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24 Tours in Vermont

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
Waterbury, VT

Latitude/Longitude
44.354902,-72.736156

Last year 275,000 ice cream fans toured this facility. Not bad for a company launched in 1978 in a renovated gas station. As visitors soon learn, it's not just about ice cream--there's a social mission behind Ben & Jerry's. Thirty-minute tours are offered daily, beginning with a seven-minute video, continuing on to the tour mezzanine, where you watch ice cream production. If production is down, a narrated video will fill in the details. The tour ends at the Scoop Shop, where guests try old favorites like Cherry Garcia, and perhaps, test-drive a new flavor.

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Bennington Potters
Bennington, VT

Latitude/Longitude
+42,-73

Bennington Potters has been making stoneware pottery dinnerware, serving pieces, mugs and accessories for 68 years - right here in Bennington Vermont. Come See It Made! Home style store and factory open daily.


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Cabot Creamery
Cabot, VT

Latitude/Longitude
44.400307,-72.314499

"There's efficiency and strength when we work together." That's the principle on which the Cabot Creamery Cooperative was founded by the farmers of Cabot, Vermont in 1919. It's the same principle on which the Cabot brand and its parent cooperative, Agri-Mark, continue to thrive today.

As it was early last century, Cabot is still a sleepy little farm town tucked into the rocky soil of Vermont's rolling hills. The company is still working hard to bring pleasure to the people who buy our products and value to the farmer-owners who supply our milk. And that's just what we plan ...
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Cold Hollow Cider Mill
Waterbury Center, VT

Latitude/Longitude
44.378652,-72.722887

The Cold Hollow Cider Mill is one of the top producers of Fresh Apple Cider in all of New England. We are also one of the very few that press year-round. The Mill has become one of the top tourist attractions in Vermont because our operation is open to public viewing. Come and see cider that's still made the old fashioned way, with a rack and cloth press built in the 1920's.

After you have seen cider made, its time to wander through the large Retail store and check out many of the specialty foods we have to offer. ...
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Crowley Cheese
Healdville, VT

Latitude/Longitude
43.449466,-72.815819

Come watch Crowley Cheese being made by hand just as it was over 100 years ago by Winfield Crowley. Our landmark factory was built next to a small mountain brook in 1882 in the then traditional post & beam fashion. Little has changed in over 110 years. You will see a modern cheese factory of the 19th Century - not the 20th.

The entire production is completely ?human? powered. Only a few hundred pounds of cheese are made each day, and the process remains exactly as it was when the factory was established. There is no automatic stirring equipment or ...
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Dakin Farms
South Burlington, VT

Latitude/Longitude
44.466677,-73.181083

Come see how time-honored skills and century-old tradition combine with the most modern smokehouse facilities to produce ham, cheddar cheese, Pure Vermont Maple Syrup, and other specialty foods known the world over for their unique flavor and wholesome goodness. See how it's done?
Things to do and see at Dakin Farm:

View our educational Vermont maple syrup movie
Tour our maple syrup cannery
Tour our state-of-the-art smokehouse
See how our foods are made
FREE samples - try our special foods
FREE exhibits - for children and adults too!

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Grafton Village Cheese Company (Grafton)
Grafton, VT

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Grafton Village Cheese Company - A Vermont Tradition Since 1892

Cheesemaking has long been a part of Vermont life. Dairy cows grazing the velvety pastures of the Green Mountain State are a familiar sight, and the milk they produce is one of the state's natural treasures, used to make some of the world's best cheddar cheese.

Grafton, Vermont is a likely setting for a world-class cheddar. Cheesemaking traditions in this historic village date from the 19th century. The Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company was founded in 1892 by dairy farmers who gathered together in a cooperative to make their surplus milk ...
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Grafton Village Cheese Company (Brattleboro)
Brattleboro, VT

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Grafton Village Cheese Company - A Vermont Tradition Since 1892

Cheesemaking has long been a part of Vermont life. Dairy cows grazing the velvety pastures of the Green Mountain State are a familiar sight, and the milk they produce is one of the state's natural treasures, used to make some of the world's best cheddar cheese.

