Things To Do in Shelburne, VT

Explore Shelburne

Explore Shelburne

Welcome to Shelburne, Vermont – we’re excited to host you at the Heart of the Village Inn, #1 Bed & Breakfast in Shelburne, VT! Our beautiful town has something for everyone, whether you’d rather spend your vacation hitting a museum, enjoying the great outdoors, or eating some seriously good food. From sightseeing to shopping, there are plenty of things to do in Shelburne VT.

Tucked along the shores of spectacular Lake Champlain, the historic town of Shelburne, Vermont is located just a few miles south of Burlington, the state’s largest city. A rich agricultural and farming community, Shelburne delights visitors with its lush landscapes (think stunning fall foliage) as well as its unique attractions, including the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Farms and the Vermont Teddy Bear Company.

Sightseeing, restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries, cideries, meaderies, outdoor activities, shopping, we’ve got it all right here in Shelburne and we are a short walk, or a bike/car ride away from more!

Sightseeing

Travel back in time to historic New England with a visit to the Shelburne Museum. With a steamship, a lighthouse, a blacksmith shop, a print shop, and much more all on the same property, it’s more like five museums in one. Your ticket gets you in for two days, and there’s enough to see that most people spend a full day here.

Ever wanted to run with chickens or milk a goat? Shelburne Farms, another classic stop in town, used to be a summer cottage owned by the Vanderbilt family. In-season (from mid-May to mid-October), they offer Children’s Farmyard activities, cheesemaking tours, guided property tours, and ten miles of walking trails with views of Lake Champlain.

Food & Drinks

We hope you brought your appetite because there’s lot of good eating and drinking to be done in Shelburne. For great diner fare, visit the Dutch Mill. For more of a elegantly eclectic brunch and dinner experience, visit Rustic Roots, where the food is delicious and they’ve got a legendary stacked Bloody Mary. Both Barkeaters and The Bearded Frog offer a cozy setting and some of the best cocktails in town, while Cucina Antica and La Villa both serve up delicious Italian fare. Folino's is hands down one of the best wood-fired thin-crust pizza restaurants you will ever find! And it's BYOB!

For the wine tasting fans out there, head on over to Shelburne Vineyard. $7 gets you a sample most of their wines, and you get to keep the glass. They also offer a chocolate and wine pairing, a cheese and wine pairing, or wines by the glass. And, if you need to work up some thirst before hitting the vineyard, you can take a short hike on Mount Philo, which is only a few minutes away.

If you’re more of a beer drinker, head on over to Fiddlehead Brewery. Even though they don’t sell pints, they do offer free samples of the beers on tap, which you can buy in cans or growlers to take home. Or, better yet, take them over to Folino’s.

Shopping

If you want to get some shopping done, head to the center of town, and start at the Shelburne Country Store. From the moment you walk in, you feel like you’ve hopped into a time machine. Wander through the store, and you’ll discover different sections with almost anything you could imagine, from fudge, chocolates, and penny candy to soaps and lotions. Tucked in the back is a Christmas themed room that’s packed with decorations, ornaments, and stockings.

Take a short walk around the corner and you’ll run into the Flying Pig Bookstore, a cool independent bookshop. There’s also Jamie Two Coats Toy Shop, which is stacked with anything a kid could want, including board games, science kits, and a costume closet. Any foodies out there shouldn’t miss the chance to stop by Chef Contos Kitchen & Store, a shop selling beautiful kitchenware and offering cooking classes on most weekend nights. Check the store calendar for the dates you’ll be in town!

Outdoor Activities

Looking to get outside? There’s no better way to explore Vermont than on a bike. Great Bike Tours gives guided tours starting in Shelburne that include great biking, beautiful scenery, and yummy food. You can also hit Shelburne Bay Park for more biking and hiking (or snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, depending on when you’re in town!). The 104-acre park is dog friendly and has areas for fishing and picnicking. Looking for a more challenging and technical hike? Head over to Mt. Philo just a few miles south of our Inn.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Shelburne during the fall, make a visit to Shelburne Orchards. With breathtaking views and delicious apples, cider, and cider donuts, this place shows off the best of what fall in New England has to offer.

Gorgeous Sunsets

Finally, every great vacation should include a sunset, and your time in Shelburne is no different. Grab the family and head down to Shelburne Town Beach, where you’ll see the sky light up in pinks and blues as the sun dips down into the mountains behind Lake Champlain.

