I visited Ashby Inn Restaurant in July 2011 while traveling on business. My meal was so memorable, I decided to bring my husband this summer to share the memory. We were guests in the Inn for 2 nights and dined in the restaurant one evening. We were also spoiled senseless for two complimentary breakfasts.
I could return year after year. First class service, fresh seasonal menu, well appointed rooms and courtesies. We arrived after a long day touring DC, hustling our bags up to the room in the rain We collapsed into overstuffed chairs and noticed a service of a local port on the coffee stand. Can you say THANKS, loudly!
We met the gardener in the morning and learned about the garden, the local farmers and could see her pride in her work. The grounds are lovely but not overdone... wandering is encouraged.
Our room, over the main building, had spectacular views. It felt like a studio apartment, antiques and nooks and crannies.
Our breakfasts (included with the overnight stay) were nothing short of spectacular. Homemade bread, sausage, jams... table side service was attentive and friendly. We sat in a sunny room at a linen covered table. We felt so special. Over the two days we tried 4 different breakfast selections - all great.
Dinner. What can I say... Visit the website and look for the Chef's blog. You can see for yourself the portions. We prefer to graze through a menu when we fine dine. Ashby's menu is well suited for just that. The starters are $3-5 and are enough for splitting - they are a taste - and boy do they taste GOOD! We followed by a soup and an appetizer. The soup was bright and served cold with a mix of "accessories" that added so much! As we finished, we were definitely satisfied without being full. Our dinner experience was just short of 2 hours long - and from the porch, we watched the sun tuck behind the ridge and watch the shadows grow long.
Even the locally made bath products warranted a purchase of their bath gel and lotion in the office. They were helpful pointing out vineyards and a local town with amazing views and antiquing.
Here's the take away. There is a saying, "people don't remember what you say, they remember how they make you feel." This is the best summary of this Inn and our experience. We still FEEL SPOILED and SPECIAL several months after our visit. Plan a visit and relax. This is a requisite activity! Oh, and no young children allowed in inn! A pleasant surprise!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sitting at a crossroads of both time and location, The Ashby Inn & Restaurant exists as a tenant to history while offering a place for guests to dine and rest amidst the beauty and tranquility of the Virginia countryside. Situated at the cross-section of routes fifty and seventeen in the charming village of Paris, the inn includes ten guest accommodations on three acres of landscaped grounds that provide a view of Paris Mountain, Ashby Gap and Sky Meadows State Park. The restaurant prepares breakfast daily for all inn guests and is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday and for brunch and dinner on Sunday. The Ashby serves as a pastoral setting for weddings, special events, and retreats. Guests of the inn find no shortage of activities in the area to fill their time, including antiquing, bird watching, cycling, hiking, reading, shopping, and wine tasting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ashby Inn & Restaurant Hotel Paris
- The Ashby Inn And Restaurant