I recently wrote about my relaxing Middleburg getaway and a huge part of that serene atmosphere was the inn where we stayed – The Red Fox Inn. A historic inn located right in the middle of downtown Middleburg, The Red Fox Inn is a wonderful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and slip back to a time when life was simpler. Plus, it has a restaurant, The Red Fox Tavern, on the property that is one of the best in all of Loudoun County, so you don’t have to venture far for a delicious meal after a day of taking in the sights, eats, and drinks of Middleburg.
THE HISTORY OF THE INN
Built in 1728 of Virginia fieldstone, you can feel the history that rests in the inn’s walls as soon as you walk through the doors. A stately stone building, it has a presence on East Washington Street, the main drag that runs through Middleburg. The Red Fox Inn has played host to everyone from Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers hunkering down from the battlefields to modern day political and Hollywood elite. Boasting visitors over the years from JFK and Jacqueline Onassis to Elizabeth Taylor and John Warner, there are surely stories to be told if walls could talk. I can only imagine the conversations that have occurred over a glass of Virginia wine in the tavern.
HOW TO GET THERE AND WHEN TO GO
As I mentioned in my Middleburg Travel Guide, Middleburg is just an hour west from DC on I-66 and I-50. It’s such a quick drive that if you’re coming in from DC, you’ll be there in less time than it often takes you to commute to work. I couldn’t believe I’d never been out there before – seriously, it’s only an hour, yet you feel a world away. We had a lovely time going out to Middleburg in late spring, but I can imagine it’s gorgeous any time of year. I’m definitely going to add a fall trip to my calendar.
Each room at The Red Fox Inn is prettier than the next and all are decorated in a simple, traditional style that is oh so relaxing. Especially since I live in a modern building in DC, this throwback to classic interior design makes a weekend at The Red Fox Inn feel even more like a retreat from normal life. We stayed in the Burch Suite in the Stray Fox building and I couldn’t recommend it enough. With a comfy sitting room, this was the perfect place to come back to after a busy day to kick off our shoes, grab a glass of champagne, and decompress before dinner.
We had two meals at The Red Fox Inn’s restaurants, the first being dinner al fresco at The Red Fox Tavern and the second being breakfast downstairs in the morning. It was such a beautiful night during our stay in Middleburg, that despite how much I love the old school vibe within the Tavern, we just had to opt to eat outside. The highlight of our meal? The duck won-tons which were a mouth watering mash up of crispy wonton with spicy plum chutney. And no matter what, don’t miss the fried green tomato eggs benedict before you leave in the morning.
Also, if you have a few moments before dinner, pop in Red Fox Fine Art to check out the sporting art. If there’s anything that perfectly sums up Middleburg, it’s paintings of dogs, horses, and the sporting life.
PLAN YOUR GETAWAY AT THE RED FOX INN
Of course, I’m going to refer you to my Middleburg Travel Guide to plan your getaway to The Red Fox Inn. You can’t beat a weekend of wine tasting, strolling through the quaint streets of Middleburg, and then capping it off with a delicious dinner at The Red Fox Inn Tavern before retiring to the most charming and relaxing bedroom. And don’t wait on planning a weekend to get out there – my time at The Red Fox Inn left me wondering how I had no idea just how much I needed this time outside of the city. I know I’ve said it often before, but no matter how busy you are, you can make time for a 24 hour trip to recharge and reconnect – especially when it’s just an hour away.
I totally recommend seeing Middleburg and that area of Virginia in the fall. It’s so pretty! There are a lot of apple festivals that time of year too like the one at Graves Mountain Lodge. Fall is the best time of year to visit NoVa.
Oh, I’ve never been to an apple festival! I’ll have to add that one to the calendar!
I love Middleburg and have been meaning to pop out that way again soon – will definitely check out the Red Fox Inn. I know it is such an institution!
xx katie // a touch of teal