The Inn at Shelburne Farms

Housed in an exquisite turn-of-the-20th-century Tudor-style inn on the patchwork lands of Shelburne Farm, The Inn at Shelburne Farms is open seasonally and offers guests a unique and sustainable retreat, a perfect weekend getaway idea from New York, Boston and other cities. Once the home of Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb, the 19th-century country house was restored to its former glory in 1987 and continues the age-old tradition of warmth, elegance, charm, and hospitality enjoyed by guests for more than a century.

Perched at the edge of Lake Champlain, the elegant Queen Anne Revival-style manor house is surrounded by perfectly landscaped grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the mastermind behind New York’s Central Park, and boasts breath-taking views of the distant Adirondacks. The National Landmark Inn offers beautiful accommodations, an award-winning restaurant, exquisitely manicured gardens and a sumptuous and relaxing environment in which to unwind in style.

The Inn at Shelburne Farms is situated on Shelburne Farms, a working farm that includes a dairy that produces milk and cheese products, a Market Garden that offers fresh fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs, and pristine woodlands. Shelburne Farms prides itself on producing food that honors and preserves the land it comes from and supports a sustainable sustainable agriculture, such as farmstead cheddar cheese, organic fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised lamb, beef, veal and pork, and free-range chickens and eggs.

Shelburne Farms has a modern Welcome Center and Farm Store where visitors can find out all the information they need to know about the farm, the Inn and its surrounding walking trails, as well as taste and buy the farm’s farmstead cheddar cheese and fresh eggs, an array of Vermont products and crafts, and a variety of children’s and adult books on nature, agriculture, and the environment.

»The Inn at Shelburne Farms Accommodations

The Inn at Shelburne Farms Accommodations

The 60-room Inn at Shelburne Farms offers 24 exquisitely appointed guest rooms with original furnishings, and comfortable cottages and houses ranging from historic to more contemporary in design and décor. Stately rooms are individually named and decorated with antique furnishings, including period wallpapers, four-poster beds, rich linens, and ornate fireplaces.

Beautiful bathrooms, 17 of which are en-suite, offer walk-in showers and/or freestanding soaking tubs and some rooms enjoy additional living and sitting areas, while all rooms boast spectacular views of the manicured perennial gardens, and the lake and mountains. ‘Overlook’ is modeled after Lila Webb’s original bedroom, and features family mementos and photographs from her lifetime. ‘Overlook’ boasts magnificent views of some of Lila’s favorite panoramas, such as the lake, meadows, and gardens.

Originally two separate rooms, one of which was Dr. Webb’s dressing room, the White Room boasts spectacular views of the formal perennial gardens, Lake Champlain, and the Adirondack Mountains, while the Webb Room is a beautiful Renaissance Revival-style bedroom suite that originally belonged to Lila's father William Henry Vanderbilt.

The Green Room features stunning oriental-designed wallpaper from the 1920s, which was copied from the original fabric during the restoration of the house. The south windows of the Green Room have wonderful views over the Coach Barn.

The Rose Room boasts beautiful wallpaper that looks like watered silk and original bathroom fixtures and furnishings and can be paired with the West Room for a large family-friendly room, while the Brown Room has a suite of marquetry furniture and splendid views of the formal perennial gardens.

The Colonial Room features Colonial Revival style architecture and furniture and overlooks the north end of the gardens and the wooded pathways of the Enchanted Forest, while the Dutch Room features an elaborate ceiling and tin-glazed earthenware tiles surrounding an ornate fireplace.

The Gray and Violet Rooms can be booked together with private bathrooms and feature whimsical wall paintings and beautiful pasture and meadow views, while the Cherry Room is similar to the Oak, Dutch, and Colonial Rooms, which were once used by bachelor guests with stairways leading down to the Game Room.

The Violet Room adjoins the Gray Room and shares a bath. This lovely room offers two twin beds, oak furniture and violet and white striped wallpaper with bunches of fresh violets. The room boasts lovely views to the East and can be paired with the Gray Room to create a large family-friendly room with a private bath across the hall.

The Red Room features a queen bed and a shared bath and offers unforgettable views of the lawns, lake, gardens and Adirondack Mountains, while the charming Oak Room is furnished with simple oak furniture, and shares a bathroom with the Dutch Room. Serving as a large guest room at the turn-of-the-century, the Yellow Room has a small adjoining room furnished with a twin bed, and a glorious sunken bathroom that was designed so chambermaids would not disturb the room guests.

