Goldbrook RV Park
One thing Vermont knows how to do well besides making cheese, ice cream and growing the best veggies and flowers is signs. Yes, SIGNS!
You just can't get lost in Vermont. They have these wonderful brown signs for every cool little business down to the tenth of a mile. They put them all along the way so there is no wondering.
We're still rollin' with Curt & Glenda of Illinois Campers and we're camped at Goldbrook RV Park in Waterbury. A small and clean campground. You're pretty much parked on the grass in a huge "C" shape. There are a few trees and the ground is fairly flat. If you don't like to be parked on grass then you probably wouldn't like this place. W/E for $44. The spots are very spaced out and there are some laid out so that you can buddy camp too. It was a perfect location for our High Point Hike and some other things we had in mind.
We passed some great farmers markets on the way to the campground. Once we set up Glenda and I drove back to pick up some goodies to go with dinner.
Goats and chickens penned out front happily browsing away on the grasses.
Curt grilled up some chicken breasts and Glenda made some green beans with onion. She sliced up some fresh tomatoes and made a yummy fruit salad of cantaloupe and cherries she picked up at the farmers market. SO good!!
The Chouters & Scoopy (pronounced "shooters") since their trip to Alaska last year. Steven is a wonderful photographer and their blog is a great read. Don't judge Steven's photographic skills in the selfie above as he was using my iPhone and the lighting wasn't the best :-) We had a nice lunch at the Prohibition Pig. They had eaten there earlier and liked it. It also had some great beer choices. The food was delicious but our waitress must've been having a bad day. Not the best service to say the least. Anyway, it was a short but great lunch and nice to have met them before they head off to Maine.
We stopped into one of the nearby markets for some pastries. There were many pies, donuts, dips, kitchen wares, etc to choose from.
Steve and Curt sampling some flavored jellies.
They use a lot of solar power here.Alchemist Brewery to get some Heady Topper which came highly recommended by Dave (Faye's other half) of The Wandering Camels. This turned out to be one of the best Double IPA's Steve has ever had!
Glenda and I decided to take a walk and geocache instead of wait in line at the brewery.
It was a warm and sticky day, but we found the cache hiding under the bridge.
One of many of the tall church steeples that peek up through the rolling hills and trees.
Next up was a drive to the von Trapp Family Lodge. It has great views and beautiful gardens. Contrary to popular belief, none of the Sound of Music was filmed here. It was filmed in various parts of Austria and some in Hollywood.
In the early 1940s, the von Trapp family toured the United States as the Trapp Family Singers before eventually settling in Stowe, Vermont on an enchanted farm with sweeping mountain vistas reminiscent of their beloved Austria. In the summer of 1950, they began welcoming guests to a rustic, 27-room family home/lodge. After a devastating fire in 1980, the original structure was replaced by the new Trapp Family Lodge, a striking, 96-room alpine lodge situated on 2,500 acres offering magnificent indoor and outdoor resort amenities. The entire property is owned and operated by the von Trapp family.
A heart shaped Black Eyed Susan flower patch.
Our 3000th Geocache find!
A nice way to cool off was taking a short hike down to Bingham Falls that a local told Glenda about. Thankfully Stowe has an ordinance that states all falls must be kept open to the public as a developer was wanting to build a resort here.
Down the trail a bit then a much steeper part.
There was a groom with his groomsmen doing a photo shoot for his wedding. They did some photos then he jumped off a high point into the pool of the falls.
There are so many small farms here in Vermont that we wanted to go to. Steve really wanted to find a Maple Syrup producer and came across Sandiwood Farm. Owners Bob and Sara invited the four of us out and she would give us a personal tour of their agritourism farm. They put on Farm to Fork sunset dinners, weddings, entertaiment, BBQ’s, nonprofit events, classes, workshops and more. They produce chemical free plants, produce, cut flowers, and boil maple syrup from their own trees.
In 2015 they put a wind turbine in.
Beautiful grounds for weddings and get togethers.
The sap lines.
Tree taps that run together with all the others.
It takes about forty gallons of pure sap, boiled down, to make each gallon of artisan small batch maple syrup. They use a wood fired cooking system.
The garden had such colorful veggies, flowers and fruit.
The prettiest flowers.
Sweet smelling basil.
Strands of garlic hanging.www.sandiwoodfarms.com
Ever hear of Kombucha? It is a fermented, lightly effervescent, sweetened black or green tea drink. The Chaga Mushroom is steeped into the tea because it is the second most antioxidant-rich food in the world aside from chocolate. Their friend Dave and his wife make their own Chaga Kombucha that they sell.
This was a very busy day and we had just enough time to make it to our final stop at Cabot Cheese Factory. We took a fun tour, watching how the cheeses were made. It was interesting to find out about the co-op of ranches that are used for their cheeses. All ranches get equal say and votes regardless of size. A real community. We weren't allowed to take any pictures inside. Too bad. The processes were really neat. We then went crazy buying several flavors of cheese and crackers. Little known fact, cheddar is naturally white. The typical yellow is added because most people in the US don't like "colorless" cheese.
Just down the street from Cabot Cheese is Harry's Hardware Store that we were told was having a little festival with live bands. There are 6 taps in the hardware store so that small local brewers can sell their beer. We stayed and listened to a couple of them and talked to the locals.
It was pretty good. I could probably drink one a day.