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Route de Bonheur: Go North

The Inn at Little Washington

Relais & Châteaux’s The Fearrington House Inn is located less than 30 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, with easy drives to Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and beyond. Fearrington is the perfect location to begin a luxurious road trip, with exquisite cuisine from Five-Star, Five-Diamond Fearrington House Restaurant, indulgent spa treatments at The Spa at Fearrington and more. If you’re looking for a trip along a northern Route de Bonheur, we suggest visiting Relais & Châteaux’s The Inn at Little Washington and The Ivy Hotel.

After a relaxing stay at The Fearrington House Inn, take an enjoyable four hour drive to the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains to The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia. Created by Chef Patrick O’Connell, and centered in the charming colonial village of Little Washington, The Inn offers lovely accommodations and American gourmet cuisine locally sourced from Virginia.

The Ivy Hotel

Next, travel two hours northeast by car to find The Ivy Hotel, just outside of Baltimore. The 18-suite luxury boutique hotel, restaurant and spa was built in 1889 as a private home. The Ivy is suited with a library, music room and stunning courtyards. Grand and glorious, The Ivy welcomes each guest as an old friend.

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One Simple Wish

Have you heard about The Fearrington House Inn's partnership with several area nonprofits to donate gently used linens and fabrics? These organizations re-purpose the linens into quilting tops, dresses, bandages and even bags! One of The Inn's charitable partners is Amy Matsuo, who has donated dresses and quilting tops to InterAct, a non-profit United Way agency, to help provide safety, support and awareness to victims of domestic violence and assault. Matsuo's son, Wilson, was... Full Post >

Planning a Mini-Moon

Not everyone has the time to jet off for a honeymoon right after the wedding, but that doesn't mean couples can't take a few days or even just 24 hours to celebrate being newlyweds! Fearrington Wedding Director, Gilda, shares her tips on planning the perfect mini-moon! "Stay close to home," said Gilda. "Pick the nicest place you can find in your area, like The Fearrington House Inn in North Carolina, and enjoy it rather than spending precious time traveling." She also suggests making a... Full Post >

Children’s Storytime

As the flowers bloom in the Fearrington gardens and nature puts on a fresh new face, so too has the McIntyre’s Children’s room. We’ve brightened up the shelves with new paint, moved some sections around and brought in some fabulous gift items. As always, our selection remains curated so come on in and let us help you find just the right book or gift for that special young person in your life. We are very excited to also add to our offering of family opportunities at Fearrington by... Full Post >

The Toughest of The Tough

If you're a plant blooming in the depths of a Carolina winter, both the risks and the rewards are great. On the rewards end, the plentiful warm and sunny days coax honeybees and other pollinators out to find available nectar sources, and you are more likely to get a visitor if you are not competing with the summer crowd. The risks are those few days when temperatures can plummet 40 or 50 degrees in a matter of hours, or heavy ice threatens. Naturally, then, the hardiest bloomers share a few... Full Post >

James Beard Foundation Awards

Last week, The James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for the 27th Annual James Beard Foundation awards. Semifinalists are selected from a list of over 24,000 online entries and represent culinary talent in different geographic regions as well as outstanding service, restaurant design and more. Fearrington is pleased to announced that The Fearrington House Restaurant's Executive Chef Colin Bedford was named a semifinalist for Best Chef Southeast. “I’m honored to be included... Full Post >