The WilloughVale Inn on Lake Willoughby in Vermont

Robert Frost at the WilloughVale Inn

Robert Frost - The Road Not Taken

“I see it’s a fair, pretty sheet of water,
Our Willoughby!”

So wrote beloved American poet Robert Frost’s in his Servant to Servants poem which he composed while tent camping with his family in 1909 on what would eventually become the WilloughVale’s grounds.  The property at that time was a farm run by the Conley family. 

Frost’s poem tells the story of a hard-working farm woman whose character, Frost later told, was based on a composite of three women, one of whom was Mrs. Conley.   Although the work depicts the difficulties of a hardscrabble life in a rural setting, Frost’s love of Vermont’s natural beauty and his impressions of Lake Willoughby are clearly evident as he writes, “To step outdoors and take the water dazzle. A sunny morning, or take the rising wind about my face and body . . .

The Robert Frost Cottage, along with our three other Lakefront Cottages, has been very popular with WilloughVale guests over the years. Be sure to reserve your cottage early as they book up fast!

Robert Frost

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The WilloughVale Inn on Lake Willoughby

793 Vermont Route 5A South, Westmore, Vermont 05860
800-594-9102 | 802-525-4123 | Fax: 802-525-4514

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