Vt. tourist destination opens for season


MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- One of Vermont's leading tourist destinations opens for the season this weekend.

Shelburne Farms is a 1,400-acre working farm on the shores of Lake Champlain that uses its historic landscape and buildings to teach the stewardship of natural and agricultural resources.

Founded in the 1880s, Shelburne Farms was turned 40 years ago into a non-profit dedicated to keeping its land in agriculture and sharing a message about stewardship of the land.

Today it offers a range of activities, ranging from wagon and walking tours of the property to meals and lodging at its inn. It's a popular destination for field trips from area schools, as well as for visitors form Vermont and elsewhere.