We stayed at the beautiful Willard Street Inn in Burlington, which was originally built as a residence for the state senator in 1881. It was restored and renovated as an inn in 1996, and is currently recognized as a Green Hotel by the state of Vermont.
Basically, everything inside and outside is gorgeous. While wandering around the grounds, we met one of the owners, Larry Davis, and we had a nice chat about the inn and the backyard veggie garden – some of which went into our breakfast. The breakfast was yum yum, and was made with lots of local ingredients ... butter, maple syrup, baby greens, and bacon.
Then we spent some time at Shelburne Farms, which is "a nonprofit education center for sustainability, 1,400-acre working farm, and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont" (wikipedia). It was built in 1886 by one of the Vanderbilts and her husband as a "model agricultural estate."
Enough about the history – on to the animal pictures!
|Delaware, a 5-year-old Brown Swiss cow|
|Mountains everywhere! (as seen from Lone Tree Hill at Shelburne Farms)|
Shelburne Farms makes hand-crafted, raw-milk cheese on site (sorry, I didn't take any pictures) using fresh milk from their Brown Swiss cows. There were lots of samples of their award-winning cheeses for visitors to try. We nibbled on some 1, 2, 3-year-old, 9-month, and smoked cheddar. They were all super tasty but the smoked was my favourite.
Having heard about the delicious (and legal) raw milk in Vermont, my husband was hankering to try some. We made the short drive to Family Cow Farmstand in Hinesburg, Vermont's first certified raw-milk dairy, and picked up our pre-ordered bottle of raw milk from their self-serve farmstand. We hadn't eaten lunch that day, so we munched on some local pepperettes and cheese, and guzzled our newly acquired milk to carry us through to dinner.
The rest of the trip involved eating at some great restaurants (notably The Farmhouse), exploring Burlington and Stowe, and doing some shopping – so no more exciting pictures. Oh, except for this one:
I rode a horse! Suzy Q was a real sweetie and took it easy on me.
It was such a wonderful trip; the local food was amazing, the animals were fuzzy, the people were lovely, and the scenery was beautiful. We're definitely planning on going back soon.
|Boardwalk swing at the marina in Burlington|