Located out in the picturesque country side, we found the Cabot factory tour to be surprisingly good after visiting some of the smaller cheese 'manufacturers' in Vermont (many of whom didn't appear to actually make cheese very often).
Cabot is a large commercial operation. For your $2 you get a rubber wristband or badge to allow you admission on the factory tour. Here you get to see a short film about the history of Cabot cheese which we found quite interesting. You then get to go on a guided tour where you get to see all the different stages of operation through large glass viewing windows. We saw cheddar being made and large commercial size blocks of cheese being packaged. It was very interesting and clean.
After the tour you can spend time tasting many of Cabot's cheeses and other products (their pepper jack is my new favourite cheese - I just wish we could get it here in Australia). There is also a very well stocked shop that sells all manner of things including maple syrup, other cooking products, cheese boards and of course all the Cabot products. We found the prices to be quite reasonable.
Overall, we had a great time and would recommend this to people who like seeing how things are made or who want to try lots of different cheeses.
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