502 S. Main B&B

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Friday – Sunday, February 17-19, 2012

(502southmain.com) – Lexington, Virginia

How I heard of this place: While searching for a B&B within about 200 miles of Arlington, with good food, great hospitality and interesting surroundings, I came across a LivingSocial deal for 502. Having the opportunity to stay in a cozy B&B, breakfasts included and a picnic lunch to take away, not to mention a picnic/lunch box and two wine glasses just for us, I was immediately sold!

Type of cuisine: “There is no better way to start the day than with one of our signature breakfasts . . .

Wake up to Pumpkin Pancakes, Crab and Artichoke Soufflé or perhaps Eggs Benedict. With Mary Stuart’s background in the culinary arts and experience as a sous and a pastry chef in Georgia and Florida, it warms our heart to hear guests rave about the morning fare! An ever-changing menu is designed around bountiful, varied entrees, crafted from the freshest locally-sourced ingredients, including farm-fresh eggs and sausage from Broadview Ranch, cheeses from Mountain View Farm and local fruits (some from our garden) during the growing season. Delightful house-made artisan breads and pastries are hot from the oven.”

Ambiance: Come, let everything go, and enjoy true Southern hospitality at 502 South Main. It’s that simple and just that comfortable. We pay special attention to all the details so you can simply relax. Our 1885 home is furnished in tasteful, classic style with European touches throughout. We’re situated in historic downtown Lexington, Virginia; everything is within easy walking distance. A three course hot breakfast is served each and everyday beginning at 9:00am.” More on their website: “Turn-down service is offered nightly so you can relax and drift into luxurious dreamless sleep. You’ll awaken well-rested, refreshed and ready for the activities of the new day. Each guestroom boasts fresh cut flowers, fully-modernized Italian marble en-suite bath, a stocked mini fridge with bottled water and soft drinks, independent climate controls, Wi-Fi, DVD player and Cable TV.”

What I ordered: While we had no orders to place, we were blown away by the generosity and hospitality of our hosts. Having arrived in the late afternoon on Friday, we were offered six (just made) chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of sparkling apple cider (since we do not consume alcohol).

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Our mini fridge was stocked with Coke, Diet Coke, Ginger Ale, bottled water, and we were also given two 100-calorie bags of Natural Almonds, as well as two TLC granola bars. (On day two, we had four freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies in our room, awaiting our evening return!)

502 Oatmeal Cookies

The beauty, calm and grandness of our breakfasts was also unbeatable.

Brunch at 502

On day one, we began with fresh fruit (pink grapefruit, quartered strawberries and pomegrante seeds), continued with homemade granola (with dried apple and coconut, among other things) and yogurt (Activia Vanilla or Peach), and orange (or cranberry) juice, coffee, tea and a tall glass of ice water.

Fruits & Yogurt

When we had cleaned each plate and bowl, our hostess brought out individual herb frittatas baked in ramekin dishes, alongside sliced tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with fresh chives.

Baked Frittatas

Homemade toast, fresh baked banana bread, apple butter and fruit preserves kept us going until there was no more room.

For our picnic lunch, we were offered two mini bags of Cheez-Itz, a small bag of green, seedless grapes, two freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies and a sandwich each: ham with Swiss, lettuce, mustard & mayonnaise for me, and ham with Pepperjack, lettuce, mustard & mayonnaise for Chris. We washed it all down with a can of Juicy Juice Very Berry sparkling juice, and a sparkling Orange-Tangerine juice.

Picnic Lunch

The second morning, we were sad to see our birthday vacay coming to a close, but thoroughly enjoyed and savored the courses at breakfast nonetheless. We started with coffee and tea, hard boiled eggs, granola & yogurt and beautifully plated fruit: sliced kiwi & pineapple.

Breakfast 2 at 502

Our main entree consisted of bread pudding-like French toast made with homemade bread, and baked with fresh blueberries on top, two slices of baked bacon and a swirled slice of blood orange.

Homemade Blueberry French Toast

We finished off the meal with King Cake, sent to our hosts from New Orleans!

What I loved: The frittata was my favorite part of our meals. We were full and happy the entire morning and nothing more could have made our meals more enjoyable, more delicious and served with more care and love.

Why I loved it: Russ & Mary Stuart absolutely live up to their Southern hospitality and culinary expertise! “We want you to feel as comfortable here as you do in your own home. Our mission is to provide you with lodging, rest and meals that are memorably special.  We offer the true Southern hospitality you expect and deserve, in elegantly simple surroundings that carry on the tradition of Lexington charm. We hope to see you soon!”

Toasting with Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Cost: The cost of the B&B is $159-$209 per evening, depending on the room (includes breakfast, WiFi, cable TV, DVD player, personalized climate control, private marble bathrooms en suite, and tea & coffee service throughout the day)

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