Looking for the best country stores in Vermont? Join me for a fall foliage visit to The Vermont Country Store, known best for its practical and hard-to-find products from days gone by.
Today I drove over and spent the day at The Vermont Country Store in Weston, Vermont. The Vermont Country Store has been purveyor of the “Practical and Hard to Find” since 1946. They feature heritage products and brands from the past. They have two locations in Vermont, one in Weston and the other in Rockingham. You may also visit their online store and shop online or through their catalogs. It is truly a step back in time and the best country stores in Vermont.
The Vermont Country Store is owned by Lyman Orton and their sons Cabot, Gardner, and Eliot. 7th and 8th generation Vermonters and 4th and 5th generation storekeepers.
Fall in Vermont is always special, with all the beautiful mountain foliage. And so is a trip to The Vermont Country Store. It has such a quaint and New England feel to it that just makes you happy.
Upon entering, you may choose one of their cutest little carts and bags to shop with.
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Grab a cold Coca-Cola from one of the old-fashioned Coca-Cola coolers from the best country stores in Vermont.
This Vermont Country Store is broken into different sections for you to shop.
Women and Men’s Clothing / Bath and Soaps / Pets / Toys / Bedroom & linens / Kitchen / Cleaning Supplies / Maple Syrup / Candy / Cheese, Crackers & Dips / Christmas. There are many other miscellaneous products scattered within as well.
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The Vermont Country Store is chock-full of goodies from days gone by. You will discover products you’ll remember from your childhood that you will not believe. Like these bottles of “Lemon Up”! Be truthful. Do you remember this shampoo from the ’70s if you are old enough to remember?
And where do you ever see people weighing themselves in public? I had to wait for the line to go down before taking this photo of this old-fashioned scale where people actually wait in line to weigh themselves at these country stores in Vermont.
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Another section worth mentioning is the “Reduce Reuse” section of recycled products. And isn’t this building absolutely beautiful with all its wooden beams and flooring? It’s filled with all the character of an old New England home or barn filled with products that warm you up on a Vermont fall day! I promise!
Old Fashioned Penny Candy Counter
The old-fashioned penny candy section is ominous really, with a full candy counter where you can create your own assorted candy bags. Homemade chocolates of all kinds, and you will find all the candies from days gone by here too. Super delicious!
No country store in Vermont is complete without its own cheese room! The cheese room at The Vermont Country Store also includes dips, sauces, pickles, and pasta. It’s such a delight.
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*Pre-pandemic, you could taste all the cheeses and dips, which was so much fun.
Vermont Maple Syrup
And we can’t forget all the Vermont maple syrup available at the best country stores in Vermont. Vermont is the nation’s leading producer of maple syrup. Producing over 2 million gallons of syrup in 2020, Vermont generated over 50 percent of the country’s maple syrup, which stems from more than 1,500 sugarhouses statewide. And if you haven’t tried Vermont’s rich maple syrup paired with Vermont cheddar cheese, you are seriously missing out!
Mildred’s Grill at The Vermont Country Store
Upon leaving, you’ll want to grab a homemade dish made with all the cheese, syrups, dips, etc., at Mildred’s just outside the steps of the best country stores in Vermont, The Vermont Country Store.
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