A Capitol, maple syrup and ice cream!

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2014

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Limehurst Lake Campground

Flag of United States  , Vermont
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Our day started out with a tour of the Vermont State Capitol.  It still in use and like others we have visited, it is the third one to be built because of previous fires.  The current one was completed in 1859.  It is small, as expected, after all Vermont has only slightly more than 600,000 residents.  The entire Capitol building has undergone a recent renovation and it is has been restored back to it's 1859 appearance.   We also spent time at the State history museum, located next door.

Our next stop was  at Morse Farm, a local Maple Sugarhouse.  We learned some interesting facts.  Did you know on average it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup?  One tap hole can produce up to fifteen gallons of sap each season, which means it takes up to three maple trees to produce a gallon of syrup in a season.  Maple syrup also gets darker as the run (season ) continues.  After a quick tour and some tasting we decided we liked the Grade A dark amber - produced from a later run - the best and quickly purchased a 1/2 gallon!  No more Mrs Butterworths for us!! 

Last stop of the day was at the Ben & Jerry's factory.  They charge for tours - $4 each - but I managed to save the fee with a check in on my YELP app, gotta love technology.  The tour consists of a movie and a look at the factory from an enclosed mezzanine.  Production wasn't occurring during our tour but we've been to other factories and know how ice cream is made.  You do get a small sample at the end of the tour - it is what ever they are serving that day.  In our case it was mint chocolate chip.  Of course, they have a full service ice cream shop on premises.  The place was a zoo and made us both wonder where everyone had come from! 
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