After all the quality time indoors thanks to the snow, it was time for a getaway. We scooted off to the Inn at Little Washington (Middle and Main Street, Washington, VA) for an escape. Few foodies haven’t heard of the Inn and Chef Patrick O’Connell’s mastery of cuisine and service. However, general skepticism that somewhere so remote could really be worth the hassle of the hour plus drive had kept us away.
The setting and service of the Inn are impeccable. The decor is beautiful, but a little heavy-handed, and certainly more of what I’d expect at a manor home in the English countryside than Virginia’s hunt country. It’s worth staying overnight to get the complete experience, but at the prices, it’s probably more realistic to do a round trip drive yourself or hire a driver (the wine list is very tempting!)
Most importantly, the dinner did not disappoint and, in fact, exceeded expectations in every way. Chef O’Connell is meticulous and thoughtful in his approach to cuisine, producing dishes that are the epitome of refined while still offering guests whimsy and delight.
The Inn has also has a few lovely options for private parties, weddings and holiday parties for 30-100 people.