• Alexander Fernandez

The Inn at Little Washington

Updated: Sep 16, 2019


LITTLE WASHINGTON, Va.-The town, Little Washington, founded by George Washington in July 1749 when he was 17-year-old and was the first town to be named after the future president. In 1977 Patrick O' Connell bought the restaurant which started life as an auto repair shop in the 1930s and in 1984 the restaurant also became an inn.


O’ Connell did not receive formal schooling for his love of cooking, but he took inspiration from many cookbooks found at the Washington D.C. public library where he would spend most of his free time learning and refining recipes.


O' Connell is a bit of a perfectionist, not just in the presentation and taste of each hand-crafted dishes, but in the decor in and around his restaurant which can be seen throughout the town and in the guest rooms. In 2019 they well deservedly received a three Michelin star rating.

Tea is served daily for "in-house" guests from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and for "non-overnight guests" tea is served on Sunday's from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The dinners consist of a pre-set menu where guests can select one of three menu options. Everything on the menu is interchangeable for dietary or health reasons. Each paired dish comes with a wine chosen from a certified wine sommelier. There is also a cheese specialist nicknamed "the cheeswiz."

It’s easy to fall in love with the quaint town, away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. The restaurant grew from a quaint little establishment to a booming institution of fine cuisine with menus and decor changing with the times and trends. The dishes are home-made with a fully functional farm and winery which serves as the backbone of the Inn at Little Washington.


The Inn at Little Washington is one place which you would want to check out for yourself, as this article does not do the establishment justice. There are not enough words or pictures which can capture the unique experiences while being a guest at the Inn at Little Washington.

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