The Inn at Little Washington
The first time my wife and I dined at the The Inn at Little Washington in December of 2012, I had no idea it would become an annual tradition for us. The truth was, I wasn't doing so well as a cancer survivor at that point. My physical health was fine and my most recent checkup the week prior had been an all clear, but I was just spooked. I had recently lost a fellow young adult cancer warrior friend and would soon lose another, and it was during this time, nearly two years from my own cancer diagnosis, that all of this unknown mental baggage I was carrying after cancer was finally finding its way to the surface. I had been okay, but then I suddenly wasn't okay anymore, and was really struggling inside. I had no idea what The Inn was about, or how I was going to enjoy what was supposed to be a very special dinner celebrating my wife's birthday while feeling so spooked, but enjoy it I did. We had no idea what Michelin stars were or even meant, or that The Inn would earn two of them a few years later, and a third, the highest rating, in 2018! I felt like I was enjoying an exotic "last meal" with the woman I loved, and it was a truly amazing and unforgettable experience.
It took me all of the following year in 2013 to get myself on an even keel again after the severe mental health issues I experienced as a cancer survivor. Life after cancer isn't easy, but our trip to The Inn that year was exactly what I needed. It was a disruption, a change of pace, a change of scenery, a breathe of fresh air, a romantic occasion, and a truly amazing world-class meal with the Michelin stars to prove it. We stayed in one of the rooms at the Inn, and it was a nice little escape from my very painful inner world that I suddenly found myself in, and The Inn has been a very special place to me ever since.
Our first trip to The Inn at Little Washington helped to reset me, reset my mind, and taught me some very important things. It taught me the importance of little getaways like these, and to always take time out for yourself. The Inn also turned me into a foodie! Only a select elite few could eat Michelin star rated food every night, but you have to eat, so why not eat well? To this day, we love our foodie adventures around the DC area, and on vacations and with family and friends. There's a reason why I chose The Inn at Little Washington to launch the food section of my website! The Inn is truly a special place that represents far more to us than its incredible THREE Michelin Star rating as of 2018. It's a romantic little getaway, an amazing world-class meal, and a journey and an escape from the busy and hectic lives that we lead in the DC suburbs to spend just with each other.
It's worth the journey every time.
A Bit of History
We had already been to The Inn three times in 2012, 2013, and 2015 before the Michelin Guide came to the Washington, DC area in 2016, when The Inn at Little Washington first earned its Two Michelin Star rating for its 2017 guide. As of September 13th, 2018 and for the 2019 Michelin Guide, The Inn at Little Washington has now earned three Michelin stars, the Michelin guide’s highest possible rating, and the first and only restaurant in the D.C. area to achieve that rating. We can say as that as long-time diners that the distinction has truly been earned and is well-deserved. Inn Founder and Chef Patrick O’Connell truly took things up a notch, many dishes have evolved in subtle and not so subtle ways, and everything was just a little bit better.
The Inn at Little Washington is only an hour outside of the D.C. area. With its evolution from its humble beginnings, and from a two to a three Michelin star establishment, the Inn is truly not just worthy of a “detour”, but a “special journey”, no matter where you are. Make the trip. It’s worth it.
We hope you enjoy our photo albums from our many trips to The Inn at Little Washington!
Steve Pake & Debbie Lin