The first time I saw a llama was on TV. The Today Show was doing a segment on working vacations, and working with llamas was the topic of the day. I was so intrigued. It wasn’t until I met my husband when I finally saw a llama in person. We were driving around one day, and noticed a few at a home in the next town. I was so attached. I had him drive me by there numerous times over the years; they just fascinated me.
Then I found out about alpacas, and I really fell in love. I had to have one, although, I still have yet to get one. My husband and I did go visit New England Alpacas in Killingworth, CT to learn more about them back in 2011. I wanted to make sure that I had enough property for alpacas when we bought a house, just in case I did decide to buy a few. Maybe in the future I will have alpacas, but for now, it’s just me, my husband, and the cat!
If you’re curious as to the differences between an alpaca and a llama, you can find some details here.
Alpaca from New England Alpacas | Taken at New England Alpacas Open House
Are you interested in spending a day with an alpaca or llama? There are a few options for you here in New England.
New England Alpacas hosts their Holiday Alpaca Open Farm Days on November 28th and 29th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 14 Bethke Road, Killingworth, CT 06419. They let you meet the alpacs, take pictures, and learn about fiber. There is also a store you can visit where you can purchase their homemade yarns. You can find more information about their upcoming events here.
Rowanwood Farm in Newtown, CT hosts llama walks, weather permitting. For more information, you can visit their website.
Country Quilt Llama Farm in Cornwall, CT also has llama walks. Information on their program can be found here.
Northern Vermont Llama Co in Waterville, VT where you can hike with a llama in the Green Mountains. Click here for more information.
If you’ve ever gone on a llama hike and would like to share your experience or recommend a hike or farm visit, please comment below – I’d love to hear from you!
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