Grafton, Vermont is a likely setting for a world-class cheddar. Cheesemaking traditions in this historic village date from the 19th century. The Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company was founded in 1892 by dairy farmers who gathered together in a cooperative to make their surplus milk ...
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Granville Manufacturing
Granville, VT

Latitude/Longitude
43.948942,-72.840783

Granville Manufacturing has been in continuous operation, owned and run by family businesses since 1857. We feature spruce and pine quartersawn clapboards as well as other vertical grain building materials. The old New England houses that dot the countryside are the best examples that wood siding can withstand the test of time. We invite you to tour our facility. We are located in the heart of Vermont on scenic Route 100. Come and see for yourself why we are proud to carry on a true Vermont tradition.


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Harpoon Brewery (Windsor)
Windsor, VT

Latitude/Longitude
43.512088,-72.401825

We offer free in-depth brewery tours of the Windsor Brewery at 3:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Reservations are not necessary, but the tour size is limited to first 30 people on a first come first serve basis. We request that children do not participate in the tour to allow room for those 21 years and older. The tour includes a walk through the brewery (depending on Brewery Production at the time of the tour) and complimentary samples of Harpoon beer. It lasts about 45 minutes. You must be 21 years or older with proper ID to sample.

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Johnson Woolen Mills, LLC
Johnson, VT

Latitude/Longitude
44.635022,-72.678275

Johnson Woolen Mills is a 161 year old manufacturer of fine woolen outerwear and accessories for men, women, children and big & tall. All clothing is 100% designed and handmade at our factory in Johnson, VT. In addition, we have a factory store next door which is an extremely popular Vermont attraction.

The JOHNSON tradition reaches back more than 160 years to a time when local farmers brought their wool here to have it woven into cloth. In the late 19th century, we began making heavy woolen trousers, well suited to the climate of Vermont and the rest of New ...
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Lake Champlain Chocolates
Burlington, VT

Latitude/Longitude
44.458856,-73.214206

Lake Champlain Chocolates started on a dare.
In 1983, Jim Lampman, owner of Burlington, Vermont's acclaimed Ice House Restaurant on the Lake Champlain waterfront, was buying expensive boxes of chocolates as gifts for his staff. One day, his pastry chef, a man of high epicurean standards, took Jim aside after receiving one too many boxes. "These chocolates are terrible," he confessed. "All right then, you do better!" Jim challenged him.

Shortly thereafter, Jim was presented with hand rolled, distinctively flavored truffles - the finest chocolates Jim had ever tasted. Jim began serving them Sundays to select restaurant patrons. The ...
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Long Trail Brewing Company
Bridgewater Corners, VT

Latitude/Longitude
43.59947,-72.719049

As the brewer of Vermont's #1 selling craft brew we are dedicated to providing you with an outstanding experience. Whether your interest is to enjoy some of Long Trail's award winning brews or to take our self-guided brewery tour, guests to our facility will find extraordinary insight into the wonderful world of beer.


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Magic Hat Brewing Company
South Burlington, VT

Latitude/Longitude
44.4284050,-73.2131480

The Ancient Ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is nothing short of magic. Our mysterious mix of time-honored ingredients, chaotic chemistry, humble patience, and blind faith age into the secret brew we share in the rousing company of good spirits.


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Maple Grove Farms of Vermont
St. Johnsbury, VT

Latitude/Longitude
44.4213410,-71.9947509

Visit our Sugar House Museum and learn about the Whole Sugaring Experience??. Then browse our spacious red-roofed Cabin Gift Shop.

View our award winning video, ?Vermont?s First Industry ? Maple Syrup?. Sample our factory-direct maple candies. Taste all grades of Pure Maple Syrup and decide which one you like best. Stock up on maple candies, pure maple syrup, all natural pancake mixes, gourmet salad dressings and other Vermont made products. You can have these tasty items packed as gifts and shipped directly to your family and friends


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Maple Landmark
Middlebury, VT

Latitude/Longitude
44.035866,-73.165567

Maple Landmark have been making eco-friendly, educational wooden toys, games and gifts since 1979 at our shop in Middlebury, Vermont. We pride ourselves in being a local company that supports other local companies who operate in a responsible and sustainable manner. We employ about 40 local folks year around. As a result of these practices we produce products that have always been safe and of superior quality.

Many people know us for our NameTrains, but we craft a wide array of children's products including heirloom wooden baby toys, toddler toys, board games and gifts. Made in the USA and treasured ...
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Otter Creek Brewing
Middlebury, VT

Latitude/Longitude
44.032317,-73.170821

Located in beautiful Middlebury, Vermont, we shipped our first keg of Copper Ale in March of 1991. Four years later, after quickly outgrowing our original site, we moved into a new state-of-the-art brewery just down the street.

