My partner talked me into taking a sick day to get out of town and a much needed break from alot of recent stress. As the family work-a-holic, it was for my mental health, so it counts!. It was absolutely and utterly amazing. None of the traffic and crowds, no waiting at the restaurants or standing in lines at the attractions. I'm totally convinced that this is the way to travel from now on. And I'm not waiting till retirement to do it again.
We got to the Inn at Meander Plantation on a Sunday night. Even though it was later in the evening, both the owners were there to meet & greet us. Since it was dark, I couldn't tell just how special this place was until the next morning. I grabbed a cup of early coffee and sat outside just taking in the countryside. It was so peaceful and quiet, I truly felt like lord of the manor.
The hosts, Suzie and Suzanne were warm and friendly, treating us like old friends even though we'd just met them. They managed to come up with a fabulous dinner (a picnic basket with china!) and we were settled in like long lost friends within moments. How completely different from the stress and impersonal attitudes we have gotten while traveling to other places.
Since we weren't there on a busy weekend, we got a personal tour of all the rooms and to really learn the history of this unbelievable estate - slave quarters, buildings that are almost 250 years old, rolling hills that were marched over by soldiers from out nation's past. The owners have done a fabulous job in keeping all of the sense of history, but making sure we had every modern creature comfort we could ask for. And the owner's willingly share the passion they have for for their place in all that they do.
Our suite, the Summer Kitchen, had fireplaces in both the sitting room and the bedroom (the one in the sitting room was a "walk-in" where they used to cook meals for the mansion). Soaking in that clawfoot tub was just what I needed to completely relax and finish leaving the world behind. I curled up in that bed, snuggled up in mounds of pillows and blankets and woke up feeling years younger as the tensions had just rolled away overnight.
Breakfast was an absolute treat. I had forgotten just how satisfying something as simple as sharing a cup of coffee with someone who has just personally baked you warm muffins made from scratch could be. When we finally piled in the car to go touring Monticello and some of the area wineries, I hated to leave. I feel like I've made new friends and can't wait to get back.
I've already told the boss I'd be taking some more sick time, even if I had to work some Saturdays to make it up. Who needs the crowds when you can have such an intimate place all to yourselves.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover wine country at our romantic Virginia B&B, minutes to Culpeper, Orange, and nearby Montpelier. Our Culpeper bed and breakfast is a historic getaway from hectic city life on a beautiful sprawling estate with luxurious rooms and private cottages. Don’t miss out on a truly spectacular and memorable meal at our elegant Orange, VA restaurant. Our Pet friendly Virginia bed and breakfast combines elegance and comfort for a truly romantic Virginia getaway. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Inn At Meander Plantation Hotel Locust Dale