Vermonting: Our First Trip to the Green Mountain State

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Oh Vermont, with your green mountains, winding roads, picturesque towns around every corner, cows grazing in the pastures, Subaru-driving North Face models, maple flavored goodies, and breweries. We fell in love with you as much as everyone warned us we would.

We flew into Burlington, Vermont and rented a car to drive to Canada. It saved us money on airfare being able to have Rooney as a lap infant and flying domestic instead of international also saved us the hassle of extra TSA checks. After picking up a few things from the mall Target, we drove to Winooski for some lunch and stumbled upon the Dutch Deli. Back in our college days we went to Patat Spot around the corner from our dorm in downtown Charleston. It’s been a while since we’ve had any authentic friet! Alex had the Dutch fries with mayo, curry peanut sauce, and onions. It was surprisingly tasty! The deli also reminded me so much of Charleston’s neighborhood corner groceries. After walking down to see the Winooski falls, we drove around the corner to grab some local brews before driving to the border.

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We spent the second half of our summer vacation exploring bits of Vermont and spending time with our friends. We drove into Greensboro on our way back from the cottage to go to the Hill Farmstead Brewery. In the city center of Greensboro, a little cafe in the community center called Highland Center for the Arts was one of the few places to stop for lunch. We snacked on the cheeseboard and I tasted my first fiddlehead and SAP! Maple Soda. After our meal we took a look in the gallery at some of the incredible watercolor paintings on display. I was surprised at how busy the brewery was in the middle of the week, especially since it is so secluded. Alex had to wait a while on beer so Rooney and I played with toys in the grass and looked at all the dogs.

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After our time at the Hill Farmstead, we made our way to Ben and Jerry’s in Waterbury. We got ice cream while we waited in line for our behind the scenes factory tour. I tried the coconut seven layer bar and it was delicious! To be honest, the tour part of the experience was a little underwhelming but I really liked the video they played beforehand! You can’t come to Vermont and not go to Ben and Jerry’s! We picked up a few souvenirs and raced against the rain to meet up with our friends for the evening. We had a very hygge night in. It was so relaxing to catch up on passed time, listen to the rain, eat some pizza, and watch celebrity game night together.

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The next morning we woke up and went to Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co. It was maybe a minute drive from our friends’ house! Alex and I might be in trouble if we lived so close to a roastery. I really should have tried a maple latte, but I had a plain iced latte instead. We shared a lavender bouchon which was a crazy explosion of flavors! I’ve never had anything like it and I wish I had a good recipe for them.

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We spent our day in downtown Burlington. After finding parking and checking out the L.L. Bean store, we made our way to the Outdoor Gear Exchange. It was honestly overwhelming how much new and used outdoor clothing and equipment they had in store. We had lunch at El Cortijo Taqueria. I had the huevos bowl filled with cheddar, scallions, cabbage, potatoes, salsa, rice, black beans, cilantro and onions. So many delicious layers of flavor!

After checking out some of the shopping opportunities downtown (specifically David’s Tea, URBN, and Fjallraven), we headed down to the waterfront to walk along Lake Champlain and try one of Vermont’s famous Maple Creemees. I’m not usually a huge fan of anything maple flavored but it was so delicious! I’d get my own cone next time.

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We drove back towards Stowe to go to family night at The Alchemist. We had tacos from Tres Amigos and listened to a band play while we all sat out on the lawn. They had the craziest murals inside… including all over the bathroom walls. I have to say, it’s fun to be raising brewery babes and we need to plan on more trips to breweries with friends back home! We honestly had the best short trip to Vermont and I hope we will get to go back again to experience the perfect summer weather for years to come! Thank you so much to The Barrys for their hospitality and making our trip a reality. We are lucky to be able to stay with friends and family when we travel and the favor doesn’t go unnoticed! We’ll be back for more Fitz snuggles and blueberry picking soon.

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Have you been to Vermont? Let me know what towns we should stop in next time!