What began 36 years ago with one man selling his handmade teddy bears from a cart has grown into one of Vermont’s most endearing companies, The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory.
The Shelburne, Vermont company is now open seven days a week, creating a wide range of bears that make their way into hearts and homes across the country. Each Vermont Teddy Bear is handcrafted with superb attention to detail. Filled with 100% recycled stuffing, the soft and cuddly bears come in a variety of sizes, from 15 inches to a super-huggable 6-foot friend.
The World’s Softest Bear is the company’s popular 20-inch bundle of joy that’s a little floppy, making it easy to hug and hard to let go of. You’ll find dozens of styles for all ages, interest or desire, season or occasion. For example, the adorable Season’s Greetings Bear is decked out with a stocking cap and scarf; a T-Rex Bear is snuggled in a dinosaur coat; and the super-cute Gone Fishing Bear is complete with rod and fish—and could win the heart of a die-hard angler!
Visitors can take a tour of the factory and watch the small group of craftspeople hand make each bear, one by one. There’s even a Bear Hospital were the resident Dr. Nancy tends to any bear needing repair. If you’d like to have your own special bear, head to the Bear Shop, where you can design the bear of your dreams. Prices for bears range from $25.00 to $175.00 and above.
Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
6655 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT
October 16 – June 15, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; tours 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
June 16 – September 4, 9:00 a.m.; tours, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
September 5 – October 15, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; tours, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tour pricing: adults/$4, seniors/$3, kids 12 and under/free
The holidays are a perfect time to visit Vermont Teddy Bear—and to check in at Maple Leaf Inn for a cozy and comfy getaway! Give us a call and we’ll help you with a reservation.