The Cooper’s Inn Bed and Breakfast is a perfect stay in Shelburne reflecting the history of this coastal town. Built in 1784 just one year after the original Loyalists arrived, I loved the feel of the Inn located across the street from the ocean and right in the heart of the historic section of town.
The website http://www.thecoopersinn.com/index.html for the B&B states that the home was built in the aftermath of the American Revolution, as pro-British refugees flooded into Shelburne. Built originally as a vertical log structure it served as both store and home to a blind man, named George Gracie. “In 1785 Gracie was a refugee merchant from Boston and was to become one of two representatives of Shelburne County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.”
The inn offers 7 rooms and 1 elegant suite that I was blessed to stay in. Inn owner Pate Dewar said she was a travel agent before she married an innkeeper and went from “making reservations to taking reservations.”
Now divorced Pat and friend Melanie helps run this wonderful piece of history. Pat says, “We offer quality accommodations with private ensuite baths and harbour views.”
Late afternoon cocktails are available and it is very pleasant to sit and chat in the garden. Being from land locked Illinois knowing the ocean is just right outside the door is an amazing feeling. Breakfast was quite wonderful and fortifying enough for a busy day. While the food was amazing, I am still in awe of the juice Pat made with cranberry on bottom and orange on top, pretty and good!
I ate early then headed out to see Shelburne wake up, quite a treat and the Cooper’s Inn is part of the history that makes up the fabric of this Oceanside town.