EAST Shelburne Museum, Vermont

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Visitors to the enchanting Shelburne Museum’s 45 acres of grounds (just south of Burlington) are free to roam around its eclectic assortment of historic structures relocated from across New England, including a lighthouse, a covered bridge and steamboat. The Park Avenue apartment of its wealthy antique-collecting founder, Electra Havemeyer Webb, has been recreated and refurnished with her paintings by Monet and the feminist impressionist Mary Cassatt, but the real charm of the Shelburne is its huge collection of Americana – bird decoys, textiles, toys and horse-drawn vehicles. We found our visit an excellent way to walk off all the local cheddar cheese, apple cider doughnuts and maple syrup consumed on our road trip through Vermont.

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