Sunday, June 29, 2014
At Christmas time, T&A gave us a gift certificate for an elegant B&B located in the Fan District, and we added a couple of nights.
Grace Manor Inn was built in 1910 and the interior architecture and furnishings are opulent. No effort has been spared to keep the place beautiful and welcoming. Each of the four rooms has a private sitting room; downstairs there are multiple elegant and comfy parlors.
Breakfast is exquisitely prepared and served with Frank Sinatra crooning in the background. Complimentary bellini or mimosa (or orange juice) is offered first, then a special fruit course followed by an individually prepared hot dish -- one memorable offering was the Grace Manor version of Eggs Benedict which included seared asparagus, tomato slice and prosciutto -- oh my! The final course is a cupcake, the flavor of which changes daily as the proprietor's wife owns and operates a cupcake business in nearby Carytown.
The innkeeper/chef, Albert, is personable and knowledgable with a penchant for saying "Enjoy!" when sometimes we are at a loss to determine precisely what the reference is. And the sheets on our bed are past their prime -- a bit "pilly."
But would we stay here again? You bet we would. Himself has finished off his days as housepainter for Tom by taking a dip in the lovely pool. We like to have some time to wander around the neighborhood and perhaps even get to know the three friendly Yorkies who live in the kitchen area. I'd like to ENJOY more of Albert's cuisine and experience more cupcake flavors. It's a beautiful and hospitable place and I'd recommend it very highly.
And now, if you'll excuse me, we've grandchildren to go and play with.
Posted by Nancy, Near Philadelphia on Sunday, June 29, 2014