After David and I arrived in Burlington, we took a day trip south to Shelburne. All the smaller towns in Vermont have rural character, but Shelburne made me feel like I could let out a breath I didn’t even know I was holding. It was some of the prettiest back country I have ever seen. Our first stop was Shelburne Farms, a massive property on Lake Champlain. We tasted the variety of their cheddar cheeses (I love cheddar!) and then walked to the barn. I got to milk a cow, which I hadn’t done since I was a child!
I came a little unprepared to walk, so we hopped back in our car to see the rest. We drove up to the inn, which was absolutely stunning and has been added to my list of “Places to Stay Someday.” After a short drive around the property, we headed to Shelburne Orchards for hot cider and donuts. While we didn’t pick apples, we did enjoy the goods on the back of a 1950s truck that was parked nearby. There’s debate amongst local Vermonters about where to find the best apple cider donuts in the state. In my opinion, Shelburne Farms is it! Just enough sugar and a bit of crunch on the outside.
I’ve mentioned my taupe knee-high boots several times this year already on Instagram, but I still can’t believe the price. They’re still sitting at about 60% off on 6pm.com, so if you love them, grab a pair while they’re available. I picked up a wool hat (under $50) prior to the trip, too. While it wasn’t terribly cold in Shelburne, it was nice to have a little warmth on my head. For a pop or a statement, I’m in love with this blue hat and this blush one. Last but not least, my olive backpack was a lifesaver. It was great to be hands-free for the entirety of the trip, and I’ve continued to use it daily back in Raleigh.