We arrived at the Lafayette Inn and were warmly welcomed by Kaye, the wife of Alan, the owners. After checking in, she took us to our room. She left, but returned after a few minutes with champagne and snacks. I had already done some research and thought I knew what to expect, but within the first fifteen minutes, everything was already exceeding my expectations. This inn has so much character! Built in 1840, it has a rich and varied history. The suite we stayed in was cozy and tastefully decorated. The bed was comfortable, and the gas fireplace was wonderful to keep the room cozy and warm on a chilly evening. Stanardsville is a small town, but there is plenty to do in the surrounding area. We didn't do any sightseeing or wine tastings at the many wineries in the area because the real reason for our stay was the ten course Chef Tasting. I have never had a three hour meal nor have I ever had a ten course meal. From beginning to end it was an experience I would recommend to anyone who enjoys good food paired with good wines. It was a true culinary experience. Highlights....the company, Alan's stories and descriptions in between courses, and of course, the real “stars,” the food and wine. FYI, these are in no particular order.
The next morning we returned to the dining room for more food. Guess what, we ate it all! I had French toast which was the best I’ve ever had. The outer covering of cinnamon sugar was caramelized and gave the toast a slightly crunchy texture. We left later that morning with memories of a wonderful stay at the Lafayette Inn.
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