The Heart of the Village Inn is the perfect place to start enjoying the great outdoors in the Lake Champlain region. We will be happy to provide you with recommendations, directions, trail maps, and snacks for your chosen adventure. So what are you waiting for... book your room at our Inn and start your adventure now!
From a leisurely stroll at Shelburne Farms to an invigorating hike up Mount Philo, the Shelburne area offers a selection of walks & hikes to suit all tastes and levels of ability.
We can provide you with maps and directions. For hikes in the nearby towns of Ferrisburgh, Vergennes, and Hinesburg, please consult this excellent article.
Shelburne Bay Park: This 93-acre park offers a variety of hiking choices. Located just 0.7 miles away from the Inn is the beginning of the Ti-Haul Trail. Its summit hosts early spring wildflowers and the chestnut oak, an uncommon tree in Vermont.
Shelburne Farms: Located 1.6 miles from our Inn, Shelburne Farms offers several year-round countryside footpaths totalling 8 miles. All walkers must first check in at the Welcome Center for trail conditions and to pay the $8 general admission fee. See your Innkeepers for a copy of the trail map (at right).
Shelburne LaPlatte Natural Area: A mowed trail loops through the meadows adjacent to the Shelburne Post Office. Please park on LaPlatte Circle, not at the post office.
Mt. Philo State Park: Located eight miles from the Inn, this invigorating hike allows you to explore the 168-acre park located atop Mt. Philo (968' elevation). With breathtaking views of Lake Champlain and New York's Adirondack Mountains beyond, this park is a favorite of hikers, picknickers, and nature lovers. This hike takes about two hours, out and back. See your Innkeeper for a trail map.
Shelburne Pond: A one-mile marked trail is home to many varieties of spring wildflowers. So close to the bustle of Burlington, the 1,046 conserved acres of pond, wetland and upland host an impressive diversity of habitats.
The Heart of the Village Inn is the perfect place to start your bike ride. Bring your own bike or rent one in Burlington (we'll tell you how). We have loop rides heading off in all directions, with enough choices to last you a week or two!
Bicycling Magazine recently rated Burlington as one of the top six cycling cities in the nation... quite an accolade. Come and see for yourself what the buzz is all about. What's more, last month the U.S. Triathlon championships were held in this region, and the Shelburne area was chosen for the cycling leg (so to speak) of the competition. But it doesn't all have to be so hard core... let us direct you to a few mellow bike trails in the region, or to the most excellent 12-mile bike path along the waterfront in Burlington.
Lake Champlain is the largest lake in the United States after the five Great Lakes. Separating New York from Vermont, this 120-mile-long lake provides ample opportunities for enjoying activities on the water (through the end of October). If you have your own boat--even better. We'll send you down to the public boat ramp (2.3 miles from the Inn) where you can enjoy the protected waters of Shelburne Bay or head out into Lake Champlain proper. If you wish to stay in the calmer Shelburne Bay, we'll loan you our laminated guide on the "interpretive water trail." Alternatively we'll send you for a flatwater paddle up the LaPlatte River in the direction of the falls.
If you didn't bring your own boat, no worries, we have compiled a list of activities just for you... see all the details below.
Canoe & Kayak Rental on Lake Champlain
Waterfront Boat Rentals (canoes, kayaks, double kayaks, 17-foot motorboats). 7 days a week, 10 am to dusk. Located at Perkins Pier,
Cruises on Lake Champlain
Northern Lights, 115-ft-long cruise boat seating 149 passengers. Scenic & dinner cruises. Tel. 802-864-9669. June 10 through October 10, 2011.
Spirit of Ethan Allen, 140-ft-long cruise ship and floating restaurant seating 424 passengers. Tel. 802-862-8300.
Sailboat Rides on Lake Champlain
Sailing Vessel Friend Ship (41 ft. sailing sloop) departs three times a day for a two-hour sail. Up to 12 people. Whistling Man Schooner Co. Tel. 802-598-6504. Mid May through October 15.
www.vermontsailing.com (Hunter 29.5), day-sails,sunset cruises, and bareboat charters (two hours, $35/person ($25/ child), with captain). Boat holds 8 people. Departs from the Burlington Boathouse. Operated by Let’s Go Sailing. Tel. 802-735-4165.
5347 Shelburne Road • Shelburne, VT 05482