Shelburne Farms: A Local Treasure With a Mission

We are blessed by having amazing people, places and
businesses all around Swift House Inn in Middlebury, VT that care about our
community and the beauty that surrounds us. Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT
is one special place in particular that is worth highlighting whether you live
here or will be visiting us soon! This incredible place is actually a 1,400-acre
working farm and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain.
They care about the sustainability, the quality of life on earth and making
sure our young people have hope for the future.
There is so much going on at the farm all year but summer is
a great time to take in some specific activities and events. If you are up for
some outdoor adventures, you can explore over 10 miles of walking trails that are
open year-round. There are fantastic activities and programs all throughout the
year on farming, natural resources, historic preservation and more. The
following are just a few of the highlights this summer should you be in the
area and are looking for a great place to visit!
Tea & Formal
Gardens Tour
– On various dates throughout the summer, get a special inside
peek at the luxurious cottage-style gardens and then enjoy a wonderful
afternoon tea complete with delicious sweets and other goodies in the tea room.
Edible Forest Gardens
and Commercial Food Forestry Workshop
with Eric Toensmeier – This is a
unique two-day event on June 28-29, 2014.
Vermont Symphony
Festival Tour
– This spectacular group of musicians makes a stop at the
farm on July 4, 2014 for an evening titled “Let’s Dance!” Picnic on the lawn
and then get ready for some toe-tapping music, which will then finish off with
a fantastic fireworks display.
Sun to Cheese Tour
– This will be an extremely interesting behind the scenes look into cheese
making. After the tour will be some tastings with the cheese makers
themselves.  Taking place July 9, 2014.
Shore Explore
On July 19, 2014 you can wade along the shoreline of the farm with two expert
naturalists who will teach you about the geological story of the Champlain
Valley.
Farm to Table Dinners
– Meet new friends in your community during this unique outdoor, family-style
dinner. Executive chef David Hugo will create an unforgettable meal and you
will learn how to creatively get food from your farm to the table—July 26,
2014.
18th Annual Vermont
Fresh Network Forum
– On August 3, 2014, over 20 of Vermont’s finest chefs
along with local farmers will put on a dinner like no other featuring local
products grown and raised—this is one sensational meal you won’t want to miss!
You can find more details about all of these events on their
website. If
you will be visiting our beautiful area, we would love to see you at Swift House Inn—our bed and breakfast
in Middlebury, VT is just over a half-hour away from Shelburne Farms. After a
day of eating, playing, tea, music or workshops you can come “home” to our
classic and elegant country inn. Whether you are here for one night, a weekend
getaway or longer we can find a place to suit your needs. View our
accommodations online, pick your favorite and call us today at (866) 388-9925
for reservation information. See you soon!

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