Vermont BEERcation Guide

This July we took our fourth annual BEERcation to Vermont. Each year our crew gets bigger (this year we added two dogs!), and it’s something that our group looks forward to every summer. Here are four years worth of recommendations and traditions for you to plan your very own beer-centric trip to Vermont.

We’ve gravitated towards renting a house in the Morrisville area for the past couple of years, though we stayed further north in Barton, VT the first year, which is how we discovered the very wacky Museum of Everyday Life. It’s out of the way and is closest to Hill Farmstead, so I suggest you do them back to back. Crystal Lake is also quite beautiful if you’re looking for a swimming hole.

Morrisville is close to Stowe, Burlington, and Montpelier, and the rental prices are very reasonable. Lake Elmore is a beautiful place to swim/hang out. We also found a really great swimming hole one year, but there was a leech incident, so we haven’t been back since.

Besides beer, this trip also revolves around ice cream and cider donuts. There is a lot of driving on route 100 between Stowe and Waterbury to get to the highway. The rule is that everytime we pass by Cold Hollow Cider Mill we have to stop and get a slushie and a donut. The Cabot Cheese Annex and the Ben and Jerry’s Factory are also on this route, and are fairly quick stops, though Ben and Jerry’s can be totally swamped at times.


Day 1

8am: Hit the road!

11am: arrive at The Alchemist

1pm: arrive at Hill Farmstead

3pm: grocery shopping

4pm: check in to AirBNB in Morrisville

5pm: Drinks at Lost Nation

7pm: Dinner at Prohibition Pig

10pm: Ice cream at IC Scoops


Day 2

8am: Breakfast

10am: Head to Burlington

Brewery hopping! Foam, Zero Gravity, Queen City, Four Quarters, Burlington Beer Company

7pm: Dinner at Farmhouse Tap & Grill

10pm: Head back to AirBnB


Day 3

8am: Breakfast!

10am: Hike Mount Elmore

1pm: Head to Montpelier

Stop at: Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Cabot Annex, and/or Ben and Jerry’s Factory on the way

3pm: Montpelier exploring and late lunch at the Skinny Pancake

Head home with way too much beer and a full heart!

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