We were celebrating a 70th birthday by spending three nights in Charlottesville, Virginia at the Inn at Court Square, which is the oldest building in this very historic town. LOCATION: right on the main square with terrace overlooking a lovely park, two blocks from the pedestrian mall. Four miles from Monticello - one mile from U. of VA. Total silence at night. Parking behind the Inn. HOSPITALITY: the initial telephoned reservation immediately indicated pleasant things to come. And when Pat greeted us, we knew we had picked the right place. Comfortable room with sitting area, beautiful linens and wonderful bathroom with great shower. Pat, Sandy, and Keahi were supreme in their various duties. Pat: in charge of local information, useful tid-bits and PASTRY!!! ...Pastry? we will get to that later. Sandy: also host extraordinaire and dinner waiter. Keahi: morning breakfast and lunch guru, - a cheerful person to start one's day with. Candance DeLoach, owner, designer/decorator/antique dealer and friendly conversationalist.
Now, let's get to the FOOD: BREAKFAST -- freshly ground coffee, teas, orange juice, homemade granola placed in a large bowl surrounded with a generous and decorative assortment of mixed berries/local yogurt if you wish. Selection of mixed mini muffins - (this is where Pat the pastry chef comes in) - and... slices of authentic French quiche - I mean, the kind you only get in Paris. DINNER -served Thurs. Friday or Sat. We began with the most incredible cold fresh pea soup with a touch of mint. We then selected the Savannah Pecan Crusted Chicken with a bourbon blackberry sauce, snap peas and spiced roasted sweet potatoes. And for the vegetarian - creamy rich mushroom Perlau with a variety of rices and wheat berries, asparagus on the side. DESERT - homemade heavenly chocolate cake and the best New York Cheese Cake. I am from NYC and know the difference. We were delighted to discuss our wonderful dinner with Chef Jess Martin after we licked out plates clean! All in all, the combination of the above, with special kudos to the knowledgeable team who make this place highly unusual in a world bleakly bereft of the concept of service with a smile, made our celebratory few days memorable. 5 stars!! I suggest you make a dinner reservation when you reserve your room.
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