December is a busy time for many of us. Luckily, a friend of mine is a firm believer, like myself, that there is always time to shop for cheese, chocolate, and pewter. So we decided to investigate a local stop for tourists and natives alike: the Cabot Cheese, Lake Champlain Chocolates, and Danforth Pewter shops on the Waterbury Stowe Rd. (Note: we admit these shops are not in Stowe proper, but on the main road to Stowe from the interstate in Waterbury Center. Because of their proximity, we decided they fit in with our explorations of local delights. Plus, who doesn’t like cheese?)
We decided to start off with cheese. The farmer’s cooperative originated in Cabot, Vermont, and has been making dairy products
for a little over 90 years. The Cabot Annex Store sells all manner of cheese- and Vermont-related gifts. From cheese boards to wine to tote bags to dog biscuits, you can find it here (plus cheese, of course. And not only Cabot cheese; they sell cheeses made by other Vermont companies as well). At the outlet, you can also sample many of the cheeses made by Cabot (watch the habanero—it has a kick).
Cabot Annex Store
2657 Waterbury-Stowe Rd
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
From there we moved on to Lake Champlain Chocolates. Based in Burlington, the company has been making chocolate for close to 30 years. The store offers a variety of truffles, chocolate bark, fudge, factory seconds, and drinks, such as milkshakes and coffee. That day they were offering a sample of their dark chocolate—yum. If chocolate isn’t your thing, they also sell bulk candy as well as tea and coffee by the Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Company and coffee by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, both based right down the road in Waterbury.
Danforth Pewter, from Middlebury, Vermont, shares an adjoining space to Lake Champlain Chocolates. While you may think of pewter mostly for decorations and keepsakes, Danforth goes beyond that. They sell jewelry, table-settings baby cup and spoon sets, oil lamps, and much more. My friend and I spent a lovely time ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the beautiful items we found in there. Both Lake Champlain Chocolates and Danforth Pewter are located at:
2653 Waterbury Stowe Rd
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
Phone for Lake Champlain Chocolates is (802) 241-4150
for Danforth Pewter is (802) 560-4100
As with our previous post regarding specialty markets, this is only a small sampling of all the wonderful crafts and culinary delights available in the Stowe area (such as Laughing Moon Chocolates and Ziemke Glassblowing Studio—both of which have live demonstrations. How cool is that?). We can’t wait to introduce you to more of what Stowe has to offer!