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Goodstone Inn’s Good Stone

There once was a family with the name of Goodwin
They bought our property and built a mansion
What’s left is now just a wall of stone
The most popular wall that is very well known
They named it Goodstone, a name that stuck
We now have a stone, to bring you luck
It is hidden on the property, for you to find
But in order to win, we have some guidelines
You must take a picture, for all to see
Then return it to where you get your key
There is where you will find your reward
Where it will be hidden again, for the next to look for

Look for our stone with the word good on it. We have hidden it out somewhere on our property. If you find it, you must take a picture with it and tag us on social media. After you have posted your picture, you may return it to our front desk where you will receive your reward. Good Luck!

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Happy Valentines Day ~ February 2016

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What Does L-O-V-E mean to Goodstone?

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and here at Goodstone, we believe in spending quality time with those we love. Are receiving chocolate and flowers nice? Yes, of course! But spending that one-on-one time with your partner helps you remember why you fell in love in the first place and how you can fall in love all over again. Here at Goodstone we believe in love and are honored when we get to be a part of making the magic happen. As a luxury inn, love means:

L: Lavish

O: Oasis

V: Venture

E: Extraordinary

Goodstone’s five star restaurant interprets love through culinary artistry and you know the saying that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. What love means to The Restaurant at Goodstone:

L: Luscious

O: Over the Top

V: Vibrant

E: Exceptional

But overall, here at Goodstone, love means an an opportunity to reconnect with those you love through beauty, through food, through time. To all of us here, love means:

L: Life

O: One and Only

V: Vitality

E: Exclusive

Happy Valentine’s Day from Goodstone Inn & Restaurant

Happy Holidays from Goodstone ~ December 2015

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‘Twas the night before Christmas all through the Goodstone,
the kitchen was stirring baking treats and scones
Maxine in particular had a recipe in mind
one that was her favorite and truly divine
Choco Orange Fudge is the sweet
rich and creamy, it’s a real treat
A recipe that only few knew
becomes a holiday tradition we’d like to share with you!

Choco Orange Fudge Recipe

• 8x8 Pan (makes half a sheet pan)
• I cup of Chopped Candied Orange Peel
• 1 lb. of Semi-Sweet Chocolate
• 2 tbsp. of Unsalted Butter cut into pats
• 1 Can of Condensed Milk
• Pinch of Salt
• 2 tsp. of Grand Marnier

1. Line the pan with parchment paper
2. Mix the chocolate, milk, butter and salt in a glass bowl
3. Put the glass bowl on top of a simmering pan of water or double boiler
4. Stir until the chocolate is melted (between 5-10 minutes)
5. Fold in the candied orange peel and the Grand Marnier and stir
6. Spread the chocolate on the sheet pan evenly
7. Chill in the refrigerator for approximately 2 hours
8. Cut with a knife into your desirable size
9. Eat and enjoy!

The Goodstone Inn & Restaurant loves this time of year. The fireplace is lit, the stockings are hung, the trees are glowing, and the food is simply spectacular. Whether you’re enjoying 5 star dining or a comfortable stay in one of our 18 luxury accommodations, we are here to make sure your holidays are unforgettable.

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Relax by the Carriage House Fireplace ~ November 2015

Fall is an especially nice time to visit Goodstone’s stunning 265-acre estate. The leaves are showing off their colors and the Fall air is getting brisk! Don a jacket, grab a walking stick (by the Carriage House front door), and experience the season with a quick jaunt on the Goodstone walking trails.

Then, head to the Carriage House and sink into one of the plush sofas in front of our inviting floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace. This charming Carriage House focal point is always decorated to reflect the season – with summer flowers from our gardens to pumpkins and gourds in the Fall and fragrant garlands to announce the holidays.

Take in the crackling fire in the fireplace and sip a glass of fine wine or specialty drink from the Bar at Goodstone. 

Each of our luxury residences (Bull Barn, French Farm Cottage, Dutch Cottage and Spring House) has its own fireplace... but there’s just something about the beauty of the Carriage House fireplace that brings guests together on a chilly Fall day!

October 2015

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Experience the Authentic Goodstone’s October Wine Dinner

Goodstone Inn & Restaurant and Greenhill Winery & Vineyards will hold an October “Experience the Authentic” Wine Dinner at The Restaurant at Goodstone. Join us at 6pm for canapés followed by the 7pm wine dinner.

Goodstone Executive Chef John Leonard and Sommelier Stephen Elhafdi have created an exquisite pairing menu for the October event.

The evening’s speaker is Sébastien Marquet – a winemaker, viticulturist and winery management specialist. Marquet’s impressive background includes 23 years of vintages from across the world, and studies in oenology and viticulture in his native Burgundy. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the Lycée Viti-oenologie de Beaune and a CFPPA business certificate in wine sales from the Lycée Viti-oenologie Macon Davaye.

