Every other month or so a group of four of closest friends gets together to celebrate one of our birthdays or just get together for a girls’ outing. One of my favorite places we have visited to date is the Inn at Willow Grove just outside of Orange, Va.
The Willow Grove plantation house was built in 1778, but recently underwent a massive renovation that included the addition of a gourmet restaurant, creekside cottages and a spa. While the purpose of our getaway was Sunday brunch, the Inn at Willow Grove is a wonderful destination for weddings, corporate retreats, couples weekend, girls weekend and family getaways.
The Vintage Restaurant at the Inn at Willow Grove was our brunch destination and we were immediately impressed with the atmosphere. The restaurant is beautiful – it is an exquisite blend of historical charm and modern touches. I really wish I would have taken photos of the inside of the restaurant and our individual plates that morning.
After being seated and taking way too much time to decide what we each wanted to order, we all finally selected our choices. While waiting for our food the waitress brought out a basket of fresh muffins, breads and cinnamon pastries for us to choose from. Each was served with whipped butter with a drop of honey in its center. Following the bread, the chef sent out a small complimentary appetizer for each of us as well. The restaurant serves American cuisine with a twist using seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms.
For brunch I chose the Fried Green Tomato Bruschetta and it was by far the most delicious fried green tomato dish I have ever eaten. Yes, I am really regretting not taking photos of our food that morning! The outside of the fried green tomato was so deliciously light and crispy and the inside so tender. My friends all went with the Benediction – the Vintage Restaurant’s take on Eggs Benedict and no one was disappointed.
After brunch we walked around the grounds of the Inn at Willow Grove. Just beautiful!! They have an area set up where they hold weddings and for an outdoor wedding the setting is so beautiful. It is an ideal spot for an elegant destination wedding as they have cottages in addition to the inn to accommodate guests in style.
Probably the best unexpected gem at this property was the Mill House Spa. We were just wandering after lunch and decided to stop in to see what the spa had to offer. It is absolutely the perfect combination of sleek modern design and quirky historical charm (if that is even a thing!) in a red barn. They offer massage, facial services, a fitness studio and pool. The ladies working at the spa that afternoon were happy to give us a tour and we had to stop in the relaxation room to just enjoy the fireplace and some good conversation for a few more minutes.
This is a destination I certainly would like to visit again, whether for just a meal or to spend the entire weekend. You can find more information on the Inn at Willow Grove, their restaurant and spa at InnatWillowGrove.com.
PS-All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and I was not compensated for this post in anyway.