My friend Heidi and I went out for brunch last weekend in Shelburne and when she heard I had never been to Shelburne Farms, she insisted we go. I’m so glad we did. I loved it! It was a cold autumn day, the leaves were a spectrum of colors, the staff were baking bread in the warm bakery, children were crawling all over the display tractors cluttering the lawns, and the llamas, goats, sheep, calves, and chickens in the petting zoo were so adorable I wanted to bring them all home with me.
Shelburne Farms, it turns out, is exactly the kind of place I would visit if I were traveling to another region. So why had I never been there, when it’s an easy drive from my house? There is a strange phenomenon that happens even to people who love to travel and explore all the nooks and crannies of other places. We tend to take our own backyard for granted. Or maybe everyday life keeps us so busy that we just don’t make the time to see those places. I’m not sure.
Whatever the reason, my trip to Shelburne Farms was a reminder to me that there are a lot of really cool places right here in Vermont that I’ve never visited and need to. What about you? Are there cool places in your backyard you’ve never visited? If you’re not yet comfortable with the idea of solo travel, that might be a good place to start.