Plan to stay at your rich aunt's gilded era estate. I have stayed at Shelburne Farms at least 20 times over the last 25 years and I can say without hesitation it is my favorite place on earth. Each room is unique, many with stunning views of the lake and all including historic antiques. Complimentary high tea with scones, finger sandwiches and cookies are served at 3:30 and will be your first introduction to the Inn's exceptional cuisine -- nearly all products (from beef to tomatoes) are grown on the property using sustainable and organic farming practices. Breakfast and dinner can be taken either in the opulent marble dining room or the stunning terrace overlooking the lake. On my most recent visit the staff expertly put together a special birthday dinner for me a 16 friends in their private dining room. Not only was a food terrific, the special attention that each staff member paid to my event was indicative of the overall thoughtfulness of the Inn's team.
What you won't find here can be looked at as a luxury as much as some might look at it a detriment. You will not find internet in the room, nor air conditioning, nor flat-screen TVs (or any TVs for that matter) or Ipod docks. Instead, Shelburne Farms allows your to disconnect from our modern world and step back into the graciousness of another era and enjoy a book in the sprawling library, billiards in the game room or a classic cocktail on the Adirondack chairs dotting the rolling lawns. Shelburne Farms has managed to find the sweet spot so elusive to many of this country's turn-of-the-century estates: it has not become a mausoleum-like tribute to some long forgotten industrialist nor a stuffy $1,200 a night paean to over the top extravagance. Instead, in its unassuming way, the Inn has encapsulated the hospitality of a bygone era while tweaking it ever so slightly for today's modern sensibilities. The Inn at Shelburne Farms is nothing short of extraordinary.
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- Inn At Shelburne Farms Hotel Shelburne