When I visited the Montpelier Vermont area with my sisters in the fall, we drove wistfully by the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury, knowing that we’d have to leave that attraction for another time. Well, that time came two weeks ago, when Andy and I took a 20 hour trip to Vermont. It was so much fun!
The first thing we did was the tour of the inside of the factory. If you plan on doing this, try for a weekday, since I’m sure it would have been more fascinating if we could watch the ice cream production in process. Still cool, though!
We weren’t really allowed to take pictures on the thirty-minute tour (understandably so), but it was fun – nothing spectacular. It’s intriguing to hear how the ice cream is manufactured and seeing the huge equipment they use. I also liked the short movie at the start of the tour that explained about Ben & Jerry’s history and their social and environmental values (yay!).
The nitty gritty: Factory tours at Ben & Jerry’s are $4 for adults and free for ages 12 and under. However, if you check in with FourSquare, you can get one free ticket (which we found out only after we’d bought ours!). The Waterbury Factory is open nearly every day of the year, with the exception of Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Day. Be prepared for crowds if you’re there on a weekend, and do take time to stop by the Flavor Graveyard on the hill to pay your respects to some old retired favorites.
Diana: I wish I were rich, and I could spend the whole summer at a hotel, eating ice cream and chicken salad.
Anne: You know something, Diana? We are rich. We have sixteen years to our credit, and we both have wonderful imaginations. We should be as happy as queens.
[gestures to the setting sun]
Look at that. You couldn’t enjoy its loveliness more if you had ropes of diamonds.