Eat and Stay: Foodie worthy local getaways

Image: The Quirk Hotel, Maple & Pine Restaurant

Image: The Quirk Hotel, Maple & Pine Restaurant

Looking for a great getaway without having to travel very far? These local inns, hotels and B&Bs offer incredible ambiance and mouthwatering menus that honor local ingredients in the best possible way.

Boars Head Inn – Charlottesville

This intimate resort focuses on local produce and sustainability, using goods sourced from a network of Virginia-based farms and vineyards to build a welcoming inn that wraps guests in a cocoon of Southern hospitality.

The Ashby Inn & Restaurant – Paris

Drive an hour west of Washington, DC, and you’ll find this serene inn full of 19th-century furnishings, wood-burning fireplaces, and seasonal menu offerings that are as dynamic as they are delicious.

The Martha Washington Inn & Spa – Abingdon

What began as a retirement home for an American hero is now a charming inn that has hosted everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt to Elizabeth Taylor. Today’s guests enjoy a mix of breathtaking antiques, modern amenities, and a classic American menu with innovative twists tasty enough to please Martha herself.

Image: Gristmill Square, Waterwheel Restaurant - Jumping Rocks Photography

Image: Gristmill Square, Waterwheel Restaurant – Jumping Rocks Photography

The Inn at Gristmill Square – Warm Springs

Deep in the George Washington National Forest sits the small enclave of four buildings that make up The Inn at Gristmill Square. Step away from the “real world” and indulge in the timeless magic of the Allegheny Highlands and a farm-to-table menu that embraces seasonal Virginia cuisine. Chef Chris Dilts has brought the delicious tastes of local ingredients to the Waterwheel Restaurant at the Grist Mill with unique and individually composed dishes. Working with farmers to source proteins and produce as locally as possible, they even create their own pastas, soups, dressings, and stocks from scratch.

Joshua Wilton House – Harrisonburg

Settle into this lovingly restored Victorian home in Harrisonburg’s Historic Old Town district and enjoy a fine dining menu starring seasonal Virginia ingredients refined in terms of both flavor and presentation.

Goodstone Inn & Restaurant – Middleburg

Get a taste of the good life at this 265-acre estate’s award-winning French restaurant, where you’ll enjoy expertly crafted meals prepared with seasonable produce from Goodstone’s own farm and gardens.

Image: Quirk Hotel

Image: Quirk Hotel

Quirk Hotel – Richmond

The Quirk Hotel is rolling in accolades, due in no small part to Chef David Dunlap’s menu that brings out the deepest, richest flavor possible from a range of local artisan ingredients. Enjoy dinner at Maple & Pine and then toast a perfect evening overlooking Richmond from the hotel’s new rooftop bar.

Channel Bass Inn – Chincoteague

A foodie’s day starts early at this flower-filled inn, where the personable owners offer up warm blueberry muffins and farm fresh eggs for breakfast and vegetarians and vegans are welcomed with open arms.

Hotel Roanoke – Roanoke

Executive Chef Stephen DeMarco infuses the menu at Hotel Roanoke’s Regency Room with local ingredients and dishes that make a statement – perfect for winning over clients or throwing an unforgettable dance, afternoon tea, or luncheon with the girls.

Image: The Inn at Little Washington

Image: The Inn at Little Washington

The Inn at Little Washington – Washington

The Inn at Little Washington’s is no stranger to awards, but what happy guests will remember are the luxurious accommodations, darling balconies, American cuisine critics have described as “so good it makes you cry,” and a 14,000-bottle wine cellar to wash it all down with.

Primland – Meadows of Dan

It’s impossible to be bored while ensconced on the 12,000-acre property that makes up Primland. If golfing, spa days and the great outdoors don’t get your heart pumping, try your hand at cooking classes or just indulge in a Sunday brunch spread laden with dishes made using the very best local, organic and sustainable ingredients.

The Jefferson – Washington DC

Just four blocks from the White House sits one of the most discerning and sought-after hotels in Washington, DC. Use it as a launching pad for jaunts to any one of the area’s many 5-star dining options or stay in for the night and enjoy menu offerings made with produce from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Gardens.

The Tabard Inn – DC

The Tabard Inn opened in 1922 and has been running ever since. There may not be any TVs in the guest rooms, but if you need entertainment you can just dream about the kitchen’s crab-filled artichokes or ricotta gnocchi with Maple Leaf Farms duck breast, and boredom will be instantly vanquished.


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