Mmmmmm cider! Whether it’s a warm cup for those frosty Vermont mornings or a cold, refreshing treat after a day of hiking, the Cold Hollow Cider Mill is a “can’t-miss” spot for this coveted treat!

Located halfway between Stowe and Waterbury, the Mill is a leading producer of local apple cider and other food products, gifts and specialty items. The Mill is open to the public for self-guided tours; you can observe the bees at work in the Honey Corner or see the old-fashioned apple press. Between productions, there is also an educational video in the Press Room that shows the cider-making process ­­– and, of course, a large sample tank, where you can taste fresh-pressed cider.

If you are looking for a delicious – and waistline dangerous – treat, you have to try their cider doughnuts, ranked #1 in the 2014 Seven Daysies. They are made right at the Mill and go perfectly on their own or with a cup of cider or coffee. You may not be able to have just one! And, if that isn’t enough to satisfy your stomach, the Mill has an on-site bakery that cooks up apple pies, pumpkin rolls, granola bars, turnovers and cookies… perfect for gifts, if they make it home without being eaten!

The Apple Core Luncheonette is a great place to stop and have a meal; the Mill serves up sandwiches, wraps, salads and more. Their recipes were created by a local Vermonter, Susan Grant, who has done an amazing job creating healthy offerings and utilizing the Cold Hollow products.

Take a quick peek into the gift shop before you go. Cold Hollow Cider Mill has started developing recipes for many of the products sold on their shelves. Here’s a great one for:

Caramelized Onion & Cider Jelly Spread

3lbs. thinly sliced Vidalia onions
1 tbsp. salt
3 tbsp. canola oil
1 cup brown sugar, divided
1 tsp. red chili flakes
3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 cup Cold Hollow Cider Jelly

(Caramelize onions in oil. Once onions begin to brown, add salt and half cup of brown sugar; let everything further caramelize. Add red chili flakes, balsamic vinegar and remaining half cup of brown sugar. Cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes.)

Apples, enjoyed in so many forms, are a Vermont tradition. If you want to visit the Mill, it’s conveniently located right on Route 100, just 3 1/2 miles north of I-89, exit 10, and opens at 8 a.m. every day. The Mill welcomes groups, families and individuals interested in learning about the cider-making process or its products! And remember, if you are in need of a Stowe realtor, consider William Raveis Stowe Real Estate.