The Vermont SheepOver

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall
Tour Length
: 4 Days/3 Nights

If you are a fiber arts enthusiast, this outing is for EWE! Come and learn of the endearing story of Sweet Pea and Friends; Finn, Hayzel, Maisie Grace, Quinn, Prem, Violet and Laddie and how they have become the most followed farm family of friends on Facebook. Experience a day in the life of Sweet Pea as she goes about her chores, even if she has a “bad hay day.” This orphaned lamb really knows how to celebrate with family and friends at a SheepOver.

one sheepYou will meet Farmer John, a/k/a John Churchman at a private book-signing event. John is a juried artist, photographer and author of “Sweet Pea and Friends, The SheepOver.” He’s also Sweet Pea’s very best friend and caretaker!

While you are in Vermont, Sweet Pea wants you to meet her other friends that dye wool, make rugs, knit sweaters and make cheese using goat’s milk. To add to the party atmosphere, visitors will even taste Vermont-made wines and chocolates.

Come and be a part of this exclusive, first ever, warm and fuzzy, fabulous fiber SheepOver. You’ll make new friends, create lasting memories and perhaps be inspired to include a little Sweet Pea love in your next project. 

Day One: 

Arrive in South Burlington, VT at approximately 4:30 pm.  There will be time to relax and refresh before dinner.

Your welcome dinner will be served at an historic Victorian building, just steps away from the hotel.  Relish the tastes as you take in the views of beautiful Lake Champlain and watch the sun set over the magnificent Adirondack Mountains.

Day Two: 

sheep in hatStart the day with breakfast at the hotel.  Then, meet your local guide and weave your way out of the mountains and into Vermont’s Champlain Islands for a day of warm and fuzzy fiber fun.

The route will lead you along the Vermont Quilt Trail, where you will discover some of the 140 hand-painted wooden quilt blocks that dot the landscape in Franklin County. Witness them hanging from porches, houses, businesses and barns.  Make a game of “I Spy” see how many blocks you can spot.

Arrive at the family-run Boston Post Dairy, home to 80 dairy goats and 95 dairy cows. They make a variety of hard and soft award-winning goat and cow milk cheeses including feta and fresh chevre. Watch the cheese making process through the viewing windows in the cheese room.  Visit the retail store where the family sells their cheeses, goat milk soaps, maple syrup and bakery items all made right on the farm. Enjoy the tour and the samples!

Travel across the bridge and onto the Champlain Islands. Only accessible by two bridges or by ferry, Vermont’s islands have been able to maintain a uniquely peaceful and artful way of life. Here you may discover a birdhouse forest, driftwood creations, including a dinosaur; and miniature castles that were lovingly constructed from fieldstones.

Visit the Hero's Welcome General Store in North Hero, which was founded in 1788 by the Revolutionary War heroes from Ethan and Ira Allen's famed Green Mountain Boys. The main store is housed in the original structure, but the property now includes several buildings, a bakery, cafe, post office and general store.  Shop for items that range from gadgets and widgets to books and body care!

Arrive for lunch at the shoreside, North Hero House Inn and Restaurant, which first opened in 1891. Referred to as a jewel in the crown of Vermont’s islands, this historic property affords breathtaking views of Lake Champlain and the surrounding mountains. Savor the flavors of seasonal Vermont farm-fresh ingredients, including locally and on-site grown produce, locally raised beef and Maine seafood.

In a beautifully restored 1797 farmhouse, Grand Isle Art Works showcases the work of more than 75 Vermont artisans. Take time to explore the quirky rooms that provide the perfect setting to display everything, from jewelry, paintings, stained glass, hand-turned bowls and spinning tools.  Be certain to notice the hand-dyed yarns made with wool from the angora goats and alpacas that live at the Grand Isle Art Works owners’ Yellow Dog Farm.

During your visit, witness a demonstration of the art of spinning, and then see how the wool morphs from shearing to skein. You may even see Luigi the goat, and his goat and alpaca pals frolicking in the fields at the gallery.

Snow Farm Vineyard and Winery began as the owners’ dream to keep their land in use for agriculture. With its location on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain, the farm's microclimate provides a growing season identical to that in Burgundy, France. Learn the story of their “cool climate” varietals, have a taste of the farm's award-winning wines, and learn about the process from grape to glass during a tour of the processing area.

After the tasting, your host will join you on the coach for a tour of the property.  She will share the story of gardener Harry Barber and his amazing stone castles, and you’ll witness the stone castles that remain on the property.

Board the coach and travel back to the “mainland.”  Return to the hotel and say goodbye to your guide.  Enjoy time to relax and refresh before dinner.

