More about Foster Harris House Bed and Breakfast
What All B&Bs Should Be Like
My husband and I were in the process of moving from D.C. to New York and needed a weekend of R&R. We ate dinner at the Inn (worthy of another glowing review) but the real surprise was the Foster Harris house. We are not typical B&B types -- most B&B hosts tend to make us feel like intruders in their own home, and don't allow you to truly "get away". The owners of the Foster Harris house, John and Diane, could not have been more friendly, welcoming, gracious, and sensitive to our needs. What was the last B&B that you went to that actually allowed you to eat AFTER the pre-programmed breakfast hour?? Put simply, they are willing to be as involved, or uninvolved, in your trip as you want them to be. If you want to spend a weekend without seeing anybody, they are more than willing to accommodate. And if you want to sit in front of the fireplace and chat, they are more than happy to participate. And as a foodie, I can't emphasize enough how great John's cooking is! He comes from a family of chefs, and it shows. We would stay at the Foster House anytime- it is eons above any B&B we've ever stayed in.
Could not have been better!
The Foster Harris House is perhaps the best B&B we've stayed at anywhere. Half the price of the Inn at Little Washington, and probably a lot more causal and personal, this is THE place to stay following dinner at the Inn. Diane and John are the best hosts around, offering wine, cheese, port, and conversation in the evenings. Breakfast is an event in and of itself with four fabulous courses that make you think you're still enjoying your dinner at the Inn. Watch out Patrick, here comes John - an excellent chef! This young couple truly love what they do and you can tell. The ONLY place to stay in Washington, Va.
Great Hospitality in the Blue Ridge
A perfect weekend - dinner at the Inn at Little Washington and lodging at Foster Harris House. Just down the street from the gourmet Inn, the FHH is the perfect place to stay if you're going to the Inn for dinner or just want to enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge country. The warm and hospitality of Diane and John is the perfect complement to great food and fresh country air. FHH itself is cozy and comfortable and Diane and John will do everything possible to make your stay special, from making dinner reservations, to printing hiking maps to producing a bottle of champagne to help you celebrate the birth of a new granddaughter. The gourmet breakfasts - if you can handle them after dinner at the Inn - are a great way to start the day. Thumbs up!
Foster-Harris is Fabulous!
John and Diane have actually created an experience that is what you hope for in a B & B. They have a beautiful home on a beautiful piece of property. They also add nice unexpected touches at no addional cost - a glass of wine before dinner, port after, turndown service. They make you feel truly welcome.
Breakfast is on the Inn at Little Washington level. Truly amazing!
Don't forget to bring doggie treats for their very cute Golden Lab Stella!
The Foster Harris House offers a perfect retreat from the everyday. My husband and I stayed there because of it's proximity to the Inn at Little Washington, but we would return just for the comfort of the Foster Harris House and the delicious breakfast served by two beautifully amiable inn keepers.
For my 60th Birthday my wife arranged a weekend in the country with old friends, dinner at the Inn at Little Washington. But the most wonderful part of the weekend was our Saturday night stay at Foster-Harris House, two blocks down from the Inn. We arrived mid-afternoon, and were pleased to see that the B&B was indeed lovely, at the edge of the small town with only the road and green rolling fields beyond. Our group took all 5 rooms, which were all beautifully furnished. Our hosts, Diane and John MacPherson, had only taken Foster Harris House over in September, having left behind the corporate world in California, but they were very knowledgeable proprietors, gracious and friendly. We quickly felt more like friends than customers. We sat out out on the grounds, enjoying the late afternoon of a perfect day, and Diane brought out cheeese and fruit to accompany the champagne we had brought. John gave us very useful information about the town and the dinner we were going to enjoy at the Inn, while their 16 week old Lab puppy, Stella, provided further amusement.
In the morning we were were served a four course gourmet breakfast, and reluctantly left to return to the real world of the other Washington.
Foster Harris house is the perfect place to stay if you are going to dinner at the famous Inn, but is also a wonderful base if you are just going to explore and enjoy the Virgina countryside. We and our friends all plan to return, just to stay at Foster Harris House!
Comfortable, luxurious and wonderful hosts
The Foster Harris House was wonderful. My husband and I originally were hoping for a room at the Inn at Little Washington but we were delighted to find the Foster Harris House. The owners, Diane and John were fabulous. They gave us the "inside scoop" on dinner at the Inn, printed driving directions to our hiking destination (Old Rag), served a bit of wine in the evening and shared pleasant conversation with a few of the other guests.
The accomodations were fantastic. Subtle, clean, luxurious and tasteful. Our room, the Meadow Room, was secluded and comfortable. The hosts were friendly and warm, without being overwhelming. John served a delicious four course breakfast the next morning and was kind enough to accomodate me when I casually mentioned the night before that I did not eat eggs. He provided me with a substitute which was appealing to the eye and palate.
Forgo the accomodations at the Inn - stay at the Foster Harris House! We will keep it on the top of our list.
Foster Harris ***** in my book!
The Foster Harris House is under new management, and the young couple running the place, John and Diane MacPherson, are doing a fantastic job of making sure guests are comfortable and happy. We arrived with a cooler containing some leftovers from dinner the night before, and John added some raspberry chipotle sauce that turned our warmed, leftover pork chops into delicious hors d'ouevre. They provided a very good glass of wine, and we relaxed after our drive, watching the sun begin to set, from the Adirondack chairs out in the back yard. The view of the mountains (same view from our room) was magnificent. Diane has done a great job in selecting thick towels and cosy blankets to compliment the nicely decorated bedrooms. And John's breakfast was to die for! I'm sure the Inn at Little Washington couldn't have done better, and the gourmet dinners at the Inn are what bring most guests to this quaint little town we were told. We will definitely return to try one of those famous dinners at the Inn, but we'll stay at the Foster Harris House.
Foster/Harris House (B&B), Washington, VA
Diane and John are wonderful hosts and went the extra step to make our stay most enjoyable. Our only regret was that we had only 1 nite there.
John makes an outstanding breakfast.
Highly recommended - we look forward to returning!!
Exceptional in every way...thoroughly enjoyed the stay. Many nice detials...and the breakfast was worthy of special note. A little pricey for regular visits, but a great romantic get-away splurge
Fun with history
Holiday Inn on the Hill and neighborhood
I will be in DC June 20-27 and have booked into the Holiday Inn on the Hill, which seems fairly central...is the neighborhood good? I will be going daily to the DC convention center, up New Jersey Ave to Massachusetts Ave to Mt Vernon Square. I am a book lover and know about Kramer's books in the Dupont Circle area, any other book store recommendations?
Re: Holiday Inn on the Hill and neighborhood
I like to catch an interesting lecture at
Politics and Prose bookstore on Connecticut Ave
And grab a burger at the Tune Inn local dive with all the hill staffers
And hang out with the spies and foreign correspondents
at the Tabard Inn (great place for dinner or bar)
near Dupont Circle
And have an after dinner drink at the
Hotel Washington rooftop bar overlooking the White House, etc.
Have a great trip!