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Shelburne Farms

1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, VT 05482
802-985-8686
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Ranked #3 of 12 attractions in Shelburne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Farms, Historic Sites, Educational Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
Description: Historic buildings and property now a farm where children can participate.
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Northern New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We brought the kids and they had a blast. Terrific, authentic farm experience. The kids cuddled goats, saw new born piglets, held a chicken, milked a cow and had a lunch made from the farm's products.

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South Central Wisconsin
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Just amazing. If you're not going for the festival, the grounds and Inn are breathtakingly beautiful. Don't miss the bakery at the barn. Wonderful to see the educational contribution this facility is giving. Such a treasure.

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Brunswick, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Fun and interesting place to visit. The farm animals were fun to see and watch. Enjoyed the bakery. The Inn is beautiful and has a fantastic view.

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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72 reviews 72 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This National Historic Landmark is the home of gorgeous vistas, flora and fauna of the region and a late 19th & 20 century farm country estate William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb noted for the preservation of the architecture and landscape. After several hours of strolling through their grounds and barns, we were treated to an outstanding patio dining experience... More

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

As adults, we did not find as much of interest, as it is definitely an educational place. Still, its history appealed to us. We enjoyed watching cheesemaking, and the hike to a beautiful view of the hotel and Lake Champlain. Our young families have enjoyed it (children and grandchildren).

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Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We stopped at the farm on our way to Burlington. The property and lake views are beautiful. The open-air wagon tour of the grounds is absolutely worth the extra $3. The children's farm is fun--even for adults! Loved meeting Ariella the Brown Swiss cow and watching the chickens march back to the coop.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The hotel is a bit quirky since it's the former home of one of the Vanderbilt's. But I love how they have turned the land into a working organic farm. Come for the great views overlooking the water, but stay for the food, which is fantastic! I would give it five stars, but the only downside is that the hotel... More

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Toronto, Canada
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174 reviews 174 reviews
13 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I'm a food enthusiast, so maybe i was primed to really enjoy this place, but then, maybe this is your chance to become a food enthusiast. Once the estate of a robber baron, this is now a working agrotourism farm --one of the options for the future of food and agriculture I lay out in my e-book, Food for City... More

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ShelFarm, Public Relations Manager at Shelburne Farms, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and our farm-to-table food. We might quibble over the characterization of Dr. William Seward Webb as a "robber baron" : ) , but we so appreciate your understanding of how we're trying to build a more sustainable farm and food system. Hope you can make it back for another visit, and thanks again. More

new canaan ct
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81 reviews 81 reviews
48 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

On a Vanderbilt Family estate stretching along Lake Champlain's eastern shore, the grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead of Central Park, NY fame. The original Webb family still owns much of the property with an ecological foundation run by the heirs managing the meadows, woods, pastures, historic and modern farm buildings. An excellent gift shop is your entrance to... More

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ShelFarm, Public Relations Manager at Shelburne Farms, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, and thanks for your kind review. Just wanted to clarify that the property is wholly owned by a nonprofit organization, called Shelburne Farms. Hope you can make it back again and discover more of this place and its educational opportunities. Thanks again! More

Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We had a great tour guide who could answer all our questions. I highly recommend that visitors take the tour and also do the cheese tasting. This is also a GRELAT place for kids to learn where their food comes from. Lots of interaction with farm animals and great educational experience.

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ShelFarm, Public Relations Manager at Shelburne Farms, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind review. Happy to surprise you! And we hope you make it back sometime. More

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