Shawn and Chantal Kerivan bring fourteen years of innkeeping experience to the Auberge. More than innkeepers, Shawn and Chantal are experienced outdoors people who can help you get the most from your visit to Stowe.
Shawn was born and raised in Green Harbor, Massachusetts. Before settling in Stowe, he spent time working in the commercial fish industry, as a radio broadcaster, as a carpenter, operating his own commercial painting company, and as a ski instructor, where he met his future wife, Chantal.
Chantal was born and raised in France, and she spent her life in and around the restaurant business. She came to the United States to attend college, and she met Shawn while studying for her MBA. After school, Shawn and Chantal moved to France, where Chantal was a regional marketing director for Sodexho, the world’s largest foodservice contractor. After that, Chantal’s career brought them to the greater Boston area, then Montreal. They finally settled in Stowe.
Their love of innkeeping was born during a cycling tour of the Ring of Kerry in Ireland. While biking from B&B to B&B, Shawn and Chantal were hosted by Irish families who enjoyed welcoming travelers into their homes. For several years they developed their dream, finally settling in Stowe in 2000. Innkeeping has allowed Shawn and Chantal to follow their bliss as skiers, as well as raise a family in northern Vermont’s idyllic setting.
In addition to innkeeping, Shawn is a published author and a teacher of composition, humanities, and creative writing at the undergraduate level. He also authors a sometimes-controversial, always entertaining and thought-provoking blog on innkeeping called Innkeeping Insights in Stowe.
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His next book is called Creative Writing in the Real World: A Reader for Writers, and it was published by New Plains Press (newplainspress.com) in 2012. Creative Writing in the Real World is a cross-genre collection that explores the creative process as the memoir of a writer's life.
In the summer of 2014, Auberge Books published Iago's Fool, and adventure/thriller that Shawn wrote in 1996 while living in Montreal. Many of the themes of the novel–strong female characters, a writer struggling with his identity, a sweeping plot that puts ordinary people in extraordinary situations–are common to Shawn's other novels. In Iago's Fool a writer must come to terms with a past that has ripped him from his self-pity and drawn him into a plot with worldwide implications.
The Innkeeper's Husband, a memoir of their trails and tribulations as small innkeepers, is available as a Kindle download, and it will be published by The Vermont Press in late 2012 or 2013 under the title A Brief History of Innkeeping in the 21st Century. To find out more, or to order a copy, click here to visit Shawn's website. Shawn holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Goddard College.