Written by Sue Ticotin
Rain and a chilly fall wind swept through New England as ski club members and guests flocked to the lodge for the second Pub, Grub, and Wine tour organized by Don Taggart. This year was a mix of familiar faces from the first tour two years ago and several first-timers, all eager to participate in this spirited event.
Our tour bus departed early Saturday morning. As we approached the Rutland-Pico area we were excited to see the gorgeous colors of the fall foliage and the area’s first snowfall of the season. Our first stop was the Long Trail microbrewery, but first a round of Happy Birthday to Roy. Don asked all non-drinkers to raise their hands to identify the “losers” (all in good fun) and to get a head count for who would be participating in the beer sampling.
We learned that the Long Trail Brewing Company is the 15th largest microbrewery in the US and got its name from the oldest long distance hiking trail in America. The bartender/guide gave us a history and details of each beer as they poured samples for our group. Some took advantage of the self-guided tour and gift shop, while others were happy hugging the bar or taking pictures with the moose head that was mounted on the wall.
Our second stop was the Snow Farm Vineyard, which is part of the Quechee Village Mall. Here we had a chance to sample a variety of wines and do a little shopping. Cabot Cheese caught our interest as many of us wandered around the store sampling their cheeses, dips, and the famous Vermont maple syrups. Other stores offered handcrafted products from area artisans, silk products, moccasins and shoes, antiques, furniture, and of course novelty Vermont t-shirts and souvenirs.
Outside the mall we gathered for our train ride around the grounds with train operator Charlie. As the train approached this large tent that had been set up just outside the mall, we could see a smiling and waving Glenn standing in the doorway waiting to greet us. As the train chugged past the tent………….. Please click here to continue.
Photos by John Generoso, Larry Ticotin, Lee Desantis, Rob McDonald, Roy Spierer, Tracy Jelonnek