Virginia – Washington: Inn at Little Washington – Kitchen

Virginia – Washington: Inn at Little Washington – Kitchen
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The Inn at Little Washington, America’s most celebrated country inn, is located at Middle and Main Streets in the unassuming town Washington, Virginia. The oldest of the 28 cities by the name of Washington in the United States, the town was surveyed by George Washington himself in July of 1749. With a population of just 183 as of the 2000 census, it is nicknamed Little Washington because of its proximity to Washington, D.C., which lies only 70 miles east.

The Inn at Little Washington was created by former business and romantic partners Patrick O’Connell Reinhardt Lynch in 1978. A deterioration in their relationship in 2006 precipitated a business split, and O’Connell took out a loan of .5 million to facilitate a buyout and become the sole owner in 2007.

Its eighteen bedrooms and suites were created by Joyce Evans, a London stage and set designer, who conceptualized the interiors without ever setting foot in America. Chef Patrick O’Connell presents his New American dishes in the Victorian-styled 30-table dining room. The inn presents a 40-page long wine list, from which the Sommelier can summon one of the 14,000 bottles from the award winning cellar. The Inn’s new kitchen was added in 1998. Inspired by the dairy room at Windsor Castle, the kitchen features an enormous Vulcan range. Built to order in France, it is topped with a copper and brass hood that looks like King Arthur’s tent. Two kitchen tables allow guests to watch the action ringside.

The Inn was the first establishment in the Mobil Travel Guide’s history ever to receive 5 stars for its restaurant and 5 stars for its accommodation, and is the first Inn ever to receive AAA’s highest accolade, the 5 Diamond Award, for both food and accommodation. The Inn at Little Washington has received 5 James Beard Awards including: Best Service, Best Wine List, Restaurant of the Year, Best Chef in the Mid–Atlantic and Chef of the Year. It has been rated one of the Top 10 Best Restaurants in the World by The International Herald Tribune. It was also rated number 1 in America by the Zagat U.S. Hotel Survey and has been rated number one in all categories (food, dècor and service) of Zagat’s Washington DC restaurant survey for the past 14 years. The Inn’s dining room has been rated #1 in North America, and #2 in the World, by Travel + Leisure Magazine’s ‘World’s Best Awards’, and has been awarded Wine Spectator magazine’s “Grand Award” for its wine list every year since 1995.

door, kitchen – painted – Home Depot color matching – IMG_3450 (20110822)

door, kitchen – painted – Home Depot color matching – IMG_3450 (20110822)
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The kitchen/back door. Rarely used. Accidentally painted the storm door shut, and have not not opened it since. Opted not to paint the door itself out of laziness, and the fact that it’s in alright condition other than a permanent stain from ripping kudzu off of it back when the kudzu had gotten under the storm door and grown to the ceiling. Stupid kudzu.

We also opted not to paint the ceiling at the top of this picture — the bottom of our bedroom overhang — because the green paint underneath is actually in excellent condition. That is pretty much the last remaining green on the house other than the west side soffits, which we could not paint due to electrical wires all over.

A few weeks later we dug a trench and added proper drainage to the gutterin this picture.

Anybody need a birdfeeder? They bring birds to us — but they bring far more rats, so they sit empty at our house.

Home Depot’s color-matching skills with Behr paint-with-prime vs Behr paint-without-prime leaves a lot to be desired. A LOT. Our color mis-matching here is what you get when you take the same paint back and ask them to match the existing paint. They, er, uh… don’t. No refunds! a gallon paint-with-primer, a gallon paint-without-primer, tons of brushes, paint thinner, rags, elbow grease — And you get this! Mis-matched color!

But still. This will do. It’s not peeling all over anymore, which is what’s really important. The colors just aren’t going to quite match.

BY THE WAY, see the pipe that comes out of the house on the left, then back into the house by the door? That was part of our house purchase settlement agreement. 12/1998, they had to fix the laundry which had been draining into the back creek for… 58 years. So they simply fed the drain back into the kitchen under the sink. Basically skirted the agreement with minimal expenditure. I’m sure this pipe will break someday… And then *I’ll* let the laundry drain into the creek until the next people by the house. And the cycle continues. Muahahha.

Home Depot color matching, bird feeders, birdfeeders, cinder blocks, gutter, house maintenance, kitchen door, mismatched paint, storm door.
after painting.

back yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

August 22, 2011.

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BACKSTORY: While dealing with Farmers insurance & Progressive/Homesite insurance’s dropping our policy for us having peeling window sill paint (among other things), we had to do a bunch of house repairs. While painting our window sills, we also painted other surfaces that needed painting, such as doors, railings, soffits, stairs, gutters, pipes, and cinder block walls.

door, kitchen – bottom of overhang=largest green area left – (Home Depot color matching problems) – IMG_3690 (20111014)

door, kitchen – bottom of overhang=largest green area left – (Home Depot color matching problems) – IMG_3690 (20111014)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Home Depot’s color-matching skills with Behr paint-with-prime vs Behr paint-without-prime leaves a lot to be desired. A LOT. Our color mis-matching here is what you get when you take the same paint back and ask them to match the existing paint. They, er, uh… don’t. No refunds! a gallon paint-with-primer, a gallon paint-without-primer, tons of brushes, paint thinner, rags, elbow grease — And you get this! Mis-matched color!

You can’t really see it very well in this picture, though, because the angle of the sun really messed the picture up. Mostly you can only see the mismatch on the outer door frame.

Home Depot color matching, birdfeeders, house maintenance, kitchen door, mismatched paint.

back yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

October 14, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

BACKSTORY: While dealing with Farmers insurance & Progressive/Homesite insurance’s dropping our policy for us having peeling window sill paint (among other things), we had to do a bunch of house repairs. While painting our window sills, we also painted other surfaces that needed painting, such as doors, railings, soffits, stairs, gutters, pipes, and cinder block walls.