In 1998, we began producing Wolaver's Certified Organic Ales in partnership with Panorama Brewing Company. Both brands have flourished as beer drinkers throughout the northeast have enjoyed craft ales, and as the focus on sustainable farming and living has blossomed.

In May of 2002, the Wolaver family purchased Otter Creek Brewing. Otter Creek remains a family owned Vermont company and produces all ...
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Rock of Ages Quarry
Graniteville (Barre Town), VT

Latitude/Longitude
44.154001,-72.492528

Central Vermont was built upon the granite industry, the offspring of
pure Yankee tenacity and immigrant fortitude. Rock of Ages, founded by
two native Vermonters and one Scotsman, epitomizes the rich cultural
heritage of Barre, Vermont. Rock of Ages represents a living industry,
not a museum or showcase, but a working, breathing entity that gives
rise to some of the finest artistry in stone that our guests have ever
seen.

We invite you and your family to experience Rock of Ages. Our narrated
shuttle tours take you to the world's largest deep-hole, ...
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Simon Pearce (Quechee , VT)
Quechee, VT

Latitude/Longitude
43.645966,-72.419342

Visitors are welcome to observe the Simon Pearce glassblowers at work. Have close encounters with the glassblowers. Visitors may stand on the same level, separated from the craftspeople by a safety railing.

Glass has been made over four thousand years, beginning in Western Asia. The first items made of glass were small objects such as beads. These early glass objects were made by using molds.

Glass vessels began to appear in the late 15th and 16th centuries B.C. Glassblowing evolved much later, during the 1st century B.C. in the Roman Empire. By blowing glass, craftsmen could produce vessels in a ...
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Simon Pearce (Windsor, VT)
Windsor, VT

Latitude/Longitude
43.516014,-72.402153

Visitors are welcome to observe the Simon Pearce glassblowers at work. A catwalk viewing gallery above the factory floor provides an ideal vantage point.

Glass has been made over four thousand years, beginning in Western Asia. The first items made of glass were small objects such as beads. These early glass objects were made by using molds.

Glass vessels began to appear in the late 15th and 16th centuries B.C. Glassblowing evolved much later, during the 1st century B.C. in the Roman Empire. By blowing glass, craftsmen could produce vessels in a wider variety of shapes and ...
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Sugarbush Farm
Woodstock, VT

Latitude/Longitude
43.6646,-72.467209

Maple Syrup Farm. While you can't quite call a maple sugar house a factory, its the work place where maple sap as its collected out of a maple tree in the spring is boiled down into maple syrup. The actual production takes place in the spring but visitors can visit this farm factory to see how its done year round. Walk in the woods to see the sugar maples, see how the spouts are drilled, and see the huge evaporator where the sap is boiled. Stop in the farm house sampling room for samples of the different grades,and also taste ...
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The Grafton Village Cheese Company
Grafton, VT

Latitude/Longitude
43.172789,-72.609139

In the first decades of the 1800s, Grafton was a thriving settlement on the post road from Boston to Albany. The town had many farms, over 10,000 sheep, sawmills, gristmills, tanneries, woolen mills, a soapstone quarry, a carriage and sleigh factory, an inn and several stores. By the mid 1800s many of New England's farmers had moved westward and the region's once strong wool industry had collapsed under the pressures of Australian competition. Like many towns around it, Grafton was no longer on the main thoroughfare.

The Grafton Village Cheese Company was founded in 1890 as the Grafton Cooperative Cheese ...
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Vermont Marble Museum and Exhibit
Proctor, VT

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The Vermont Marble Museum, the largest marble exhibit in the world, is a great source of pride for generations of Vermonters. Through our displays, exhibits, galleries, gift shop and grounds, the Vermont Marble Museum tells a unique story of the people and places that made up Vermont’s marble industry, linking historical, artistic and cultural traditions, and connecting the past with the present.


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Vermont Teddy Bear
Shelburne, VT

Latitude/Longitude
44.362016,-73.234972

Our Bear Ambassadors will take you on a half-hour tour through our colorful factory. They'll share with you the history of the Teddy Bear, the beginnings of our company, and the handmade process by which we lovingly create every one of our Vermont Teddy Bears. See a Bear come to life before your eyes and then find out how we specially package and ship our BearGram® gifts.


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