Cheese on Your Pillow
Every now and again, a cheese courtesan must rest. Let me tell you about my best summer sleep.
Picture an inn on a lake at the end of a winding road — cows graze, roses bloom, you can hear the sound of cocktail glasses clinking when you enter the lobby. And when you reach your room (all white, except for a small fox painted on the wall by a dormer window), you find a complimentary basket of cheese and apples.
Forget chocolate on pillows. Readers, cheese and fruit are exactly what a weary traveler wants, does she not? Especially local cheese, made just yards away — past the cows and roses, on a winding walk to the barn where one can watch a burly man make Cheddar?
I am writing to you about the Inn at Shelburne Farms. Get out your bucket list, and strike through Aruba. If you’re reading this blog, you want a lover to whisk you off to Vermont. Leave hints now. The inn is only open during the warm months, and I am telling you: delectable cheese and sumptuous bedding await. Not to mention beautiful walks, patio breakfasts, lake swimming, and idle time in the library.
Two summers ago, I visited Shelburne Farms for the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, and I swore that when I returned I would book a room at the inn. This summer, I did. And already, I can’t wait to return. Perhaps we all need a summer cheese sojourn?
About Shelburne Farms
~The inn was once the home and agricultural estate of Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb.
~Shelburne Farms is now a nonprofit organization committed to education and sustainability.
~The farm is home to a herd of Brown Swiss and a cheese making facility, hence Shelburne Cheddar.
~Farm tours are offered daily via open-air wagon (so worth it. You’ll learn about how the farm was planned by Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed Central Park. Think: curvy roads, painterly groves of trees.)
~Meals at the inn’s restaurant incorporate the farm’s bounty. Cheese, of course, but also veggies and edible flowers.
~The Vermont Cheesemakers Festival takes place at the farm every summer — it’s perfect for enthusiasts and even semi-enthusiastic sniffer-outers. You get to taste a variety of Vermont-based delicacies, from local gin to crackers, honey, chocolate, and — of course — some of the most glorious fromage made in this country.
Disclosure: I paid my own way at the Shelburne Inn; this is not a sponsored post. I received a media pass to the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival.