If you’re a restless gourmand who believes any eating experience is improved by a hearty dose of wanderlust fulfilled, you’ll want to add Vermont’s Cheese Trail to your itinerary of vineyard tours and pub crawls. Home to 46 cheesemakers producing 150 varieties of artisan cheeses, Vermont has a lot of curd to offer any hungry guest. While you can’t visit all of the cheesemakers listed on the trail on a whim (31 are by special tour or appointment only), you’d be hard pressed to fit the remaining 12 into a single day.
Diane Bair and Pamela Wright of the Boston Globe said of their recent visit to five cheesemakers on the trail in south-central Vermont:
“The best thing about this tour: We not only sampled a variety of fabulous cheeses and learned about the cheesemaking process, but we met passionate and creative artisans, stayed at two lovely inns, and took in some of Vermont’s beautiful farmland-to-mountains scenery.”
Talk about an idyllic New England vacation. And if you do fancy a day trip to only a portion of the cheesemakers, the Vermont Cheese Trail is the perfect excuse for a road trip; it follows Route 100 north (accessible from main highway I-89), and loops back down the state on Route 7. Summer and fall both boast beautiful weather in Vermont, too, so don’t delay! Stop by and say hello to one of the many wonderful creameries in the Green Mountain State as soon as you can.
Photo by Grafton Village Cheese