With all of this to explore, there’s no doubt your time in Shelburne will be filled with fun and relaxation. But, if that’s not enough, check out what nearby Burlington, VT has to offer!

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Sightseeing

Explore Shelburne's Attractions

Sightseeing:

  • Shelburne Museum
  • Shelburne Farms
  • Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

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Dining

Restaurants & Cafes:

  • The Bearded Frog
  • Barkeaters
  • Cucina Antica
  • Rustic Roots
  • Village Wine & Coffee Shop
  • Folino's Woodfired Pizza
  • Starry Night Cafe

Breweries & Wineries (near and far):

  • Shelburne Vineyard
  • Fiddlehead Brewing Company
  • Magic Hat Brewery
  • Switchback Brewery
  • Queen City Brewery
  • Zero Gravity Brewery

 

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Shopping

Shopping & Foodie Heaven:

  • Shelburne Country Store
  • Chef Contos Store
  • Jamie Two-Coats' Toy Store
  • Matthew Taylor Craft Jewelry Studio
  • Bijou Fine Chocolate
  • Shelburne Shopping Park (supermarket, drug store, hardware store, ATMs)

 

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Antiques and more

Antique Stores and Art Galleries:

  • Furchgott
  • Chef Contos Store
  • Jamie Two-Coats' Toy Store

 

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Events

Local Events In and Near Shelburne

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Outdoors

Outdoor Activities:

  • Local Trails
  • Lake Champlain Beaches (Shelburne Town Beach is just down the road!)
  • Mt. Philo
  • Camel's Hump

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Scenic Roads

Motorcycles, Bikes, Cars - These Roads Are For Everyone!

Mt Philo Inn Scenic View Courtesy of the Heart of the Village Inn

Hands-down, Vermont is one of the all-time best states for motorcycling. Scenic and unspoiled, it offers more than 14,000 miles of roads and a wide array of motorcycle-friendly routes. Scenic byways, covered bridges, and unpaved dirt paths offer plenty of thrills for bikers. There is plenty of excitement and scenery even if you are driving a car or riding a bicycle!

The Heart of the Village Inn is located in close proximity to many of the state's most exciting motorcycling routes. One of our favorites is a 40- to 50-mile ride between Alburg and Burlington, a road that cuts through the heart of historic Lake Champlain, flanked by the Green Mountains on one side and the Adirondacks on the other side.

Another gem is a 90-mile Burlington to Lake George ride, perfect for those gathering for Americade, the world's largest motorcycle touring rally, held every year in early June. And if you happen to find yourself here without your ride? No problem! BMW motorcycle rentals and an assortment of helmets, gloves and other gear are available at Moto Vermont in South Burlington.

 

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Getting Here

All Roads Lead to Shelburne

The Heart of the Village Inn is located in the heart of historic Shelburne Village, in close proximity to the Shelburne Museum, the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Fiddlehead Brewery, Shelburne Vineyard, and Shelburne Farms. It is accessible by bus from Burlington and Middlebury, and is just off the Lake Champlain Bikeway. We recommend planning your trip online.

From NY/NJ
Take I-87 N (NYS Thruway) toward Albany. Follow I-87 north to Exit 20. Take Rt. 9 to Rt. 149 to Ft Ann, left on Rt. 4 & Rt. 22 to Whitehall, right on Rt. 4 to VT. Take exit for Rt. 22A, exit left on Rt. 22A to Vergennes and then Left on Rt. 7 (north), about 15 miles to Shelburne.

From CT and Western MA
Take I-91 N to I-89 N. Take Exit 13 to Rt. 7 South (Shelburne Rd.) Follow Rt. 7 south for 5 miles through the town of Shelburne.

From Boston
Take I-93 N to I-89 N. Take exit 13 onto Rt. 7 S (Shelburne Rd.) south.  Follow Rt. 7 south for 5 miles through the town of Shelburne.

From Montreal
Take Autoroute 10 E across the Pont Champlain. Continue on 10 E and take exit 22 to merge onto 35 S. Turn left on Rt. 133 S and enter the United States. Continue on I-89 south. Exit at the US Rt. 7 exit and travel south 5 miles on Rt. 7 through the town of Shelburne.

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