Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A getaway close to home: The Joseph Ambler Inn

This past weekend I got to experience a little getaway just a few miles from home. My husband Mike and I had a great dinner and spent the night at the Joseph Ambler Inn. Though Mike and I have both grown up and lived in this area for years, neither of us had ever been to or experienced the Joseph Ambler Inn. I'm not sure why it took us so long to go, but I am so glad we went, and I would highly recommend it!

Once you pull up the driveway, you are immediately taken back by the beautiful grounds and buildings and the tranquil feeling of the whole place. Though most of the Inn was covered with snow when we were there, the grounds are beautiful and it's nice to take a walk around these amazing historic (yet renovated) buildings that make up the Inn.

We stayed in the John Roberts house, which was built in the 1700's and moved to the property in 2003. It combines the old charm and character with new, up-to-date amenities. Each room is nicely appointed with a spa tub and full bath. Room rates are very affordable, starting at $115 per night (including breakfast!)

The food at the Joseph Ambler Inn was amazing. We had dinner on Saturday night and the highlights were the cheese plate as well as my sea bass -- probably the best I have had in years. I will definitely be back soon for that again. The bar was fun and intimate and we loved the feeling inside the restaurant. We felt like we were away, yet we were so close to home. (Also noteworthy to mention is the $35 three-course menu, available every night.) In the morning, we had a full buffet breakfast, which was included in the price of the room. Eggs, potatoes, bacon, cereals, yogurt, fruit, bagels, and more is included. It was delish.

For a busy couple who want to get away, but don't have a lot of time, this is the perfect place. It's close and convenient, romantic and beautiful, and very affordable. (Check out the amazing specials they are having right now, including $100 night rooms!) It's also a fabulous place for a private party or wedding. I will definitely be recommending this to my clients for both small and large weddings, as well as brunches, showers, etc.

Mike and I will definitely be back soon!

Thanks to the Joseph Ambler Inn for inviting us for an overnight stay!

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