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The Inn at Willow Grove Adds Luxury Spa and New Rooms

The Inn at Willow Grove Adds Luxury Spa and New Rooms

    After a large-scale renovation, Virginia’s historic Willow Grove plantation (1770s) was reborn as the Inn at Willow Grove in 2010. David and Charlene Scibal’s pet project took two years—David writes on the official website, “we had always admired the historic building and saw this as an opportunity to bring an old beauty back, and the project was massive”—and the results didn’t go unnoticed. The Inn has been racking up the awards (and rave reviews on social media) for its beautiful gardens dotted with oversized fire pits, butler concierge services, the farm-to-table restaurant, and thoughtful amenities (like fresh beignets with locally-roasted French Press coffee delivered to your door in the morning). The luxury hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and has become a popular spot for destination weddings. Attribution/Copyrights Inn at Willow Grove Now some exciting news from Virginia wine country: The Inn at Willow Grove will soon unveil a $2 million expansion. By the end of August, the Inn will show off a brand new destination spa encompassing 2,000 square feet and overlooking the property’s 40-acre grounds. Mill House Spa will include four treatment rooms, a gym, and a heated outdoor pool. Next to the historic main building, two new adjacent guest houses will each have five luxury rooms and suites, bringing the grand total to 24 guest accommodations. Charlene Scibal will oversee the decoration of the rooms with luxurious textiles and accent pieces. Note: The Scibals have also recently opened (July 2017) a casual bistro in the village of Orange called Forked on Main.   Visit Luxury Travel...
Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2017

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2017

Thank you for voting us as THE BEST in this year’s Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards you voted us #1 Resort Hotel in the South #3 Resort Hotel in the U.S. #9 Resort Hotel in the World The 10 Best Resort Hotels in the South The winners in this category include resorts in Virginia’s rolling hills, Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, and South Carolina’s grassy Lowcountry. What these 10 properties have in common is warm and intuitive hospitality, something the South has perfected over generations. Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as City or Resort based on their locations and amenities. This year’s winner, the Inn at Willow Grove, is an antebellum home located on 40 acres in northern Virginia’s bucolic countryside. Guests can stay in the original manor house or in several cottages that dot the property. The Schoolhouse, which is one of these specialty suites, is actually a registered landmark. Among other draws, our readers rave about the “fresh beignets delivered hot” every morning, the “heated towel racks and bathroom floors,” and a staff that “makes you feel like royalty.” #1 Inn at Willow Grove, Orange, Virginia Score: 98.13 This resort hotel’s 40 acres are anchored by a 1778 Federal-style mansion and a village made up of a former weaver’s cottage, a schoolhouse, a butler’s cottage, and the carriage house — all of which...
Fare is More Than Fair

Fare is More Than Fair

FARE IS MORE THAN FAIR July 3, 2017  IT’S FANTASTIC AT THE RESTAURANTS OF THE PIEDMONT Maybe Epicurus was right: pleasure is the only intrinsic value. Well, at least up to a point. When it comes to fine food, hedonists, epicureans, connoisseurs, gourmets, and gourmands alike recognize and revere the Piedmont as a world-class DDR (Designated Dining Region!). The area boasts it all from Michelin-starred haute cuisine to down-home country cookin’, and everything in between. There’s not a regional cookery, national or international, that isn’t exquisitely represented, and that which is known as “American” is here in abundance at the highest level. In fact, there are so many fine establishments that it would take years and many editions to catalog them all. We won’t even try. However, in an effort to help those seeking unique dining experiences, we’ve asked several area chefs to visit favorite restaurants of their choice and report their findings. This mini-mini guide, which is by no means exhaustive, highlights some of the outstanding fare diners can enjoy. It’s road-trip time. Bon appetit! VINTAGE AT THE INN AT WILLOW GROVE, ORANGE Photos by Jaclyn Dyrholm If you are up for a beautiful drive through the countryside of rolling hills and old Virginia farms, then the Inn at Willow Grow is your perfect destination. As you pull up, this elegant Revolutionary War-era historic building will give you a sense of tranquility, especially when you look around at the mountain scenery. Make sure to get there a few minutes before your reservation so you are able to take time to rest for a cocktail at the beautiful bar. As you...
The Inn at Willow Grove: Historical Americana in Virginia Wine Country

The Inn at Willow Grove: Historical Americana in Virginia Wine Country

It’s no wonder why Virginia claims the motto Virginia Is For Lovers. As you drive through central Virginia through lush forests and fields, it’s hard not to fall in love with this region. The sound of fountains and birdsong filled my ears as I stepped out of the car. The gardens were just entering the first stage of spring growth. The inn’s bushes and trees were green and alive with new foliage. I ascended the grand staircase to the second floor where the reception area awaits arriving guests, and just knew this was going to be great. The Inn at Willow Grove’s new life began in 2008 when David and Charlene Scibal were on the way to pick up groceries and saw the for sale sign outside Willow Grove Plantation. 24 hours later, the 1770’s-era home was theirs, ushering in a new life for the historic estate. After a massive two year restoration, this Southern Belle has been showing off charm and comfort to those lucky enough to find this blissful corner of paradise. Photo Credit: The Inn at Willow Grove   Enter through the inn’s front doors where guests gaze upon authentic southern charm in the decor. To the right is a lounge area, perfect for taking a cup of tea (or perhaps a glass of the area’s famous wine) and a book to. On the left is a piano parlor with ample seating near the fireplace. For room choices, select from four standard luxury rooms, five suites, or one of five deluxe suites. Photo Credit: Kurt Jacobson   If your room isn’t ready upon arrival, Michelle at reception will help plan...
The Inn at Willow Grove will expand accommodations and add destination spa

The Inn at Willow Grove will expand accommodations and add destination spa

Nestled on 40 acres of rolling hills, framed by views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is The Inn at Willow Grove, an award-winning, luxury retreat which opened in 2010. The property, located in the heart of Virginia wine, horse, and Civil War country, 90 minutes from D.C., will unveil a $2 million expansion in September 2017. The expansion will increase the number of rooms, suites and private cottages from 14 to 25. The Inn is also the recent recipient of two Four-Star awards from Forbes Travel Guide for its accommodations and exceptional restaurant and pub, Vintage. In addition to the new guest rooms, The Inn at Willow Grove will be adding a 3,000 square-foot destination spa in August 2017 that will pamper guests in four treatment rooms. An array of body, facial and massage treatments will grace the spa menu. The two-story facility will also include a fitness center, deluxe locker rooms and a heated outdoor pool. This will be the first destination spa in this region of Virginia. “We are incredibly thrilled to unveil the expansion this summer and look forward to welcoming and hosting more guests at the Inn,” said David Scibal, who along with wife Charlene Scibal, owns the family-run property. Continued David Scibal: “We are grateful for our loyal guests who have shared word-of-mouth to the extent that we now need more rooms to meet the high demand for bookings. Our guests also shared with us how nice it would be to enjoy spa treatments, so we thought ‘heck, let’s build a gorgeous, state-of-the-art destination spa.’ We will enjoy having the spa as an extra...

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