For those who love all things cheese, we have put together this day trip through Connecticut to take you to shops, farms, and restaurants that make cheese their number one priority. You can try the finest from our local farmers as well as samples from all over the world. This heavenly Connecticut cheese trail will make your mouth water and your taste buds tingle.
Let's get started with your Connecticut cheese trail map.
Although we've put together this Connecticut cheese trail starting and ending in New Haven, you may want to change the order of the trip or add another stop. The map can be customized in any way you wish. You can make modifications to the map
Caseus, New Haven
Caseus is an upbeat bistro and cheese shop in downtown New Haven. The shop offers more than 100 artisan cheeses and the staff is very knowledgeable. You can also browse the selection of oils, jams, chocolates, and other local products. Right next door to this colorful cheese shop is the bistro with indoor and outdoor seating. Although everything on the menu is delicious, patrons rave about the homemade soup and the delicate mac and cheese.
93 Whitney Ave.,
New Haven, Connecticut
Madison Cheese Shop & Cafe, Madison
This delightful cheese shop has more than 60 varieties of cheese. From Roquefort Blue Cheese to Drunken Goat Cheese, they have your palette covered.
Madison Cheese Shop & Cafe does more than just sell cheese. They make some of the very best grilled cheese sandwiches in the entire state. The Mouse Trap features a house blend of five cheeses melted together in perfect harmony. Or opt to try the Swamp Yankee that matches up Vermont cheddar with blueberry jam. No matter what your choice, we guarantee these grilled cheeses are better than even your mom can make.
119 Samson Rock Dr.,
The Cheese Shop of Centerbrook, Centerbrook
The Cheese Shop of Centerbrook has one of the largest selections in the state. Cheeses from all over the globe are available to sample. You can spend quite a bit of time wandering around looking at all of the choices. The owner and staff are extremely knowledgeable and can give you wonderful advice on how the cheeses pair with other ingredients. Visiting this shop will not only satisfy your taste buds but will give you an entertaining education.
33 Main St.,
Sankow's Beaver Brook Farm, Lyme
Sankow's Beaver Brook Farm has been in the family since 1917. Today the farm has 600 sheep and a dozen Jersey cows. The Sankows make 8 different varieties of cheeses from the cow and sheep's milk. The aged feta cheese is like nothing you can find at the grocery store. The farm also produces yogurt, gelato, wool blankets, and wool clothing.
139 Beaver Brook Rd.,
Beltane Farm, Lebanon
Please note, Beltane Farm has permanently closed.
Beltane Farm has a herd of 100 goats and each has their own name. The farm focuses on the quality of life of each goat. With an all natural diet of local hay and forage, it's understandable why the cheese created here is so outstanding. The award winning fresh chevre is the most popular, but their are other noteworthy goat cheeses to be tried from this farm.
59 Taylor Bridge Rd.,
Cato Corner Farm, Colchester
45 Jersey cows produce the milk used to create Cato Corner Farm's cheese. The cows have a diet of grass, a bit of grain, and the whey that comes out of the cheese making process, this helps keep the cheese flavorful and creamy. The cheese is aged in an underground cave where it ripens to peak flavor. From Bloomsday to Hooligan, these cheeses are definitely worth tasting.
178 Cato Corner Rd.,
Deerfield Farm, Durham
Deerfield Farm began as a 4H project 34 years ago. Now it produces milk and cheese like crazy from its herd of Jersey cows. This farm specializes in soft cheeses like ricotta.
Set in the rolling hills of Durham, not only is the cheese fantastic,
but the views are magnificent as well.
337 Parmelee Hill Rd.,
Au Chalet, New Haven
Au Chalet is a Swiss inspired restaurant that serves up melted cheese in the best way possible. You will feel as though you are dining in a warm and cozy ski chalet at this spot. The featured items on the menu are fondue and raclette. The raclette is a melted block of cheese that is scraped over over cornichons and potatoes and pickled white onions. This is melted, gooey cheese at its truest form.
24a Whitney Ave.,
New Haven, Connecticut
We hope you enjoy our picks for this Connecticut cheese trail. Are you ready to get started on your journey? You may also want to add this
macaroni and cheese themed restaurant to your trip.