New Changes & Improvements
“Hooky” and The Colonnade To meet COVID 19 protocol of providing guests with larger space, our Chef Meseret’s refined and highly acclaimed dining experience previously served only in our Dining Hall will be expanded, relocated and rebranded in two ways.
Our prix fixe fine dining will be offered this Spring on en plein air fountain patio; and, filled with planters of flowers from roses and gardenias to herbs of rosemary, sage, and thyme used by our Chef. We are calling it Hooky – a place you can stay away from school or work without permission or explanation. Don’t you want to “play hooky”; and, be punished by beverages from our bar Detention to be followed by a magnificent dinner. At night, our hanging lights will add a sparkle to your evening.
Our second dining change is the Dining Hall itself has been relocated to this boutique hotel’s majestic and grand 1300 square foot lobby; and, it has been renamed it The Colonnade because the room is framed by 10 Doric columns. Unlike other restaurant choices, The Colonnade offers its dining guests unique amenities such as 10-foot ceilings, a fireplace and a grand staircase.
Breakfast Picnic Box prepared by owner and Morning Chef Peggy Patteson and delivered to your door each morning beginning at 8:30. Whenever we can, this is an example where we subscribe to making our culinary experiences ones that are “digestible and discardable” without compromising taste and presentation.
Private Picnic Cruises will commence in mid April aboard True Love hosted and Captained by one of the owners, Dudley Patteson, as the Captain (he has a 100 ton USCG license), can be scheduled most anytime in the morning or afternoon. Cruises will be limited to two passengers and expanded to six when parties are connected by friendship or family ties. $75 per person.
Our vineyard, The Dog and Oyster, will be open from 11am-5pm Thursday – Monday. On Saturdays and Sundays we live up to our name as our Chef Stuart Tyson offers Rappahannock oysters – raw, roasted, and fried along with daily specials of soft shell crabs or sugar toads. Charcuterie will be served on the other days. Our opening will be weather dependent and a day-to-day decision. To learn whether we will be open or closed for the day, please check our Facebook page for an update which will be posted 24 hours in advance, or of course, you are more than welcome to give us a call at 804-438-6053 to inquire. For more information about our vineyard, please see The Dog and Oyster Vineyard page.
Our wine is offered by the glass and by the bottle. Tastings have been replaced with flights of our four wines served in charming 2-ounce stemmed glassware.
Irvington dining and shopping is a treat. We have eight restaurants within a walking distance – five within two blocks. We have six darling shops within two blocks and new this year we can direct you across the street to Windswept Experience and Supply Company where Craig Dodson shop stylish branded outdoor wear and he will rent you paddleboards and help you launch them – again, the water is just down the street. Stay tuned for our Paddle Board Weekends.
Venture out of town and just a two-minute drive away are two more intoxicating treats. The town of White Stone offers, New this year, the Chesapeake Doughnut Company, a gourmet doughnut shop with local roots but a California vibe.
New also is Compass Entertainment Center, an extraordinary entertainment and amusement complex that will match any in the city, located just outside of Irvington and just two minutes away. An amazing playground of 6 screens for the latest in movies; miniature golf; go-carts; batting cages; wall climbing; and, so much more.