Aioli Restaurant: The Mediterranean Lands in Staunton VA

Aioli Restaurant on Mediterranean Cuisine

Chef Said Rhafiri, Aioli Restaurant
Chef Said Rhafiri, Aioli Restaurant

“My mother used to send me to the market every day,” Chef Said Rhafiri said. “She only cooked with the freshest ingredients.” It was that kind of early training in Casablanca, Morocco, that shaped the direction of a young boy’s life. Eventually, it would lead Said to own Aioli Restaurant.

At 20, Said packed up his culinary passion and left for Florence, Italy. There he would study the culinary arts for seven years. It proved to be a worthy investment of time and energy.

Eventually, he moved to the States and landed in Charlottesville, working at some of the most prestigious resorts and inns in the area. Keswick Hall, Clifton Inn, and Boars Head Inn top the list of outstanding hospitality leaders where Said has worked.

He also designed and opened the kitchen at Veritas Vineyards & Winery. Chef Said prepared for 58 weddings each year at the Veritas, plus five-course meals for parties.

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Why You Should Visit Shenandoah National Park In April

 

Spring in the Shenandoah Valley
Photo by Leo

Ah, Spring in the Shenandoah Valley! You’ll be hard pressed to find a more beautiful place on earth, unless, of course, it’s Fall in the Shenandoah Valley.

Mother Nature paints her work with extraordinary grace all over the Valley. To witness her broad lush strokes of beauty, we encourage you to visit the Shenandoah National Park.

From cascading waterfalls, quiet wooded hollows to spectacular views of the mountains, prepare to be awed and amazed.

With 200,000 protected acres, you’ll delight in the wildlife as well as the over 500 miles of trails. Here’s a map you can refer to when planning your hike.

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What Couples Want Who Are Planning A Romantic Wedding or Special Occasion

What Couples Want Who Are Planning A Wedding

romantic wedding inn at old VirginiaWhen you’re planning a romantic wedding, you want the setting to reflect the beauty of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

While every wedding has its own personality, the one common denominator in all weddings is this.

Every bride and groom wants the atmosphere and landscape to reflect the joy they feel in celebrating their new union.
The Inn at Old Virginia offers both the natural beauty and breathtaking landscape to create the romantic wedding you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

When choosing a simple, elegant wedding or a more elaborate glamorous affair, your guests will be treated to gracious Southern hospitality from the moment they are welcomed at our door.

Mother Nature graciously does the rest! The stunning views and beautiful countryside create a natural backdrop that immediately becomes part of your romantic wedding.

Rain or shine, the Inn at Old Virginia will work diligently with you to create the romance and beauty that you want. What’s more, if you choose to work with our wedding planner, Laina Hamilton, your wedding will be in the best hands possible!

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What You Look For In Bed and Breakfast Accommodations

One of the Top 10 Bed and Breakfast Inns In The US

Inn at Old Virginia

Please excuse us for a minute while we crow a bit. We are so proud that the Inn at Old Virginia was named one of the top 10 bed and breakfast inns in the US by BedandBreakfast.com.

We could not have done it without you. This recognition was based on guest reviews of the Inn. It is because of you this honor was possible!  Our sincere thanks.

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Downtown Staunton Restaurants: Where to Go For Fine Dining

Downtown Staunton Restaurants: The Joy of Fine Dining

Ah, Fine Dining!

There is just nothing better than a meal that is a visual delight and a culinary blend of flavors.

We’re proud to say that Staunton features some of the best restaurants anywhere. Your biggest decision while visiting with us will be where to eat.

That’s why we want to share with you three very different restaurants; all of which shine with their own style of culinary magic, temptations and delights.

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How To Savor the Sweetness of Romance

Romance Is InThe Air

Seems like the romance month has arrived!

That’s why for the entire month of February, you and your sweetheart can enjoy two days of romance and relaxation.

And if you’re looking for a beautiful place to pop The Big Question, what better place than our serene country setting in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.

A Two-Night Stay, a Welcoming Gift Basket and a $100 in Gift Cards are included.  Your gift cards are redeemable at over 80 downtown Staunton merchants.

To book your Romance Reservation –

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Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2016!

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2016!

Inn at Old Virginia has once again received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.
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Shenandoah Valley Fall Getaway

Shenandoah Valley Fall Getaway

The fall season is upon us. This is the perfect time for a relaxing country getaway.
The Shenandoah Valley and its rolling hills during the amber of Autumn create the perfect backdrops for a relaxing country escape or a romantic weekend getaway.
Check out some local autumn events.

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