Washington column for Dec. 19

The holidays are still alive

Everything you used to love about the holidays is still alive in the Town of Washington. The Inn at Little Washington is decked out in all its fragrant Christmas finery and looking like a scene from a Charles Dickens novel. Warm, crackling fires and the smell of wood smoke in the crisp night air encourage a bit of romantic rekindling.

The Inn at Little Washington is decked out with Christmas lights.
The Inn at Little Washington is decked out with Christmas lights. Courtesy photo

It’s truffle season and the kitchen is perfumed with their earthy aroma. Venison, squab and pheasant are on the menu — along with celebratory indulgences like caviar, foie gras and lobster. As always, there’s something for everyone — even the little ones.

The Inn opens for dinner at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve ($178) and 4 p.m. Christmas Day ($198). In addition to all of their regular offerings, they’re sporting a traditional holiday menu. To make a reservation, call 540-675-3800 or visit theinnatlittlewashington.com.

If you don’t have plans for New Year’s Eve, why not begin a new tradition with the Inn as they ring in their 37th year? There’s a six-course tasting menu at 5:30 p.m. for $198 per person. Then, at 9 p.m., their 10-course tasting menu extravaganza begins ($385 per person). This year is inspired by Truman Capote’s “Party of the Century,” his 1966 Black and White Ball in honor of Katherine Graham (black and white attire suggested and masks encouraged).

The other businesses in town are also decked out in holiday decorations.

Town party

The town’s annual Christmas party last Sunday (Dec. 15) was a well-attended evening, complete with Santa and caroling.
The town’s annual Christmas party last Sunday (Dec. 15) was a well-attended evening, complete with Santa and caroling. Susan Whitson

The annual Washington Christmas party was Sunday (Dec. 15) in the town hall. More than 80 people attended the festive event and enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner. After dinner, Santa Claus appeared to entertain the crowd and dazzle the children — visiting and handing out presents. Santa departed and the room then filled with the sound of Christmas carols. As singing continued, two guests, Wendy and Gary Aichele, wowed the crowd with their phenomenal harmonies and were soon pulled up to the front to help lead the caroling.

“Laura Dodd, Jerry Goebel and other members of the town council did a fabulous job coordinating the party and a good time was had by all,” said Susan Whitson of Washington.

Breakfast with Santa

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue has a special all-you-can-eat breakfast (featuring Santa) from 7 to 11 a.m. this Saturday (Dec. 21) at the station. Adults are $8 (children 10 and younger eat free). Bring your cameras; Santa is available for photos. For more information, call 540-675-3615. I have to make plans to attend that breakfast in order to give Santa my list for Christmas.


Belated birthday wishes go out to Doug Baumgardner, who celebrated his day on Dec. 3; to Rick Kohler, who celebrated his day on Dec. 4, and to Rick’s wife, Kaye, who celebrated hers on Dec. 10.

Birthday wishes also go out to my dad, Pastor John Burke, who celebrates his special day on Christmas Eve. Happy birthday, dad! Birthday wishes go out to a dear friend of mine, Mary Ann Kuhn, whose birthday is Dec. 26. More birthday greetings go out Joshua Alther, who celebrates his day on Dec. 30, and to Mae Racer, whose special day is Dec. 31.

Living Nativity

The annual Living Nativity takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 21) at the “Red Shed” beside the county library. Come out and experience the joy of Christ’s birth with the Christmas story and live animals. The scene can also be viewed from U.S. 211. The Living Nativity is sponsored by the United Methodist churches of Rappahannock.

Food items for the Pantry

The Blue Rock Inn is collecting non-perishable food items for the Rappahannock Food Pantry. Each time you donate, you can enter to win a $25 gift certificate; the drawing is this Saturday (Dec. 21).