Weekend Travel: Shelburne Farms

Have you ever been to Vermont?  If you’ve never been to Vermont hop in a car/plane/train and get your butt up there!  Summer and Fall are by far the best times to visit, if you’re a skier or enjoy the snow Winter is great time as well.  I grew up in a small college town in central Vermont and went to college in Burlington.  I LOVE it up there, although something holds me back from moving my family there now.

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One of my favorite places to visit in summer and fall is Shelburne Farms.   It’s a working farm, forest and National Historic Landmark located on Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont.  More specifically it was created by Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb as a model agriculture estate.  Oh and Olmstead created the designs for the landscape.  You get the picture.

There’s something for everyone here – the children’s farmyard, touring the grounds, hiking trails, education programs (for children and adults), dinner at the Inn, the list goes on.

Chicken Parade - Shelburne Farms

Our last trip to the Green Mountain State included a trip with my kids to the Children’s Farmyard.  We did the usual drill, chicken parade, milked a gorgeous Brown Swiss Cow, picked up chickens, worked with wool, but the best was the most unexpected.  We happened upon the hike with two goats and a sheep up to Lone Tree Hill.  Oddly, the goats were more like dogs (except for how they just poop everywhere with little warning.)

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The hike was short and sweet, with spectacular views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks in the distance.  At this point the goats were ‘off-leash’ to the amusement of all of us.

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About beth

Hello, I'm Beth, an ex-financial services marketing type, with two kids, a husband, and a new puppy. I have a passion for gardening, cooking, all things crafty, but above all else that journey called life.
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