Shawn and Chantal Kerivan bring sixteen 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 the fall of 2015, Chantal set out on a personal journey along the Camino de Santiago. This is the trail that St. James followed on the Iberian peninsula, and each year it draws thousands of pilgrims. Follow this link to learn more about the Camino. Or, check out the movie called The Way, starring Martin Sheen.
Chantal returned from her journey refreshed and recharged, and she would be delighted to discuss her experience with our guests.
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. Visit our Innkeeping Blog.
Shawn's books are available here:
The Vermont Press has just published Shawn's most recent book, A Brief History of Innkeeping in the 21st Century. In this unconventional memoir, Shawn debunks doily-laced mythology of innkeeping through his storytelling skills as he examines not only his own life as an innkeeper, but the effect of larger economic and social forces on small business people everywhere. Written in a singular, outspoken, and entertaining voice, A Brief History of Innkeeping in the 21st Century is a must-read for hosts and travelers alike.
Shawn's first book is a collection of short stories called Name the Boy. A second edition was published by The Vermont Press in 2013. Name the Boy is available in paperback (follow the link to Name the Boy), and as a Kindle and Nook ebook.
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.
Shawn holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Goddard College.