That is no light statement, but I guarantee you will agree with me and go to my #1 country inn. You will be off to Rappahannock County Virginia, to the Inn at Little Washington. There is no large sign signaling you are there, but as you coast into the town of Washington’s little square, you’ll realize you have arrived. Make no mistake about it. A tuxedo-clad squadron of welcomers will ascend on your car, make certain you have a confirmed reservation, and take over from there. You will be welcomed like royalty. No check-in hassle. Your A team will already have taken care of the annoying car and luggage details. You will be given an introductory tour of the main building as you sip on your flute of champagne. Chef will hate me for this, but ask if you can take a peek at the kitchen, serene and beautiful. In the late afternoon, you will be offered tea service—with proper attention to detail—in the garden or in the inn’s social room, depending on the weather. Lucky you. You will be so relaxed by the time you reach your sumptuous suite that you’ll not know how you will make dinner. But believe me you will. And you will not be working off last night’s menu or, for that matter, wine list. Each changes nightly.
Debbie and I spent some time talking with Jennifer, the inn’s wine director. The knowledge, interest and fun Jennifer brings to the inn make the whole wine experience a pleasure for connoisseurs and amateurs alike. The price fix menu is always special, as is the price. We ate in the kitchen on one of our visits (reserve ahead of time) and, I can assure you, an enormous amount of effort goes into the preparation of your magnificent Little Washington dining experience. After dinner or in the morning, enjoy a stroll around the neat little town or along the inn’s pathways. There are more real estate offices than residents. Beats me how any of them make a living.
I will admit one needs to be rather picky to venture far off the beaten path to a village in the middle of nowhere without cell service, spa services, golf course, tennis courts, or anything else that resembles the rest of America. The inn is not for everyone. And that’s the point. If you are looking for a sumptuous dining experience, a friendly and professional staff, and accommodations that will spoil you for the rest of your life, the Inn at Little Washington is for you. I promise. Bon Appetite!