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May 11, 2011

Romance/Getaway Series - Boar's Head Inn

About The Boar's Head Inn:
Nestled in Virginia's Piedmont countryside, The Boar's Head promises world-class amenities in a setting uniquely Southern in character, charm and natural beauty. The Boar's Head is a 170-room resort set on 573 acres in the Virginia countryside.

An exceptional destination awaits, with AAA Four Diamond Award-winning dining, attentive service and first-class accommodations. Our visitors enjoy golf, tennis, bicycling, hiking, fishing and a fitness club and spa, all within the grounds of our lush 573-acre estate. Add in the many attractions of Charlottesville and picturesque surroundings, and you will find yourself transported to a new place of reflection and discovery

While visiting The Boar's Head you have a chance to participate in many activities if you choose to. The nice thing about staying here is that you have a wealth of options at your fingertips, but you could also spend your time relaxing. some of the many activities that they offer are: rock climbing wall, tennis, indoor volleyball, state-of-the-art fitness center, hot air balloon rides, cooking classes, wine tasting, swimming, golfing at Birdwood (designated a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2006), bicycling, hiking, fishing, shopping, dining and more.

With 170 guest rooms and suites, each create an inviting retreat. They provide personal hair dryers to high-speed internet acess (not wireless), premium cable television, and on-demand movies. Complimentary services include the morning newspaper delivered to your door and afternoon tea with sweet and savory treats in the Ordinary Room, as well as exclusive access to the tennis and fitness center. While we were there we tried to partake of tea time both nights, but failed both times. The first night we were there it was 20 minutes late in being brought out, and we had somewhere to be so we couldn't wait, and the second day we got there toward the end of the 2 hours window and everything was gone, so this would be one of my suggestions. If it's going to be from 3-5pm, then it should be out at 3pm, and have enough to last until 5pm.

While we were there we had the pleasure of meeting with the Marketing and Communications Manager, Pat Fleshman Burnette, and she walked us around the grounds and shared with us all the in's and out's of the Boar's Head. We also had a chance to meet Pastry Chef of Boar's Head, and the creator of the chocolate masterpieces pictured above, Xavier Baudinet. Xavier began his career in France and came to be employed here in 2010. His impressive background and reputation for innovative, stylish wedding cakes, chocolate creations, and desserts make his creations the finale to any meal you experience here. He also makes his own chocolates, which can be purchased in the gift shop on site or online (and we did!). They make wonderful gifts, especially for Father's Day and Graduations coming up.

In addition to the wealth of activities available and the delicious desserts, The Boar's Head also has a spa on site, offering more than 30 of the finest quality spa treatments for both men and women. They offer therapeutic massages, facial cleansers, and detoxifying wraps, in addition to manicures and pedicures. We had a chance to try their men's facial service and the spa pedicure. Everyone that we dealt with was polite, professional, and very amiable. The last thing you want to deal with when trying to relax are grumpy people, so it's always terriffic when the staff make the experience more enjoyable just by their demeanor and friendly attitude.

While here, there is no need to leave, as they have 2 restaurants on side: The Old Mill Room & Bistro 1834. The Old Mill Room was a former gristmill built in 1834, which boasts a cozy setting for comfy breakfasts or candlelit dinners by the fire.  The Old Mill Room has maintained the AAA Four-Diamond awart rating for more than 20 consecutive years. After visiting here, you can see why. We had a chance to dine here for Easter brunch, and not only did the food taste delicious, but they excel when it comes to presentation. Food items were all labled, so as not to leave any question regarding what you are feasting on, and presented in an aesthetically pleasing way. I regret not getting a photo of the displays. In addition they had some items I had never had, simple as they may be, tequila lime watermelon, balsamic strawberries, filled macaroons in deep hues (emerald green, bright red and deep purple). I loved all of these items, and have vowed to make my own filled macaroons, although not likely to turn out as well as Xavier's.

The other dining option is Bistro 1834, named for the year the original gristmill was build, 1834. vThis restaurant provides a more casual setting for light fare, early evening cocktails, or after-dinner drinks. Their sitting room offers plush leather chairs and a veranda. They had a crab soup, that we absolutely loved...and would definitely order again!

The last item I would like to share is about their wedding and special event options. For weddings, family gatherings, anniversary parties, clas reunions and more, Boar's Head provides undivided attention to meet your needs. They can help with anything from choosing the menu to coodinating the decor. Custom catering packages are tailored to every taste and budget - whether you're inviting 2 or 400 guests. Their wide variety of spaces allow you to select the room with the mood you are looking for - grand ballrooms with stunning flourishes or intimate settings bathed in candlelight. They also provide you with a preferred vendor list to help with the planning of the special day/event. For more information on booking a special event, visit their site:

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disclaimer: compensation provided for this review

1 comment:

  1. I have tried these chocolates before and I will atest to the fact that they are delicious!


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