For some reason, I really enjoy visiting the Shelburne waterfront.
I’m not sure what it is that is so appealing to me. Maybe it’s because the historic area is so well preserved. Maybe it’s because the scenery there is so beautiful. Maybe it’s because the times when we’ve visited there have been other people milling around, but it’s never been overly crowded. Maybe it’s because we always seem to stop there in beautiful weather, when the sun is shining and there’s a light breeze blowing off the water. Probably it’s all of those things.
I also have to be honest that part of the attraction is The Bean Dock. It’s this tiny little restaurant/coffee shop right there overlooking the water. We’ve eaten there twice now and both times it’s been a great experience, not just the food but the whole experience.
Steve and I discovered The Bean Dock two summers ago. We were spending the night in Shelburne and happened upon it while walking along the waterfront. It was perfect. We ordered food and brought it outside to eat at a picnic table. Because we travel with Jake, we eat at a lot of picnic tables, but more often than not they’re the ones sitting on concrete in the sun outside fast food restaurants. The Bean Dock was a welcome change with its cheerful surroundings, green grass and great views of the waterfront and harbour.
We stopped there again last summer, this time for a late lunch. It was idyllic — well almost. Jake wasn’t completely thrilled when Steve brought out two steaming cups of coffee and no Timbit, but was happier when I produced a dog treat from my pocket. A few minutes later, a waitress appeared with two delicious grilled sandwiches. We made a couple of trips back inside to choose some munchies from their fabulous selection of sweets and I was careful to choose one without chocolate so I could share with our beloved, begging four-legged friend (I know I shouldn’t but you can’t understand until you see that hairy face by your feet with just a bit of his tongue sticking out as if to say “Me too, please.”)
After lunch, we took Jake (or maybe he took us) for a walk down towards the visitor information centre and back. It was all so pretty and peaceful. I can hardly wait to go back this summer.