Sunday November 17, 2013 Shelburne Farms Walk by Andrew NuquistEighteen seems to be a magic number. For the second consecutive week, that was the number of walkers on a section outing, this time at Shelburne Farms. As discovered during previous walks, Shelburne Farms is an ideal setting for a relaxed non-mountain walk in any season. The natural topography was exploited by Frederick Law Olmsted (who also designed Central Park and Boston's Emerald Necklace) to sculpt a "landscape natural yet contrived" that "create mystery, anticipation, and surprise", to steal from the Farms' brochure. Paths through fields, stands of trees and woods, pass vistas, elaborate farm buildings, and Champlain lakeside. Shelburne Farms is a magical setting worth many repeat visits.
Free off-season, there is a fee from mid-May to mid-October. The visitor center offers a free map, and food and other items for sale. Visitors are asked to follow designated paths only, but this does not seem an inconvenience.