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Our Family

Welcome to Basin Harbor, from the Beach Family. Our family has been running Basin Harbor since 1886, and you’re almost guaranteed to meet a Beach while you’re here. Now on our fifth generation at the resort, the Beaches are hands-on stewards of Basin Harbor and we care deeply about the experiences of all of our guests.


Here’s a little more about our family. When you see us around, please say hello.

Bob Beach, Jr., Fourth-Generation Host

Bob is pretty easy to find. Just look for the golf cart with a couple of lazy golden retrievers on it, and he’s probably not far. Bob started working at the resort fulltime in 1974. “I’ll just do it for like five years,” he thought. That was 47 years ago.

 Bob is happiest when he’s outdoors, so a perfect day for him would start with a walk to Button Point. “I’d definitely get out on the lake,” he explains. “I still swim every day. Then I’d probably ride a bike around, have a nice meal, and if there was a band playing, I might go. That really encapsulates what I hope people get when they leave here: they’re relaxed, they really enjoyed it, and they want to come back.”

“There are so many beautiful places in the world, and this is one of them. We have a stellar view. Just sit down by the point or go out on the lake. There are some things that make it really untouchable. And the fact that Vermont is still so safe, especially out here at the end of the road. Guest can just come and let their kids go free. We take it for granted, but we leave our keys in our cars.”

If you want to know anything about the history of Basin Harbor or Lake Champlain, ask Bob. He often leads historic tours and is a wealth of knowledge about the area.

“I’m a Vermonter. My family’s been in West Ferrisburgh since 1800. We love it. I’m optimistic. I think the longer we stay in business, the more valuable it becomes to our guests. We really see ourselves as stewards of this place. My grandfather, many years ago, called himself a host, and so when Pennie and I came on board, we said, we’re really hosts. We’re fourth-generation hosts. We’re fortunate, and we’re proud of it.”

Pennie Beach, Fourth-Generation Host

For Pennie, a great day of work is just seeing lots of happy people around, happy staff and happy guests: Somebody got a hole-in-one. Somebody learned to water ski. Somebody caught a fish.

Pennie’s been around the resort long enough to see many evolutions, but there’s one thing she hopes never changes about Basin Harbor: “I hope it still offers people a chance to slow down and recharge their batteries and breathe. It’s a very beautiful place, so whether you want to run around exhaust yourself doing everything you can do, or just sit by the lake and watch the waves go by, I hope that never changes. As my grandfather famously said, our view is an undepletable resource. There aren’t a lot of places like this. We’re at the end of the road. Not even a stoplight. It’s very different. It slows time down.”

When she’s not answering questions or helping people get what they need, you can probably find Pennie at The Red Mill or Ardelia’s, ensuring that the food is perfect and that everyone is having a great vacation. An avid green thumb and beekeeper, Pennie also leads guided tours of the resort’s many flower gardens and the apiary.

Sarah Morris, Fifth-Generation Host

Sarah is Pennie’s daughter and has grown up at Basin Harbor. If you want to understand what there is to do, play, explore, and enjoy yourself around the resort and the surrounding area, talk to Sarah. She has years of experience to draw upon and loves helping our guests to map out a perfect vacation.

From recommendations on local hiking trails, to where to find the best chicken sandwiches in town, Sarah would be thrilled to live vicariously and send you on an adventure. With a background in cooking and food-and-beverage service, Sarah can also direct you around Basin Harbor’s many menus and dining options. She’s often involved in menu planning at the resort and uses guest feedback to suggest new offerings each year.

Her secret advice? Sometimes “off the beaten path” means walking or running on the local roads in Basin Harbor’s neighborhood. Take Schoolhouse Road to discover a quiet running route with pastoral views of cows, wetlands, and some local architecture.

Looking for an alternative to the gym? Take a standup paddleboard south along the shoreline to Scotch Bonnet, an outcropping of rocks about a half mile down the lakeshore. While the wind on the lake primarily blows from the north, Lake Champlain actually flows towards the north, so you’re likely to have a little help on the way home from your paddle.

History of Basin Harbor

Historical Tour Final from Basin Harbor on Vimeo.