Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The Inn at Little Washington: Luxe and Levity

No Washington DC food journal would be complete without mention of Little Washington...The Inn at (what has been nick named) "Little Washington," Virginia.

This place is a destination. It's a little over an hour's drive south of the city, and worth the time. But be prepared to take out a second mortgage for a night's stay with dinner. I once spent the night in the Mayor's House suite and enjoyed a birthday supper there. It's amazing to say the least. Rarely do I say sumptuous, but this place is that and more. Olde Virginia comes alive here and the proprietors, Patrick O'Connell (who, by the way, is the friendliest most talented-yet unassuming soul you could ever meet) and Reinhardt Lynch balance all the cozy luxe with some levity. You'll often find their dalmation dogs walking about. And when you return to your room you'll get turn-down service along with thoughtful (and hilarious) touches like human milk bone biscuits and port with a signed good night message from the dogs. I love this place! The accomodations and food are impeccable, and every detail is attended to. It's personal and custom service at their best. No wonder they've received awards and accolaids such as Relais & Chateau ratings, Michelin Stars, etc.

Despite being as amazing as it is, the establishment isn't stuffy and doesn't take itself too seriously. Go ahead, max out the card...but be sure to reserve a few months in advance...

Rooms: Start at $800 per night
Dinner for 2 w/ wine: appx $500

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