Visiting Shelburne Museum: Work and Home

As we mentioned yesterday, when we were visiting Ticonderoga two weekends ago, we made a day trip across the state line to Vermont to see the Shelburne Museum.  The giant museum is home to 25 historic buildings that were relocated to the the museum site and restored to their original glory. Yesterday, we talked about the transportation related exhibits, so now let’s look at the homes and businesses.

The iconic multi-story round barn, containing art exhibits, greets you at the museum entrance.

Next door to the round barn is the horseshoe shaped Circus Building, home to a 3,500 piece carved circus (above) and a menagerie of carousel animals from lions to deer!

Check out more of our favorite homes and businesses after the jump…

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Visiting Shelburne Museum: Transportation

When we were visiting Ticonderoga two weekends ago, we made a day trip to Shelburne, Vermont. This was my second trip and Erika’s first visit, but there’s much to see at the Shelburne Museum that, even after two visits, I haven’t seen it all. We were so excited about our visit that we didn’t let a little rain get us down either.

While we were in town, we ended our afternoon with a delicious lunch at Folino’s pizza and fantastic beer from the neighboring Fiddlehead Brewery. Folino’s and Fiddlehead share a building and are just down the street from the museum.

The unique two-lane covered bridge is a must-see. It was built over 150 years ago, and moved to the museum not long after its 100th birthday. At 168 feet long, it’s impressive inside and out. We took shelter from the rain for quite a while, climbing on and admiring the bridge construction.

There’s a lighthouse, railroad and steamship after the jump…

Small Town Travel Log: Ticonderoga

Since our senior year of college, Katie’s generous parents have loaned us their family vacation house in Ticonderoga for weekend visits. Last Thursday, as soon as I stepped into the kitchen and looked out on Lake George, I let out a sigh and completely relaxed. This year, we spent a day exploring town, stopped by Silver Bay YMCA camp, and went across the NY-Vermont border to Shelburne Museum.

See the sights after the jump…

Armchair Junking: Ticonderoga & Lake George

One of our favorite places to visit is our friend’s family home in Ticonderoga, NY. The sleepy town at the top of Lake George provides plenty of junking, seasonal activities, and downtime for puzzling. This year, we’re even hopping across the state line to Shelburne and Burlington, Vermont. Here are some amazing artifacts from the region that we’d love to have around the house to remind us of happy trips:

1) We love the blue and tan of this vintage topographic map of the town of Ticonderoga!

2) While the Ticonderoga steamboat was named after the fort and the town, it actually sailed on Lake Champlain instead of Lake George. We’re going to visit the dry docked “Ticonderoga”, restored to her old glory, at the Shelburne Museum on Friday too!

3) We’d love to use this pencil box at work as a reminder of amazing weekends in Ti.

4) A timeless blue and white ceramic trivet depicts Fort Ticonderoga and would be a great addition to our tablescapes.

5) Wouldn’t this Fort Ticonderoga pendant also make such a great key chain too?

6) Check out this sueded leather souvenir address book from the Fort William Henry Hotel in Lake George Village, which is still open and located at the opposite end of Lake George.

Farmhouse Friday: Book Your Summer Rentals (Part 5)

As May comes to a close and our month of looking at amazing summer rental houses ends, we wanted to leave you with two houses near some fantastic museums celebrating American rural history that we’ve visited: The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY and the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT.

The Farmers’ Museum showcases US rural life during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and the Shelburne Museum is a public display of the private collections of the Havemeyer-Webb families, from folk art to Impressionist paintings. Both museums feature incredible buildings that were brought to the museums from around the northeast.  In fact, we’re heading to Shelburne Museum again next Friday during our weekend in Ticonderoga.

Upstate New York: Cooperstown, NY

Boasting six bedrooms and five bathrooms, this Cooperstown farmhouse has room to spare! Invite friends and family to join you for a week of exploring the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Farmers’ Museum, and the Fenimore Art Museum. Be sure to check out the Otesaga Resort and take a boat ride on the Glimmerglass Queen. For the most unique antiques I’ve ever seen, spend hours in Wood Bull Antiques just south of town (check out what our friend Katie bought during our last visit).

6 BR/5 Bath

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New England: Charlotte, VT

I love this shingled cottage that’s not far from Shelburne, VT. The Shelburne Museum has incredible wares that the collector in me envies, and we hope to make it to Shelburne Farms when we visit again next Friday! The modern kitchen, with an eat-in dining area, is exactly what you want in a rental – you won’t want to go out to eat. Most of all, I’m dying to explore the loft!

2 BR + Loft + Den/1.5 Bath

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Farmhouse Friday: Book Your Summer Rental

Now that it’s May, we’re looking towards and preparing for summer weekends in the country. Rental houses are a great way to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle, and we’ve been to many wonderful rentals! We spent last Labor Day at this amazing log cabin in Woodstock, and two years ago, we rented this unique chalet in nearby Bearsville. We’re also getting very excited about staying at High Pocket Farm in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts in two weeks!

Hudson Valley: Woodstock, NY

This historic stone home is at the end of a private road and is only three minutes from Woodstock’s Village Green. The house has separate sitting and living rooms in addition to an enclosed dining porch.  Invite your friends and family to stay on your vacation too – with four bedrooms, there’s room for everyone.  If Woodstock’s swimming holes along the Esopus aren’t your speed, you can take a dip in the in ground pool.

4 BR/2 Bath

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New England: Monhegan Island, Maine

Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine is such a special place. We got to visit a couple years back for a day hike while spending a week in Boothbay Harbor for our friend Kristy’s wedding. The small island and artist’s community has fewer than 50 year-round residents and boasts amazing views, hiking trails, picnic spots, and a wonderful art gallery displaying the work of a bevy of talented local artists.

This 3-bedroom rental offers a relaxing island getaway, with a deck on the ocean’s edge, a woodstove on the porch, beautiful knotty pine floors, and nooks around every corning for curling up with a glass of wine and a book.

3 BR/2 Bath

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