Shelburne's Hidden Gems: A Perfect Day Trip from The Loft at The High Meadows

Escape the ordinary and discover the charm of Shelburne, Vermont, on a day trip filled with natural beauty, culinary delights, and cultural immersion. Nestled centrally to Stowe, Burlington, and Lake Champlain, The Loft at The High Meadows in Richmond serves as the perfect home base for exploring this hidden gem.

Kickstart Your Adventure with a Gourmet Picnic

Begin your Shelburne escapade by grabbing a gourmet picnic lunch from the renowned Shelburne Market. This local favorite is a treasure trove of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, artisanal cheeses, and delectable baked goods. But the real stars of the show are their mouthwatering sandwiches, each a masterpiece of flavor and creativity. Choose your favorite and follow the locals' lead - the trailhead to LaPlatte Nature Park is literally right behind the market!

LaPlatte Nature Park: A Nature Lover's Paradise

Embrace the convenience of this hidden entrance and step into the sprawling 145 acres of LaPlatte Nature Park. Find a picturesque spot by the serene LaPlatte River, amidst lush meadows, or under the canopy of enchanting forests. Unpack your tasty lunch and savor every bite while surrounded by the tranquil sounds of nature.

After your delightful lunch, embark on a scenic hike along the park's well-maintained trails. Meander through diverse terrain, from gentle paths to more challenging slopes, all while taking in breathtaking views of the LaPlatte River and Shelburne Falls. Keep your eyes peeled for vibrant wildflowers, listen for the melodious chirping of birds, and breathe in the fresh air as you immerse yourself in nature's embrace.

Shelburne Museum: A Journey Through American Art and History

Literally a 3-minute drive from LaPlatte Nature Park lies the renowned Shelburne Museum, a captivating destination for art enthusiasts and history buffs alike. With 39 exhibition buildings showcasing American folk and decorative arts, as well as a collection of historic structures, the museum offers a unique window into the country's rich cultural heritage.

Wander through galleries filled with paintings, sculptures, quilts, furniture, and countless other treasures. Explore the meticulously restored buildings, each with its own fascinating story to tell. The Shelburne Museum is a true testament to American ingenuity and creativity, and a must-visit for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the nation's past.

A Toast to Adventure at The Stone Corral

As you make your way back to Richmond, be sure to stop at The Stone Corral, a local favorite known for its hearty cuisine and wide selection of craft beers. Indulge in a delicious dinner paired with a refreshing brew, and recount the day's adventures with your travel companions. The warm and inviting atmosphere of The Stone Corral is the perfect way to end your Shelburne exploration.

Need a Place to Stay?

Consider The Loft at The High Meadows in Richmond, VT, your home base for exploring the magic of Shelburne and the surrounding area. Centrally located to Stowe, Burlington, and Lake Champlain, this cozy retreat offers stunning views, peaceful surroundings, and easy access to all the attractions that make Vermont a truly unforgettable destination. Book your getaway today and experience the perfect blend of relaxation and exploration!