Vermont

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

Waterbury, VT

Lattitude/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.

Nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains our ice cream factory sits on a rolling pasture overlooking the Worcester Range, just north of the small town of Waterbury. Our guided factory tour is fun & educational for all ages. Guests will learn about the ice cream production process and how the Company?s 3-part mission statement is incorporated into day-to-day business decisions.

We start with a 7-minute ?moovie? shown in our Cow Over The Moon Theater. You?ll find out how two childhood friends, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, turned a $5 correspondence course on ice cream making into a very successful business that shares its success with its employees and with the community, and has fun doing it! From there we take you to our mezzanine, where you?ll get a bird?s eye view of ?Vermont?s Finest? in action and an explanation of the ice cream manufacturing process.

Then it?s off to the FlavoRoom for delicious samples of the day!

After the tour, feel free to visit our scoop shop & gift shop. The scoop shop features 30-40 of our euphoric flavors, & our gift shop offers lots of cool stuff & gifts with a socially responsible mission. Many of these gifts are available through our on-line catalog too.

Bennington Potters

Bennington, VT

Lattitude/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.

Cabot Creamery

Cabot, VT

Lattitude/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 to keep on doing for many years to come.

Cold Hollow Cider Mill

Waterbury Center, VT

Lattitude/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. Bring your appetite, since you can sample plenty of jellies, mustards, applesauce, fudge, and other goodies.

In the Summer, watch real bees make honey in our honey corner (don't worry, they're behind glass). Honeybees play a big part in the apple world, as they are responsible for pollenating the orchards each spring while they are in bloom to ensure a "well set" crop.

You may be lured by an overwhelming aroma to The Donut Counter, where you can sink your teeth into our legendary cider donuts. These donuts were featured in Gourmet Magazine, as one of the top four donuts in the country. They go great with big cup of fresh Green Mountain Coffee. We sell many fresh mouth-watering baked goods from our natural ingredient bakery right in the store, including apple pies, pumpkin rolls, maple cream cheese pockets, apple-cheddar squares, and many others.

Our 3,000 square feet of retail shops offer THOUSANDS of specialty products. In addition to the thousands of specialty food products in the Mill, don't forget to check out the Connection. This building, attached to the Mill by a walkway, is home to our Fudge making operation, and toy hub. The Grand View Winery is in the Connection, where you can taste Vermont made wines and hard cider.

The Cold Hollow Cider Mill welcomes school groups, tour buses, families or anyone interested in seeing one of the areas biggest attractions, 7 days a week - year 'round.

Crowley Cheese

Healdville, VT

Lattitude/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 any other such devices.

The factory is easily accessible and we make cheese most Mondays through Thursdays. You should call ahead to be sure, if you are making a special trip to see cheese being made.

Healdville is a tiny rural community of a few dozen people, on a paved town highway two miles from Route 103 where the Cheese Shop is located. Many Vermont foods and craft items are available, along with our Crowley Cheese.

Dakin Farms

South Burlington, VT

Lattitude/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!

We'll roll out the red carpet, show you around and give you FREE samples so you can taste for yourself the best Vermont has to offer.

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 into cheese. In the days before refrigeration, there were many such cooperatives in the rural agricultural communities and an abundance of fresh, creamy milk was turned into a food that could be stored for a longer period of time.

In 1912, a fire destroyed the original factory. Several decades later, the nonprofit Windham Foundation restored the company in the mid 1960s, and a new era for the town was born.

Today, quality and taste are the hallmarks of our company's award-winning, handcrafted cheese. The cheese company is part of the Grafton based Windham Foundation, whose mission is to promote Vermont's rural communities. When you purchase Grafton Village Cheese, you directly support our mission!

We have two production plants: our original in Grafton and a new facility in nearby Brattleboro, Vermont. Each has a retail store with viewing windows to watch cheesemaking and to taste the final product. Learn more about visiting us.

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 into cheese. In the days before refrigeration, there were many such cooperatives in the rural agricultural communities and an abundance of fresh, creamy milk was turned into a food that could be stored for a longer period of time.

In 1912, a fire destroyed the original factory. Several decades later, the nonprofit Windham Foundation restored the company in the mid 1960s, and a new era for the town was born.

Today, quality and taste are the hallmarks of our company's award-winning, handcrafted cheese. The cheese company is part of the Grafton based Windham Foundation, whose mission is to promote Vermont's rural communities. When you purchase Grafton Village Cheese, you directly support our mission!

We have two production plants: our original in Grafton and a new facility in nearby Brattleboro, Vermont. Each has a retail store with viewing windows to watch cheesemaking and to taste the final product. Learn more about visiting us.

Granville Manufacturing

Granville, VT

Lattitude/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.

Harpoon Brewery (Windsor)

Windsor, VT

Lattitude/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.

If you are visiting during non-tour times we offer a Production Viewing Area where you can check out the Brew-house "up close" and learn all about Harpoon. Feel free to request a free sample from our sampling area. Must be 21 years or older with proper ID to sample.

Johnson Woolen Mills, LLC

Johnson, VT

Lattitude/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 England. In the early 20th century, we added shirts, jackets and vests to our line of ready-made clothing. Today our factory is still at the same location on the banks of the Gihon River.