Well-appointed, stand-alone cottages and houses can be rented for larger groups or extended stays and feature spacious living and dining areas, fully-equipped kitchens, multiple bedrooms, and en-suite bathrooms. In keeping with the commitment to offering a truly tranquil escape, the Inn has no televisions, radios, air-conditioning or heating, however, there is free wireless internet in the main building.

Once the summer residence of Aileen Osborn Webb, wife of Vanderbilt Webb, the luxurious Glass House stands on a bluff behind the Inn and overlooks Lake Champlain. The secluded house features four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, spacious living and dining rooms, as well as a wonderful patio and a deck boasting awe-inspiring views of the lake.

»Dining at The Inn at Shelburne Farms

Dining at The Inn at Shelburne Farms

The restaurant at the inn is one of Vermont's premier farm-to-table restaurants, serving an innovative menu of local and seasonal produce, harvested from the farm’s own Market Garden or surrounding farms. The menu features seasonal lamb and pork, farmhouse cheddar cheese and milk, and handpicked salads and vegetables.

Expect signature dishes such as wild sockeye salmon squash and bean ragout, pan-seared Quebec duck with celeriac smashed potatoes and Shelburne Farms lamb corn porridge with braised cabbage and roasted squash. Complimentary freshly brewed coffee and tea are served throughout the day, along with freshly baked breakfast breads and pastries.

Light picnic lunches can be purchased and enjoyed from the Farm Cart in the Farm Barn during season, with all proceeds going towards the Farm's conservation and education programs. The Farm Cart offers a light menu of seasonal produce made from products grown on the farm or nearby farms, including fresh salads, homemade soups, sandwiches and freshly squeezed juices.

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»Plan This Vacation

Plan This Vacation

The Inn at Shelburne Farms and the Farm itself provide an array of recreational activities to enjoy for every taste from hiking and mountain biking to kayaking. The nearby Lake Champlain is great for kayaking, canoeing, rowing, fishing and swimming, while a 10-mile walking trail is ideal for exploring the area.

The inn offers tennis courts, lawn games such as croquet, badminton, and bocce ball and the beautifully manicured gardens present the perfect escape for relaxing. A 19th century pool table and games room offers respite on rainy days and guided property tours offer insight into the history of the farm.

Children will love The Farmyard, which offers a fun, safe, and friendly farm and agricultural experience for the whole family. Located in the south wing of the Farm Barn, The Farmyard, features fun-filled, hands-on experiences, such as welcoming the chickens for the “Chicken Parade”, milking the Brown Swiss cows and goats by hand, collecting eggs, brushing rabbits and sheep, soaking the sows and farm chores.

Visitors can also meet live birds of prey and learn about the amazing world of raptors with the unique Outreach for Earth Stewardship program. Weddings / Reunions / Conference Facilities

The Inn at Shelburne Farms offers facilities and catering for special events, such as business functions, small weddings and celebrations, meetings and team building events. The venue caters for up to 28 guests in a beautiful private setting with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus featuring contemporary cuisine.

The inn caters for small groups in a quiet, elegant setting with meals and refreshments, as well as larger groups in The Coach Barn, which has a unique indoor and spectacular outdoor setting for larger events.

Shelburne Farms hosts a number of events throughout the year, as well as agricultural-based youth, adult and family programs, such as Carbon Farming, Growing Education on the Farm, Sheep and Shear Delights and What Do Owls Eat for Lunch?

Established in 1763 and located on beautiful Lake Champlain in Chittenden County, Shelburne is the most populated county in the State of Vermont and offers an array of popular tourist attractions, recreational activities, and special events to enjoy throughout the year. Popular local attractions include the Shelburne Museum, the Fiddlehead Brewing Company, the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, and Shelburne Vineyards.

The surrounding region provides ample opportunities for a variety of recreational activities and other things to see and do, such as walking and hiking, mountain biking and fishing, tennis, golf and sailing, as well as various cultural experiences and wine-tasting. Other special events include sports events such as biathlons and triathlons, concerts, parades, fireworks, and various year-round festivals.

Rooms at the Inn at Shelburne Farms start at $155 per night. The inn and the restaurant are open for the season from May to October.

1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482, website, Phone: 802-985-8498

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