I spent a good amount of time online researching surprise weekend getaway options for myself & my significant other. I located a few B&B's on the Eastern Shore and directly contacted several via their websites (email). I received a nearly immediate response from The Inn at Onancock. I had already been impressed by their website and the testimonials, but their prompt response was impressive. Kris & Lisa inquired as to my expectations & desires for the weekend & advised me as to our options. The Inn was nearly booked for the weekend, however the Provence room was still available. I decided to move ahead with The Inn for our getaway.
Kris & Lisa were instrumental in the successful planning of our weekend. With their assistance, our weekend was quickly & easily arranged - dinner reservations at the Charlotte on Friday evening (we recommend the prime rib, crab cakes, & goat cheese/red pepper pizza), a kayak trip w/ a basket lunch (prepared by Lisa) on Saturday, & dinner at Bizzotto's on Saturday evening (try the sea bass!).
The weekend was a surprise for my significant other, so he was very interested when we pulled up to The Inn - this was his first b&b experience. We were greeted by Kris & Lisa immediately. I later stated that it felt like coming home after having moved away - Kris & Lisa are SO hospitable! Lisa gave us a tour of the home - let me say that EVERY room is absolutely beautiful - you CAN'T make a bad choice!
As I had planned, we arrived at 6:00pm just in time for 'wine down hour'. The wine, cheese, & social time were wonderful! Our dinner reservations at 8:00pm allowed us just enough time to 'wine down' & get ready to go. The Charlotte restaurant is a short walk from The Inn. Although the menu choices were limited, we were both very pleased with our meals.
On Saturday morning, we finally experienced the long-awaited breakfast. Lisa prepared amazing baked blueberry french toast, a torte, and fruit for breakfast - truly divine! It was soon time to head off to meet Bill for our half-day kayak trip. Lisa handed me our lunch & off we went. At the wharf (a 5-minute walk from The Inn), we were provided with a map & equipment. Within ten minutes, we were off & paddling. It was so relaxing! We arrived at the private beach & proceeded to eat lunch - nicoise salads with seared tuna, a loaf of fresh bread, a bottle of Chardonnay which we both had loved the previous night, a picnic blanket, & all necessary utensils. It was an unforgettable experience sitting on a blanket on a private beach eating such a magnificent meal with my significant other.
We arrived back from our trip around 3:30pm & proceeded to walk around town. There are several cute shops worth exploring. Back at The Inn, we took time to rest prior to dinner - the peace & quiet at The Inn all day & night allow for perfect sleeping conditions. We dined at Bizzotto's at 7:00pm, which was very impressive. The atmosphere is very comfortable & the menu options are ample.
If you have concerns about the b&b concept, DON'T! Lisa & Kris are only as involved in your trip as you want them to be. They are there if you need them - otherwise you go & do your own thing. The conversation with them was always fascinating as they both are very active in the community, familiar with the history, & huge promoters of Onancock - for good reason. We intentionally stopped to speak with them as we left & returned from each outing. It was so entertaining discussing local history, activities, cuisine, etc.
We just returned from Onancock last evening & I'm already on the website checking for availability over the next couple of months. That, in itself, should tell you something!
If you are looking for a quiet, simple, relaxed way of life, do not hesitate to contact Lisa & Kris. I can tell you from experience - they will work with you to set up every detail of the getaway. KUDOS to you, Lisa & Kris, for providing us with a superbly clean, comfortable, pampering home in which to relax & get away from our busy lives! We will be back soon!
Belisa & Wayne, Virginia Beach
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arrive as Guests - Leave as Friends Enjoy refined relaxation at a premier bed and breakfast on Virginia's eastern shore. Every room at The Inn at Onancock boasts updated private en suite bathrooms, feather-topped beds dressed in freshly pressed 1000-thread count luxury linens, full gourmet breakfasts & our signature Wine Down Hour. Our Wine Down hour provides select wines and Inn-made hors d'oeuvres, but more importantly, a time to sit together and visit with new friends. The Inn is located within historic downtown with restaurants for every taste, art galleries and antique shops, and the deep-water wharf that provides immediate access to the Bay. Central air and free WiFi is available throughout the house. ... more less
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