C-Ville Resort Offers Romantic Package with Valentine's Day Appeal
-Melissa M. Stewart
The fire crackled, popped and cast a soft amber glow on a dining room filled with dark woods and age-old timber beams. A flickering candle at a table in our cozy corner shed some light on our toughest decision that eveningentrée selections. We had narrowed it down to the Atlantic Seafood Mélange with sea bass, gulf shrimp and seared scallop; the Kobe New York Strip; and the Angus Beef Tenderloin (tough life, I know). We swirled our wine a bit more, sat back and waited for our server to return and offer an expert opinion. And, just as we figuredseafood and strip, she said. Our first instincts were right on.
For my husband and me, there are few things more romantic than eatingand sharinggood food and wine, and dinner in The Old Mill Room provided a perfect ending to the first day of our recent weekend at Charlottesvilles Boars Head Inn.
After three savory courses and an equally passionate, shared dessert, we headed back to our simple but tasteful and decidedly Southern accommodations. We happily discovered that an attentive bellman aided our rooms ambiance and light the fireplace, and a bottle of champagne that we received upon arrival that afternoon as part of the resorts Rekindle the Romance Package was chilled and ready to pop.
The romanceand foodcontinued the next morning when a welcome knock from room service signaled that it was time to wake up and begin the day with breakfast in bed. Trading our cozy robes for street clothes wasnt easy, but eggs benedict and a fluffy omelet and hash browns provided us with just enough fuel to power our outdoor exploration.
Since Boars Heads property spans 573 acres, the energy came in handy when walking around the historic and European inspired grounds. The main building of the resort was constructed from an 1834 gristmill that was taken apart piece by piece a century later at the direction of founder John Rogan. The current site,purchased in 1989 by the University of Virginia, includes much of the original pine beams, planking and stones. More modern features we discovered were the newly renovated tennis facility featuring 26 (indoor and outdoor) courts and a fully-equipped sports and fitness club. But challenging each other to a tennis match or a jaunt up the climbing wall would have to wait. We had other things in mind for this visitmore pampering and less huffing and puffing.
To the spa we went, as it was time for our couples massage appointment, and I rejoiced when I realized it was once again time for relaxing robes. Our therapists led us to a light-filled room with windows overlooking a lush courtyard. During the hour-long treatment I often wondered if Stephens muscles were enjoying the experience just as much as my own. I suppressed my temptations to call out to him because I didnt want to disturb the amazing sense of tranquility. Wanting to continue the casual and free-flowing nature of the day post-massage, we decided to head to Charlottesvilles Downtown Malljust a few minutes from Boars Headand enjoy a casual dinner and gelato dessert.
Before leaving the next morning, we made a stop at the cute and classy resort gift shop and took note of the Virginia wine and chocolate selection, including some dark chocolate truffles filled will Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. The helpful ownerlet us know that wine or chocolate packages can be pre-arranged and sent to the guest rooms to add to the romantic experience.
While I wouldnt say our own newlywed romance needed any rekindling, our Boars Head weekend, with all of its food and crackling fires, was a nice way to keep the spark alive.
Boars Head Inn
2 Ednam Dr., Charlottesville
Rekindle the Romance Package includes: two nights of accommodations, champagne welcome gift, dinner for two in The Old Mill Room, daily breakfast in bed and a 60-minute couples massage.