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.

Gray Room_Shelburne Inn

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?

Cheese Basket_Shelburne Inn

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?


Cheesemaking_Shelburne Farms

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.

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8 Responses to “Cheese on Your Pillow”
  1. Aunt Dawnie says:

    Quelle magnifique!

  2. kristen says:

    I’m not positive, but I’m almost sure we stayed there on our honeymoon. So much cheese! Good times.

  3. Aunt Helen says:

    This sounds like my kind of place! Wow!

  4. mike says:

    SOLD! I should book now for next summer’s festival? I will. 🙂

  5. Maya says:

    This is the epitome of a perfect vacation!

  6. Then, sprint home with a baguette under your arm, spread out your cheese on a nice cutting board, and host a “change of seasons” brunch or lunch. This would be a good time to set out the preserves you made or bought last summer, along with a bottle of Prosecco, rosé, wheat beer, or farmhouse saison.

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