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When a hotel backs up against the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northern Virginia as The Inn at Little Washington does, almost every room is guaranteed a spectacular view. If your room doesn’t peek out at the mountain range, you’ll enjoy views of the gardens and the colonial-era town instead.
The Gamekeeper’s Cottage has a terrace that overlooks the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star inn’s garden, which chef/owner Patrick O’Connell calls the “field of dreams.” You can enjoy your coffee or even a meal on the porch while taking in the Virginia countryside. Suite 12, however, has perhaps the best view with what is known as the widow’s walk (a rooftop balcony). From here you can look out onto the charming mid-1700s town or turn to see the breathtaking mountains and the surrounding Shenandoah Valley.
It's really hard to get a bad view at The Inn at Little Washington — the property backs up to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains after all. Of course, like any hotel, there are some rooms that just stand out among the crowd. On a recent visit in mid-June, we made the trek to the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel for a celebratory dinner. My parents were lucky enough to snag Room 12, which is a bi-level suite (one of my favorites) that's nicknamed the "Alice Waters Room." Aside from being a gorgeous room inside, this particular suite has two stunning views. Just off the lofted bedroom, through the French doors, is a widow's walk that's complete with a private Jacuzzi. It offers a panoramic view of the beautiful Virginia countryside. On one side you have the Field of Dreams (chef-owner Patrick O'Connell's garden and field) with the Blue Ridge Mountains just beyond it, while the other side looks out onto the rolling hills and greener-than-green trees. Directly in front, you get a bird's eye view of the tiny town of Washington, Virginia. And that's just one of the balconies. On the lower level of the suite, behind the elegant curtains, is another set of French doors that open out onto a balcony overlooking the Field of Dreams.
During that same trip, I was staying on the other side of the building in Room 7 (also known as the Daniel Boulud room). I was treated to a nice balcony that sits just above the koi pond outside of the dining room. It's a great place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or a welcome glass of champagne.