A short drive on the coach will take you to dinner.  Genuine hospitality and deep-down, soul-satisfying, tasty goodness is on the menu!

After dinner, Stephanie Allen-Krauss, award-winning rug hooker and custom dyeing specialist, will join you in a private room at the hotel. Learn unique skills and special techniques. Witness a hands-on demonstration and engage in an Ask the Artist session.

Day Three: 

After breakfast at the hotel, board the coach and travel into historic Shelburne Village.

Your first stop is at the birthplace of some of America’s most lovable bears, the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. Tour the factory and visit the Bear Shop or grab a snack in the Bear Cafe.

Arrive at the Shelburne Museum for a private tour of coverlets and 18th and 19th Century American quilts. These quilts form the largest and finest museum collection in the country and are known internationally for their exceptional artistic quality. The collection features masterpieces from New England, the mid-Atlantic, the Midwest and the South. Styles include album, Amish, appliqué, chintz, crazy, pieced, white work and whole cloth. Also on view is a rotating exhibition of hooked rugs. Most of the pieces were produced in New England in the 10th Century. The museum's textile collection also includes a large group of samplers.

Enjoy lunch on your own in Shelburne Village.

Take a trip down memory lane at the Shelburne Country Store.  You’ll find all of your old favorites and lots of wonderful handcrafted gifts at this original 1859 Vermont country store.  There's also melt-in-your-mouth fudge, penny candy and toys for children of all ages.

Right next door you’ll find Stitched, a fabric shop, offering 1,200 square feet filled with designer fabrics, batting, books, kits and notions.  From black and white to bold and bright, find a fabric to inspire your next project.

Located in Williston, Rags & Riches Fabrics is one of the largest decorative fabric outlets of its kind on the East Coast.  The 12,000-plus-square-foot store features fabric from designers such as Robert Allen, Kravet, Duralee, Fabricut, JAB, Ralph Lauren and many others.  The store also carries a huge selection of trims, from tassels to braids, pom-poms, fringes and more.

Next, travel to the Church Street Marketplace, an outdoor pedestrian mall in the heart of downtown Burlington.  Enjoy some time exploring the Marketplace, which offers an eclectic mix of shopping from unique boutiques to national retailers, including L.L. Bean.

Your farewell dinner will be served at a good old-fashioned seafood restaurant, where the original thick wood beams glisten with more than 200 years of waterfront wear.  Treat your palette to the freshest seafood while you enjoy a sweeping view of the Lake Champlain harbor.

sheep with dogsReturn to the hotel for tonight's very special, private Book Signing and Meet the Artist event.  Say hello to John Churchman, aka Farmer John, renowned artist, photographer and creative force behind the book “Sweet Pea & Friends: The SheepOver.”

Listen to John’s endearing stories about his picture book farm where he resides with wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Gabrielle. Learn how bottle-fed lambs took over his greenhouse and hosted a Sweet Pea birthday party. Witness the natural instincts of John’s border collies as they both nurture the lambs and herd the flock. Discover how John’s whimsical tales and brilliant images have brought to life the story of an adorable, orphaned lamb and how her spirit, her hay-dos and her party hats have brought smiles to fans of all ages both near and far.

Day Four: 

Enjoy your goodbye breakfast in Vermont, pack your bags and prepare to depart for home.  With a lunch and comfort stops along the way, you will arrive in Peterborough by late afternoon.

Details

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall
Tour Length
: 4 Days/3 Nights

Your Package Includes:

  • 3 Nights accommodation
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 3 Dinners
  • Travel along the Vermont Quilt Trail
  • Visit to Boston Post Dairy with cheese sampling
  • Stop at Hero’s Welcome
  • Visit to the Grand Isle Art Works
  • Angora goat wool spinning demonstration
  • Tour and taste at Snow Farm Vineyard
  • “Stone castle” viewing
  • Rug hooking demonstration with Stephanie Allen-Krauss
  • Admission to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
  • Admission and private tour at Shelburne Museum
  • Stop at the Shelburne Country Store
  • Stop at Stitched, a fabric store
  • Time to shop at Rags & Riches fabric outlet
  • Free time at the Church Street Marketplace, including L.L. Bean
  • Meet the Artist and Book Signing Event with John Churchman
  • Local, step-on guide for one day
  • Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Accommodations and breakfasts for the coach driver
  • Taxes and gratuities (NOTE: Gratuity for the step-on guide or motor coach driver is not included and is at your discretion based on service.)

Pricing Information:

  • Please call us for Custom Quotes at 802-881-0661

OPTION:  Add a little extra fun to your trip. Offer a contest to create a Sweet Pea image in any medium. Entries from your group will be presented to author John Churchman during the book-signing event, and the winner will receive a set of Sweet Pea note cards!