Throughout our many years in business, the name "Johnson Woolen Mills" has always been a symbol for quality. Seldom has that been more valuable than today when we are continually searching for ways to preserve our natural resources, car pooling and lowering our thermostats and still looking for ways to keep warm. One of these alternatives is wool, with all its unique qualities. The rediscovery of the outdoors in all four seasons also plays a part.

If you are an old customer, (some people have visited our store every year for the past 30 years or more), you'll appreciate our expanded selection and new products. If we're new to you, we hope you'll be pleased with the quality of our unique products which are manufactured here in our one and only Vermont factory. Our new customers are discovering what our old customers have always known: THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR WOOL!

Lake Champlain Chocolates

Burlington, VT

Lattitude/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 response was so favorable, Jim founded an upscale chocolate company to keep up with the demand.

Although intended only for wholesale, and located in a tiny alley, the business was constantly interrupted by retail customers who somehow found out which door to knock on to get the locally famous truffles. Jim eventually sold the restaurant to devote himself full time to his new business.

Starting with truffles, he soon concocted Chocolates of Vermont. The product line has since grown to include hot chocolate, Signature bars, Five Star bars, novelties and much more.

In 1998, we moved to our present location at 750 Pine Street. We make all of our chocolates in one 24,000 square foot building. During peak season, we're nearly 100 people.

The growing team at Lake Champlain Chocolates continues with the highest standards of chocolate-making Jim began with twenty years ago, and still uses only the freshest, natural ingredients.

Lake Champlain Chocolates are available at our retail stores in Vermont, through mail order, through this website, and at specialty shops nationwide.

Long Trail Brewing Company

Bridgewater Corners, VT

Lattitude/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.

Magic Hat Brewing Company

South Burlington, VT

Lattitude/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.

Maple Grove Farms of Vermont

St. Johnsbury, VT

Lattitude/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

Maple Landmark

Middlebury, VT

Lattitude/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 worldwide you can find us at specialty toys stores, fine gift shops museums, and catalogs.

If you happen to be in our area, you are welcome to stop by our woodshop. We have a factory store where we sell our full line of products, including seconds and discontinued items. You can also watch us work! Some people say it is like Santa's Workshop, however our elves don't wear pointy shoes and hats.

Otter Creek Brewing

Middlebury, VT

Lattitude/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 Otter Creek and Wolaver's brands for distribution throughout the country.

We brew and bottle all of our beers in small batches to ensure freshness and consistent quality. We use natural Vermont water, the best domestic malt and hops available, and our own top-fermenting yeast. All Wolaver's beers are made with no less than 98% certified organic ingredients. Our brewery and our Wolaver's brands are certified organic by Vermont Organic Farmers.

Otter Creek ales enjoy a complexity of flavor, natural carbonation, and a creamy texture that is favored by beer enthusiasts at pubs and restaurants throughout the United States.

Rock of Ages Quarry

Graniteville (Barre Town), VT

Lattitude/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, dimension
granite quarry-a quarry nearly 600 feet deep! Peer into its depths;
observe our quarriers as they cut blocks from the sheer face and see the
mighty steel derricks that tower above the surface and which are capable
of lifting up to 250 tons.

Our artisans will amaze you when you take our self-guided factory tour.
From hand pitching to laser etching, the factory tour allows you to
observe the oldest and the latest: hand-dressing and sculpting
techniques that have remained virtually unchanged for centuries
juxtaposed against modern circular diamond saws and laser etchers.
Once you've seen it, you'll want to TRY it-our NEW Cut-In-Stone Activity
Center offers you the chance to learn to sandblast. Make a souvenir as
you make a memory! Then bowl on our outdoor granite lane, watch our
video, enjoy our exhibits and browse our gift shop, featuring
Vermont-made granite gifts, Vermont specialty foods, clothing and
souvenirs.

Let us share with your family our industry, our artistry and our
heritage.

Simon Pearce (Quechee , VT)

Quechee, VT

Lattitude/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 wider variety of shapes and sizes previously only possible in pottery and metal.

Simon Pearce (Windsor, VT)

Windsor, VT

Lattitude/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 sizes previously only possible in pottery and metal.

Sugarbush Farm

Woodstock, VT

Lattitude/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 14 varieties of cheese that are aged, smoked, and hand packaged in the farm house "factory."

The Grafton Village Cheese Company

Grafton, VT

Lattitude/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 Company, and converted surplus milk from local dairy farmers into cheese.

Some years later, a fire destroyed the original factory. When the nonprofit Windham Foundation restored the company in the mid 1960s, a new era for the town was born.

Today, quality and taste are still the hallmarks of the company's products. The cheese company is a subsidiary of the Grafton based Windham Foundation, known throughout Vermont for its philanthropy and preservation work in Grafton, Vermont.

We have a large viewing window where you can watch the cheese being made as well as a 10 min video explaining the whole process. Best viewing times for the cheese making process is mid-morning.

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.

Vermont Teddy Bear

Shelburne, VT

Lattitude/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.