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Inn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, Vermont

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Inn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

Hotel Kids’ Program: From mid-May to mid-October, the Farm Barn—populated by cows, goats, horses, chickens, and rabbits and staffed by farm educators—offers hands-on activities, such as milking cows and goats, brushing the horses and bunnies, collecting eggs, cleaning wool, and helping supervise the “chicken parade,” when the birds are let outside to roam or are brought back in. The programs are free; rooms for four start at $255.

Setting: Shelburne Farms was founded in 1886 by doctor-turned-financier W. Seward Webb and his wife, Lila Vanderbilt Webb, by combining the land of 30 area farms on the shores of Lake Champlain. Today it’s a nonprofit environmental education center, working farm, and National Historic Landmark. The spectacular lakeside inn is the couple’s former home.

For the Whole Family: Visit the farm’s dairy, then head to the Farm Barn to watch cheesemakers transform milk from the herd’s 125 registered Brown Swiss cows into award-winning artisanal cheddar cheeses, which are sold on the spot.

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