What to do this Fall in Shelburne, Vermont
Not only is Shelburne the perfect place to run a business, it’s a great place to spend the day, getting to know Vermont, eating delicious food and having fun. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite events happening in and around Shelburne this fall.
Shelburne Farms 36th Annual Harvest Fest, Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This day-long festival features music, storytelling, hands-on activities for children, traditional craft demonstrations and educational exhibitions. There will be a hay bale maze, plus horse-drawn hay rides and access to this incredible property right on Lake Champlain.
Shelburne Farmers’ Market, Saturdays through October 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the green in Shelburne Center
Eat, catch-up and shop at one of our favorite farmers’ markets in the area. Sample produce, specialty foods, arts and crafts, and music. Some vendors to look out for: O Bread Bakery, Norris Berry Farm, Vermont Pickle, Rookie’s Root Beer, Craig’s Premium Ice Cream, Cucina Antica and Shelburne Farms Cheeses.
House and Formal Gardens Tea Tour, Inn at Shelburne Farms, select Tuesdays and Thursdays in September
Take this hour-plus-long tour of the gorgeous Inn, its grounds and gardens then enjoy a relaxing tea with the best view of Lake Champlain. The Inn was built as the 19th-century country home of Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb and was restored in 1987. It maintains its historic beauty and offers a glimpse back in time. If you’re lucky, snag one of the Inn’s rooms and enjoy a traditional dinner of Cavendish Quail at the restaurant.
Yes, it’s already apple picking, pie and cider season. Shelburne Orchards is open every day through October for apple picking. Right now, they’ve got Macintosh and sweet Ginger Golds, plus delicious jewel-toned Somerset grapes. Here’s a tip for your visit: Pick and pay for an extra bag of apples and leave them at the Orchard. The Vermont Foodbank, in partnership with the Agency of Agriculture, will pick up the apples to distribute throughout Vermont.
13th Annual Small Farms Food Fest at Shelburne Orchards, Sunday, September 14 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It’s festival season in Vermont. There will be Vermont farmers and food producers on site all day showcasing their specialties, plus live music, face painting, tractor rides, rope making, circus arts, apple prints, hula hooping and more! Come early as this delicious festival draws large crowds.
13th Annual Pie Fest & Cider House Run hosted by Shelburne Health & Fitness and Shelburne Orchards, Sunday, September 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pre-register now to enter your best double-crust apple pie in the Pie Fest. Then, put on your running shoes for the Cider House Run, a family-friendly two- or four-mile run through the orchard. The registration fee includes a bag for Pick Your Own apples.
New Exhibition at the Shelburne Museum—Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War, Opening September 20
In partnership with the American Textile History Museum, and celebrating the coming 150th-anniversary of the Civil War, the Shelburne Museum will showcase quilts from the period of the American Civil War. If you can’t wait until September 20, there is the museum’s always-impressive collection of American art.
Wine Tasting at Shelburne Vineyard, open daily
Taste from a selection of our current wines, including the award-winning La Crescent, and keep your wine glass to add to your collection.
Take a Cooking Class with Chef Courtney Contos, Ongoing
Classes fill up fast at this kitchen store and specialty food shop with local celebrity chef and food expert Courtney Contos. There are still a few spaces left for her October classes. Check out her calendar here.
As you can see, Shelburne is a vibrant and active community that attracts food lovers and producers, farmers, art lovers, artists and anyone with an eye for beauty and appreciating nature. We feel lucky to call this special place home and look forward to welcoming you to the Vermont Artisan Village once we open our doors in early 2015. In the meantime, check out these fun events and get to know our future neighborhood.