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“Great and informative tour” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cabot Visitors Center & Tour

Cabot Visitors Center & Tour
2878 Main St., Cabot, VT
1-800-837-4261
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Cabot
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/train, Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Location where Cabot cheese and other products are made.
New Castle, Delaware
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“Great and informative tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

The staff is helpful and the tour is a great value. It includes sampling most of the cheeses available. I have been here numerous times and enjoy the new video.

Visited August 2013
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“Interesting -- Better than Ben and Jerry's Ice-Cream”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

If you have the time, go to both Ben and Jerry's Ice-Cream in Waterbury, Vermont and Cabot Cheese Creamery in Cabot, Vermont. If you have the time to visit only one, go to Cabot Cheese Creamery and you won't regret it.

First, it is a genuine factory that you can actually see the cheese being made. You start off the tour with a video that explains how the local dairy farmers collaborate to build Cabot Cheese Creamery. As individual small farmers, they lack the power, knowledge, and know-how to market their products but as a cooperative, their cheeses are sold nationwide in supermarkets and online today.

A knowledgeable local young lady guided us as a group to various parts of the factory. It is a working place where you see workers breaking up curds of cheese and loading boxes of cheese to be cured in a storage room. You are walking from section to section on the same floor as the employees. At Ben and Jerry's Ice-Cream, we saw a superficial part of the factory only. Cartons of ice-cream moved on assembly lines to be shipped to Costco but the real art of making ice-cream was not seen.

The factory floors were wet at Cabot Cheese, water was pumped, employees wore boots, and there were genuine noises, etc. At Ben and Jerry's, we were separated by a glass panel and we were up high looking down at the sterile work place. It looked more like a Disneyworld presentation, a little show for gullible tourists versus a real factory where genuine stuff is made.

There is also unlimited free samples of cheese not little paper cups (the same paper cups when pills are handed to you at hospitals and doctors' offices) of ice-cream. The Seriously Sharp and Sharp cheeses tasted good and we bought some from our supermarket when we came home. It tastes as good as the cheese from Trader Joe's.

The prices of the cheeses, butter, and souvenirs were reasonable. We ended up buying at Cabot but did not at Ben and Jerry's because the prices were outrageous.

So, my advice is to explore Cabot Creamery. The tour is $2 per person which we gladly paid to help these hard-working farmers whereas the tour at Ben and Jerry's Ice-Cream was $3 - $4 which went to Unilever Corporation which has purchased the ice-cream company. The cheese tour was better -- authentic, interesting, genuine, down-to-earth.

The town of Cabot is also interesting but we did not have the time to stop, with regret.

Visited August 2013
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Seekonk, Massachusetts, United States
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“Great tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Cheese tasting, a $2 tour, and a 3 pound block of cheese for $11 how would a rainy day in VT get any better? The tour guide was very knowledgeable even helping but to bed a long standing family dispiute of weather orange cheese and white cheese have a taste difference (they don't, I was right). My son loved the tour, he said it was like being in an episode of "how it's made." It was a great way to kill some time on a rainy afternoon.

Visited August 2013
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Malden, Massachusetts
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“Cheddar lover's must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The 1/2 hour tour is very interesting, a lot of cheddar being made the day we went. The visitor center is small but you can sample their whole line of cheeses including some aged reserved cheese. I bought some cheese I have never seen in my local grocery store.

Visited July 2013
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Pembroke, Massachusetts
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“Who knew?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We needed a little something to check out before heading to Dog Mountain.
This informative tour was just perfect. 1 Hour was all you needed to watch the film and tour the facility and load up on delicious samples. bring home some cheese snacks as well.
learned some great dairy fun facts and history of Vermonts dairy industry.
Who knew Cheddar cheese was lactose free!

Visited August 2013
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