Trip Ideas & Itineraries

Culinary Experiences

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Vermont Food Experiences

A Vermont foodie trip can center around local food tours, classes, and farms. Take a cheese tour through Vermont or follow the Vermont Maple Creemee Trail to sample one of Vermont’s most decadent treats. Vermont is also home to some of the best-regarded restaurants in the country, many of which rely on what’s local when crafting menus. Sampling the flavors of the Green Mountains rounds out a Vermont vacation.

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Vermont Maple Creemee Trail

The maple creemee is a uniquely Vermont treat. Pure Vermont maple sweetens thick, rich soft ice cream with a higher fat content than soft-serve, giving swirls plenty of flavor. Follow the Vermont Maple Creemee Trail to sample different takes on the dessert and its various toppings, from maple sugar to marshmallows.

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Vermont Beer Trails

Vermont is home to more brewers per capita than any other U.S. state, and Green Mountain brewers have brought home global awards and developed cult followings. Vermont Brewers Association’s collection of trails, from dog-friendly brewpubs to regionally focused itineraries, will whet your palate for Vermont’s immersive beer scene.

Two wedges of cheese on a wooden plank inside a store.
Two wedges of cheese on a wooden plank inside a store.

Vermont Cheese Trail

More than 45 cheesemakers statewide craft rinds with local terroir, from the world’s best cheddar to nutty, creamy soft cheeses and cave-aged wheels. Sample cheeses, learn about pairings, and discover first-hand what sets Vermont cheese apart.

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Vermont Distillers Tasting Tour

Vermont is home to some of America’s finest artisanal distilleries, proudly producing small batch spirits of the highest quality, including Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits, America’s most awarded gin. Sip mead made with Vermont honey, vodka with a (local) twist, and the world’s most awarded rye whiskey along the Vermont Distillers tasting tour.

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How to Eat Like a Local on Your Vermont Vacation

As you travel Vermont’s rolling hills, farm stands, country stores, farmers markets, roadside food stops, and wineries and breweries are welcoming stops along your journey. Things to do surrounding local food can fill an entire weekend.

Food-Forward Factory Tours

See How Vermont’s Finest is Made

Go behind the scenes and watch how Ben and Jerry’s world-famous swirly, chunky ice cream is made, watch expert chocolatiers craft truffles and treats, sample cider donuts hot off the press, and more in these food-focused tours.

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The Vermont Fresh Network’s guide to food and farms in Vermont includes more than 600 mapped destinations and plenty of inspiration to whet your palate for a Vermont culinary adventure.