Now that summer is almost here and life relaxes a bit, it is a perfect time to plan a getaway. For most of us, we enjoy escaping to a place that is not only beautiful, but different from our normal lives. A place that most don’t consider is the mountains, a location teeming with wildlife and is just a tad cooler than the rest of the South. An untapped resource when looking for lodging is a bed and breakfast. These quaint inns are run with service in mind. In the name, bed and breakfast, breakfast is usually implied with not only a place to stay. However, there are a few inns that also have a separate restaurant that serve other meals, like brunch or dinner. The Orchard Inn is one such place, a lovely Western NC bed and breakfast with dinner and brunch.
For those of us who know about brunch, it is the most amazing meal ever put on this Earth. It is nestled in the mid morning and menus have a sampling of not only breakfast but lunch as well. It is also completely acceptable to drink during this meal and when you start your day off with champagne the rest of your day will be marvelous. At The Orchard Inn, their menu for brunch rotates with the season, which keeps it fresh and delicious all year long. Their brunch menu is prix fixe and includes 3 courses at a steal for $24.95 per person. Their appetizer is fresh fruit with a rosemary popover with honey butter. There is plenty to choose from with their main course options. First is a poached egg with ham and cheese and scallions over an English muffin with your choice of bacon or sausage. Next is a flambéed banana-stuffed French toast topped with a local berry sauce with a choice of bacon or sausage. Third is a fennel braised chicken that has a delightful green olive and shallot infused sauce. This is served with truffled grits as well as seasonal vegetables. Last choice is a whiskey flambéed Tiger shrimp served with truffled grits and Prosciutto-wrapped melon. If you still have room, your dessert choices are either a white and dark chocolate molten cake or a peach cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream.
The Orchard Inn not only serves a delectable brunch but this is also a bed and breakfast with dinner. Just like the brunch menu, their dinner menu is a prix fixe at $55.00 per person and you get the most mouthwatering four course dinner overlooking their grounds that lead to the mountains. Starting off your culinary journey is a choice between a summer vegetable soup or a cold cucumber with fresh mint soup. Next is an organic salad of Hearts of Palm, cherry tomatoes, and roasted sunflower seeds, all topped with their signature Orchard Inn dressing. For your entree you can pick between their veal San Marco which is a veal cutlet with a mushroom and artichoke heart sauce over risotto served with seasonal vegetables, or an Angus beef tenderloin with caramelized onions, seasonal vegetables and roasted baby potatoes. Lastly, Orchard Inn crab cakes with cilantro lemon butter, homemade tartar sauce, and seasonal vegetables and roasted baby potatoes. Save room for dessert, otherwise you’ll miss out on their delectable tiramisu or their Coup Orchard which is vanilla ice cream with blackberry Cabernet sorbet, whipped cream, and topped with toasted almonds and fresh berries. The Orchard Inn is not only a bed and breakfast with dinner but it also houses a vast array of wines to choose from to either enjoy with your meal or on their own.
Make sure you carve out some time to visit this tranquil Western NC bed and breakfast with dinner and brunch. Contact the friendly owners today not only to reserve one of their luxurious rooms but also to enjoy their dinner and brunch menus.