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 instructed my mother-in-law some time again I don’t need any items apart from essentially the most valuable reward of all: time! So her Mom’s Day reward to me this yr was an evening with our boys so Thomas and I may 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 standard 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 midst of Virginia countryside, the Inn at Willow Grove is positioned in Orange, Virginia (additionally dwelling to Woodberry Forest Faculty should you’ve heard of it!). It was a couple of 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 among the inn’s rooms.
Be careful for the butler!
There are 25 rooms complete between the principle home and cottages throughout the grounds which might 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 vivid and ethereal with a beautiful king-size mattress and balcony. We liked 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 might 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 positively need a reservation at Classic as a result of people from the neighborhood 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 glorious
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 great. 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 bring about 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 a stupendous escape from Washington, DC, or Charlottesville, and there’s lots to do within the space from vineyards to mountain climbing to James Madison’s Montpelier to the cities of Orange and Culpepper. We’d completely return for one more keep – hopefully an extended one too!
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