Historical Inn and Restaurant in Coastal Washington with Period Antiques
Innkeepers David Campiche and Laurie Anderson have spearheaded quite a few elaborate restoration projects to accentuate the old-fashioned feel of The Shelburne Inn, which dates to 1896. In 1983, they began to transform Inglenook, a dining room area, into a lounge; they adorned it with art nouveau 19th-century stained-glass windows that were rescued from a church in England before it was razed. Anchoring the Inglenook is a piano they named Gloria, after a longtime guest.
At the acclaimed Shelburne Restaurant, seasoned chefs whip up Northwest-inspired fare made from local seafood such as Northwest cioppino and dungeness crab cakes, served alongside artisan breads and desserts made at the inn's bakery. For a more casual meal, head to the adjacent Shelburne Pub for David's mussel chowder, a 30-year staple at the inn. The innkeepers have even posted some of their favorite recipes online, so you won’t have to mail home the mushroom frittatas and reverse engineer them in your kitchen. Shelburne Restaurant's main dining room is closed on Wednesday, but the pub will remain open.
Each of the Shelburne Inn’s guest rooms and suites is decorated with antiques such as stained glass and claw-foot bathtubs. Don’t sleep in too late, or you’ll miss The Shelburne Inn’s complimentary gourmet breakfast, which so moved a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter that he proclaimed, "The Shelburne is to breakfast what the Louvre is to art.”
Seaview, Washington: Sleepy Coastal Town on Long Beach Peninsula
The Shelburne Inn is located in the small town of Seaview, which sits on Long Beach Peninsula, nestled between the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. The peninsula is home to 28 miles of sandy beaches and quaint seaside villages populated by antique shops, bookstores, and galleries.
Long Beach holds the distinction of being the most northwesterly leg of Lewis and Clark’s transcontinental journey. You can trace the explorers’ footsteps on the nearly 9-mile Discovery Trail, located a short distance from The Shelburne Inn. The trail re-creates the scenes Lewis and Clark described in their diaries, replete with an 18-foot gray-whale skeleton and a bronze statue replica of a beached sturgeon. A life-size bronze tree honors the pine that Clark once inscribed with his name and the immortal words “Eat it, Magellan.”