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The Best Things to do at Shelburne Farms in Vermont

Shelburne is a charming village known for its farming and agriculture, located on the picturesque shores of Lake Champlain. In fact, one of the most popular attractions is Shelburne Farms in Vermont, an educational non-profit dedicated to teaching sustainable practices and connecting people with nature. It also happens to be a beautiful part of the state with views of the lake and the Adirondack mountains off in the distance. 

Shelburn Farm in Vermont is a treasure worth exploring during your visit to the Green Mountain State. On the property, you’ll find historic buildings, a farm store, a welcome center, a 1,400-acre working farm, a cheesemaking center, ten miles of trails, and so much more. While visiting Shelburne Farms in Vermont should be at the top of your list, there are a few other not-to-miss stops to add to your itinerary, namely the Shelburne Museum, as well as a local winery, brewery, and fantastic farm-to-table dining options.  

As a guest at our historic Vermont Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be the perfect distance from Shelburne Farms in Vermont for a lovely day trip. Though it’s about an hour’s drive, it’s an incredibly scenic route and well worth the experiences you’ll encounter at the destination. Upon your return, you’ll find our Inn the ideal space to unwind, whether in our cozy shared common rooms or in the privacy of your own guest suite. Join us in Warren, Vermont, and reserve your room today! 

The Best Things to do at Shelburne Farms in Vermont, photo of the Shelburne area

A Visit to Shelburne Farms in Vermont & More

There is something for everyone to enjoy when visiting Shelburne Farms in Vermont; whether for educational or recreational purposes, a day trip is a fantastic way to explore the area. The property spans 1,400 acres of working farm and forest, located on historic Abenaki land and recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

Here are the top things to do at Shelburne Farms in Vermont:

  1. Farm Store & Welcome Center: You’ll want to begin and end your trip to the farm at the welcome center and store. Here you’ll pick up maps and find a beautiful selection of produce and local Vermont products. 
  2. Walking Trails: After your road trip, you’ll be ready to stretch your legs, and thankfully, Shelburne Farms in Vermont offers guests ten miles of curated trails through forests and fields. You’ll pass by the Farm Barn, beautiful gardens, and meander along the lakeshore. 
  3. Cheesemaking: Located in the Farm Barn, you can watch the skilled cheesemakers turn fresh milk from Brown Swiss cows into cheddar! Of course, the demo is followed by delicious samples. The cheesemaking schedule may vary, so if this is something you’re interested call ahead to check for updated times. 
  4. Flower Gardens: The grand estate at Shelburne Farms in Vermont offers guests a glimpse into the past. You’ll find historic structures throughout the property, including the original family house, the coach house, and the breeding barn. You’ll want to stroll through the flower gardens created by Lila Webb from 1898 to 1936. 
  5. The Farm Cart: During a day visit to Shelburne Farms in Vermont from mid-May to mid-October, stop by this farm-to-table cart for fresh and simple lunch fare. You’ll find picnic tables or bring a blanket for a picnic on the expansive green lawns.

Other Things to Do in Shelburne, Vermont:

  1. Shelburne Museum: This open-air museum (pictured above) is such a treat! The eclectic collection includes buildings, exhibits, and gardens, each giving you a glimpse into the life of a fascinating and unusual woman: Electra Havemeyer Webb, a pioneering American folk art collector who founded the museum in 1947.
  2. Shelburne Vineyard: Head to this Vermont winery for a wine flight in the tasting room, bottles for purchase in the retail shop, and vineyards to tour and explore. They often have live music and events, so check the website before you go. 
  3. Fiddlehead Brewing Company: The local taproom is a fantastic place to grab a locally brewed Fiddlehead IPA, one of the best-selling craft beers in Vermont.
  4. Wild Hart Distillery: For those who prefer spirits, this Shelburne distillery is a lovely stop for craft cocktails, samples, locally-sourced food options, and even live music. 
  5. Shelburne Bay Park: This 104-acre park is a gathering space for locals and visitors. Head along the one-mile trails to soak up the scenery and the beautiful Lake Champlain shoreline. 
The Best Things to do at Shelburne Farms in Vermont, photo of our Vermont Bed and Breakfast

The Best Vermont Bed and Breakfast for Your Next Getaway

After your adventure to Shelburne Farms in Vermont and beyond, you’ll love returning to our Vermont Bed and Breakfast. You’ll quickly see why our guests return time and again to experience our welcoming hospitality, beautiful property, and elegantly appointed guest rooms. There’s a reason why we have more than 700 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor! In fact, here’s one from a recent guest who we wowed with our service and amenities: 

“We spent a long weekend at the West Hill House B&B and had a wonderful visit. Peter and Susan are welcoming, knowledgeable, and make you feel like you are treasured guests. We loved quietly reading and knitting in the common rooms alongside a wood fire and looked forward to good food and conversations around the dining table each morning. We stayed in the Allen Suite, which had a very comfortable bed and a jacuzzi tub with provided bath salts. We look forward to another visit in the future!” 

These are the reviews that make what we do all worth it! Our Vermont Bed and Breakfast is consistently awarded the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice award, so you can trust that you’ll be taken care of on your romantic getaways, couple’s retreats, and extended vacations in the Mad River Valley. We can’t wait to host you; check out our upcoming availability and book your stay today!

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