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A few miles south of Burlington, the Champlain Valley gives way to fertile farmland, affording stunning views of the rugged Adirondacks across the lake. In the middle of this farmland is the village of Shelburne (and just farther south, beautiful and more rural Charlotte), chartered in the mid-18th century and partly a bedroom community for Burlington. Stunning Shelburne Farms is worth at least a few hours of exploring, as are Shelburne Orchards in fall when you can pick your own apples and drink fresh cider while admiring breathtaking views of the lake and mountains beyond.


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