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We began our 33 day Fall Colors Tour in Stowe, Vermont, picked up in our “pink” first class motor coach.

Stopping at the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, we were given an introduction by Burr Morse, 7th generation Vermont Sugar Maker. What an interesting talk he gave to us explaining the procedure of extracting sugar from the maple tree and life in Vermont during the winter as well as the spring. Below is a photo of the spring.

Believe it or not….

We visited the State Capitol and had lunch at the New England Culinary Institute.

 

Rock of Ages was a tour of the granite quarry and the production line of custom headstones.

 

They even tried to make a granite bowling alley, but the idea never really caught on (below left). Our stop at Hope Cemetery showed us just how created people can be.

 
     
 

We visited a few of the local sites, like the Cider Mill Tour, Glassblowing Studio, Cabot Cheese and last, but certainly not least, Ben & Jerry’s.

 

Next stop in Vermont was Shelburne, about 40 miles away. What a great first travel day! In Shelburne, we visited the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and found how the bear evolved over the years.

 

Vermont bears have a lifetime unlimited warranty. If for any reason your bear needs repairs, they have a full service hospital.

 

Can’t beat that!

Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888-1960) was a pioneering collector of American folk art and founded Shelburne Museum in 1947. When creating the Museum she took the imaginative step of collecting 18th- and 19th-century buildings from New England and New York in which to display the Museum’s holdings, relocating 20 historic structures to Shelburne. These include houses, barns, a meeting house, a one-room schoolhouse, a lighthouse, a jail, a general store, a covered bridge, and the 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga.

We spent most of our time at the Shelburne Museum. It’s not just a museum, but a whole city. Electra Havemeyer Webb’s family built a memorial building for her. They took six of the rooms from her very expensive NY apartment and placed them in the house along with all of her art collections. Of course her collections could not fit all in the memorial building, but they are spread out throughout the museum city.

 
     
   

There was a special High Style fashion through the ages (1690-2011) featuring masterpieces by early Parisian designers as well as today’s icons of fashion including Oscar de la Renta. Photos were not allowed, but I can tell you that it was difficult to tell the earlier fashions from today’s fashions.

There was also a lot of Paperwork in 3D artwork. It’s amazing what you can do with stuff you would normally throw away!

My favorite was the Circus building. Ringling, Barnum and Bailey donated quite a few items.

 

The Ticondaroga paddlewheeler was moved from Lake Champlain over the land to its final resting place at the museum. Two miles of manpower to get it on the property!

Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit environmental education center, 1,400-acre working farm, and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. It was created as a model agricultural estate in 1886 by William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb

 
     
 

There is nearly 400 acres of woodlands and the grass-based dairy has 125 purebred, registered Brown Swiss cows. Their milk is transformed into our award-winning farmhouse cheddar cheese here on the property. We were able to taste the cheese from 6 months old to 3 years old. What a difference age makes.

Our Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Ethan Allen III was perfect timing for our 35th Wedding Anniversary.

Nothing like celebrating with 23 new found friends watching the sunset on Lake Champlain.

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