highly recommended : the inn at shelburne farms

p1030396 My sig-other and I recently spent a glorious two days at The Inn at Shelburne Farms just south of Burlington, Vermont. It is a luxurious, comfortable and breathtaking spot on Lake Champlain.

The property, which includes a fully functioning farm in addition to the inn, was the former summer residence and agricultural estate of Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb. They worked with Frederick Law Olmstead (Central and Prospect Park's architect) to design the farm layout, with the house designed by Robert H. Robertson.

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There are elegantly manicured gardens as well as gently rolling hills filled with grazing cows and picture-perfect Vermont landscapes.

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Every guest room has a unique design with period furnishings and decor.

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We enjoyed a delicious dinner in their dining room. The menu features fresh vegetables and meats, procured directly from the farm itself.

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There were countless nooks and vistas to stumble across as we walked around the grounds, including this one which had a functioning chimney fireplace overlooking the lake.

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At sunset, we sat in these Adirondack chairs to drink farm fresh cocktails. Ours were house gimlets made from hand-torn tulip petals, raw farm honey, vodka and fresh lime juice.

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Guests of the inn are invited to explore the farm and various barns to see where the award-winning cheddar cheese is made.

The farm is a non-profit environmental education center, a national historic landmark and a superb spot for getaways, weddings, honeymoons and picnics.

Shelburne Farms 1611 Harbor Road Shelburne, VT 05482