Vermont Journal

from the B&B and around Vermont

While the farm-to-table movement has taken the US by storm over the past couple of decades, some places just do it best, and you’ll find many of those along the Vermont Cheese Trail. This 240-mile loop includes around 45 artisanal cheesemakers, many of whom invite the public to tour their scenic dairies and sample their hand-crafted goods. The good news is that you don’t have to drive far from our B&B to find some great cheese. Local farms can be found in and near the Mad River Valley, and taking a scenic drive through the Green Mountains, stopping off for nibbles here and there, and stocking up for a picnic—it doesn’t get much better! 

The variety of cheeses these artisans make along the Vermont Cheese Trail is vast; you’ll find sheep, goat, and cow’s milk blends in everything from aged hard varietals to soft-ripened creams, cheddars, and blues. There are approximately more than 150 different kinds to choose from, and this Vermont Cheese Trail map is an excellent resource for planning your itinerary. But let us help you narrow it down a bit first. As long-time innkeepers of a popular Vermont Bed and Breakfast, we can guide you to some of our favorite stops for tastings and tours, many of which are near our charming village of Warren, VT. 

For those craving a taste of the local creameries in Vermont, you should make a weekend or more extended adventure and book a stay at our Vermont Bed and Breakfast. You’ll be in the ideal location to head out and explore the scenic Vermont Cheese Trail (including the historic Vermont Covered Bridges!) and have the coziest retreat for relaxing evenings in. We’ll treat you to a fabulous home-cooked breakfast each day of your stay—often including cheeses from the nearby creameries—and we can help set you in the right direction. Our well-appointed guest rooms are warm and welcoming, offering the most comfortable place to unwind and refresh. Book your room at our Vermont B&B in Warren today! 

Vermont Cheese Trail, photo of a beautiful couple enjoying a picnic in the Vermont countryside

Great Stops Along the Vermont Cheese Trail

Of the more than 45 excellent stops available along the Vermont Cheese Trail, there are quite a few stops close to our Vermont Bed and Breakfast that you won’t want to miss. We can guarantee two things: you’ll taste some of the freshest cheese and see some of Vermont’s most scenic country roads. There’s something magical about tooling around on our back roads and discovering these hidden gems in tucked away on dirt roads around corners and bends. 

Take your time for tours, enjoy the fresh Mad River Valley air, and stop for picnics (and pictures!) along the way. Touring and tasting the Vermont Cheese Trail is sure to be an unforgettable experience—make sure you have room in your suitcase to bring back some of these farm-fresh finds for your family and friends. There’s more than just cheese, you’ll also find a great selection of maple syrup, and even local crafts. 

Here are a few of our favorite stops along the Vermont Cheese Trail not to miss, but be sure to call the cheesemaker first to check on their current opening hours: 

  1. Vermont Creamery: Located about 45 minutes east of our Vermont Bed and Breakfast, this specialty creamery focuses on the base ingredients first. Happy animals make tastier milk! They also strive to be environmentally conscience and are passionate about sustainability. Don’t miss their award-winning fresh goat cheese, a product that has put them on the map since 1984.
  2. Billings Farm and Museum: Opening for the season in April, this local museum offers a fascinating look at Vermont’s rural past and plenty of first-hand farm experiences. The adults-only classes and events are among the best options to enjoy here, including date night cooking classes and “Moos, Brews, & Cocktails, Too” evening get-togethers.
  3. Plymouth Artisan Cheese: This stop along the Vermont Cheese Trail is the second oldest factory in the United States and has been producing its delicious cheeses since 1890. You’ll still find creations from the original 1800s recipe. The store is open Monday to Friday, with weekend hours available by appointment.
  4. Mad River Taste Place: While this stop is not a farm per se, it’s a specialty grocery store that fully supports our local Vermont farmers and artisans. Stop in for samples of cheeses and spirits from Mad River Distillers, and much more. And it’s just 10 minutes from our Vermont Bed and Breakfast. 
  5. Cabot Creamery: Perhaps the most recognized and well-known creamery along the Vermont Cheese Trail, Cabot holds the title for the world’s best cheddar. Better yet, this corporation is a co-op that’s farmer-owned and gives back to the local community. 
  6. Shelburne Farms: This working farm focuses on education, sustainability, and community outreach. They offer classes, have trails for scenic hikes, and of course, have some delicious cheddar cheese and dairy products to sample and purchase. 
  7. Neighborly Farms of Vermont: This family-owned farmstead is a perfect stop along the Vermont Cheese Trail for organic artisanal cheeses. They offer eleven flavors of their award-winning cheeses, but if you like to turn up the heat, try the Jalapeno Jack.
  8. Fat Toad Farm: This local farm is known for its specialty goat’s milk caramel sauce for a different style of dairy product. They offer an array of fun flavors like salted bourbon, cold brew coffee, and spicy dark chocolate.
  9. Waitsfield Farmers Market: If you’d rather find a one-stop shop for these local creameries, there’s always a lovely selection to choose from at this seasonal market from May to October. 
  10. Warren Store: Also not a farm stop exactly, but our charming villages in Vermont often have a local general store with farm-fresh goods, treats, and lunch options. Our shop in Warren is a delightful stop to add to your itinerary when you’re out and about. 
Vermont Cheese Trail, photo of a beautiful room at our Vermont bed and breakfast

The Best Vermont Bed and Breakfast for your Next Getaway

Vermont is such a lovely destination for culinary tourism, as demonstrated by the sheer volume of farms, farmer’s markets, and artisan food producers in the state. You’ll also love the fantastic selection of Warren and Waitsfield restaurants to choose from near our Vermont Bed and Breakfast. We’re always happy to help arrange your day tasting along the Vermont Cheese Trail or make reservations for you around town—feel free to contact your Innkeepers for directions and suggestions. 

Imagine waking up in your comfortable guest room to birdsong in the quiet Mad River Valley, untouched nature all around you. You’ll enjoy a leisurely morning with hot coffee and a fresh-made three-course breakfast with sweet and savory favorites. Stroll our award-winning garden grounds, or head out on your adventure on the Vermont Cheese Trail. You’ll spend the day touring the beautiful countryside and tasting some of the best cheeses in the world. Our Inn will be a welcome reprieve in the evening for warm fires, adult beverages, and personalized hospitality.

If you’re heading to our Vermont Bed and Breakfast for an anniversary, romantic getaway, or birthday, we offer many add-on packages to make your stay that much more memorable. From pampering and romance to dining and nearby attractions—there’s no shortage of special touches and details! Our goal is to create a welcoming space that you dream about and plan to visit again and again. Check out our upcoming availability and book your room today! 

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