The Inn at Little Washington
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... that was 20” deep but because of the still water and reflections, it looked 20 feet deep! There was also an inventor who built a piano which used stalactites as his organ pipes. They literally made a beautiful harmony by tapping a limestone stalactite with an electric powered mallet. After the cave we walked around the grounds for a while, enjoying the museums and history (original Davy Crockett memorabilia and such!). It was another rainy ...
Before we went to bed last night, the RV was packed and ready to go. That made getting to church by 8:15 possible. We could not go out of town without Tommy registering to win the new Jeep at Newspring! The service was great and all the dads were recognized for Father's Day.
Our journey began around 10 when we got on I-85 heading north. We stopped outside Greensboro and made lunch. The GPS led us off 85 ...
... and down
all the time. ‘ Black Bear ‘, we have given our trusty van a name at last, did
not like that up down roads and started to make jerky movements when going up
hill and a message came up on the dash ‘ service engine soon ‘. It was getting
late afternoon and we pulled into the Coopers Rock State Forrest. What a
beautiful place, about 24 Caravan/ Camping spots situated amongst tall ...
... and Family in SA stay warm, I know you have been having some horrible
nasty winter weather lately.
Here we have been making huge bonfires every night and keep them going all day for the next evening to stay warm as it does cool down to about 17 deg or less after the sun goes down. There is no shortage of fire wood in fact there is too much after cleaning the forest of loose branches and some trees had to be cut down also.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Inn at Little Washington
Took a friend for her 50th birthday and snagged both a room and a dinner reservation. We arrived early but were greeted warmly, and offered a private tea while they finished preparing our room. It was not overly elaborate, but instead perfect in every small detail.
We were excited about our room and dinner reservations to celebrate our wedding anniversary. To our great disappointment, the reservation staff was total chaos, we had to call and follow-up our reservations. The Manager, Beverly was extremely curt and rude and refused to explain the mess up. She offered to refund our deposit for the room and stay elsewhere instead of solving the problem. No apologies were extended to us for their lack of follow-up and she blamed us for wanting certain things. "It's a small inn and we don't have TV, but maybe next year..." For the price of a room 575 USD plus tax in the low season with only continental breakfast and teacookies served as extras, one would expect the service and staff concern to be impeccable. Besides the property and the location are only adequate. Other relais hotels were more up to par. The dinner reservations were kept, but after all the arguments, we were left with a bitter taste in our mouths and an unmemorable anniversary. Not international in its standard. Other hotels, Four Seasons and the Ritz deserve their high prices and the hype. Would't go out of the way, in the middle of nowhere to get bad service and have to pay 5 star prices for it.
What's the big deal?
Anticipated a wonderful anniversary celebration here. What we experienced was a nice room...mediocre food...good service, but not great...and a very "stuffy" atmosphere. I would define the weekend as "death by boredom!" A very costly death!!!! ;0)
The Gold Standard
We stopped in on a chance cancellation at the last minute. I expected a lot for our money and we certainly got all that and more. I cannot wait to visit this magical place again. The personalized service, the FOOD, with so much flavor we were almost overwhelmed with it, was SO far above my jaded expectations. The comfort level in our suite was sublime....the personnel, all without fail the very best I have encountered. I truly feel this place fully deserves the accolades it has received. Having stayed at many of the "best" hotels and inns in the US the Inn at Little Washington is at the top of the heap.
This is the ultimate special ocassion destination. The only reason NOT to go is if your personality can't stop thinking about how expensive it is. It's expensive, and staying overnight is unconscionably expensive!
Although the ambiance is outstanding, we were disappointed with the service. The waiters were confused about white wine only to be served with appetizer, were not conversant on the subtleties of items on the menu, and overall rushed us through our meal.
Since we were staying overnight at the inn, there should have been no hint of rushing.
The food was exceptional. but not world-class. The white meat on my braised rabbit was dry, and the sauce tepid.
Afternoon tea was also a disappointment, with only a few choice goodies. It could not be accruately called "high tea".
In all, a transporting two day adventure, but will be remembered more for the decor and hotel service than the restaurant service or food.
Not the best !!
Nice place , but I have had better tasting food for less money !! Two couples for dinner with two bottles of wine $860 / tip not included.
The service was great -- the food looked great - but lacked in taste !
Good thing it wasn't very filling -- we could go home and eat!!
Wildly over-rated. Neither the price nor the trip turned me off trekking out to Washington, VA. But, upon arrival, I found myself shocked at the cramped and prettily but unimaginatively decorated rooms. Still, no one goes there for the inn, depsite the romantic moniker attached to any quaint location. It's the food. The service was impeccable; attentive, polite and friendly. As for the food, it was wonderful to look at, but food is to be tasted and savored. I at LW has focused too much on the "presentation" and not enough on the purpose of serving it. Do yourelf a favor, eat in DC and enjot it more.
I'd go back in a heart beat!!! This place is the best!
The Inn at Little Washington lived up to every expectation. The employees were very respectful and smooth. Nothing was a surprise to them. The room was wonderful. We loved the balcony. It was a great place to read and relax. The food was fabulous. We plan to return this year.
The Inn at Little Washington is not for the faint of heart, neither with regard to the menu nor the bill that follows. But if you can afford it, it is simply the best in cuisine that the United States has to offer in competition with Bocouse, Vergere, or Ducasse. Original, inspired dishes emerge, one better than the last, for the prix fixe menu. I recommend you let them run the show and indulge in the sommelier's tasting choices as well, with a different glass of wine with each course hand chosen to perfectly combine with the food, delivering the most pleasing results. From appetizer through dessert and cheeses, this kitchen rules! Not only is the food unbelievable, but the decor, service, wine list and ambience add up to an experience of a lifetime. While you don't have to be a "wine spectator" type or a culinary critic, it helps to have some background to appreciate the efforts of master chefs Patrick O'Connell and Reinhardt Lynch. A true Inn, you can stay in one of their sumptously appointed rooms for a king's ransom, or toddle off to lick your wallet wounds in a less expensive B&B nearby. Anyone who loves the experience of a world class restaurant should definitely not miss out on the Inn at Little Washington. Well worth the expense.