The Inn at Little Washington
Little Washington, Virginia
What it is
Grand, but with a preference for whimsy, it’s a classic European inn with all-star food in small town America.
What it isn't
It’s off the beaten path; if you’re looking for a club, a property with a lavish spa or pool deck, this isn’t the destination.
What we think
Tucked into a denim-colored clapboard house right where Middle and Main streets meet, the original building of the Inn is classic Americana: the banisters are covered in blooming flowers and proudly fly eight American flags. Stepping inside, the scene is just as homey, but airs to the side of old world, opulent grandeur. Patrick O’Connell, both the proprietor and chef, started the Inn in 1978 as a small restaurant inside of a garage - it’s since grown to encompass a cluster of buildings through the village. The 24 rooms and suites have been lovingly designed and detailed by London set designer, Joyce Evans. The inn is understandably theatrical as a result: the buildings are all individually styled: they range from minimalistic and clean to treasure troves of antiques. The common theme is that they all are bedecked with fresh flowers and feel like effortlessly charming homes. The hotel’s five-star property is matched by its five-star restaurant. Long before farm-to-table was a trending topic, Patrick O’Connell was befriending the local farmers of “Little” Washington (“Big” Washington being D.C.) The Relais & Châteaux stamp of approval and the Michelin star speak to the elevated expectations of the kitchen.
Notably, There are no connecting rooms, and children 18 and younger are discouraged.
You're here because
Washington is one of America’s few remaining unspoiled, historic small towns - The Inn at Little Washington offers a chance to be at home in the slower, quieter pace here … in addition to being a stop on every foodie’s bucket list.
While sitting beside the massive marble fireplace in the two story foyer, a smiling server comes by to deliver the silver platters for afternoon tea. As she pours steaming “Patrick’s Blend” into the flowery china, she names the delicacies that make up this afternoon’s platter. Complimenting the citrus-laced green tea are small cucumber and house-smoked salmon sandwiches, county ham on petit biscuits, pistachio shortbread, jam-filled tarts and other mini sweets. With a polite smile, she turns and clicks away across the old French parquet floor.
It’s nestled in a classic American Colonial village. It’s a 3-minute walk to the Theatre At Washington and 2 miles from the border of Shenandoah National Park where guests can walk trails or picnic. It’s roughly an hour to the international airports in D.C.
The Inn at Little Washington - Patrick O'Connell's Refined American Cuisine
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