Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Vermont Views

The Shelburne Estate Main Residence -- now The Inn  (credit: Marshall Webb)
Lake Champlain shoreline.

Two weekends ago, my mother and I

went to Burlington,Vermont 
to visit my daughter at college.
Have you been to the area?
(It takes your breath away.... stunning.)

The Farm Barn (credit: Oprah Moore)

While there I took my mother to see
Shelburne Farm 
-- a stunning 1,400 acre
historic farm built in 1886 
by Dr. William Seward and his wife, 
Lila Vanderbuilt Web.

Their original farm was created as a model
agricultural estate sitting on 3,800 acres 
along the shoreline of 
Lake Champlain, Vermont.

The Coach Barn (credit: Stephen Straub)

Frederick Law Olmstead Sr. was the landscape architect 
for the grounds and Robert H. Robertson was the architect 
of the residence and four major barns.

The estate is now a non-profit working farm 
that provides conservation education 
to students and the community in
which it resides. In 2001 it became 
a National Historic Landmark ... and rightly so!

The property has a main estate house
(now an inn where you can stay) 
and several barns --- the main one ---
my favorite, I know, shocking right?

Pastoral scene: Shelburne Farms, one of the stops on the Vermont Cheese Trail, makes cheese from the milk of its Brown Swiss cows, but the working farm keeps
sheep for a petting zoo and shearing demonstrations.
Sheep grazing in the fields above the main barn. (credit: USAToday)

These photos do not do it justice.
It is simply breath-taking  ---
with the shoreline of Lake Champlain,
the Green Mountains of Vermont,
and the Adirondack mountains across the lake
all add up to make this place 
simply heavenly! 

Mount Mansfield in the distance at Stowe.

The formal gardens along the lakefront (credit:

Sailboat in the waters with the Adirondack mountains in New York as a backdrop.

The Brown Swiss dairy cows that graze the fields at Shelburne.   (Credit:

Have you been to this wonderful place?
If not, make it a point to see it someday.
You will not be sorry!

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(Note: all photos were taken by me unless caption credited)

UPDATE on the 

A couple posts ago I commented on my
frustrations with Blogger's Feedburner
and that it was not delivering emailed posts
to my subscribers. Well, I am happy to say that
the problem was resolved!

Apparently, Feedburner was abandoned by Blogger
and thank goodness, a fellow blogger out there
shared this with her readers which I happened to stumble
upon through a web search. Thank you, Jane Friedman wherever you are!  Here is the link to her post in case it helps you as well. LINK

I decided to upload BlogLovin' and they picked up the slack
and automatically resumed the email list my blog had and
they are now sending the emailed posts to my subscribers.


martinealison said...


Je suis époustouflée par l'ensemble de vos merveilleuses photos.
Un lieu extraordinaire... une belle invitation.

Je ne connais pas cet endroit sublime. Je connais le Maine, Poland et ses environs... Berlin...

Gros bisous à vous.

Divine Theatre said...

Wow. Just. Wow.
As an aside, it must be really rough to have your beautiful daughter so far away from you?!

Missed you!



Rebecca said...

Your photos are the closest I've been to Vermont. It is DEFINITELY on my bucket list!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

We love Vermont also! How does your daughter like Burlington? That is a great area with lots to do.

MarmePurl said...

What a barn. Magnificent.
I have been to northern Vermont in the winter, but must now must make a return visit. Shelburne looks like a most interesting and beautiful place to learn and simply experience. Many, Many thanks for sharing.

therelishedroost said...

When we would visit Lake Placid , our favorite day trip was to take the ferry across Lake Champlain.. What great memories! These images are simply gorgeous!

The enchanted home said...

So gorgeous Alison! I have been and LOVE Vermont. In fact was supposed to go on Sat. but the forecast isn't good so we may have to change the plans or postpone the visit:( It is such a truly majestic part of our country.....and it is simply spectacular in fall!

The enchanted home said...

So gorgeous Alison! I have been and LOVE Vermont. In fact was supposed to go on Sat. but the forecast isn't good so we may have to change the plans or postpone the visit:( It is such a truly majestic part of our country.....and it is simply spectacular in fall!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Alison, I have been to the Inn and the Farms and they are both magnificent!!!!! The first time I was very pregnant--and it was 100 degrees--so I plopped into that gorgeous lake and floated in the ice cold water. That kid became an NCAA champion swimmer! I'm so excited--I'm heading back there next week with my Mom. Thanks for the gorgeous photos. Linda

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I have not been to Vermont but these phots make me want to book a trip today! I love it

Pura Vida said...

one of my favorite trips in the whole world!

Nan Parker said...

Hi Alison,
Oh my goodness; I lived just 3 miles from Shelburne Farms and just a little over 3 years ago, my husband and I moved to the Austin, TX area to be near twin grandbabies. I'm a graduate of Champlain College and my son graduated from UVM. We miss Vermont terribly, but are fortunate that we have a lake cottage on beautiful Lake Dunmore, 7 miles south of Middlebury. I was thrilled to see your post and photos. Isn't it just breathtakingly beautiful! Thanks for sharing ~ . Nan

michele said...

ahhhhh the sweet dairy cows. aren't they spectacular? never visited this area, and how wonderful you have the best excuse now!


Karena said...

Alison so bucolic,so calming to see this wonderfully pastoral setting!

Art by Karena

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

As you stated...just heavenly!...I have been to Maine but did not make it to Vermont...on my bucket enjoyed seeing the magnificent beauty of the area!...

Karen said...

What an incredible site. There are so many states in the eastern quadrant of the nation that are on my list. This one was added. Thanks for the preview of what one can expect to see. Wow.

Calypso In The Country said...

Stunning photos, Alison! We love going to Vermont and spend most of our time in the Killington area (south of where you were). I have to make a trip up to Shelburne one of these days - so beautiful! Enjoy your weekend!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Gorgeous photos, Alison!!

Poppy said...

Hi Alison,

So nice to meet you!

Vermont is definitely one of the world's beautiful places, for its pretty pastoral landscapes, wildlife and charming homes and gardens. I hope to see it in person one day and regret not doing so when I was in the New England states over 26 years ago on a trip to Rhode Island!

Thanks for your lovely comment on my guest post at Kim's on Friday!