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Culinary adventures - our most appetizing programs! Enjoy a wine or chocolate tasting, a brewery tour, or farm-to-table dining
Enhance your Smugglers' vacation with one of these taste-bud pleasing experiences highlighting Vermont's vibrant specialty food and farm-to-table communities!
Farmers' Market Monday, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Join us in the courtyard of the Village center for direct-from-the-field produce and all the delectable treats you will need for a great week ahead! Farmers and vendors will be on hand with seasonal vegetables and berries, meat, fresh bagels, maple syrup and other maple sweet and spicy sauces. Vendors this Summer include Davis Family Maple offering maple syrup and maple candies; Benitos Hot Sauce; Valley Dream Farm and Knee Deep Farm with organic produce; The Growing Farm's selection of meats and new vendor Mtn Seasons wood-fired bagels! Plus, one of our Mountain Massage Center massage professionals will again offer the ever-popular -and relaxing- chair massages! Vermont's Culinary Creations Tour Monday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Depart Smugglers' Notch Resort and travel to historic Stowe. Visit Laughing Moon Chocolates, home of delicious handmade chocolates. Witness a chocolate dipping demonstration, taste the decadent samples and purchase some chocolates to enjoy back at Smugglers'. Travel up the mountain and arrive at the Trapp Family Lodge where the “Sound of Music” resonates the minute you arrive. Gather for a history tour and learn of the Von Trapp family’s journey from Austria to Vermont and why they purchased a small farmhouse in Stowe. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Trapp Family Lodge and an included tasting of 4 of their renowned lagers. Created by Johannes von Trapp, these lagers are an American version of the tasty lager he has enjoyed in Austria. Visit The Vermont Annex, retail outlet for Cabot Cheese, Lake Champlain Chocolates and Danforth Pewter. There will be time to shop and enjoy the free samples! For the perfectly sweet ending to a busy day, visit Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory for a tour and a taste. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Monday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. $145 per adult. $135 per youth 12 & under. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Transportation included. Advance registration required, limited space available. Private tours can be arranged for parties of 6 or more. Call ahead or inquire at the Guest Service Desk when you're here.
French Gourmet Winery Experience Mon. - Fri. 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Boyden Valley Winery invites you to join them for a French gourmet experience in Vermont! Visit their scenic family farm for a tour of the winery and tasting of their award-winning wines, served with an appetizing selection of gourmet cheeses, fresh fruits and breads. Cheese plates purchased for guests under 21 will be served with juice. Enjoy the ambience of the 1800s carriage house where the tasting bar and shop are located, or sit on the stone patio and take in the winery's beautiful gardens.
Meet at the Boyden Valley Winery; check with the Guest Service Desk for directions. $22 per person.Organic Farm to Table Dinner and Tour Tue. 5:15 pm - 8:30 pm
An educational and delicious dining experience at Valley Dream Farm in Cambridge! This family-owned organic farm is set in a picturesque valley outlined by gently rolling hills and the breathtaking backdrop of majestic Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak. Your evening begins with an informational tour hosted by the farm's owners, the Tisbert family. As you stroll around the farm, you might even get to harvest vegetables or cut flowers for the dining table!
After the farm tour, mingle with the farmers while enjoying a first course of appetizers. An outdoor covered porch decorated with fresh flowers is the setting for a dining experience like no other - the delicious meal is prepared for you by a local guest chef from one of our area's finest restaurants!
Served family style, the meal begins with an abundant salad and fresh bread. Entrées feature a choice of savory meats and an array of the the farm's seasonal certified organic vegetables and herbs, picked at their peak of freshness. Valley Dream Farm's abundant produce selection ensures that a vegetarian entrée option is always available. Dinner is complemented by other savory local foods and Vermont products.
Dessert and fresh coffee from local coffee roaster Brown & Jenkins become the grand finale to this delightful farm dinner. Families with children are welcomed. The Farm Store is open for additional purchases.
Dinner and tour - $65 per adult, $39 per children under 10. Taxes and gratuities are not included in the price. What to wear: Dress casual/comfortable and bring a sweater or jacket for cooler evening temperatures. What to bring: You are welcome to bring a beverage of your choosing to complement your meal. Openers and wine glasses are provided. Driving time to the farm is 15 minutes. Advance registration at the Guest Service Desk is required. Sign-up deadline Tuesday at 10:00 am. Directions can be obtained at the Guest Service Desk. Tours begin at 5:15 pm promptly at the farm.
Chocolate Tasting Wed. 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
You already know how to eat chocolate – now learn how to TASTE it! Your Chocolate Adventure starts with a brief history, from the Aztecs to the modern chocolate bar, including how chocolate is made. Then, the chocolate tasting begins with a variety of milk, dark and other delectable Lake Champlain Chocolates. Come learn more about the complexities of this ancient and mysterious delicacy.
Reservations required. Located at the Morse Mountain Grille - to sign up please call extension 1244. $18 per adult, $10 per child 13 & under, when accompanied by an adult. A glass of wine is included for adults 21 & older.Vermont Brewery Tour Thursday, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm.
Vermont is home to several breweries, microbreweries, nano-breweries, and brewpubs that produce a wide variety of beer. In 2011 and 2012, the Brewers Association ranked Vermont as the state with the greatest number of breweries per capita. Come along and taste what we’re bragging about! Your first sip of the day starts at Lost Nation Brewery, makers of honest, small batch beer. The brewery takes inspiration from lesser-known European beer styles, along with local Vermont life to guide their brews. Travel down the road to Rock Art Brewery. It began production in Johnson, VT in 1997 and is now distributed in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Maine and New Jersey! Sample four of their amazing beers, learn how they are made and tour the brewery. Arrive in Stowe at Crop Bistro for a “beer-tasting lunch.” Take a seat in the Biergaten, sample six of their brews and dine on a “Crop Sampler Lunch.” Meet the brewer during your visit. Your “brew crawl” ends at The Trapp Family Lodge. In just a short time, Trapp Lager has gained high acclaim among lager aficionados. Sample their four lagers during your visit.
Thursday, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. $145 per person. Transportation included. Ages 21 & older only. Advance registration required, limited space available. Private tours can be arranged for parties of 6 or more. Call ahead or inquire at the Guest Service Desk when you're here.
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