Driving about 70 miles; approximately 3 hours total. Walking up to 1/2 mile total throughout the day; uneven surfaces and slight hills.
At the inn.
We’ll begin our day by boarding our van for a field trip to the Vermont Taste Place where we will enjoy an expert-led presentation on the cheeses of Vermont. The Mad River Taste Place offers a venue for local artisanal products so emerging businesses can connect with consumers and the community as they establish themselves, and their products. Moving on, we’ll head to the Red Hen Baking Company where we will meet with the staff to learn about their tremendous baking operation and how they use local wheat farmers for production.
At the Red Hen Baking Company café, we’ll have plated meals with juice, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Next, we will transfer to visit Nutty Steph's for a presentation and sampling of her gourmet chocolates and granola. The owner and founder of the outfit will enlighten us with the history of the company and the products it makes. Afterwards, we’ll travel to Montpelier, Vermont's state capital, where we’ll visit the Morse Sugar Farm, sixth generation sugar makers. While here, we’ll enjoy a presentation in the sugarhouse with a traditional sugar-on-snow experience. We will complete our group activities for the day with a visit to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill where we’ll go behind the scenes with staff to see all the stages of the process from tree to bottle. As we go, we will learn about their storage facility, pressing and pasteurizing rooms, and the many delicious apple products they make including donuts, cider, and apple cider jellies.
At the resort, we’ll enjoy a delicious farewell dinner including a wine pairing and a dessert demonstration led by the inn’s pastry chef, who will use apples collected today on our field trip. Coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.