After we finished up our dinner at Trummer’s, we were off to the surprise destination. It is the strangest feeling being in a car and having no idea when you’re going to stop! The sun had set during dinner, so the drive was especially dark and even a bit eerie as we started veering off on country roads.
Soon, we saw a sign for “Paris,” and with great enthusiasm, Chris told me that we were going to Paris, VA for our anniversary. I couldn’t tell if he was joking or not, but then when I realized he was actually quite serious, I was still pretty confused about what a weekend in Paris, VA would be like!
We turned down a long, dark driveway-like road, and Chris informed me that this was the town of Paris. The next day I would see that Paris is really just a street long of old houses, a beautiful church, and some spacious farm areas. However, what I learned at that moment was that Paris, VA was also home to The Ashby Inn & Restaurant, where we would be staying for the weekend!
What is The Ashby Inn? One of the Washingtonian’s Top 100 Restaurants… and an incredibly adorable bed and breakfast, dating back to 1829. Stonewall Jackson stayed there on his way to the First Battle of Manassas in 1861. The history and charm of the era still lingers strongly throughout the residence.
I don’t know what could be more perfect than staying in the middle of Virginia wine country at an adorable bed and breakfast that happens to also be a great restaurant too! I’ll start with our breakfasts there, then post again on our wine-tastings, then finish with a grand finale entry on our Chef’s Tasting dinner.
The restaurant part of the Inn was made up of a basement bar area, another seating area near the bar with booth-seating, an elegant area like a family dining room with a longer table for a group (there was a birthday dinner going on when we arrived Friday night), and the sun room where we sat for all of our meals.
Since we had two breakfasts, we were able to try four different dishes total, in addition to the delicious thick toast & cherry cordial preserves that accompanied each meal.
The Ashby Inn is all about using local and sustainable ingredients. Even our bath products at the Inn were organic and from nearby. You could definitely taste the difference in your food. All of the meats were more flavorful, and the fruit tasted more natural and richly pure.
The two waiters we had each morning were so very nice and attentive to our every need. They were ready to chat with you if you wanted, but also conscious of the fact that you were sleepy, still waking up, and enthralled with the special someone sitting at your side.
For the first breakfast, Chris selected the Eggs Benedict, made with corned beef brisket, pickled cabbage, hollandaise, and roasted potatoes.
I chose the Farm Fare Omelet, which was filled with seasonal ingredients (sausage, cheese, and mushrooms that particular day) from local farms. It also came with roasted potatoes, which Chris and I both agreed were absolutely incredible. I have never tasted breakfast potatoes so delicious. They were crispy, generously seasoned, and flaky on the inside.
The next day, Chris went with a dessert-like breakfast: Cinnamon Waffles. These luxurious waffles included whipped mascarpone, chocolate sauce, salted hazelnuts, and bacon — for the perfect sweet-and-salty combination.
I was tempted to get the omelet again, but decided instead to branch out and try the Chicken Hash. The braised chicken was adorned with a fried egg, potatoes (had to get those again!), oyster mushrooms, arugula, and parmesan.
Our Sunday meal was tough to eat, because we were so stuffed from our Ashby dinner the night before! However, the meals were still irresistibly delicious. Served with coffee of the perfect strength as well as freshly squeezed orange juice, I could not have drempt up a better breakfast than these two meals.