Marquet’s extensive career as a winemaker in various wine regions worldwide has given him the opportunity to produce award-winning wines from each of these localities. In addition, through this extensive experience, he has developed the skills required to produce quality wines in distinct climates and terroir. Marquet has produced wine in Burgundy, Languedoc-Roussillon, Martinique, Sonoma, Napa Valley and Virginia. His background has refined his approach to wine quality and consistency vintage after vintage. Marquet conducts and coordinates every aspect of the winemaking process, managing vineyards and working with other growers through the vinification, blending and quality control. He has demonstrated his ability to deliver through an extensive list of awards and accolades received for his wines.

Please RSVP by calling Goodstone Inn & Restaurant at 540-687-3333. We look forward to seeing you at this educational and enjoyable evening!

A Midweek Fall Getaway for DC and VA Residents

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Looking for a midweek VA B&B getaway to wine and hunt country? Goodstone has a special midweek package for DC and Virginia residents!

Plan your midweek (Sunday – Thursday) visit and enjoy luxurious overnight deluxe accommodations in one of our charming guest residences and a $25 dinner credit at The Restaurant at Goodstone. Take in the beauty of the countryside with a brisk hike on the Goodstone trails followed by afternoon refreshments in the Carriage House. Relax by the fieldstone fireplace or at the Bar at Goodstone with one of our delightful specialty cocktails. And, wake up to a scrumptious full country breakfast in our restaurant.

This Midweek VA Getaway is available through November 30, 2015. Rates start at $299 plus taxes. (Subject to availability. Excludes holidays.) The midweek package excludes suites, junior suites and the Bull Barn Cottage. (Upgrades can be accommodated at an extra charge, and subject to availability.)

DC and VA residents are invited to visit our Middleburg country inn this Fall with this special midweek package!

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Goodstone Gives Back Dinner to Benefit A Place To Be

9 Oct 2015
Mark your calendar now! Dine at The Restaurant at Goodstone on Monday, November 2nd during the dinner hours of 5:30-9pm. We’ll be holding another monthly first-Monday “Goodstone Gives Back” dinner, and will donate 10% of all dinner proceeds to a local nonprofit organization.

The November 2nd “Goodstone Gives Back” Dinner will benefit A Place To Be in Middleburg, VA. This wonderful organization helps people face, navigate and overcome life’s challenges using the therapeutic arts.

A Place To Be helps people with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy along with people coping with bullying or self-esteem issues, living with chronic illness and those who just need A Place To Be. Clients come from all over Northern Virginia including Loudoun County, Clarke County, Frederick County, Middleburg, Aldie, Leesburg, Winchester, Berryville, Ashburn, Hamilton, Purcellville, Chantilly, Lovettsville, Round Hill, Warrenton, Gainsville, Bristow, and Fauquier County.

Be sure to make your dinner reservations for the evening of November 2nd by calling Goodstone at 540-687-3333, and support A Place To Be!

September 2015

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Loudoun County Culinary Festival is a Huge Success

Did you attend Epicurience Virginia 2015 over Labor Day weekend? If not, here’s a brief recap of the popular Loudoun County food and wine festival! This three-day culinary event in beautiful VA wine country featured farm-to-table fare, excellent wines, well-known chefs including Goodstone’s Executive Chef John Leonard, and an array of music and entertainment in historic Morven Park in Leesburg.

General admission guests sampled VA wines and food in the Grand Tasting Tent. The Sterling Restaurant Supply Chef Demonstration Tent showcased noted chefs demonstrating their culinary skills. Visitors also enjoyed the Virginia Education Tent with informative educational sessions. Sponsor Fortessa Tableware provided a souvenir Schott Zwiesel etched wine glass as a take-home gift.

Guests with VIP tickets enjoyed premier seating in both the Virginia Education and Sterling Restaurant Supply Chef Demonstration Tents along with special food and drink offerings plus a VIP gift bag.

Goodstone Executive Chef John Leonard created a mouth-watering menu that included Mini Lobster Rolls, Duck Rilliet Crostini with Balsamic Rhubarb Jam, BLT with HallerHacker Cheese, Boudin Blanc Blackberry Mustard Sauerkraut Sliders, Seasonal Soup Shooters and Peach, Local Goat Cheese and Thyme Crostini.

Epicurience was well-attended a truly amazing culinary experience! You can continue to enjoy the best of food and wine . . . simply visit our Middleburg restaurant for an unparalleled dining experience!

Goodstone Dinner to Benefit Mosby Heritage Area Association

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Mark your calendar now, and plan to dine at The Restaurant at Goodstone on October 5th during our 5:30pm to 9:00pm dinner hours. We’ll be hosting another “Goodstone Gives Back” Dinner to benefit the Mosby Heritage Area Association in Marshall, Virginia. This is the fifth in a series of monthly first-Monday dinners, with Goodstone donating 10% of all dinner proceeds to a local nonprofit organization.

MHAA’s mission is preservation through education – to educate about the history and advocate for the preservation of the extraordinary history, culture and scenery in the Northern Virginia Piedmont for future generations to enjoy.

MHAA offers a wide range of programs and services to residents an Mosby Heritage Area visitors including school outreach programs to more than 5,000 students each year, family-oriented interpretive programs, lectures and field trips.

Join us for dinner on October 5th, and help support the Mosby Heritage Area Association. RSVP: 540-687-3333.

Visit Epicurience 2015 in VA Wine Country!

