It’s so hard coming back from a two-week vacation, but two weeks is really the way to go when you truly need a break. During our first week, when the kids were conveniently away at camp, my husband and I snuck away to Little Washington to stay at the Inn — the White Moose Inn, that is.
I found out about it earlier this year from my friend, designer Jeff Akseizer, who mentioned that he was collaborating with DC developer Jim Abdo and his designer wife, Mai, to create a new bed and breakfast in Little Washington that is the complete opposite of its more famous neighbor up the street. Abdo converted a 100-plus year old house into the ultimate in country modern:
Jeff and Mai took a glammed-up vintage approach to the design, which I think they did really well. Add pops of Farrow & Ball yellow everywhere, and you’ve got a Mod pocket in this traditionally-minded little town.
SO: Jim and I were lucky enough to get the cottage room at the Inn, which is right next door — and old ice house, we’re told, dating back to the 19th century along with the main building.
That night, we had a—how do you even describe it?—dinner at the Inn. I got the vegetarian tasting menu, since I had seen the Inn’s bountiful gardens on an open house tour in June. Never missed the meat– that kitchen is so masterful with its ingredients. The night was capped off with a private kitchen tour with Patrick O’Connell.
The next morning, we ended our run (through idyllic country roads…) with espresso and goodies from the Inn on our private deck.
Here’s our view from the deck.
Before leaving that day, we did a final tour through the Inn (at Little Washington)’s gardens, which include pens for the hens, sheep and llamas.
…. and then we went to visit my social media friend, Joanie Ballard of the wonderful R.H. Ballard shop, which is the subject of my next post this week.
I hope everyone’s having a fun summer full of exciting adventures, and there’s more to come from our own!