I've made three business trips to the Oakhurst area in 2013 and have stayed at Chateau du Sureau on two of the trips. It is a remarkable place. Although it is a stone's throw from a strip mall and seems at first glance a bit too froofy and pink, it's a truly exceptional place. The inn is elegant, with a large drawing room that manages to be formal and inviting at the same time (although bar service would help). The rooms are thoughtful and well-maintained (I have stayed in Thyme and Saffron), with big windows and large bathrooms and memorable touches like fresh-baked cookies and Pellegrino and a directory that includes a history written by the proprietress. It is the kind of place that has a guest book in every room but does not make a guest feel like he has to, or is supposed to, write in it. It is small enough to be unquestionably intimate -- the staff immediately learns your name -- yet big enough that no one would mistake it for a B&B. At any rate, the real highlight here is the food. As a city-dweller visiting midweek during the off-season, I had low expectations for the restaurant notwithstanding the accolades heaped upon it over the years. In fact, I had two of the best meals I've ever had, every course innovative and balanced and perfectly proportioned. They were served by a well-trained wait staff and accompanied by wines that were well off the beaten path. I can't recall ever being so pleasantly surprised by a hotel -- or looking forward so much to another business trip to the area.
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- Chateau Du Sureau Hotel Oakhurst