From crunchy peanut brittle to savory Turner hams and hearty Brunswick stew, Virginia is known for its delicious delicacies. Consider Joshua Wilton House the state's crème de la crème when you Escape for a two-night stay for two, Mondays through Thursdays ($285) or Fridays and Saturdays ($325), in this elegantly restored Victorian inn and restaurant nestled in the Shenandoah Valley in Harrisonburg.
Each of the five rooms boasts its own flavor, but all are furnished with impressive antiques, period reproductions, rich walnut furniture, and feather-top queen-size beds. Private baths, complimentary Wi-Fi, and cozy terrycloth robes are the icing on the cake.
When it comes to food, the inn has all the ingredients for a satisfying stay: Sate your sweet tooth in the morning with a two-course gourmet breakfast for two that includes decadent breakfast pastries from renowned pastry chef Shawn Richard. Later, a five-course chef's tasting dinner and a 30-minute cooking demonstration for two awaits in what Southern Living magazine calls "one of the best restaurants in Virginia."
Savor menu items like andouille sausage-stuffed quail, espresso-rubbed duck breast, and succulent beef osso bucco laden with a.m. Fog mushrooms from the eatery's scenic outdoor brick patio.
"Chef Mark Newsome sourced from local farms long before farm-to-plate became a household term," says Southern Living. The commitment to fresh local fare provides for an ever-changing and delightfully surprising seasonal menu. Add a wine pairing from a list that's won the Wine Spectator Award for Excellence for an extra $30 per person and you've got the perfect palate-pleasing platter.
Beyond the inn, sink your teeth into the delicious natural beauty of Shenandoah National Park, a short 30-minute drive away, or see the countryside by bike—the Shenandoah Bicycle Company is ready to assist with route planning, equipment repairs, and other resources.
Foodies visiting on Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays will want to stop by The Shops at Dayton Farmers Market for local produce, fine cheeses, baked goods, and other treats before surrendering to other temptations in the downtown boutiques. Theatre buffs will get their fill with a show at neighboring James Madison University's award-winning Forbes Center for the Arts.
Come sample Southern hospitality at its best. After one taste, you'll be back for seconds.
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Joshua Wilton House
Two-Night Stay for Two, Mondays through Thursdays ($285) or Fridays and Saturdays ($325), Plus a Five-Course Dinner and More
- from $285