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Blog :: 09-2015

Top 5 Fall Drinks for Vermont Foliage Season

Looking for a way to beat that fall chill? These five fall drinks are a great way to enjoy the taste and smell of fall in Vermont no matter where you are. From delicious hard ciders to sweet fruit wines to captivating cocktails, there's a fall drink here for every palate. Try them all (responsibly) this fall — here's to Vermont foliage season!

Fall Drinks - Vermont Hard Cider from Whetstone Ciderworks

Photo: Whetstone Ciderworks, Marlboro, Vermont

Vermont Hard Cider

Apple cider is one of those quintessential fall drinks, and hard cider the perfect "adult" alternative. Among the many local Vermont breweries producing hard cider, one of our favorites is Whetstone Ciderworks, whose artisanal hard ciders are made exclusively from locally sourced apples and produced on a traditional rack and cloth press for extreme purity and quality. Their several varieties each have their own appeal, from the dark and dry Kingston Black to the crisp Orchard King.

Apple Cider Cocktails

Nearly every orchard in southern Vermont sells their own apple cider during fall. But this ubiquitous fall drink isn't just delicious on its own — mix it up to create a wide range of delicious fall cocktails. Here are a few cider cocktails from Real Simple to get you started, but there are plenty more out there. We challenge you to invent your own. 

Vermont Maple Liqueurs

Spring might be sugaring season, but maple also makes a perfect addition to many fall drinks. Maple blends from Brattleboro's Saxton's River Distillery are perfect for mixing or sipping straight: their Sapling family, which inclues maple liqueur, maple bourbon and maple rye offers delicious and unique beverages you won't encounter anywhere else. Unlike maple liqueurs from major distilleries, these Vermont drinks are blended in small batches by hand.

Hermit Thrush Brattlebeer - Perfect Fall Drink for Vermont Foliage SeasonBrattlebeer from Hermit Thrush Brewery

Hermit Thrush Brewery is one of Vermont's most creative microbrewers, and Brattlebeer stands as testament to that fact. A combination of Belgian-style sour ale and apple cider, Brattlebeer is a distinctive and delicious drink that is perfect for fall in Vermont. Enjoy it alongside some local cheeses or fruits or simply drink it on its own.

Local Vermont Wines

Say "winery" and most people think of rolling Tuscan hills or sprawling California vineyards. However, Vermont's Putney Mountain Winery and Whaleback Vineyard might make you think twice about that preconception. These two wineries produce an amazing variety of wines and fruit wines that make perfect fall drinks. From Putney's Simply Pear and Rhubarb Blush to Whaleback's Frontenac Gris- Rosé and Vermont Apple Ice wine, there is a Vermont wine for every meal or occasion. Pair a few bottles along with some Vermont cheese and have a fall wine tasting at home.

Whether you're mixing a cocktail or sipping a cider, these Vermont fall drinks are a great way to enjoy the taste of fall at home. Mix them all up in your Chimney Hill rental's kitchen, sit back, and enjoy the scenery of the Green Mountains.



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    Vermont Farm Tours and Farm Stands Near Wilmington

    As foliage season falls across Vermont, you might find yourself looking for the perfect way to get out and enjoy the remaining nice days before the cold weather begins. A Vermont farm tour is a great fall activity for the whole family, and it's also a good chance to pick up some delicious fall fruits and veggies. These Vermont farm tours and farm stands near Wilmington make fresh food fun.

    Adams Family Farm - Wilmington Vermont

    Photo: Adams Family Farm, Wilmington, Vermont

    Adams Family Farm

    While the name might make you think of things spooky and scary, the Adams Family Farm is one of the most delightful destinations in southern Vermont. The Farm Experience Package includes catch-and-release fishing, a wagon tour, and a chance to meet and feed lots of different farm animals. If you're looking for something more, you can also take part in one of the Evening Wagon Rides which include barbeque, a bonfire, a walk in the woods and a longer wagon ride around the farm. You'll also have plenty of chances to pick up lots of delicious farm-raised meat and homemade sauces, as well as signature Adams Family Farm clothing you won't find anywhere else.

    Robb Family Farm

    For more than 100 years, the Robb Family Farm has been entertaining—and feeding—the people of southern Vermont. During the spring you can visit their famous sugar house and watch the maple syrup making process take place, and in the fall you can visit their Vermont farm stand and pick up hearty cuts of delicious Vermont beef. The farm stand also sells a variety of maple syrups, candies and gift baskets throughout the year, so be sure to stop by and take a look at everything they have to offer!

    Taylor Farm

    If you're looking for an all-inclusive Vermont farm tour, Taylor Farm in Londonberry is a great choice. Throughout the year Taylor Farm offers a huge variety of family-friendly farming fun, including farm tours and animal feedings, cheesemaking demonstrations, fall pumpkin picking, and winter sleigh rides behind a team of Belgian draft horses. You can also get some of the best local produce in the state at their Vermont farm stand, including delicious cheeses, local honey, homemade preserves and apple sauce, and 100% real Vermont maple syrup.

    Wheeler Farm

    One of the signature family farms in the Cabot Creamery farm coop, the Wheeler Farm is a great destination for all things dairy in Vermont. Their Vermont farm stand offers some of the finest in cheeses and dairy products anywhere, all fresh and ready-made. The Wheeler Farm also has a sugar house where they make their own maple syrup and other maple products, so be sure to pick up some syrup or candies while you're there.

    Boyd Family Farm

    Vermont BlueberriesPart farm and part flower garden, the Boyd Family Farm is a great destination when you want your trip to look as good as it tastes. From summer until winter you can find gorgeous flowers, fresh fruits and fun activities at the Boyd Family Farm. One of the best things to do at the Boyd Family Farm is to pick your own blueberries with your family and friends. You can also pick lots of fresh flowers, and even pick up wreaths and centerpieces to take home with you. The Boyd Family Farm also offers special packages for weddings, so keep them in mind if you're tying the knot this fall.

    Wellman Farm

    Searching for something sweet that isn't maple syrup? Wellman Farm in Wilmington might have what you're after. This family farm produces small batches of local honey with their own Vermont honeybees. Stop by their Vermont farm stand to pick up fresh, local honey you won't find anywhere else.

    Ready for more fun? Your Vermont farm tour doesn't have to stop when the sun goes down. Stay in a Vermont rental house from Chimney Hill in Wilmington and head back out the next day for more agricultural adventures!

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