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Will you be visiting VA wine country tomorrow and taking in the exciting annual Epicurience Virginia event? From 11am to 6pm on Saturday, September 5th, Goodstone’s award-winning Executive Chef John Leonard will be pairing small bites with featured beverages in the Epicurience VIP Tent.

Executive Chef Leonard’s Epicurience Menu:

  • 11:00am: Mini Lobster Rolls
  • Catoctin Creek Distilling and Stone Tower Winery
  • 12:30pm: Duck Rilliet Crostini with Balsamic Rhubarb Jam
  • Epic Blend 2013 by Loudoun Winery Association (Bordeaux blend)
  • 1:30pm: BLT&C ~ Rye Toast, HallerHacker Cheese, Local Bacon, Tomato, Arugula
  • Exclusive Beer Tasting by Lost Rhino (Barrel Aged Sin Barley Wine and Double Z Barrel Aged Double IPA)
  • 2:30pm: Boudin Blanc Blackberry Mustard Sauerkraut Sliders and Seasonal Soup Shooter
  • Catoctin Creek Distilling and Stone Tower Winery (Chef Joy Crump also featured 2:30 – 4:30pm)
  • 4:30pm: Peach, Local Goat Cheese and Thyme Crostini
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We hope to see you at Epicurience 2015!

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Read between the Wines

The Restaurant at Goodstone Inn is excited to announce a Wine Dinner celebrating Carabella winery on Wednesday, May 18th. Renowned Oregon Winemaker, Mike Hallock, will showcase several of his wines along with a menu that Chef John Leonard created that reflects the different tastes and complexities of each wine. The dinner will showcase Carabella’s Pinot Gris, Chardonnay Dijon 76 Clone, Pinot Noir Estate and Black Muscat. The evening will begin at 7:00pm with a selection of seasonal canapés paired with the Pinot Gris followed by a three course meal paired with the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Black Muscat.
Trained as a winemaker in Colorado, geologist Mike Hallock spent 12 years searching for the piece of land now home to Carabella Winery which is located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA in Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Pinot Noir is Hallock’s passion and the main focus of Carabella. His process includes the use of seven different clonal blocks to ferment the grapes separately and then blend right before going into the bottle. The Dijon Chardonnay is made in a “Burgundian” style, meaning it has more earth and minerality flavors focusing on the soils that the wine is grown in. The Pinot Gris is made in an “Alsatian” style, meaning it has a rich fruity flavor with an almost oily texture.
We are so honored that our dear friend is coming all the way from Oregon to partner with Goodstone in creating, what is sure to be, a very memorable culinary experience.
Make your reservation now, this is an evening you will not want to miss.

Goodstone Inn is Keeping Loudoun Beautiful
A perfect summer evening includes a beautiful view, live music playing in the background, BBQ on the grill, and summer cocktails. It is a summer tradition that Goodstone Inn & Restaurant is thrilled to host on Thursday, July 7th to support Keep Loudoun Beautiful.
This fundraiser will help sustain KLB and our Loudoun County communities to continue volunteer initiatives:
• Maintain the natural beauty and visual quality of Loudoun County
• Encourage and educate citizens to keep Loudoun beautiful
• Promote awareness of environmental challenges and suggested solutions such as Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling
• Improve county trash disposal and eliminate illegal dumping
Goodstone Inn & Restaurant is set on a 265-acre estate in the heart of Middleburg’s wine and hunt country. The Restaurant at Goodstone focuses on farm-to-table gourmet dining with the freshest of ingredients from the Goodstone gardens and farm. Needless to say, Goodstone strongly supports the efforts of KLB and is thrilled to host the fundraiser on property.
We would like for you to come and enjoy a beautiful evening to celebrate a wonderful cause. Tickets are on sale now at www.KeepLoudounBeautiful.org . Kids are free, young adults are $20, and adults are $50.
Let’s join together as a community to help keep our environment clean and safe.

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We’re Not Wining About Our New Award!
The Restaurant at Goodstone is proud to announce that we have received the Wine Spectator’s 2016 Best of Award of Excellence! Wine Spectator is a magazine that focuses on wine and wine culture, rating different wines and restaurants for their wines around the world. There are three tiers to their rating:
1. The Award of Excellence
 This level has 2,414 winners that focus on at least 90 wine selections that match a restaurant’s menu in price and style.
2. Best of Award of Excellence
 This level has 1,093 winners that focus on the depth of the wine from different regions and producers. Not only do these restaurants offer pristine selections, but they also offer their devote commitment to wine and it shows through their service.
3. Grand Award
 This is the highest level and has 88 winners. These restaurants offer over 1,000 or more selection of wine that range in region, producers, vintages, and compliments the menu.

Our Sommelier, Stephen Elhafdi, works tirelessly to make sure The Restaurant at Goodstone has the most exquisite wines that work in perfect harmony with the menu. Stephen has put countless hours in to creating a wine list deserving of this award! However, his main focus is always the guest and making sure they have the most divine dining experience by making sure that Chef Johns food is perfectly complimented by the worlds finest wines. Congratulations to Stephen and the entire restaurant staff at The Restaurant at Goodstone.

We are so proud of you!

You can check out our award here