Shelburne Vermont Wedding Photography
Have you ever driven through a town and thought to yourself, “Man, I could live here.”? If there is one place in Vermont that elicits this feeling of nostalgia, it would be the town of Shelburne. One visit to this small town, located just a few miles south of Burlington, and you feel as though you have stepped back in time. With a population of approximately 7,000, Shelburne has that modern, old town feel.
As you approach the town of Shelburne from the North, the first thing to catch your eye is the Shelburne Country Store. True to its original 1859 roots, this unique 7 room country store sells penny candy, homemade fudge, and various Vermont products. While the Shelburne Country Store is certainly a destination for visitors traveling through Vermont, the locals also frequent the store. As soon as the last snowflake has melted, the line begins for the much sought after maple creemee, a staple of Vermont life.
If you are visiting the Shelburne Country store with children, you will want to walk across the street to the local toy Store, Jamie Two Coats. Located in the old town library, this toy store is full to the brim with amazing toys and gifts. Unlike the modern bigger toy stores, Jamie Two Coats is full of high quality and original toys. The architecture of the building adds to the fun of visiting this store, as you peruse the different themed rooms, including a small room dedicated to dress-up. If you’ve forgotten a dress for the flower girl in your life, this is the place to stop.
Saturday mornings during the summer and fall months in the town of Shelburne are a special time. From 9 am – 1 pm, the town is full of small children, people on their bikes, and those walking into town for the weekly Shelburne Farmers Market. This is not simply a place to pick up your summer produce, although that is certainly a good idea! Rather, the community gathers to visit the many vendors and to celebrate the warmer months in Vermont. While eating fresh wood-fired pizza, you can peruse the various tents that house artists, bakers, ice cream makers, and the such.
Don’t fret if you miss the Shelburne Farmers Market. Take a quick ride over to Bread and Butter Farm for your bread, butter, and coffee needs! Yes, you read that right. The farm store at Bread and Butter Farm supplies you with milk, eggs, butter, meat, produce, and a beautiful selection of homemade breads, pastries, and freshly brewed coffee. Friday evenings during the summer season are a wonderful time to visit the farm and experience what the locals know as “Burger Night”.
Shelburne Vermont Wedding Locations
Some of the most beautiful places to marry are located in Shelburne, Vermont. Shelburne Farms, a non-profit working farm dedicated to conservation education, is a gorgeous property on the shores of Lake Champlain. Spread over 1,400 rolling acres of farmland, forest, and walking trails, the property became a national historic landmark 2001. Located on the Shelburne Farms property is the breathtaking Inn at Shelburne Farms. A former summer cottage of the Vanderbilt-Webb family, this 24 room Victorian Inn is rich in history with over 75% of the furnishings and fixtures original or of the period. The setting is serene and you almost have to pinch yourself as you sip a cocktail in the perfectly placed Adirondack chairs overlooking the lake. While the Inn at Shelburne Farms is suitable for smaller, more intimate weddings and events, the Coach Barn is an ideal choice for larger parties.
Nothing says Vermont like the classic covered bridge and you can have this experience at the Shelburne Museum. The Shelburne Museum spans over 45 acres and is comprised of 39 beautifully historic buildings, many of which were relocated to the property. One such relocated structure is the rare two-lane covered bridge that once sat over the Lamoille River in Cambridge, Vermont. Moved to the museum in 1949, visitors are often seen walking through this historical piece of art. Weddings have been held at the museum for some time now, although the newly built Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education has expanded the museums capacity as it is open year-round.
While Shelburne Farms and Shelburne Museum are well known attractions, there is an equally beautiful and serene spot in Shelburne. Unknown to even some of the locals, All Souls Interfaith Gathering is its own little hidden gem. One would be hard pressed to find a more gorgeous location for photographs than All Souls. Overlooking rolling hills that lead to Lake Champlain, the panoramic views are spectacular. Built in 1999, the All Souls building is equally beautiful. The sanctuary has wall to wall windows and although you are inside, the connection to nature is palpable.
Most guests who visit Shelburne stay in the downtown Burlington area. However, there are a couple of wonderful lodging options in Shelburne. In addition to the Inn at Shelburne Farms, The Heart of the Village Inn is located a stone’s throw from downtown Shelburne and nearly across the street from the Shelburne Museum. This boutique bed and breakfast is situated in an 1886 Queen Anne Victorian. With 9 total rooms, the inn does not disappoint when it comes to attention to detail and customer service.
If you are staying at The heart of the Village Inn, you can easily walk to a few of the wonderful dining options in Shelburne. The Bearded Frog, located in what was once the historic Shelburne Inn, offers eclectic and original fare with a Vermont twist. Also within walking distance from the village is Taverna Khione, the areas only authentic Greek restaurant. For breakfast, don’t miss the intimate farm to table restaurant Rustic Roots. Finally, for the best pizza around, visit Folino’s Wood Fired Pizza. While you are there, grab a growler at Fiddlehead Brewing company, conveniently located right next door. If beer is not your taste, walk across the street to Shelburne Vineyard and taste some of their award winning wines.
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