New England is charming, I especially love Vermont. I started frequenting Vermont because my friend Ken bought a maple farm there. Vermont towns are spread out between mountains and forests along creeks and rivers. The best way to see Vermont is with a car, by driving from town to town, parking then exploring their general stores and cafes for the best local Green Mountain coffee and delicious treats.
The first time I came to visit Ken, he was excited to tell me the history of the farm. Ken bought the farm from the man who built the house and shed which is called a sugary. The man bought the maple lush land hoping he could make a living for himself and his wife. He wrote his sad journal on the walls of the shed. The first year he wrote that he had very little harvest and a fire, the second 20 gallons, the seventh year his wife left him, but he struggled until he finally couldn’t continue which is when he sold the property.
Over the past several years I’d go to Vermont to pick up Ouroboros and keep him as long as I’m in the US. The winter of 2017 was a bit different. I had my brother with me in Pennsylvania and his girlfriend came along for the long drive to return Ouroboros to Ken in Vermont.
On this trip we were all staying in Burlington and taking short trips to Stowe and some other towns so that I could show them this beautiful state. I started the long weekend trip by taking them to the frozen Lake Champlain where we walked on the ice. Some people are so courageous that they drive their trucks on the solid ice.
Another day we explored the state roads to Stowe where we went to The Alchemist Brewery. We stopped at a few surgeries where we tried the maple syrup and bought loads of it of course. There are many incredible places to explore in Vermont.
Some of my favorites are:
Cold Hollow Cider Mill – 3600 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Waterbury Center
Apple cider donuts – these are the best in VT
19 Main Street Bristol VT 05443
Phone: (802) 453-4065 www.vt-marketplace.com
1150 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002, USA
(Corner of Bay Road & Route 116) Phone: (413) 253-9528 www.atkinsfarms.com
3963 VT-100 Pittsfield, VT 05762
Phone: 802-746-8888 www.vermontsoriginalstore.com
West Addison General Store
Maple cookies are amazing
Bristol Bakery & Cafe