Monday, January 18, 2010

Weekend in Vermont - Part 1

There's no "Sunday Suppers" post this week because Mr. ValleyWriter and I were away for the weekend up in Vermont. So instead, I'll tell you all about our trip!

We left Thursday afternoon for Stowe, VT. We were staying in a big lodge with a bunch of friends and friends-of-friends - about 50 of us in all! Each night we got together as a group for dinner at the lodge, followed by a "theme" party. It was kind of like summer camp for adults (except with snow... it is winter time in VT after all). During the day, we went off on our own or in small groups to explore the area attractions. The most well known attraction is, of course, Stowe Mountain Ski Resort - but being non-skiers, Mr. ValleyWriter and I went exploring some lesser-known ones.

Thursday was just the arrival night, followed by a "woo-hoo, we don't have to work for 4 days" party. Some people may or may not have had a few too many adult beverages... Suffice it to say, we decided Friday needed to be a fairly quiet day not requiring too much exertion.
So, we set off to visit the Trapp Family Lodge, the former home of the famous "Sound of Music" Von Trapp family. After they left their native Austria and toured Europe singing as a family, they settled on a hilltop farm in Stowe, VT. Over the years the lodge has been expanded and today serves as a luxury ski lodge, recreation area and restaurant. It is still run by members of the Von Trapp family.

We had lunch here in the Tavern and poked around a little. Unfortunately, we had missed the scheduled tour that day, but it was still neat to read the plaques on the walls and check out the luxury diggs.

We continued on that day to annex stores for Lake Champlain Chocolates and Cabot Creamery, in Waterbury, VT. I was a happy camper! Can you tell?

At Lake Champlain Chocolates, I had an absolutely divine cup of hot chocolate made with Tanzania 75% cocoa dark chocolate. After that, I certainly didn't need any other chocolate - but I got some for later anyway! I picked up some factory seconds at a good price - $18/pound (instead of the usual $32-ish). They were smooth and creamy, with only minor imperfections in their appearance. But hey, that was perfectly fine with me - it's not like they were around long for me to look at them with any scrutiny!

At the Cabot Creamery store, we got to try all kinds of their cheese and learn a little bit about the cheese making process. (Did you know cheddar cheese is lactose-free? Woo Hoo! is all I have to say about that!) We ended up buying some of their private stock cheddar cheese, which is dense, creamy and flavorful (thanks to the 16-month aging). I've never seen the private stock at my local grocer - but if you find it near you - BUY it! You won't be sorry!

Tune back in tomorrow for installment #2 to hear about the rest of our Vermont adventures!


Jenn said...

OH what I'd do for a cup of hot cocoa right about now. hehehe...

"Prof. Kitty" said...

Chocolate & cheese, sounds like the start to a wonderful weekend!

Kathryn said...

Wow! It sounds like you guys are having a BLAST!

That chocolate and cheddar both sound heavenly....

BTW: You look like a teenager in that photo honey! Love the boots!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Awesome! Can't wait to visit the VonTrapps - how was the food at the Tavern? You didn't mention that because it wasn't mentionable??

ValleyWriter said...

JennDZ - The food at the Tavern was decent - but not mind blowing (or particularly blogworthy). Mr. VW had a burger, I had a pasta dish. But, that was just lunch. The dinner menu looked more drool-worthy. I'd give it another try, that's for sure!