My husband’s birthday is right after the holidays, and after a big family trip to Florida, what better time to have a (mini) vacation from our vacation out at Fearrington. And we really needed it, after some double doozies of family illness– we even had to cut our getaway to just one night- but even just a night at Fearrington proved to be so relaxing and restorative! We even made plans with friends to come out to dinner, as they also have a birthday around the same time. It was wonderful! With Valentine’s less than a week away, what better time to post! Here is a little visual of our quick getaway!
We arrived Saturday afternoon, just in time for check in and a quick walk around the lake for a little exploring… I love these cement sheep sculptures…
The village was abuzz, they were setting up a wedding at the Fearrington Barn.
After our “fitness stroll,” we arrived promptly at 4 p.m. at Fearrington House for afternoon tea. We snagged a great spot right by the roaring fire- so cozy!
I went with Fearrington House blend and honey went with the rooibos.
They brought out a tower of confections, savory and sweet, with clotted cream, beautiful butter and homemade preserves…. what a treat! I was hungry and our dinner reservation wasn’t until 8:30 that evening. An unheard of hour in our lives these days, it’s almost like when we met, in New York City, with regular 9-ish p.m. dining hours! (cray cray, I tell ya!)
And lucky, hungry me, my husband does not eat wheat, so that meant… the more the merrier for me! And best of all, they brought out a beautiful alternative plate for him with non-gluten treats. Equally delish. I relinquished the macaron since it was made of almonds.
Studying the menu- note the hours! Wednesday- Sunday 6-9 p.m.
The photo of Fearrington House that was well-liked on my Instagram! What’s not to like, an award winning, Relais & Châteaux inn, not to mention, super-talented, James Beard nominated chef, Colin Bedford at the helm! We had a little bit more time to toodle around the village before our plan to meet for drinks at the bar and then dinner at 8:30. My kind of timeline!
A fly-by at one of the south’s best independent book store, McyIntyre’s Books. We were lucky enough to spot our friend’s just-published novel, Save Me, by Kristyn Kusek Lewis.
And after that, a quick stop in at Dovecote, fun etiquette book for HIM and cute wrapping paper for the next holiday… Valentine’s!
thumbing through The Big Book of Chic, I had to snap a pic of a fave color combo…. alas, all this non-agenda, relaxation and taking it all in, time was slipping away, I had to get back so I could clean up before dinner! Suddenly 8 p.m. drinks seemed a tad too early. Maybe I was onto something with those 9 p.m. dinner of yore…!
Alas, I was able to squeak in a relaxing bath and emerge squeaky clean. Heated towel rack, anyone???
Our friends who are chronically late, were on time, and us just a few minutes late… but not too late for the tastiest cocktail, the maître d’!
Wine Director, Max Kast was great, attentive and took the time to talk about the wines and not one ounce of snooty wine expert! We were amazed at how he could talk about the different wines year after year– quelle palette!
my lobster with all sorts of delicate and nuanced fixin’s and foam! delish.
We took a tour of the house- beautiful room for private events upstairs in the house, perfect for a small wedding or a family celebration and then we stumbled into the wine cellar! If you are interested in learning more about wine, be sure to keep up with Fearrington’s tastings + events here!
It was a lovely dinner, that naturally had to be topped off with their signature warm souffle. Fun to read up more on what to eat at Fearrington House, here!
Imagine our delight when we returned to our room to find handmade chocolates with our turn down service… and port (my husband’s fave!) to enjoy as a nightcap.
Nothing like a wonderful meal of beautiful food the night before to make you hungry for breakfast!
Eggs Benedict, yes please! Fresh squeezed OJ, why yes, again! I wanted to stuff myself silly on the breads + croissants they brought us but… I had reached capacity. More exciting, the newlyweds from the wedding at the barn were seated right behind us- so cute!!
When not staring at my plate, this was my window view, perfect, as I am obsessed with this garden every time I see it at Fearrington! One Christmas I got my father-in-law this book, My kind of Garden by David Hicks, and then promptly had to get my own copy! I love the English style and when I had a moment to read more about Fearrington and how it all started, it made sense! Those well kept gardens and wonderful way of doing things had influenced the Fitch family when they were forming Fearrington in the 1970s/80s.
Alas, it was almost time to start packing up, but we had a wee more on the agenda– we had spied these lovely bikes (or fixies, if you will!) and had pledged to explore all of FV. So we set out, a similar course to our fitness stroll on the previous day, by the pool and croquet court, but added another (hilly) loop, that took us all back into the neighborhood that I had never seen before! It was brrrrrr cold (especially on a windy, no gears-fixie), but fun to find another tucked away area I had known was there but had not ever explored.
It was a relaxing get away and I certainly hope we can go again sooner rather than later! Explore Fearrington’s Winter Getaway package and check it out for yourself!
Be sure to go to their annual Folk Art Festival coming up on the 20th! It’s family fun for all, stay for a casual lunch or dinner at The Granary or The Goat!
Call 919-542-2121 for more info.
2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro, NC
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