Right here’s a recap of our romantic go to to The Inn at Willow Grove in Orange, Virginia.
A fast one-night getaway
I informed my mother-in-law some time again I don’t need any presents apart from probably the most treasured present of all: time! So her Mom’s Day present to me this 12 months was an evening with our boys so Thomas and I might escape for the night time. We had been so grateful! It’s superb to “simply” be grown-ups for an evening.
We researched all the same old locations to remain inside a 1-2 hour radius of Charlottesville and determined upon the Inn At Willow Grove. My sister, who’s a journey agent, did all of the reserving for us. This was our first go to and we hope to return!
The Inn At Willow Grove
Nestled on 40 acres in the course of Virginia countryside, the Inn at Willow Grove is situated in Orange, Virginia (additionally dwelling to Woodberry Forest College should you’ve heard of it!). It was a few 45-minute drive on winding roads from Charlottesville to Orange.
The grounds are anchored by the principle home – a restored historic dwelling relationship again to the 1770s. It homes the reception, Classic Restaurant & Pub, and a number of the inn’s rooms.
Be careful for the butler!
There are 25 rooms complete between the principle home and cottages throughout the grounds which can be named for what I consider they initially had been: the Butler’s Cottage, the Smokehouse, the Schoolhouse Cottage. Some are registered historic landmarks.
Our room: Creekside Cottages
Our room was Creekside Cottage East (no. 6) and was vibrant and ethereal with an exquisite king-size mattress and balcony. We cherished the view!
The Mill Home Spa Pool
We didn’t have time to do something enjoyable on the spa, however we did get to sit down by the pool! The climate was simply heat sufficient.
Whereas the pool is marketed as heated, it was not very heat. (It was additionally not freezing). Thomas did a pleasant chilly plunge! That they had a bar by the pool the place you may order snacks or a drink, which was a pleasant contact.
Dinner at Classic Restaurant
We modified for dinner and headed over for a drink on the bar earlier than our reservation. You’ll undoubtedly desire a reservation at Classic as a result of of us from the group come too. Our journey was considerably final minute and we virtually didn’t get a reservation, however we lucked out.
We each RAVED about our cocktails. I had a Bourbini which was bourbon, vanilla bean syrup, orange, and Prosecco. Thomas had a margarita-style drink with tequila.
We additionally shared a cheese board which was generously embellished!
Dinner was wonderful
We had been seated in a personal room with a view of the entrance garden!
The bread with salted butter, amuse bouche, and entrees had been all fantastic. I had a crab cake with carrot ribbons, greens, and fava bean hummus.
Everybody saved wishing us a cheerful anniversary and we simply rolled with it. I figured my sister had checked that field when she booked the room. Once I despatched her an image of our dessert, she jogged my memory that it WAS our anniversary – the anni of our engagement! We had each forgotten – haha!
This chocolate mousse with caramel and peanuts was sooooo good!
French press + beignets
A plus of the Inn is they convey you French press espresso (or tea) and beignets for breakfast proper to your room! How pretty.
Breakfast at Classic
We went again to Classic for omelets and extra espresso earlier than heading again dwelling.
The Inn at Willow Grove is an exquisite escape from Washington, DC, or Charlottesville, and there’s a lot to do within the space from vineyards to mountaineering to James Madison’s Montpelier to the cities of Orange and Culpepper. We might completely return for one more keep – hopefully an extended one too!
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