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Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour in Vermont

My husband and I are exact opposites in almost every way. Similarly, my children have completely different personalities from each other. And unfortunately, we all have fairly strong personalities. So as you can imagine, finding something we all agree on is almost impossible. However, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is one (maybe the only) thing unanimously loved by all 4 of us!

As I recently sat down to plan our road trip, I searched for activities that would both highlight the area, and be enjoyable for our family. A search of the mid-Atlantic and northwest (our travel route) provided endless options. There were literally an overwhelming amount of options. However, one specific stop in Vermont jumped out as being a “must-do” for our trip.

Anxiously awaiting our Factory Tour!

In fact, it was the very first activity I wrote on our itinerary. I knew- without a shadow of doubt- that a tour of the Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury, Vermont would be a place that our entire family would enjoy.

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream originally started in a gas station in Burlington, Vermont. Today you’ll find the brand in stores across the country (and even the world!) Although we’ve always been big fans of the brand, we gained a deeper appreciation during our tour!

The Top 10 flavor wall.

On the tour you will watch a very informative and entertaining video; view the production floor and learn the steps to making delicious ice cream; and finally, you are treated to a true taste testing experience.

This girl LOVED everything about our visit- but especially the ice cream eating portion!

In addition to the actual tour, guest will enjoy wandering the grounds. Ben & Jerry’s has a wonderful collection of memorabilia and other fun facts. Up the hill you will find a really nice playground and Flavor Graveyard. We really enjoyed looking at the retired flavors! There is also a fantastic gift shop and- of course- a full menu ice cream counter.

Paying our respects at The Flavor Graveyard (the kids are doing their best to look sad in the top picture- but it was hard after all the sugar they’d just consumed!) I can’t believe that “Fresh Georgia Peach” didn’t last forever.

Whether you’re just passing through Vermont or you’re specifically planning a visit, the Ben & Jerry’s Factory is a destination you don’t want to miss! To find out more about the tour and to plan your trip- visit their website.

*Ben & Jerry’s hosted Mom With A Map during our visit.**

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Small Towns You Need To Visit This Summer

I grew up in Atlanta and lived in cities such as Orlando, Chicago and Charlotte- so no one will ever mistake me for a small-town girl. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t LOVE to visit! In fact, when we travel I actually prefer small towns. I want my kids Continue reading Small Towns You Need To Visit This Summer

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Don’t Blow Your Vacation Budget On Food

One of my weird quirks is that I truly enjoy saving money. It’s actually fun for me to see how thrifty I can be. I wouldn’t exactly call it cheap- but maybe resourceful. It’s almost like a game to me to manage my travel budget and come up with ways to save.

Whenever I audit my trips the one expense I cringe over is food. When you’re traveling, eating out 3 times a day can REALLY Continue reading Don’t Blow Your Vacation Budget On Food

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50 Amazing Places In The US To Take Your Kids

I can never resist a list. I really enjoy looking at different suggestions for places to go and see. And, for as many travel suggestion lists I’ve looked through- I’ve always found at least one new suggestion to add to my list.

I recently stumbled on a list from Good Housekeeping. They kept their list simple by making one suggestion for every state. And thus compiled a list of 50 amazing places in the US to take your children.

In reading through the list I can wholeheartedly Continue reading 50 Amazing Places In The US To Take Your Kids

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Friday Favorite: Wiz Gear Magnetic Car Mount

Today’s Favorite Travel Product: Wiz Gear Magnetic Car Mount

2 Pack from Wiz Gear

Before I start please let me be clear: I don’t promote or support texting while driving. If you live or travel in a state where talking on your cell phone is legal, then I am okay with that- if done safely! However, I do value Continue reading Friday Favorite: Wiz Gear Magnetic Car Mount

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What You Need To Know About Congaree National Park

I would love to say that we are a super outdoorsy family, but I would be lying. The truth is- although we LOVE being outside- it’s not usually in a nature type setting. Sure, we enjoy sporting events, walking/biking a greenway, cookouts, theme parks and the pool. But, camping and hiking aren’t exactly our thing. However, in our effort Continue reading What You Need To Know About Congaree National Park

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