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Shelburne Farms in Winter

I’ve visited Shelburne Farms quite a few times over the past several years. But last week was the first time I’ve ever been to the 1,400-acre working farm and national historic landmark in winter.

Located on the shores of Lake Champlain, Shelburne Farms was established in 1886 by William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb. Nearly a century later in the early 1970s, the estate became a non-profit education center open to the public.

Shelburne Farms hosts a variety of events and educational programs for children and adults. Visitors can also enjoy walking trails, tours, cheesemaking, a children’s farmyard, as well as a restaurant and inn on the property.

I’ve spent many summer afternoons here enjoying various culinary festivals and special events, and visiting Shelburne Farms this time of year makes me long for summer. Still, there’s something special about walking around in the snow at Shelburne Farms under a bluebird winter sky.

**If You Go: Shelburne Farms

Chittenden County, hiking trails, Scenic, Travel Tips, Winter
  • A New England Life
    Posted at 00:50h, 02 March Reply

    I was there last Spring in March and it was super cold. So beautiful though. I really hoped we would get back during the summer but that didn’t happen. The view is delightful!

  • From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    Posted at 10:46h, 02 March Reply

    What a wonderful trip this would be for the end of June. The barn is so beautiful and I have always been interested in cheese making. Lovely post!!

  • Hilke Breder
    Posted at 21:38h, 02 March Reply

    Nice images, Erica. Reminded me of a visit to the farm many years ago. We had rooms at the very top right next to a large empty attic room which apparently was the kid’s play room. I could imagine them racing their bikes, or tricycles, there.

  • jeannette
    Posted at 23:46h, 02 March Reply

    Browsed your posts a little -beautiful views, even though I realize it must be very cold! A blog is a perfect extension for you job I thought!

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 15:19h, 03 March Reply

    Hi Sharon — I hope you can make it up to Shelburne Farms this spring or summer or fall. It’s such a great spot, and you would be in heaven with your camera!

    Hi Susan — They have cheesemaking classes there, too, and their cheese is incredible!

    Hi Hilke — Hope all is well down in southern VT. Are you ready for spring? 🙂

    Hi Jeanette — Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello.

  • Alan Nyiri
    Posted at 15:39h, 03 March Reply

    Thanks for posting this, Erica.

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 17:42h, 03 March Reply

    Thanks Alan! I’ve been enjoying your photos on Facebook!

  • Nicki
    Posted at 01:55h, 04 March Reply

    Gorgeous photos! I enjoy so much seeing what you post!

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 02:32h, 04 March Reply

    Thanks so much Nicki!

  • Veronica
    Posted at 03:16h, 12 March Reply

    lovely photos Erica!I’m a follower!

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 16:17h, 14 March Reply

    Hi Veronica — Thank you!

  • Polka
    Posted at 15:26h, 18 March Reply

    beautiful pictures 🙂
    I am actually thinking about going on vacation to Vermont this year 🙂 just not sure where to go yet… 🙂 I love mountains and lakes, maybe you have any idea where could I go?

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 15:10h, 19 March Reply

    Hi Polka – Thanks! You should definitely come up! Some places I would recommend are Manchester, Woodstock, Stowe, the Northeast Kingdom or Middlebury. Email me at [email protected] and I will give you more specifics.

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