On Sunday, I headed up with three other bloggers to Vermont to attend the LiveStream event hosted by Green Mountain Coffee and McDonald’s in honor of National Coffee Day. McDonald’s (from Maine to Florida) is offering free small coffees to customers this week, and Nell Newman, founder of Newman’s Own Organics attended the LiveStream to discuss the special coffee blend created especially for New England customers.
We headed out on Sunday afternoon, and got pretty hungry by the time we got to the Vermont border. There wasn’t a great place to stop for food, but we ended up at this country store, where we all gathered up some things to share. We ended up with Cabot Cheese, crackers, Boar’s Head pickles, and chocolates.
We arrived at our hotel in Waterbury in the late afternoon, and I relaxed a bit before dinner. Dinner was at this great local restaurant, where I was thrilled to see Boyden Valley beef on the menu.
The next morning, I took a walk around the property to get some photos before we headed to Green Mountain. We were staying at a Best Western, but there was actually a gorgeous covered bridge on property. Only in Vermont!
We arrived at Green Mountain Coffee before the LiveStream event, and had some coffee and breakfast before settling in to our seats in the front row. We got to meet Nell Newman before the event, and learned that she’d be driving back with us to Boston. She’s lovely – very down to earth and passionate about her company.
We also had the chance to tour the plant, which was amazing. I love seeing how products I use in my everyday life are made, and the plant is a marvel. We also ventured over to the visitor’s center and cafe.
After lunch, we headed back to Boston with Nell. It was completely surreal – and this time we didn’t stop for pickles, cheese and chocolate!
Don’t forget to visit McDonald’s for free organic coffee this week.
Disclosure: My travel for this trip was covered by McDonald’s of Eastern Massachusetts.