Vermont. Home of hippies, Ben and Jerry, the moose, and long-haired snowboarders. After spending some time there this past weekend, we've decided to fill you in on some oh-so-great things about our Northerly neighbor.
Snacks! Beef Jerky. Yes, that's right - beef jerky. We're not talking about that stuff you find in the local grocery store. We're talking about real, authentic, small process beef jerky. We loved The Vermont Jerky Company's traditional beef flavor. We ate way too much of it and never tired of it's smoky, salty perfect flavor. Absolutely delicious!
Beer! Long Trail. If you haven't had it, you must! While lunching in their fabulous pub in Bridgewaters, VT a couple of us enjoyed the sampler (a 6oz pour of the 6 brews they have on tap). It's a great way to go through the tasting experience - they structure it from lightest to darkest so as to optimize your taste buds. They also have a pseudo- self tour which consists of a small hallway to walk down and see the brewing process. Very interesting, and not too boring (always a plus!) After a couple of pints. we decided we loved the Blackbeary Wheat the most. It's light, flavorful, and has only 6 grams of carbs! Wahoo for yummy and not-too-bad for you beer!
Shopping! Vermont Country Store - so adorable. It's the perfect place to stop on your way home. They've got kitsch galore! Old fashioned toys and toiletries, a great 10c candy bar, and a wide selection of VT made artisan crafts. It's the perfect place to find the hard to find! (Actually, that might just be their slogan!) Great gifts for grandma and a few treats for the haul back home.