What’s to see at our Mill besides the cider-making?
Hours of Operation: EVERYDAY 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
THE DONUT ROBOT!
We make our legendary Cider Donuts — called one of the country’s four best donuts by Gourmet magazine — every day, fresh all day long.
During the Foliage season, we’ll make over 800 dozen per day! All this demand is thanks to our 25-year-old secret recipe.
The warm aromas of fresh baking lure visitors to our bake case, where “What looks good?” usually becomes “I’ll have these, and those, and those ...” Our bakers are constantly coming up with new, tantalizing creations. We feature Pumpkin Rolls, Oatmeal Packed Energry Cookies, Mapled Nutty Bars, Apple Turnovers, Homemade Fudge and our great old standby, Apple Pie.
THE PRESS VIEWING ROOM
Catch our pressing men in action and watch cider being made the real, old-time way. In winter and summer, we press three to four days a week — but from mid-September through mid-December, we go seven days a week. We also have a large sample tank, where you can taste fresh-pressed cider while observing the process or watching a video about it. Learn more about our press here.
HONEY BEE CORNER
It’s the bees that ensure a good apple crop, by pollinating the orchards every spring — and it only takes a hive 2-3 hours to pollinate a good-sized orchard. See these amazing creatures up close (behind glass) in our Honey Corner’s observation hive. They fly through a tube to the outside, and travel up to five miles to retrieve pollen. They’re mesmerizingly busy all summer, till the end of October. We offer their best work: Regular, Creamed, and Comb Honey in a variety of sizes.
THE APPLECORE LUNCHEONETTE AND BREW
The Luncheonette is the replacement of our former Apple Core gift shop (dont worry most products are still available in the cider mill) and offers a variety of cold sandwiches, grilled paninis, wraps, salads, kid-friendly fare. We have prided ourselved in incorporating a variety of organic and local products in our menu to create a unique "localvore" experience. Also, our sandwich bread is made fresh daily, and our patrons have the option of having their sandwich on a traditional house-made white or a delicious sweet potato wheat. Our menu and recipes were created by a local Vermonter, Susan Grant, who has done an amazing job creating healthy recipes and utilizing our very own Cold Hollow products. The Apple Core Luncheonette will operate 7 days a week, opening Monday through Friday 11:30 - 3:00 and Saturday and Sunday 11:30 - 3:30.
The Mill is home to hundreds of Vermont Foods — everything from pancake mix to pickled garlic. Each day we put out for sampling at least 5 of our own products, like Maple Mustard, Maple Butter, Cider Jelly (a tangy, tasty favorite), and a variety of others.
There’s a dang fine reason why the Cold Hollow Cider Mill is both a top New England producer of fresh apple cider and one of Vermont’s most popular tourist attractions. It’s because we do it the real old-fashioned way, making pure cider with a traditional rack and cloth press built in the 1920s — and, by gosh, you can come watch. We press year-round, and we’re open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m., closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
After you’ve seen cider made, explore our vintage mill. Our shelves are stuffed with fine Vermont specialty foods and products, and you can sample jellies, mustards, and cider (sampling may vary). Watch our live bees make honey (behind glass!) in our Honey Corner. Honeybees are stars of the apple world, don’t you know — they pollinate the orchards each spring when the blossoms are out.
You’ll be lured by the warm aroma to try some legendary Cold Hollow Cider Donuts. Gourmet magazine called ‘em one of the country’s top four donuts, by gosh — and no wonder! Have ‘em hot with fresh Vermont coffee or hot cider, then choose some treats from our all-natural bakery. Apple pies, pumpkin rolls, cookies, homemade fudge ... oh, there’s lots more.
Across the driveway is our Apple Core Luncheonette and Beer Store (plenty of Hard Cider Too),
The Cold Hollow Cider Mill began ...
In 1974, Eric and Francine Chittenden, descendents of Vermont’s first governor, were starting out as farmers near the base of the Cold Hollow Mountains in rural northwest Vermont. They started making apple cider for friends, with a press that Eric picked up somewhere. (Eric was always finding cool old stuff.) Before long, the couple saw real business potential in making cider the true, traditional way.
Eric and Francine created a vision. They would make enough cider to distribute to supermarkets, and become a real Vermont tourist attraction. Searching for the perfect location, they settled on Route 100 in central Vermont, between Waterbury (with its Interstate 89 exit) and Stowe (with lots of skiers and tourists). In 1976, they bought the old Gibbs farm in Waterbury Center.
This was a classic Vermont dairy farm, dating to the 1800s, with a house attached to the barn. The Chittendens lived in the house, raising their three kids there, right up till they sold the business in 2000. They still live right nearby, on the shores of the Waterbury Reservoir.
After decades of additions, the old place sure doesn’t look the same! Added has been a Jelly Room, large production facility, two cold-storage rooms — for apples and finished product — and a large bottling facility. But the original barn still houses our cider press and our store, where we make our cider donuts and feature specialty foods, baked goods, cheese, honey, maple syrup, hot beverages, and lots more Vermont goodness.