Inn at Shelburne Farms
On the last day of our visit to Shelburne Farms, a historic estate in Vermont, my young son, Andrew, and I decided to take a walk along the shore of Lake Champlain. It was a sultry August afternoon, and sailboats glinted in the distance. We hopped over a stone wall edged with wild mint and onto the beach of a sheltered cove. Behind us, round hay bales dotted the farm’s emerald pastures. For three days, we had delighted in exploring the gorgeous 1,400-acre property. I had known we would relish time alone, but I hadn’t expected to find a place where two people of very different ages and tastes would be equally in heaven.
The former estate of Lila Vanderbilt Webb (daughter of William Henry Vanderbilt) and her husband, William Seward Webb, Shelburne Farms has been a working farm since the late 1800s. In the late 19th century, architect Robert H. Robertson designed a series of extraordinary buildings for the property, including the main house, set on a cliff above the lake; the enormous Breeding Barn, which has a cathedral...
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