An Extended Adventure at Hillbrook

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An Extended Adventure at Hillbrook
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By now you’re probably aware of our upcoming Root to Table culinary event, but do you know about the awesome extended overnight packages? Executive Chef Steve Ferrell encourages you to stay an extra night or two at the beautiful Hillbrook Inn and Spa to really soak up everything the Shenandoah Valley has to offer. It might be even harder to resist when you find out that they’ll be offering exclusive two-night packaging deals in honor of our second Root to Table dinner!

Dining table

Jenna Sterner Photography

Start your night at Magnolias at the Mill Restaurant, where you’ll experience a delectable five-course menu specially prepared by their own executive chef Erik Foxx and Hillbrook’s very own executive chef Steve Ferrell. Together, the two chefs are going to wow your taste buds with seafood and perfectly paired ciders to match.


Course 1

Ceviche Forte – Scallop, Pulpo, Skrei, and Cuttle Fish paired with Spiced Saarte Cider

Course 2

Short smoked Black Cod, Charred Radicchio Antipasti, and Boucheron Anchovy paired with a Black Currant Cider

Course 3

Hand shucked Scallops, Linguica, charred Octopus, Langoustine, Belly Clam and spiced Kabocha Broth paired with Mulled Brandy Cider


Speck rested Wolf Turbot, Merguez, Chili Flake, and charred Red Apple & Shallot paired with a Corcorran Knothead Cider


Sour Apple Pate a Fruit, Pumpkin Pot au Crème, and spiced Buckwheat Crepe Cake

Steve Ferrell

Chef Steve Ferrell | Jenna Sterner Photography

Chef Steve Ferrell, a semi-new addition to the Inn’s Redbook Restaurant kitchen, is quoted saying, “I am a hard working individual with a strong sense of pride in food that I create and in the kitchen teams I have developed. I respect classic techniques and fundamentals but believe in always pushing the envelope by challenging myself to improve.”If you break down to the very essence what he’s saying – he knows what he’s doing in the kitchen and you’ll never be disappointed by what’s on your plate if it’s his hands that prepared it. With years and years of culinary experience, prepare to taste a meal like no other prepped by Ferrell. The Redbook Restaurant’s doors are always open for anyone wanting to mix luxury dining with an at-home feel.

Jenna Sterner Photography

Finish off the night at the Hillbrook Inn, extending your stay well into the weekend. Included in the deal is a welcome drink, 20% off room rate, and a $25 dining credit for Saturday dinner at the Redbook Restaurant. Lastly, you’ll want to make sure you set aside time to pamper yourself, as a $25 spa credit is also included. You can read more and book here.

Charissa Zanella, owner of the Inn, explains their part in all of this: “Hillbrook Inn is involved with Taste of Blue Ridge because we are devoted to promoting a quality food product. By combining our efforts for promoting local resourcing with other chefs and farmers in the area, we can have a larger national voice for the northern Virginia – West Virginia region.” With a backing like this, our foodie campaigns are sure to reach numbers into the thousands, spreading the love of culinary cuisine to all within the community.

In addition to their weekend packages, the Hillbrook Inn is sponsoring a brand new elopement contest running now until April of 2018. If you’re a couple in love and looking to tie the knot, this is the perfect opportunity to share your “storybook” love story for a chance to win a free elopement at Hillbrook Inn. This exciting contest is even making sure to award the couples who don’t win, because all love stories are great love stories in Hillbrook’s book.

We hope to see you at Magnolias, and hope that you’ll take advantage of all the sweet deals set up as a part of our Root to Table campaign. Grab your tickets here!