Washington column for Jan. 10

Inn awarded top honors . . .

Congratulations go to the Inn at Little Washington, which secured the No. 1 spot and top overall rating (90.44) in Travel + Leisure’s annual “World’s Best Hotels.”

“All of us at the Inn at Little Washington were thrilled with the wonderful acknowledgement of winning Best Hotel Restaurant in America in the most recent Travel + Leisure Reader’s Poll,” said chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell. “When you consider the nationwide competition in this category it is especially gratifying. We congratulate our whole team on their hard work in earning this recognition and look forward to exceeding our guests’ heightened expectations in 2013. We feel very fortunate to be so well rewarded for doing what we love.”

The Inn was also recognized as the longest-tenured AAA Five Diamond Restaurant and as one of the top five resorts in the world for food and wine by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway. The restaurant was again voted best in all categories in the 2013 Washington, D.C., Zagat Survey with a near-perfect score. The wine list was honored for the 17th consecutive year with the Wine Spectator Grand Award.

. . . and revives neighborly special

The Inn’s “Friends and Neighbors” program is back by popular demand for 2013. During January, February and March, the restaurant is offering a special menu for $98 per neighbor (excluding tax, gratuity and beverage) – neighbors being any residents of Rappahannock, Fauquier, Culpeper or Warren counties who dine there Mondays through Thursdays (excluding Feb. 14). Proof of residency is required. To make a reservation, call 540-675-3800.

Last Night 2012

The third annual Last Night Rappahannock was, once again, enjoyed by all who ventured out into the cold. The town of Washington was transformed into a lively scene with smiling and joyful faces. Members of Dontez’ Inferno and Evergreen Shade dazzled us with cool and eclectic sounds to the delight of the evening revelers.

Shenandoah National Park Ranger Karen Beck-Herzog showcases her Touch and Feel Table consisting of some elements of the diverse nature found in SNP such as bear fur, animal skulls, footprints, antlers and eggs. Courtesy photo.
Shenandoah National Park Ranger Karen Beck-Herzog showcases her Touch and Feel Table consisting of some elements of the diverse nature found in SNP such as bear fur, animal skulls, footprints, antlers and eggs. Courtesy photo.

Hearthstone School teacher Kitty Keyser, park ranger Karen Beck-Herzog and Wit’s End Farm’s Cathie Shiff kept the youngsters (and parents) who attended mesmerized with stories, movement, touch-and-feel nature objects and felted soaps.

Needless to say the food served at Trinity Episcopal Church and Stonyman Gourmet Farmer was consumed with gusto! S’mores are always a hit with the fire warming the soul. “A hearty thank you to all participants and guests for making this early New Year celebration a success,” said Judy Tole, director of the Rappahannock Historical Society, sponsors of the event. Until next year!

Christmas bonfire

People gathered around 5 p.m. last Friday (Jan. 4) for the town’s first-ever Christmas tree bonfire (see the photo on page 1). Mayor John Sullivan opened with a very short speech introducing Keith Rowland of the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue company, who then introduced Bill Walton, WVFR’s new president. Many from the community showed up to cheer on the department’s excellent control over a beautiful fire and enjoy a fun get-together with friends old and new. Food was provided free of charge by the fire department in hopes that many donations would be made for their spectacular efforts for the community.

WVFR breakfast

Consider starting your Saturday (Jan. 19) at the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue hall for the company’s all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m., and to welcome the new slate of officers for 2013.

Gary Jenkins continues as chief; Bill Walton is the new president, John Lesinski, vice president, and Ann Spieker, treasurer. Rev. Jenks Hobson continues to serve as a member of the board of directors, while David Dike, a certified EMT-paramedic, is the company’s new EMS captain.

Come out and meet the new leaders and enjoy a hot meal. The breakfast is free (though donations are appreciated). For more information, call 540-675-3615.

Understanding Alzheimer’s

So many Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and those numbers continue to climb as our elderly population increases. Did you know that AD is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S? AD is the most common form of dementia and slowly destroys a person’s memory, judgment and functionality.

From 3 to 4:30 p.m. this Sunday (Jan. 13), Trinity invites the community to attend a free seminar on the basics of dementia – what it is and what it is not. Developed by the Alzheimer’s Association, this presentation provides information about memory loss and other cognitive impairments, as well as a better understanding of the various types of dementia.

Danny Wilson, an Alzheimer’s Association volunteer and a clinical social worker with expertise in gerontology, leads the hour-long presentation. Call 540-987-9030 for more.        

Birthday wishes

Belated birthday wishes go out to my grandson, Trent Singleton, of Crown Point, Ind. Trent celebrated his special day on Dec. 29.


Sympathy goes out to Fran Krebser on the death of her mother, Maybelle Osborne Smith, 85, of Bealeton, who passed away Jan. 1 at Fauquier Hospital; the funeral was last Saturday. Fran, our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.