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A "culinary tour" from CT to Montreal - where to even begin?

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A "culinary tour" from CT to Montreal - where to even begin?

lobsterkiller | Jan 12, 2014 09:34 AM

A friend of mine has requested that we take a road trip from Connecticut to Montreal. She is a chef and I'm in the wine business. We both have a great deal of information for Montreal as far as restaurants and other food-related stops (I'll still post a question on that board for further suggestions), it's everything in between that we are struggling with. The only thing we know for sure is that we both want to stop at King Arthur Flour to go shopping and we also know that there is probably a lot to do in Burlington, VT. Is there anywhere to stop between Connecticut and Burlington, VT?

We are struggling to decide if we will be doing this in the spring or fall. We both desperately want to do the whole fall foliage thing, but we also want to do the whole maple syrup thing in the spring. From what I hear, we should be focusing on New Hampshire, not Vermont, for maple syrup. But where??? Are there any great little foodie towns through this area? Any great gourmet shops, cookbook shops, food artisans/producers, breweries, wineries, cideries (that should be a word.), or anything else? I hear that a lot of cheese making takes place up there...other than Cabot, is there anything interesting along those lines?

All suggestions appreciated.

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