Vermont Family Attractions – Wright Choice Alpacas of Vermont

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Living in rural Vermont has many benefits and one of them is the many natural Vermont family attractions available.  I stopped by a real alpaca farm in Hubbardton, Vermont and spent the afternoon learning all about alpacas.  The Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) invites you to visit their member farms and ranches on National Alpaca Farm Days on September 29th and 30th. This is a unique opportunity for the public to explore the many aspects of the alpaca livestock industry in the United States and Canada.  Alpacas are cousins to the llama and are beautiful, intelligent animals native to the Andean Mountain range of South America, particularly Peru, Bolivia, and Chile.   There are two types of alpacas in the United States today. Although almost physically identical, what distinguishes the two types of alpacas is their fiber. The Huacaya (wa-Ki’-ah) is the more common of the two and has a fluffy, extremely fine coat. The Suri (SUR-ee) is the rarer of the two and has fiber that is silky and resembles pencil-locks.

Wright Choice Alpacas Vermont Family Attractions

Vermont Family Attractions

Alpacas are sheared, without harm, every 12 to 18 months. They produced five to 10 pounds of luxurious fiber. Long ago, alpaca fiber was reserved for royalty. Today it is purchased in its raw fleece form by hand-spinners and fiber artists. Knitters buy it as yarn.  Because of its soft texture, alpaca fiber is sometimes compared to cashmere. Making the fiber even more coveted, it has the luster of silk. Alpaca fiber is just as warm as, yet 1/3 the weight of wool. It comes in 22 natural colors, yet can be dyed any desired shade.  Containing no lanolin, alpaca fiber is also naturally hypoallergenic. Most people who are sensitive to wool find that they can wear alpaca without the itching or irritation they feel from wool because alpaca fiber is smooth.

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Alpacas in Vermont Family Attractions

Wright Choice Alpacas Hubbardton Vermont

Wright Choice Alpacas

I had the opportunity to visit Wright Choice Alpacas of Hubbardton, Vermont. Located at 161 Howland Rd in Hubbardton, Wright Choice Alpacas is run and managed by Deb Wright Bahre who has been raising Alpacas since 2001.   Not only does she raise these gorgeous alpacas but she also makes a variety of crafts from their fleece that she offers for sale to the public.  The alpaca’s fleece is sheared once a year (like a sheep) and yields about five to ten pounds.  After minimal preparation, it is ready to be spun into yarn for knitting, crocheting and weaving.  It can also be used to make felt and Deb showed me one of the gorgeous felting projects she was working on.

Alpaca Fleece Vermont Family Attractions

Alpaca Yarn Vermont

Deb’s alpaca farm has several generations of alpacas from yearlings all the way up to their grandmothers. Deb’s alpacas are Huacaya alpacas and petting them was just like petting a soft teddy bear. I love the time that I spent visiting with the Deb and her alpacas and if you’re local to Hubbardton, Vermont I highly recommend you stop by and visit them yourself.    If you’re not in the area, you can check out the list of alpaca farms across the country to find one near you. All of the photographs are of the gorgeous alpacas on Wright Choice Alpacas.  Make sure you get some alpaca kisses before you go! Deb is open to visits throughout the year so if you’re looking for Vermont family attractions, make sure to call!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: No compensation received. I just spent an amazing afternoon making some new friends.

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Comments

  1. Oh my gosh - I want an Alpaca!  My husband and I always joke around that we are going to get a farm to to raise Alpaca's because they are so cute!
  2. Little Miss Kate says
    Looks like you had a fun time! I have heard that alpaca wool is some of the softest there is.
  3. What beautiful animals! That honestly looks like so much fun to me!
  4. Awww...you look happy! What a fun afternoon and they look so soft and furry too!
  5. Jenn @therebelchick says
    oh my gosh, Alpacas are so freaking cute!!
  6. Debbie Mitchell says
    I saw my first Llamas this year in Milford PA and now Vermont's Alpacas! They are beautiful and I can't decide which ones are cuter :).Ellen, thanks for sharing.
  7. they are adorable...their ears look so soft and fuzzy! I wish we had something like that near us for the kids to do!
  8. OH I love these guys!!! What great pictures. Looks like a blast.
  9. What a beautiful day you had!  Thanks for sharing.  I have a friend in northern KY who raises alpacas.  They  are special animals!
  10. If my back lawn were not the size of a postage stamp I would SO love to own an Alpaca or two.
  11. Lorayne Gothard says
    so cute..I have never been to Vermont but I hear it is beautiful!!
  12. Hi Ellen! Nice post - I'll check out if in Vermont. Kissing alpacas - I guess they're not like llamas which I hear can be nasty. Don't know much about alpacas and their temperament but they're probably more like sheep?Cheers, Frank (bbqboy)
    • Ellen Christian says
      Hi Frank! Thanks for stopping by. I've never been up close to a llama but alpacas are very sweet. You can pet them without any problem at all so I would guess you're right. They are probably more like sheep.

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