We liked how busy this place was both outside and in. In fact, driving north on Highway 100 from Waterbury to Stowe, we saw a whole lot of cars in front of us turn and decided to follow. Were lucky to find one of the few vacant parking spots, got out, and followed a steady stream of people into a somewhat non-descript building sporting the sign "Cold Hollow Cider Mill". Curiousity drew us past the crowds milling around near the check-out counter, past colourful displays of maple syrup, pumpkins, and all sorts of canned goods.
Soon we entered a strange room where behind large glass panes we saw a weird contraption manned by two men who laid down alternating layers of apple mash pumped from a big hose into large, square plastic forms, which they covered in big sheets of burlap. This went on in front of our astonished eyes for about 15 minutes until the weird tower of apple mash rose about 8 feet above the floor platform. Then, with the push of a button, the mechanical press part of this amazing process began squeezing slowly and steadily downward. As it did, the assembled crowd watching with great interest through the glass partition, saw a steady stream of clear, brownish apple juice flow from beneath the slowly diminishing stack flow into a trough along the bottom and away to be bottled as cider. There was a nearby free dispenser of this apple nectar available for visitors to sample. We did and found the cold, sweet cider very tasty.
On our way out, we bought not only some cider to take back with us, but also some preserves, and several jars of honey mustard.
We'd recommend this wonderful attraction to all apple aficionados, as there was nothing to not like about the Cold Hollow Cider Mill.
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