Saturday, November 12, 2016

Vermont: New England getaways Shelburne

Shelburne Vermont is located on the shores of Lake Champlain which of course means that in the last days of summer and early fall, there are still plenty of outdoor activities to keep the whole family occupied but it also has all the makings of a great romantic getaway.

Getting to Shelburne

Shelburne is located on Route 7 which means you can come straight up Route 7 from western MA and Connecticut. This is what can be called the scenic route. If you are in a hurry and would rather not meander then you can take Interstate 91 to route 89 and then do a little scenic driving.

Staying in Shelburne

If you want to stay in a chain hotel you can choose the Quality Inn, The Days Inn or the Econo Lodge. In Shelburne, there are two motels, The T-Bird Motor Inn which is a modern motor inn with all the amenities that you would want including non-smoking rooms and either two double beds or two queen sized beds. Another option is the Countryside Motel which also offers doubles or queens and is also well located. For something a little special, the Inn at Shelburne Farms offers luxurious accommodations. If you want a comfortable country bed and breakfast Elliot House is an excellent choice.  

What to do

Shelburne Museum

The Shelburne Museum is a one of kind sort of place. There are 39 buildings which house an art, folk art, and decorative arts collection that is as diverse as it is exciting. There are marvelous gardens and lots of things to see and do. You can walk around the entire grounds on your own or there is a bus which has several stops around the property. There is a restaurant where you can relax and enjoy a bite to eat. You can spend an entire day here.

Shelburne Farm

Shelburne Farms is a working farm that has a lot for you to do and see. There is a children's farmyard, you can watch them make cheese and you can enjoy a delicious lunch. If the kids have a lot of pent-up energy, there is a lot of open space for them to run around and enjoy the outdoors.

Vermont Teddy Bear Company

You might think that this is just for the kids but the tour is a lot of fun even for adults. There is a hospital where injured teddy bears can be sent to be repaired. You can order a custom teddy bear and you will see everything that goes into producing their very special teddy bears. Of course, there is a store where you can shop for that very special bear and there is also a make a bear area where the kids can make a friend to take home.

When you are ready to take a paddle boat ride on Lake Champlain or rent a boat or a kayak, you head a little north to Burlington and everything you could possibly want is available.

Shelburne Vermont is a delightful place to get away for a week or a long weekend. It is a popular summer destination  but is very enjoyable in the off-season.

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