Local Life

Our Local Life – Things to See & Do!

Liberty Hill farm is ideally located for outdoor enthusiasts and those interested in cultural pursuits.  History buffs also will enjoy the excellent local historical society, as well as the incomparable Shelburne Museum, near Burlington, and Billings Farm in Woodstock, among other destinations.  Those interested in nature conservancy will find themselves immersed in it daily whether enjoying a wildflower walk, birding, mountain biking or hiking in the nearby Green Mountain Forest or on the Robert Frost Trail.  We offer a sure cure to those who suffer from Nature Deficiency Disorder!

Activities Down on the Farm…
Milking Cows…. Try your hand!
Feeding baby calves….teach them to drink out of a bottle or bucket
Collect eggs from the chickens
Tubing the White River (tubes provided)
Fly fishing (trout and salmon)
Wild berry picking (Beth provides baskets!)
Wildflower walks
Mountain biking
Cross-country skiing
Star gazing
Rainbow watching
Porch rocking
Kitten cuddling
Tire swinging on the maple tree
Evening campfires riverside

Barnyard Chores (Optional!)
Feed the Holsteins
Milk a cow
Bottle feed a calf
Collect eggs
Pick vegetables

River in Autumn

Play a round of golf at neighboring White River Golf Course, a 9-hole course.
Explore the Green Mountain National Forest on foot or by bike, or in winter with snowshoes or cross-country skis. The Ranger Station in Rochester provides trail maps and activity information. Green Mountain Bike Shop has bike rentals, maps and tours available. Nordic Adventures provides what you need for everything you can do out our back door with snowshoe, cross-country ski, and skate rentals, skate sharpening, ski tuning and guided instruction and wilderness tours. Visit the many trails in the Moosalamoo region accessible for year round recreation. Walk through the woods and read poetry on the Robert Frost Trail in Ripton.

Rochester Village
Two cafes serve lunch and refreshments, the Rochester Café; and the Seasoned Books and Bakery. Other attractions include BigTown Art Gallery, Judy Jensen Pottery Studio, Green Mountain Bikes, Nordic Adventures, Seasoned Books & Bakery, Rochester Public Library and Museum, Green Mountain National Forest Ranger Station, gift stores, antique shops and Vermont Marble’s verde antique marble quarry. Also take a look at the Rochester Town website for more ideas and a calendar of local events.

Within 30 Minutes or so…
Explore the Green Mountain National Forest
Long Trail, Appalachian Trail, Moosalamoo Region
Silver Lake State Park, Barnard
Branbury State Park at Lake Dunmore in Forestdale
Catamount Trail cross country skiing at its best
Cabot Creamery at Quechee Gorge Village, Quechee
Maple Landmark Woodcraft, Middlebury
Stone Revival, Stockbridge
Michael Egan’s Glass Blowing, Granville
Simon Pearce Glass Blowing, Quechee
Quechee Gorge Village Shops
VT Institute of Natural Science (VINS) Raptor Center, Quechee
Woodstock Village and Billings Farm
Sugarbush Farm Maple and Cheese, South Woodstock
Middlebury College Snow Bowl (downhill and cross-country)
UVM Morgan Horse Farm, Maple Landmark -toy factory tour, Sheldon Museum
Brandon—art galleries and Briggs Carriage Bookstore
Plymouth—President Calvin Coolidge Homestead

Farther Afield…
Ben & Jerry’s, Waterbury
Cabot Cheese Annex, Waterbury
Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Waterbury Center
Stowe Village and Stowe Mountain Resort
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont
Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe
Grafton Village Cheese, Grafton
Montshire Children’s Science Museum, Norwich
King Arthur Flour Baking Center, Norwich
Hanover- Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Bookstore and shops galore
Shelburne Museum and Shelburne Farms, Shelburne
VT Teddy Bear factory tour, Shelburne, with annex in Waterbury Center
Cabot Cheese Facility & Tour, Cabot
Woody Jackson Art, Cornwall including our very own Vermont Barn T-Shirt

Other links

Vermont Way to Stay When visiting Vermont, there is no better way to stay than the Vermont Way to Stay…
NEIRA New England Inns and Resorts
Heart of VT Lodging Association The Heart of Vermont Lodging Association invites you to be our guest and experience Vermont at its best.
VT Farms! Association   Farms throughout Vermont that welcome guests. Many provide tours, lodging and products.
Vermont Fresh Network   Farmer and Chef Partnership
Vermont Green Hotels   List of Green Hotel partners
Vermont Department of Tourism
Vermont Attractions   Email request for brochure and map.
Vermont Cheese Council   Request the Cheese Trail brochure.

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Farmer’s Market, AG fairs and field days.
Vermont State Department of Agriculture  Internet links to farm stands, pick-your-own farms, farmer’s markets, Ag fairs and field days.
White River Partnership   A community organization to promote the economic and environmental of the White River watershed.
Westchestermagazine.com   Scroll down the page to see the article on Liberty Hill Farm eco-friendly vacation, June 2009
Fineliving.com – travel guides, destinations, entertainment ideas
SmarterTravel.com – information and inspiration on worldwide bargain travel
www.keepinglocalfarms.org – part of a broad effort to stabilize and enhance milk prices paid to dairy farmers in the Northeast.