The Inn is a grand joy to embrace due to the wonderful food, service and decor. We have gone maybe 8 times in 20 years and always love the dinner. Have spent the night and it is a great way to unwind and enjoy the Inn along with the wacky town of Washington, VA and/or take in some of the local sights. Such a plan will also allow you to enjoy all the wine you would wish without the problems of a long drive home at night. B'fast is also a nice way to top off the weekend or weekday dinner out. Trust me you will be happy.
Yes the price is a bit high, I recall the old days when it was a whole lot lower price and thought it a better value but this is a splurge and you do it for the wow factor.
A few hints, go early and arrive in time for afternoon tea. You can collect some from the long drive or any wine tasting you may have done on the day out to Washington. After tea, roll through the town and look at the little stores:
Inn at Little Washington Shops
rh Ballard, art, rug & home
Also, Little Washington Winery (no connection to the world class eatery) a short drive out of town on 211 to the West has a nice tour/tasting room set up. They don't grow much but rather collect and market the "Dirt Road Collection" of wines from around the world. So many places you will pull up to a VA winery and get a few samples of what they make and yea' done. LWW has a ton of stuff to try and they know the stuff. They also have an outpost tasting room a stone's throw from the Inn were you can try / buy wine AND some very good chocolates
Another reason to get to The Inn early is to kick back and unwind in the "Monkey Bar". This place is so quiet and more times you will have it all alone. They can make ANYTHING and it is very good.
Last nit to pick with the Inn, two years ago, we had wine pairing with dinner. I drink a lot of different kinds of wine and don't live under a rock willing to try new things but we were very disappointed as I found no complement between food & wine.
This past Spring we asked if the same Sommelier was around and we learned they had some one new; well thank goodness, this trip was much better. The other funny thing is asking for advise on other wineries to go to on departing and we got little coaching at all. But that is that and otherwise, this place rocks as the staff will "read" you well and try to provide you the attention you are seeking. They will be personable and talk with you if you start it up small talk or will become invisible if you ignore the servers.
Hint: the sweet stuff for dessert is fine, it is all good stuff (I like the 7 Deadly Sins), however someone at the table HAS to get the cheese service! It is SO COOL to see the cow come out with the mooooooing and they will provide advise if requested and very large plates to go with an after dinner drink maybe...
Just for comparison: we went to the French Laundry, another "nice" place that will get such reviews and the trip was nowhere close. A person in our group had that gluten allergy thing; we told them when making the reservation, we told them as we were seated, we told them as ordering. Yet she was served something that she started to chow down on and only after some time, someone ran out a ripped it out of her way.
Same gluten allergy issue, with the same notice to the Inn and they baked a nice spread of gluten free bread for her and the waiter staff knew all dishes she could or could not eat.
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