That’s Snow Excuse!

Don’t be deterred by wet, cold or snow.  Good times can be had when a-questing you go!  Be sure to search our website Valley Quest page selecting for Season and Year Round to see what Quests are possible even through winter.  One special one is the Maple Quest at Sugarbush Farm in Woodstock, VT.

Sugarbush Farm is a 550 acre hillside farm located in central Vermont. The Luces are the second, third and fourth generations to live on this land. Jack and Marion Ayres bought the farm in 1945 with a dream to make a go of country living. They were the first folks in Vermont to start packaging cheese in waxed bars so they would travel well without refrigeration. By 1975 the Boston Globe wrote about Sugarbush Farm “At the end of a scenic Vermont road lies a Cheese Lovers paradise.” In 1995 the American Cheese Society awarded Sugarbush Farm a Blue ribbon for the best smoked cheese in the country.

After you follow the clues of the Quest which take you on a learning trail through the sugarbush, you can visit the farm store for lots of local goodies and see how they package their cheese and you can take a look at the sugar house where the syrup is made.  A very fun outing with treats at the end!

Quest to Refresh Winners!

Congratulations to all the our participants in our Quest to Refresh Challenge!  28 teams took us up on the Challenge to get out and explore our Quests to beat the pandemic blues.

Malcolm and Joseph Marchesi pictured here made up one of the 28 teams that participated in the Quest to Refresh Challenge. 16 of these teams completed the Challenge and were entered in a grand prize drawing which was won by True North, consisting of Rachel North of Hartland and a young person she cared for over the summer. Said Rachel, “What drew us to questing was the thrill of the treasure hunt. My buddy loved the idea of finding treasure in the woods. What made questing different from geocaching or letterboxing was the riddles; they were fun and engaging and allowed us to learn while we had fun.” By the way, there are dozens of four-season Valley Quests, so keep your hiking shoes handy. Search on “Season” and “Year-round”!