In my opinion, the mid-Atlantic region is synonymous with all things quintessentially Christmas. Snow, horse drawn carriages, sleigh rides, toasty fires, hot beverages. As a native of this region, much of what I associate with Christmas cannot be replicated in other parts of the country. The Christmases that my family and I spent in Phoenix, Arizona never felt like “real Christmas” to me. A fir tree doesn’t last long in 85 degree weather and a Santa Claus clad in shorts just doesn’t seem right! I’m raising my children in an environment similar to the one I grew up in so I can share similar traditions and pass on family values based on a sense of place.
Here at the Inn at Willow Grove, we have values, traditions and beliefs rooted in a sense of place also. We believe travel expands your horizons, both literally and figuratively. We believe exposure to different cultures is valuable and educational. We believe in escaping, unwinding and indulging as a form of self-care, respite and recovery. We love nature and promote activities that connect us to the outdoors, whether that be through a long hike or through culinary introduction to what the land provides. We practice annual traditions so our guests know what to expect and when, and yet we try to balance those with new events. So for those of you who are considering joining us this holiday season and in the months beyond, allow me to provide you with a sense of place so you can make an informed decision about your stay with us in Orange, Virginia.
Orange, Virginia is a rural town located southwest of Washington, DC and northeast of Charlottesville, Virginia. Orange sits in the Virginia Foothills, a region named for its proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Orange is nestled within Virginia’s wine country and our surrounding wineries and vineyards are steadily gaining national acclaim with each harvest. Craft breweries are also finding the climate to be hospitable to their crops, and we’re seeing more breweries opening in 2020. The Inn at Willow Grove offers wine and beer tours and we plan to offer a craft beer dinner in 2020. Also in the New Year, we are going to highlight local agriculture during our first ever farm to table dinner on May 2, 2020. The land here not only yields bountiful crops, it provides gorgeous scenery. The Inn at Willow Grove is famous for the views from our Overlooks, which overlook the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and our expansive, historic property to the east. To experience this view for yourself, follow the hashtag #theIWGoverlooks on social media.
At holiday time, the Vintage restaurant at the Inn at Willow Grove offers several events for those looking to celebrate. On Christmas Eve, Vintage will serve from our new winter dinner menu all day long with seatings from 12:00 pm until 6:30 pm. After taking Christmas Day to be with our families, the Inn at Willow Grove will open on December 26 and remain open until check-outs on New Year’s Day. This is an important change to note: We are typically closed on Mondays and Tuesdays but we will remain open from December 26 until December 31! On New Year’s Eve, our new executive chef is offering a special four-course meal with a prosecco toast to celebrate the start of a new decade. Seatings in Vintage will begin at 5:30 pm and continue until 10:00 pm. For those guests wishing to stay overnight, we are currently offering up to 25% off in Mill House Spa with any overnight stay between now and the end of the month.
After the turn of the New Year, we will have several opportunities to experience a sense of place during your stay with us. For those looking to recharge on property, we are offering Ayurveda retreats on an ongoing basis. Ayurveda focuses on wellness and incorporates healthy food into fitness. Mill House Spa has more information on that new holistic offering.
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend is a perfect time to join us for a long(er) getaway so you can experience more off property. Our small town offers shopping on Main Street, hiking at the Market at Grelen, dining at our sister restaurant, Forked on Main, and historic site seeing at Montpelier, the home of James Madison. Last but not least, Vintage restaurant at the Inn at Willow Grove is offering a very special Opus One wine dinner on Friday, January 24. We will pair five years of Opus with our Chef’s cuisine, creating an interesting juxtaposition of west coast and east coast. Friends and family lodging discounts will be available for those purchasing tickets to the Opus dinner.
If you’re looking to experience the chill of winter in a small town where you can dine at a four-star restaurant, relax in a full-service spa, and recharge in luxurious rooms and suites, visit The Inn at Willow Grove this season. We are ready to serve you as you escape, unwind and indulge.
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