Shelburne Vermont sits just south of Burlington VT and offers dozens of homes, farms, and land options within the town’s 43 square miles not readily available in Burlington proper. Shelburne, along with Hinesburg, Charlotte, Williston and St. George, is part of the Champlain Valley High School District, which many feel is the best high school in Chittenden County. If you’re looking for carefree homeownership, the Gardenside condos are well designed, in a quiet location bordering a nature preserve, and offer 3 floors of living space. It’s not uncommon to find brick Georgian farm houses from the 1800s on a nice parcel of land in Shelburne.
The town hosts the famous Shelburne Museum, which offers a wide assortment of American folk art and European fine art including the Electra Webb collection of Impressionist paintings by Degas, Monet, and others. The museum’s collection is scattered among the three dozens buildings including a jail, lighthouse, a 19th century meeting house, several homes representing the architecture styles from the 1700s to the 1950s, and even the 220-foot paddle steamboat Ticonderoga–a National Historic Landmark.
Shelburne Farms is also a National Historic Landmark. Shelburne Farms was created in 1886 by William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb, and designed by architect Robert Robertson and landscape architect Frederick Olmsted as a model agricultural estate. Today, cheddar cheese, maple syrup, ham, and wine are all produced and sold at the farm using organic farming practices. Shelburne Farms also manages around 400 acres of woodlands and received Green Certification from the Rainforest Alliance and the National Wildlife Federation for its sustainable forest-management practices.
If you head south from the Shelburne Museum, you’ll hit Shelburne Vineyards and then the Vermont Teddy Bear Company. Shelburne Vineyards has won numerous awards for its wines and uses organic-certified grapes it grows on site. The Vermont Teddy Bear Company hosts tours of its factory in Shelburne during the summer from 9:30 to 5 and in the winter from 10:00 to 4:00 daily. The tour lasts about an hour, includes the Vermont Teddy Bear Hospital, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vermont.