A love letter to the state of Vermont

This title really should be a love letter to Vermont, Beer, Fall and Cider Donuts.

I am so full… full of happiness and beer.  The foliage here really gets to me. It is so beautiful and in California we have leaves change but maybe not at this magnitude… it is different.img_0676img_0678img_0691

Loved seeing all the spooky/halloween/fall decor in from of peoples houses.img_0693img_0694

Have you ever been to a diner in the back of a hardware store? Well I hadn’t until we ran across Sarah’s Country Diner. If you are in Cabot and hungry you should definitely stop in. What a fun experience! They even had locally made Kombucha – excellent!img_0695

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So this is where Sunflower Seeds come from?!img_0700img_0703img_0706img_0708

FINALLY, we made it to Hill Farmstead Brewery. I have been wanting to come here for a few years now and it was everything I dreamed of. Decadent beers, organized growler fills and pours made for an enjoyable experience.img_0714img_0718

Stumbled upon an Apple Pie Festival at a local high school! What Luck! Sharp Cheddar Cheese – yes please! Wishing I was having this again. img_0692

Rock Art Brewery was a great stop! I am so glad we made it a priority. Great Beers, super knowledgable staff that described every beer and the order we should drink it. The downstairs bar area was filled so we went upstairs where there were two large rooms. My friends and I had a great time sampling and spending time with one another.img_0721

Lost Nation Brewing  is an awesome brewery. Having been before on a Sunday when it was way less crowded I was completely taken off guard by the line out the door. It was popping on a Saturday. My suggestion is that if you want a flight and food (which trust me you do!! ) you should go on a Sunday or be prepared and okay to wait. I love their beers and the flight is a fun experience. Their kitchen turns out some amazing grub so its a must do!img_0727

Will be dreaming of this little airbnb view forever. What a dream.img_0736img_0740

Cider Donuts and Hot Cider, not too much just enough!img_0744

After gorging ourselves we wanted a little hike, but let me tell you this hike was anything but little. It was pretty intense with a little rock climbing but the views along the way were well worth it! Seemed to be dog friendly as we saw many pups along the route.img_0750img_0767img_0769img_0785img_0786img_0789img_0790

Burger and Beer for lunch… doesn’t get much better after an intense hike. Prohibition Pig is another must do for me – great service, beer, and food.img_0799img_0796img_0797

On our way home, we made it to one last brewery, Long Trail. I have had their beer before but this is my first time at the brewery. I LOVE the outdoorsy vibes – so up my alley and their beer was delicious. img_0801img_0802img_0803

I have probably used, delicious, amazing, must do way too many times in this post but thats honestly how I feel. My jeans may be a bit tighter but what a magical weekend. Now…when can I get back??!

Drink Vermont Beer!

Greetings from the land of Maple syrup, Cider, and Craft Beers! This little state sure has a whole lot to offer – be prepared to drink, eat, and then drink and eat some more. Better find a good hiking trail to burn it all off!

Here we are at the state capital – Montpelier!IMG_3537 You would think in a state popular for their pancakes and maple syrup we could easily find breakfast! Not the case at all. Some towns we rolled through didn’t even have anything open in the morning. One place we stopped had a two hour wait?! Finally we happened upon this tiny cute place in Montpelier. No wait and we had a delicious breakfast!IMG_3541 Here are some shots of Montpelier. IMG_3542 IMG_3543 IMG_3544 IMG_3551 State Building. IMG_3552 IMG_3555 Next stop, Ben and Jerry’s factory! And an opportunity to take funny pictures of my friends. They were good sports. 🙂IMG_3560 The Flavor Graveyard is a really funny cemetery for all the flavors that didn’t work out and they have stopped producing. IMG_3562 Next stop, Prohibition Pig. SUPER friendly staff, cool location and great beers! It sounds crazy but we did not eat here cause we were still full from breakfast but the food looked amazing – my beers were tasty and we got a growler to go!IMG_3563 Next stop we tried some cheese at Cabot. Probably one of the most unsanitary things ever but really fun to try different cheeses.IMG_3565Onto the Cider Mill but not just any cider mill, Cold Hollow Cider Mill. If I lived near this it would be dangerous! I would have diabetes in a hot minute – but man hot cider and cider donuts – I hope they serve this in heaven. Mmm tasty.
IMG_3566 IMG_3567 IMG_3568 We have all seen the Sound of Music right?? Well this spot will blow your mind. The Trapp Family settled here because it reminded them of their native Austria. The lodge itself is beautiful, but the surroundings are truly breathtaking and the brewskis are on point! Head to Trapp Family Brewery for a one of a kind experience.  I hope to stay here one day!IMG_3569 IMG_3571 IMG_3572 IMG_3573 I loved how traditional their brews were, very authentic, no crazy flavors here, just honest to goodness beer. IMG_3574 I couldn’t help myself – picture perfect. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the winter!IMG_3578 Me and my Krausey – I am so lucky to have her as a friend. I know she loves me because she doesn’t complain ( too much) about taking me to try different breweries even though she is not a hop head. IMG_3587 IMG_3589 Last stop of the night was Lost Nation brewery, really amazing food, the beer prices were the most reasonable I have ever seen – not too mention delicious… Wooowie it was a flight to remember. IMG_3591 IMG_3593 IMG_3595 IMG_3599

That sums up my day in Vermont. Can’t wait to spend more time here in the future. There is so much more to do and see. Glad I got to sample what this Green Mountain state has to offer.