A tour of the factory only a must if you have children. In my opinion, the best part of the tour was the video that gave the history of Ben and Jerry's. The actual tour was only about fifteen minutes in length, it was difficult to understand what the guides were saying because they spoke rather quickly. The manufacturing floor is visible through a...more
This is an ice cream factory tour from a company whose leaders are socially-aware, ecologically-keyed, all-around-nice-guys. They have foundations to help the poor, organizations looking into global warming, rules that are aimed at improving the dietary quality of their product and a pile of other projects all centered on making the best ice cream...more
The visitor center at the AMTRAK station has some nice, distinctively 19th century architecture.Inside the building is both the train station (fully operational) and the Coffee Store. There are pamphlets and displays on how coffee is made and distributed and a gift shop and a coffee counter where you can get a hot cup of their rich, dark brew.At...more
ECHO is a lake aquarium that's just off of Lake Champlain. Be warned that this aquarium only features life found in the Lake, so it's rather small and limited in what it has to offer. We were a little disappointed in what we got for the price we paid ($9 per adult), as we really only spent about an hour before we had seen everything. Those with...more
We arrived too late in the day, but did take a walk along the grounds of the capitol building. It's a nice looking structure, and there are plenty of dining options within walking distance. Whether or not you want to go see it depends on your taste for capitol buildings - this is an easy one to get to, and is in a quaint little town.more
On the hour, during the middle of the day, you can get a "tour" of this chocolate producer. The tour consists of going to the back of the store and watching the candy making process through a set of large glass windows. This is not a complaint, as they have several benches to sit on, and it's neat to see all the action going on. At the end of the...more
South of Burlington, about a half hour or so from Waterbury, you can visit Dakin Farm. You'll probably notice a pattern here, but this had many wonderful food items from the region to sample and purchase. There are plenty of cheeses, jams, and syrups with the little testing spoons and dishes. It's a wonder you'll ever need to eat out after visting...more
A working apple cider press a few miles north of town. Unfortunately, it wasn't operating the day we were there. Like many of the farms around the area, this shop has tons of local food products (cheese, cider, honey, and maple syrup). You also purchase several types of baked goods. A fun place to look around and see all the food there is to buy!more
Basically, this is a cheese shop a few miles north of Waterbury. If you can't make it out to the farm itself, this is the next best bet, since you can sample many of the cheese and other Vermont products from the area. There's also a Vermont Teddy Bear outlet in this shopping area, although if the outlet prices are this bad, I shudder to think what...more
It's of course, part of the Best Western chain. We found this hotel to be a decent choice. Rates...more
607 Crossett Hill, Waterbury, Vermont, 05676, United States
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Amtrack does not stop in Waterbury, unfortunately. It stops in Montpelier which is about 30 miles away. Sorry to say you would need to rent a car in Montpelier. Be prepared to find that the Montpelier station is a small place with no nearby rental car offices. You would have to have a car reserved and pick it up in the center of Montpelier. If you are visiting Vermont you should check my site- same as my user name.
Waterbury is in the top 95% of safest places to live in America.
They have one sex offender, no murders, rapes, robberies over the last five years.
Two fights are reported per year and 35 thefts (shoplifting mostly) in that same time period.
If there is any place where you could forget to lock your car door and not really have much to worry about, then it is in Waterbury. I don't recommend testing it by purposely leaving doors unlocked or letting the kids roam, but if it happens then this is the safest place for it to happen.
Just use common caution and you will have a happy and safe vacation time in this town.
One of the many small breweries in the area, located in Windsor. They have a small restaurant, tasting room, and a observation area, with documentation on how they brew their beer. I did try the Harpoon ale, which was pretty decent. No guided tour, so this probably isn't worth the trip if that's what you're after. For those who have been on brewery...more
Another maple syrup farm, this one in the Woodstock area. You have the opportunity to take a small nature hike through the woods to see how maple syrup is gathered. Return to the farm to pet their cows and goats, and then visit some of the buildings on the grounds to look at what farm life is like. Finally, stop by the main farmhouse for some free...more
About an hour south of Waterbury in Woodstock, you can visit the "Little Grand Canyon" of Vermont. There's the usual touristy stores at the top of the trail, which includes a wine store with free samples. Take a walk down the trail to get to the bottom of the gorge along a rolling river. From here, you can see the bridge that spans the gorge. It's...more
I think most people go to Waterbury to see the Ben & Jerry's factory. It's a very large facility that offers the largest selection of their ice cream I've ever seen. Plus you can go on the 20 minute fun factory tour and then taste 2 kinds of ice cream!
My favorite activity was seeing the Flavor Graveyard! Yes, all those flavors you once loved but that they no longer make are resting in peace in a flavor graveyard, complete with headstones! It's a great way to get closure.... :)
They've got other things to see, like the gift shop area, the cow farm area, and a playground. We probably didn't NEED more than an hour to see everything, but since we had driven so far, we stretched out the experience!