Shelburne, Massachusetts offers residents the best of both worlds. Much of the town is agricultural with open spaces, rolling hills, and plenty of nature to explore. Yet the Village of Shelburne Falls offers a vibrant arts scene with several artisan shops, galleries, and secondhand bookstores. Throughout the year there are several exciting events which draw in visitors from around the region and beyond. Plus, there are a variety of cute cafes, gourmet restaurants, and wine shops for all the foodies. Furthermore, Greenfield is just a hop and a skip down the Mohawk Trail where you can find everything else you might need at the larger box stores and grocery markets. Shelburne is off the beaten track without being too far off the beaten track.
Nature lovers and explorers love getting outside in Shelburne and enjoying the many beautiful natural spaces. Mass Audubon's High Ledges Sanctuary has a network of trails which pass through rich forest, a clearing with wildflowers, a wolf den, and a vernal pool, eventually bringing you to a lookout over the Village of Shelburne Falls and out towards the Berkshires and Mount Greylock. This trail also connects to another trail which leads to the Shelburne Fire Tower which offers 360 degree views of the area. The Deerfield River is a local treasure in Shelburne. The river is great for fly fishing, canoeing and kayaking, or just going for dip on a hot day.
Home to many agricultural businesses, you can find a variety of locally made foods in Shelburne. Apex Orchards on Peckville Road is a pick-your-own apple orchard and farm store, offering a tri-state view of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont from its balcony. Across the street, West County Cider, makes handcrafted ciders with local heirloom apples. Kenburn Orchards also offers beautiful mountain views from their pick-your-own blueberry fields and choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm.
Hager’s Farm Market on the Mohawk Trail sells a wide range of locally sourced products such as produce, jams, maple syrup, craft beer and cider. They also serve up their own foods made in house such as breads, pastries, sandwiches, soups, and of course their famous fried dough with maple cream on special occasions.
Shelburne has a bustling arts scene with plenty of local artists and artisans who live locally. The Shelburne Arts Co-op represents the work of many artists who work together to run their store on Bridge Street. Molly Cantor also has her own store where she displays her magnificent works of pottery and features other potters’ works too. Just down the street, Grow Gallery offers beautiful hand blown glass and creative jewelry.
The Village of Shelburne Falls truly comes alive during their annual events. Moonlight Magic is the kick off event for the holiday season on Black Friday when all of the shops stay open later and vendors line the streets selling unique gifts and delicious treats. In August the Iron Bridge, which spans the Deerfield River, is temporarily closed to allow for one long table and 400 diners at the Iron Bridge Dinner, a fundraiser for the Mohawk Trail Athletic Association. Also annually in August is the Bridge of Flowers Road Race, which draws runners from both near and far to complete either the 3K, or 8K course.
Surrounded by rich agricultural land and plenty of farms makes Shelburne a destination for delicious farm-to-table restaurants and locally sourced foods. Hearty Eats is a local favorite vegan and organic restaurant that serves delicious and healthy meals with some rotating seasonal dishes. Gypsy Apple Bistro is great for special occasions or just a regular day when you want a special meal. They serve gourmet French-inspired cuisine in their intimate dining room alongside their curated wine list. In the spring, enjoy fresh maple syrup on your pancakes at Davenport Maple Farm and shop their maple products while you’re there.
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