Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Destination: Keswick Hall, Charlottesville, Va.

Bias Alert!: We've fallen into a love affair with Keswick, so the following review may be a bit slanted.

Romance haunts every nook of this venue. Be prepared to succumb to it's power.

Of the 48 rooms, no two are alike. Every guest will experience this venue in a unique way, starting with their accommodations. Decorated in true Laura Ashley style, Victorian accents meshed with modern amenities make Keswick comfortable. The perfect mix of home and hotel.

This venue lends itself to a full weekend's worth of relaxation. Whether it's golf, spa treatments, historical tours, winery visits, tea time or lounging by the infinity pool, there is something for almost every guest.

Much of the spectacular cuisine is drawn from local farmers: vegetables and meats delivered fresh from Virginia. Executive Chef Dean Maupin is versatile and creative, and it shows in each and every dish.

Service is prioritized at Keswick, and you'll notice from the time you check in with one of two receptionists smiling behind vintage desks to the history-smart bartenders to the ever-present management. No beat is missed.

The rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception and brunch can all be held in completely different parts of the venue. And, like the guest rooms, every event space is very different from the next. You'll feel well acquainted with Keswick by the end of your wedding weekend. You may even say it became your home away from home.