A cute not-so-little mill and general store, the Cold Hollow Cider Mill is a must-stop if you happen to find yourself in Waterbury, Vermont.
On our Spring Break road trip to Vermont last year, I kept our schedule a nice balance between planned and wing it. Which means I scouted out a bunch of stops that I thought we should hit (both fun or history-based), and left time in our schedule to stumble upon places to stop on our own.
Because that’s the beauty of road trips … sometimes you just go where the wind takes you.
The day that we discovered Cold Hollow Cider Mill was easily our favorite day in Vermont. We were staying at a really nice, centrally located hotel with an indoor swimming pool and restaurant (two perks we routinely look for), and all of our stops were in the same general area, which was awesome.
As we were heading to the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory Tour, we passed by the Cold Hollow Cider Mill and made a mental note to stop in on our way back.
A cute little place with a parking lot set back from the road, we visited soon after it opened and had the place to ourselves. The smell of apples … cider, pies, you name it … hits you as soon as you near the front door, so we knew we were in for a treat. As soon as we walked in, we noticed the bakery window to the right, where we could watch the staff making fresh apple pies and dumplings.
Everywhere we walked to in the store, there was something else that caught our eye. We tasted apple cider fresh out of the sample tank and warm cider dounts (which puts our New Jersey version to shame). During the Fall season (peak cider donut time!), they make over 800 DOZEN donuts a day, and Gourmet magazine has ranked them in the top four in the country!
To say the general store was a celebration of apples would be an understatement. And just like we noticed on our visit to Cabot later that day, the Mill was also proud of all their fellow Vermont business owners, and they carry hundreds of other food-related products from other companies as well. That spirit of working together is truly nice to see.
After you’re done shopping in the store and taste-testing until you pop, there is a luncheonette that they also run right across the parking lot. Featuring fresh-baked bread and a number of Cold Hollow specialties, they focus on healthy sandwiches, and it’s perfect for a picnic lunch.
We left the store both with our bellies and shopping bags full. If you find yourself in the area, or are looking to plan a trip to Vermont, put this one on your list. In the meantime, they also offer mail-order for many of their products.
Cold Hollow Cider Mill
3600 Waterbury-Stowe Rd
Waterbury Center, Vermont 05677
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Also in Waterbury, the Cabot cheese shop is conveniently right down the street.
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