Do you love cheese? If so, a trip to Vermont should be in your future plans! The Vermont Cheese Trail is a scenic 280-mile loop that runs from the town of Plymouth Notch to the Canadian border. It features more than 40 farms and factories throughout the state, and many have visiting hours, tours, and retail stores! Whether you’re a dairy connoisseur or just looking for something fun to do, a drive on the Vermont Cheese Trail will leave you with lasting memories. Here are some of our favorite places to stop along the way.
Explore the Vermont Cheese Trail
Stop #1: Plymouth Cheese Factory
Begin your journey on the trail with a trip to the Plymouth Cheese Factory. This company is the second oldest cheese factory in the country and has been producing high-quality artisan cheeses for over 125 years. The Plymouth Cheese Factory uses only the finest raw cow’s milk available, utilizing humane, sustainable cheesemaking practices. The factory is located on the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site and is open seven days a week.
Stop #2: Three Shepherds Cheese
Continue on Route 100 North to East Warren where you’ll find your next stop on the trail – Three Shepherds Cheese. This farm uses cow and sheep’s milk to make a variety of artisan cheeses, including their specialty feta. You can even take cheesemaking classes here from April through October! Visit their website for a full list of programs.
Stop #3: Shelburne Farms
Shelburne Farms is located in Shelburne, VT, just one town over from East Warren. On this 1,400-acre working farm, guests can watch as cheesemaker Jaime and her staff create delicious cheddar cheese in a barn. They craft over 170,000 pounds of cheese annually, and it’s all made from the raw milk of purebred Brown Swiss cows.
Stop #4: Willow Hill Farm
Located just north of Shelburne is the bustling city of Burlington, a popular destination for its world-class dining, shopping, and entertainment. It’s a wonderful place to explore along the Vermont Cheese Trail. After your visit, drive another 15 miles north to Milton and stop by Willow Hill Farm. This farm is home to many cows and sheep whose milk is used to create nine varieties of scrumptious cheese.
Stop #5: Green Mountain Blue Cheese
To get to this creamery, follow Route 7 to Swanton and then take Route 78 East to Highgate, which is tucked along the Canadian border. Green Mountain Blue Cheese uses the same penicillin cultures as those in Roquefort, France. It’s the perfect place to taste some of the tangiest Gorgonzola available.
Stop #6: Vermont Creamery
End your journey on the Vermont Cheese Trail with a stop at the Vermont Creamery in Websterville. Here, French-born cheesemaker Adeline Folley transforms goat’s milk from 25 local farms into divine chèvre. She also produces fresh butter and mascarpone using cow’s milk. To date, the Vermont Creamery has won more than 100 awards, and their products populate some of the most prestigious cheese boards in America.
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Read our blog about the Vermont Cheese Festival!