How to Have a Gouda Time Along the Vermont Cheese Trail

Arlington Inn Vacation GuideOne of the best ways to experience a new destination is to eat your way through it! There are few better ways to see the Green Mountain State than by following along the Vermont Cheese Trail. As you make your way through the trail, you’ll taste some of the best cheese in the county. There are over 50 cheesemakers in the state who produce over 150 different types of cheese. To narrow down your Vermont Cheese Trail itinerary, we’ve listed a few of our favorite stops along the way.

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The Best Stops Along the Vermont Cheese Trail

Below, we’ve listed our top spots along the Vermont Cheese Trail. For a complete overview of all the stops along the way, check out the official trail map!

Stops Near Arlington

There are several farms along the Vermont Cheese Trail that are just a short drive away from The Arlington Inn. Hildene Farm, part of the historic Lincoln family estate, is home to a goat dairy and cheesemaking facility. Take a tour of the farm and see the adorable goats and cows during your visit. Other farms in the area include North Meadow Farm, Taylor Farm, and Consider Bardwell Farm.

Are you in need of a souvenir to bring home? The Cheese House is an excellent place to buy local cheese right in Arlington!

Grafton Village Cheese

Since 1892, Grafton Village Cheese has produced creamy, smooth, handmade cheeses. Their aged cheddars are their most popular variety. They have been aged from one to four years to enrich each piece’s rich flavor profile. The cave-aged cheddars, made from cow’s milk, sheep’s milk, or a combination of the two, are primarily found in specialty shops. Their unique flavored cheeses include truffle cheddar and garlic cheddar.

Stop by for a visit to see Vermont cheesemakers make their delicious cheeses! You’ll get to try as many samples as you want before you buy.

Plymouth Artisan Cheese

Are you ready for one of Vermont’s most scenic drives? Travel along the Route 100 Byway and enjoy one of the most stunning roads in New England.

Don’t forget to stop at Plymouth Artisan Cheese during your trip! This cheese factory is the second oldest in the United States and has been producing high-quality cheese for over 125 years. Visitors can see the factory and sample some of the cheeses before buying. Plymouth Artisan produces three types of cheeses — hand waxed, cave-aged wheels, and cheese curds. Which type is your favorite?

Spoonwood Cabin Creamery

Spoonwood Cabin is another wonderful spot for handcrafted artisanal cheeses. Their wine and cheese shop is an excellent setting for sampling their perfectly aged cheddars, paired with fine wines, beers, and ciders. Spoonwood also provides a charcuterie board to enhance your tasting experience. If you can’t make it to the shop, you can also buy Spoonwood products at the Brattleboro Farmers Market.

A tour along the Vermont Cheese Trail is also a great opportunity to see some of Vermont’s beautiful covered bridges. What will you discover during your visit to the Shires of Vermont?

Stay Along the Trail at The Arlington Inn

victoria's garden retreat outsideThe Arlington Inn is located between Maple Brook Farm and Hildene, two of our favorite stops along the Vermont Cheese Trail. End your journey at our quaint, four-acre bed and breakfast. Set amidst landscaped English gardens, our National Historic Register inn is one of the most charming places to stay in Southern Vermont.

When selecting your accommodation, consider booking Victoria’s Garden Retreat. This first-floor room has a private entrance, two-person jetted tub, gas fireplace, and walk-in shower. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy a quiet evening. In the morning, start your day with our freshly made country breakfast before embarking on your next adventure.

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