Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

 

The original farm house now serves as the store and cheese packaging...

Just down the hill is the sugar shack where the sap is...

 

Parts of this barn date back to the original construction in the...

Fixing the roof to get ready for winter.

They still use Belgian draft horses to haul the sap from the...

 

There were several other animals around the yard to visit.

The pygmy goats were our favorites.

 

 

 

 

Some views from the farm yard.

 

Our coffee cake stop.

A tree just starting to turn color.

View of Quechee Gorge from the bridge. Looking upstream.

Looking downstream.


(Elena Writing) We awoke to 43° this morning. It was cloudy with periods of sunshine.

For breakfast, I prepared whole wheat banana pancakes topped with cinnamon apples and a side of bacon. A cooking tip: You can mash an overripe banana in its peel. Carefully squeeze the peel with both hands from top to bottom. Cut one end and squeeze fruit into batter leaving the peel intact. It works and avoids more dirty dishes!

We drove to Woodstock, VT via I-89, and west on US-4. We visited the Sugarbush Farm which is a working farm. We had samples of a large array of cheese, maple syrup, jams, mustards and spreads. There is a sugar shack, farm animals, a nature trail, and a chapel on the 550-acre property. The property sits on a hillside with breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys. After trying many of their samples we purchased grade B maple syrup, smoked cheddar cheese, venison summer sausage, and buffalo summer sausage. We know they’re good because we had samples!

After leaving the farm we stopped at the Maple Grove Bakery in Quechee, VT. It is a cute little place and we purchased a blueberry coffee cake which tastes delicious.

A little further down the road we stopped to look around Quechee Gorge Village. There are several stores and restaurants there. We spent some time looking around the Cabot Store. Cabot is one of the large cheese companies in Vermont and last spring we stopped at one of their factories for a tour. We really liked the cheese we bought at the factory and we purchased some more today. They had many samples of cheese, syrup, etc. I bought some maple sugar, maple syrup infused with ginger, and horseradish cheddar cheese, whole wheat crackers, and maple apple drizzle.

We then drove a few miles to Quechee Gorge, known as Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon. It’s a 163 feet drop from the bridge deck to the cascading waters of the Ottauqueche River. It was another spot with picturesque views of the fall colors.

We continued our drive west on US-4 then south on VT-100 to the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site at Plymouth Notch. Since we arrived an hour before closing, we toured only a portion of the site. We will complete our tour tomorrow morning and post the photos tomorrow. Luckily we had permission to stay overnight in the visitor’s parking lot; a very quiet and beautiful location. A few dozen Canada geese are our neighbors.



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