Why not visit the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory in the beautiful Green Mountains, in Shelburne Vermont 8 miles south of Burlington. Vermont Teddy Bear Company is one of the largest producers of teddy bears and the largest mail/internet seller at nearly ½ million a year.
Their radio advertisements are familiar especially during the holiday season. John Sortino founded the company in 1938, selling handcrafted teddy bears in Burlington’s open-air market place.
The tour is one loved by young and old alike. The guided tour shows visitors how teddy bears are made from start to finish. A Bear Hospital is provided to honor Vermont Teddy Bears lifetime guarantee. Tour-attendees may see repairs at the full-service clinic.
Their popular ‘Make a friend for life’ program was established in 1996. It gives tour visitors the opportunity to make their own 13” teddy bear in the Bear shop at the Shelburne VA factory for $19.99 plus tax. Once complete the teddy bear is placed in a specially designed travel case for safe passage to your home. Vermont Teddy Bears retail cost is $49.99 to $129.99.
Bear Shop Hours
Summer Season (July 1st - Oct. 12th) 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Every half-hour, between 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM
Winter Season (Oct. 13th - June 30th) 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Every hour, between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM
Tours last approximately 30 minutes.
Closed major holidays
Adults: $4.00 / seniors: $3.00 / Kids (12 and under): Free
Vermont Teddy Bear Company
6655 Shelburne Road
Shelburne is a town at 159’ elevation with 7,144 inhabitants in a scenic setting with the Adirondack Mountains west and the Green Mountains west. Two German lumbermen settled it in 1763 naming after an English earl.
Burlington is Vermont’s largest city with a population of 38,889. It is an important educational, industrial and retail center. It’s at the intersection of US-89 and route seven. It holds a significant position for lake navigation and port entry on the US-Canada border. It was first settled in 1775 but vacated during the American Revolution, then resettled at completion of the war.
Lake Champlain lies in a central position with two thirds in Vermont, the remainder in New York State and a tiny portion in Canada. The lake stretches southward 120 miles varying in width from a quarter mile to 12 miles wide. Champlain Canal is a connector between the Hudson River and Lake Champlain. The canal makes navigation possible from New York City to Montreal and the Great Lakes. It has capacity for large vessels passage transporting goods.
Vermont Teddy Bear Company is a 5:40 hour drive of 305 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 thruway past Syracuse to Rome NY exiting on route 8 north to US 87 north. At Port Kent take the ferry to Burlington.
A tour goer made the following comment:
“Beware - if you have children, they WILL want a bear after going on this tour! “