The Best Way to Enjoy Vermont Cheese

Jackson House Inn, Woodstock Vermont

Whether enjoying farm-to-table spots like Cloudland Farm or other fantastic Woodstock, Vermont restaurants, there are plenty of culinary adventures in food-loving Vermont. That extends to the state’s award-winning cheese producers, as well! There’s no better way to get a taste of this local delicacy than on the Vermont Cheese Trail, featuring a group of cheesemakers throughout Vermont dedicated to producing premier cheese.

Vermont’s cheese industry perfectly exemplifies the state’s commitment to artisanal craftsmanship. The legacy of cheesemakers around the state intertwines deeply with Vermont’s rural heritage, and they are renowned for their meticulous dedication to craft. From tangy cheddars to soft, bloomy-rinded cheeses, the state’s cheesemakers draw on traditional techniques and innovative approaches to create complex and satisfying flavors. From small family-run farms to larger, more established entities, you’ll find plenty of exceptional cheeses to sample and take home along the Vermont Cheese Trail. 

For those with a penchant for epicurean adventures, the Vermont Cheese Trail is an enticing adventure. Though you won’t regret all the bites of cheese you’re sure to enjoy, the Vermont Cheese Trail is actually about far more than the cheese. It’s a unique opportunity to engage directly with this aspect of Vermont’s food culture. There are several nearby producers worth visiting, and in between cheese tastings, we hope you take a break and enjoy the elevated guest experience at our hotel in Woodstock

The Jackson House Inn, an elegant hotel just outside of downtown Woodstock, offers a several-acre oasis that serves as a charming base to explore the myriad of local cheese producers and other things to do in the area. Whether you are a seasoned cheese aficionado or a curious newcomer, the Vermont Cheese Trail awaits. Book your stay with us today! 

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Plymouth Cheese - one of the best stops on the Vermont Cheese Trail

Best Nearby Stops on the Vermont Cheese Trail

Whether you’re just looking for a casual taste of some of Vermont’s most famous cheeses or want to delve deeper into local differences and delicacies, there are plenty of great places to visit along the Vermont Cheese Trail – including some right here in the Woodstock area! Here, cheese enthusiasts will find themselves enveloped in a food-laden journey that entices the palate and enriches their appreciation of Vermont’s agricultural heritage. 

Among the Vermont Cheese Trail’s highlights, particularly in proximity to Woodstock, are several notable stops that epitomize the state’s cheesemaking prowess. The most notable near us is Plymouth Artisan Cheese, one of the oldest cheese operations in the United States. You’ll find Plymouth Artisan Cheese at the site of the historic Calvin Coolidge Homestead, a place that presents an authentic representation of American perseverance, simplicity, and traditional American values. Not only that, but it’s a place that offers a glimpse into the enduring spirit of Vermonters and a historical perspective on Vermont’s dairy industry.

Plymouth Artisan Cheese, started by Coolidge’s father, is still the country’s oldest cheddar, with a recipe dating back to 1890. Of course, it’s not the only nearby stop on the Vermont Cheese Trail. Here are other places we recommend! 

  1. You’ll find cheese as local to us as it gets at the Billings Farm & Museum. This place is known for its dedication to land and agricultural stewardship over the years and produces a fantastic range of cheeses.
  2. Enjoy a delicious cheese tasting and farm tour at Cobb Hill Cheese, a farm well-known for its range of Gouda and other cheeses.
  3. Fat Sheep Farm has a small farm stand in its barn, where you can buy some of its delicious sheep’s milk cheeses and other local products. 
  4. Though it’s a little farther away, a visit to the renowned Grafton Village Cheese Company is more than worth the hour’s drive. It’s a beautiful drive, the village is picture-perfect Vermont, and the award-winning cheddars and specialty cheeses are delicious!
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One of the guest rooms at our Boutique hotel in Woodstock, VT - a great place to stay after exploring the Vermont cheese Trail

The Best Boutique Hotel in Woodstock, VT

The Vermont Cheese Trail is not only a yummy adventure but also a scenic journey through Vermont’s picturesque landscapes. Each stop offers a unique story and features cheesemaking techniques and traditions passed down through generations. You’ll head home with a new appreciation for the meticulous care and passion that goes into every wheel, wedge, and curd. However you choose to spend your time on the trail, know that at the end of the day, the restful accommodations at our Boutique Hotel in Woodstock, VT will be waiting for you. 

Our hotel is the perfect spot for a relaxed and elegant retreat, far away from the busy world that often surrounds us and tucked into its own private and serene three acres just outside town. We offer guests far more than a comfortable place to rest their heads in the evening. Here, you’ll feel our dedication to the guest experience. You’ll notice the touches of refined elegance throughout, whether in one of our luxurious guest rooms, where you’ll find fine linens, exquisite art and decor, and plenty of modern amenities or in our shared spaces outfitted with even more exceptional art and furnishings. 

In the morning, join us in our sun-drenched dining room, outfitted with custom-made furnishings from our friends at Shackleton Thomas, for a wonderful meal. Our daily gourmet breakfast is truly a treat for the senses – a culinary journey we encourage you to take without limitation during your time with us – and undoubtedly one of the best parts about staying at our Boutique Hotel. 

From the moment you pull up to our classic Inn, you’ll see and feel the difference compared to more traditional hotels. Our Woodstock Hotel is one of the few properties in Vermont to have earned AAA’s coveted four-diamond status, and we also belong to the exclusive Select Registry group of properties. Moreover, we consistently earn TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice award, all of which speak to the incredible hospitality you’ll experience from arrival through check-out.

Whether it’s the Vermont Cheese Trail that brings you to town or the chance to wander the streets of one of Vermont’s most picturesque villages, you won’t be disappointed. Book your room at our Boutique Hotel in Woodstock today!

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