In recent years, I have seen mixed reviews on The Inn. Dh and I went there 8 years ago for my birthday and decided to go back this year and it was even more wonderful than we remembered.
We get to the Inn and are immediately greeted by staff who are prepared for us and park the car and take in the luggage while we are given the tour, which started with passion fruit and champagne cocktails.
We get to our suite which was even better than I imagined. Fresh flowers in every room, a HUGE bathroom with a deep soaking tub with a view of the mountains, two separate vanities and a doubled-headed shower. It was just lovely.
We walked through town and go into some shops and then have afternoon tea (lemongrass for me, green for Dh) with baby country ham biscuits with marscapone and pepper jelly, lemon tarts, maple shortbread, oatmeal currant cookies and smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches. Perfect to tie us over until dinner.
We arrive for dinner and our menus have printed at the top "Happy Birthday to Janet". After studying the menu, I decided to step out of my box and order away from my usual fare and Dh went the comfort food route.
For our first courses I got the Carpaccio of Herb Crusted Baby Lamb with Tabouli and Rosemary Mustard. Dh got the Macaroni and Cheese with Virginia Country Ham and Shaved Black Summer Truffle.
Second courses were Seared Diver's Scallop with Olive Tapenade in Gazpacho for me and Roasted Eggplant Raviolis in a Tomato Basil Butter Sauce with Medallions of Maine Lobster for Bob.
With the first two courses we had a German white wine chosen by Tyler (the Sommelier). The wine list is over 100 wines ranging in price from $40-$9000/bottle, so it's a bit overwhelming. Tyler did a great job of choosing things we enjoyed, never had before and were worth our price point.
For our main courses, Dh had Beef Two Ways: Pecan Crusted Short Rib, Paired with a Minature Filet Mignon wrapped in Swiss Chard. I had the Veal Parmesan Reincarnated: Proscuitto Wrapped, Pan Roasted Loin of Veal with Spinach Raviolini and Parmesan Broth. We had a bottle of French Red with these courses.
For dessert, Dh had the Seven Deadly Sins...a sampling of seven of their most popular desserts and I had a cheese plate that was just incredible. We shared off each others for this course. We also were given a tiny gift basket of chocolates, shortbread and candied orange rind to take with us.
Went back to the room and there was port and cookies waiting for us. We slept well and then next morning had breakfast...Yogurt, granola and berries, homemade croissants and pastries, and lobster omelets.
Then we headed back home to reality.