It’s a bit longer of a road trip than I usually post here, but it’s still in New England, and still very much doable in an afternoon.  Driving up to Smugglers’ Notch in the Green Mountains of Vermont also offers the opportunity to make some fun (and delicious) stops.

I’d recommend stopping at the following delicious stops in Waterbury, Vermont.

The Ben and Jerry’s Factory – Although they don’t produce ice cream on the weekends (when most families travel, of course), you can still get a daily tour.  It’s $3 for adults, and kids are free (tip: right now, if you show the tour desk your check-in on Four Square, you’ll get free admission to the tour).  The best part – the tour ends in the tasting room, where you’ll get a taste of one of their newest creations.

The Cabot Creamery Annex – Cabot cheddar is my personal favorite, so this store, which offers loads of delicious samples, is a must-do.  You can also get some cheese varieties not readily available in Boston grocery stores.

Cold Hollow Cider Mill: Stop by to try their delicious apple/cider desserts (the cider donuts are my favorites) as well as fresh made apple cider.  My kids loved watching the donut production – they love donuts but had no idea how they were made.

You’ll need a place to stay in Vermont, and we stayed at Smugglers’ Notch, which offers kids’ camps, eight pools, and family-friendly events. 

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Disclosure: Smuggs provided us with a three-night trip which included the kids’ camp.