2020 is a big year for the Inn at Willow Grove. Not only are we starting a new decade, we are celebrating our tenth year in business. Here’s a look ahead, with a little nod to where we started.
In 2008, David and Charlene Scibal purchased our thirty-eight acre property. The Manor House, circa 1778, was on site as were a few other small outbuildings. Originally intending to use The Manor House as their private home, the Scibals broke ground on renovations immediately. Not long into the project, they realized the property had potential as an inn and so they shifted their focus. Two years and millions of dollars later, the Inn at Willow Grove opened as an eleven room Inn with an on-property restaurant.
Charlene decorated the entire property herself, meaning that each room is unique yet cohesive, similar to a fashion collection. Originally from New Orleans, Charlene’s French influence can be found throughout the property: the giant map of Paris at Guest Services, the complimentary daily beignets delivered to each guest every morning and more.
In 2017, the Scibals added fourteen rooms and a full-service spa with a saltwater relaxation pool. Today, the Inn at Willow Grove operates with twenty five rooms, four-star Vintage restaurant, and Mill House Spa. The property has meeting spaces that can host corporate events for up to 52 persons or social events for up to 200 guests. The Scibals also own a sister restaurant, Forked on Main, and small wares shop, Objects on Main, in downtown Orange, Virginia.
In 2020, the Inn at Willow Grove will host several culinary events to showcase the creativity of our new executive chef, Andrew Eppley. Chef Eppley joined us in mid-December and he has already made his mark with the creation and launch of our winter menus. Next month, Chef will serve our Valentine guests a four-course meal, available with wine pairings for $145 per person. In the spring, we hope to host an Opus One dinner which will again allow Chef Eppley to pair his food alongside phenomenal wines.
In July, we will celebrate our tenth anniversary all month long! Vintage will offer food and drink specials centering around the year 1778, to honor the history of The Manor House. Small commemorative items will be available for purchase. On July 25, renowned musician Marc Broussard will join us for our annual Summer Concert Series. Other musicians are still to be determined. In conjunction with his performance and with a nod to the heritage of our owners, we will have a Cajun Throwdown! Chef Troy Bijeaux of New Orleans’ Cafe Josephine will battle Vintage’s Chef Andrew Eppley and others. More details about tickets to this once-in-a-decade event to follow.
As the year unfolds we hope you will join us! Follow us on social media @innatwillowgrove @forkedonmain and @millhousespa. Monthly promotions can be found on our website and up-to-the-minute information can be found in our e-newsletter. Happy New Year!