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!