Historic Home Turned Inn – VirginiaLiving.com
At Joshua Wilton House, gastronomy is also in the spotlight.
Located in the historic Old Town district of Harrisonburg, Joshua Wilton House is a restored Victorian mansion converted into a restaurant and inn.
Executive Chef Tom French creates elevated Southern flavors using traditional French techniques: think Edward’s Gruyère and country ham croquettes topped with romesco sauce or seared sea scallops with Parisian gnocchi. Born in England, French had a short stint at Buckingham Palace, cooking for the Queen and the Royal Family, and worked at Keswick Hall near Charlottesville before running the kitchen here.
The three-time Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list is made up of established varieties and new varieties of grapes found locally and around the world. The house wines include vintages such as a 2019 Beqaa Valley rosé imported from Lebanon and a 2017 red from Bluestone Vineyard in Virginia.
The space itself offers an intimate and refined dining experience with a wood-burning fireplace in the bar and lounge. The hostel, which has five bookable rooms, is popular with visitors to James Madison University. The Honeymoon Suite features turret windows and a four-poster bed. a wraparound porch with rocking chairs invites guests to linger. The Joshua Wilton House also exhibits works by local artists and holds regular “Meet the Artist” events, where works are available for purchase.
Out back, a brick patio stages weddings, rehearsal dinners, and other celebrations hosted by the inn’s kitchen. JoshuaWilton.com