You will depart this morning with your Notch Above Guide and travel south to the Village of Shelburne. Your day will start at the whimsical Vermont Terry Bear Factory, birthplace of some of America’s most lovable bears. During the tour you’ll see bears being made, bears being cared for in the bear hospital, and bears for sale in the bear shop. You can even make your own bear!
Discover treasures from America’s past at the Shelburne Museum, described as one of the world’s great museums of American folk art, artifacts and architecture. The Museum’s founder, Electra Havemeyer Webb, was a pioneer collector of Americana and American folk art. Explore 37 exhibit buildings, stroll through 45 scenic acres, and discover 80,000 pieces of Americana including the most important collection of wildfowl decoys in the world, an outstanding collection of quilts, coverlets and hooked rugs and over 200 horse drawn vehicles. See the 220-foot side-wheel steamboat, the Ticonderoga that is a National Historic Landmark.
Witness still more of the lives of the historic rich and famous with a drive-through tour at Shelburne Farms. A National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain, Shelburne Farms was created in 1886 by Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb as a model agricultural estate. The 400-acre estate is home to a herd of 125 purebred, registered Brown Swiss cows, the Inn and Restaurant, originally the 19th century home of Seward and Webb, a cheese making facility, bake shop, gift shop and educational center.
Here is your chance to explore Burlington with a driving tour of this historic city. (A shopping shuttle will be available on Saturday.) As the largest city in Vermont (40,000 people) Burlington offers the sophistication and conveniences of a larger metropolitan area and the comfort and feel of a small town. You will travel past the campus of the University of Vermont, founded by Ira Allen in 1793. The city’s prosperous growth in the 1800’s is reflected in the handsome mansions that slope eastward from the lakeshore to the hill section. You will drive by Burlington’s harbor, once home to a thriving logging industry and see Church Street Marketplace, an historic district that has become a pedestrian mall.
Your Notch Above guide will introduce you to the homestead of Vermont’s famous Revolutionary War hero. See Ethan Allen’s home overlooking the Winooski River. Learn about life on the Vermont frontier and discover clues in the landscape to 5,000 years of human residence.