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Becca Worple, Golden Dog Farms
Photograph: Courtesy Becca Worple, Golden Dog Farms

Play with a dozen golden retrievers at this Vermont farm

This is definitely better than a picture with Santa (sorry, not sorry Mr. Claus)

JQ Louise
Tanya Edwards
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JQ Louise
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Tanya Edwards
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While you may not have been able to take those fall photos in Vermont this year, there’s another, more adorable activity taking place up north and it involves a dozen sweet dogs. Yes, you can play with 12 golden retrievers and get photos taken with them this holiday season. 

Head to Jeffersonville Vermont’s Golden Dog Farm for an aww-inducing Golden Retriever Experience. For $75 a person, you can have a playdate with the farm's super friendly golden retrievers for an hour or so. 

Becca and Doug Worple run the farm, and began offering the experience back in September. They told Boston.com that the response was “immediate and overwhelming” with travel Tiktokers posting about the dogs, and the farm’s own account garnering over 2 million views.

The dogs don’t actually live on the farm, they come from local breeders Butternut Hill Golden Retrievers, which is owned by friends of the Worples. The breeders bring in a dozen or so dogs for the day, and they’re all friendly and ready to play and cuddle with farm guests. 

Watching the retrievers leap from the back of the truck is pretty adorable, and guests can take photos and videos of the whole group. 

Farm owner Becca is a professional photographer, and happy to take photos of you with the dogs, as well as selfies you take on your own. She and her husband found their way to Vermont from Ohio during the pandemic, and also run a bee-keeping operation (you can also have a beekeeping experience) and tap 4,500 trees on their property for syrup.

On Instagram, visitors describe the experience as “amazing” and say “it made me smile.” Another described their visit in a post as “the best day of my life.”

Please note you cannot bring your own dogs to play with the golden retrievers, and reservations are required in advance.

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