We all scream for (Ben & Jerry's) ice cream
Today we headed off to Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory in Waterbury, Vermont. The ice cream factory offers an extensive ice cream shop, fun factory tour and cool gift shop. It's one of those local touristy things you simply have to do. And it was worth it! Free for kids, cheap for adults, playground on site, ample parking and cute decorations everywhere. Totally worth the trip!
I visited the factory when I was a kid. I can't remember much about it except getting to sample a flavor that wasn't available in the stores yet and that the fields around it were like a cow heaven. But, upon visiting 20 years later as an adult, I wonder if their property was reduced over the course of time. There were a few hotels we passed that looked like new construction and a row of condos that looked quite new as well.
|My daughter grabbing a sample at the end of the tour.|
|Entering the Flavor Graveyard|
Anyway, we did the tour video and looked at a bunch of machines that weren't working because they were updating their facility or something. Still worth it though. And at the end of the tour I asked Sofia (my nearly 4 year old) what she learned and she said she liked ice cream and spouted off a few flavors. LOL
So it wasn't a learning day necessarily but still fun.
Ric was asking about beer recommendations and the people at the table near ours burst out raving about this beer so we tried it. Yum beer. Yum food. I am loving Vermont. And, I love that the restaurants here aren't awful, disgusting American chain restaurants that make all towns feel the same. I love the mom and pop shops and restaurants here. #vt #beer #localbrew #microbrew #hops #ilovevermont #newengland #usa #localflavor #arvads
Afterward, we ate at Arvad's in downtown Waterbury. Yum!!We ended up getting a local brew based on the raving review from the couple at the table nearest ours. It was a yummy IPA and I'm not even an IPA fan. Apparently, the beer is sold within a 20 mile radius of where it's made so you can't get it elsewhere. Interesting. Locavore Beer. Nice!