good to have way too many options of places to go during your day than not enough. It’s easy to nix stuff as you get tired, not as easy to plan out your day once your in the place and wanting to go do stuff.
Sugarbush Farm was all that we’d hoped for and more! We weren’t expecting to get to sample cheeses due to COVID but Sugarbush went the extra mile to take all the necessary precautions (masks, face shields, and providing toothpicks for each sample so no hands touching anything) so we were able to sample basically all their products! So yummy. My favorite was “sage cheese”. The fresh herbs really made for a unique flavor.
Not only was the staff kind enough to take the time to let us sample all the cheese, they then offered to let us sample their maple syrup! Um yes please! The colors of the syrup darken as the maple syrup season progresses and the flavor changes too. Seriously make sure to make the drive down the long dirt road for Sugarbush Farm, they are the nicest folk around.
We then were able to tour the syrup processing barn. We learned a lot including how the majority of our pancake syrups are just corn syrup (Yikes, even the ones I thought were better since they cost more were indeed not better)
That concluded our hunt for the delicious cheese of Vermont, and I must say we were worn out.
Oh! Back to our day on the hunt for cheese, before we made our way out to Sugarbush farm we explored downtown Woodstock, Vermont. With cute shops like “Unicorn” what’s not to love? They had a farmer’s market going on in the town square that we were also able to check out.
That wraps up our time in New Hampshire and Vermont, of course we weren’t able to experience all the things these beautiful states have to offer due to time constraints so we definitely hope to come back in the future and do more! These have been some of our favorite adventures yet. As always, thanks for tagging along with, EmbryAdventureCo! If you missed our post last week, be sure to check it out!