Warner Hall’s Coming of Age: Celebrate, Evaluate, Recalibrate

Troy and I hope you will send happy thoughts our way on Friday the 13th (really!) as we celebrate the 18th Anniversary of our stewardship of Warner Hall. We are enormously proud of what you, our guests have helped us achieve and view this milestone as the Inn’s official “coming of age.”

Over the years, we’ve marveled at how lucky we’ve been to be so connected to our guests. Helping to plan and facilitate hundreds of special family occasions, holiday celebrations, joyful weddings and simple community gatherings where strangers have become friends has been the most satisfying and meaningful “job” we’ve ever had. I guess it’s because it doesn’t feel like a job! As Troy and I always say, “the people make the party” and we have been fortunate to enjoy the best guests and staff partners in the world!

I’ve often wondered what the walls of Warner Hall would say if they could talk. Occasionally, I catch myself listening, straining to glean some precious tidbit of wisdom or advice from all the life experiences that have been shared by Warner Hall ancestors and guests over the passages of time. Sometimes, though, I believe it’s best to listen to the whispers of your own heart.

Recently, Troy and I challenged each other to think about opportunities for change and personal growth and be open and honest about the joys and challenges of being hands on “hospitalitarians” for last 18 years. After considerable reflection, Troy and I have decided to Celebrate, Evaluate and Recalibrate. And in doing so, we discovered that after all this time, we are still on the same page, reading the same wonderful fairy tale sentence – “there’s no place like home.”

Warner Hall is HOME to us. It has been the most fun, meaningful and spiritually rewarding chapter in the Book of T and T, and we are truly excited and committed to keep the pages of the Inn at Warner Hall turning; albeit with a few important changes.

Moving forward, we have decided to dedicate ourselves and the Inn to providing the most wonderful, Bed and Breakfast experience possible, while focusing on weddings and large scale special events. For Special Event Food and Beverage, we are now proud to be partnered with A Sharper Palate, out of Richmond, VA. Their powerhouse team, led by founders Leslie and Tuffy Stone, is considered to be one of the most talented and respected groups of catering chefs in the region. They are truly “Z best;” fabulous food, stellar service, driven by details and fun to work with. A Sharper Palate will hold steady the bar of culinary excellence set by chef Eric Garcia and our in house staff; we promise!

Given that the majority of our weekends are filled with private events and whole house holiday celebrations, we have decided that intimate formal dining on Fridays and Saturdays no longer fits with our business plan.

Don’t panic! Lodging guests will still enjoy our complimentary gourmet breakfasts, and our enormously popular “Supper Baskets” and Box Lunches are a great option for those of you who prefer not to venture far from “home.” We are fortunate to have a number of diverse dining experiences in Gloucester and the surrounding area and will happily assist you with reservations and transportation arrangements.

Even better, we are introducing a complimentary evening Social Hour for lodging guests featuring wine, beer and light hors d’oeuvres from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Nibble on artisan cheeses and a variety of tasty creations while enjoying your favorite beverage and conversation (or quiet!) in the beautiful surroundings of Warner Hall.

Hold on, we have even more exciting news!

Chef Eric has challenged himself to grow, literally, in a new direction and is pursuing his dream of sustainable, natural, community supported farming. He has established a new venture, Flourishing Farms, located on ten acres of land near Gloucester Courthouse, and is now officially a full time farmer and a part-time chef! Stay tuned for more updates on how you can benefit from his endeavors and procure fresh eggs, chickens, turkeys and the bounties of his carefully tended produce. Better yet, reach out to him yourself with well wishes and inquiries at eric@flourishingfarm.com

We have been so fortunate to have Eric at the helm of our food service operations for the past 14 years. Words are really not adequate to express our profound gratitude for Eric’s years of culinary creativity, loyalty and friendship. We wish him all the best in his mission and look forward to continued collaboration. Chef Eric will always be welcome at the Warner Hall Table and we hope to feature him for special Farm to Table dining events when his crops come in!

It’s time to get pumped up and embrace the blessings of both past and present. It’s time to embrace the Dreams of the future. It’s time to stop Waiting for When….When is Now! So please, join us in our Coming of Age celebration. With the support of extended Warner Hall family, friends, employees, contractors and our wonderful guests, the long standing tradition of Gloucester hospitality, lives on.

    • Battle of the Hook

      MEET THE REVOLUTIONARIES! APRIL 2018!

      April 13 – 15, 2018

      Attention all history lovers! Lodging guests will be treated to a taste of living history the weekend of April 13 – 15, 2018. Meet Col. Warner Lewis and his wife, Eleanor Bowles Gooch Lewis (in residence at Warner Hall from 1754 – 1783) on Friday, April 13 for a private reception with the patriots of the 7th Virginia Regiment.

      Mingle with the reenactors from 5:30 – 7pm while enjoying light colonial fare, libations and period music. Experience Revolutionary War camp life and skirmishes on the grounds of the Inn on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 2pm.

      Limited lodging rooms available. Find your room now and book your stay online here.

    • Historic Garden Week Virginia Guidebook

      GLOUCESTER – MATHEWS GARDEN TOUR 2018

      April 20 – 23, 2018 

      Get a beautiful start to Historic Garden Week in Virginia here at the Inn at Warner Hall! Book the room of your choice for the weekend and receive TWO FREE tickets (a $60 value) for the Saturday, April 21 Gloucester Mathews Garden Tour! The homes and gardens of Auburn Plantation, Dunham Massie Farm and Cottage Point are not to be missed!

      Find your room here and book now online.

    • Juan's Mexican Cafe and Cantina Food

      CINCO DE MAYO 2018

      May 4-6, 2018

      Book your two-night stay at the Inn at Warner Hall and celebrate Cinco de Mayo whenever you wish with a $25 gift certificate to Juan’s Mexican Cafe and Cantina, one of our favorite local Mexican Restaurants!

      Find your favorite available room here and book online!

      Photo by Sara Harris Photography for Juan’s Mexican Cafe and Cantina.

    • Celebrate a “Special Occasion”

      A professionally arranged bouquet of gorgeous seasonal flowers, or a dozen roses with assorted greenery and keepsake vase, paired with a bottle of Chandon Champagne, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Bailey’s White Chocolate Mousse Cups, all enjoyed in the privacy of your room will make the occasion not only “Special” but, “Simply Divine….”

      Advance Notice required (72 hours suggested)
      $99 including tax

    • Honeymoon and Anniversary Special

      What better way to celebrate your lives together than spending three nights surrounded in Warner Hall luxury and getting 50% discount for your third night! Visit the Inn at Warner Hall within two months of your actual anniversary or wedding date and enjoy a wonderful environment in which to spend time together. Add a “Special Occasions Package” and really make it a celebration! But be prepared to keep it fun and exciting! There will be a surprise “Dating Game” quiz to verify dates of engagement, marriage, most romantic moment shared, etc. etc….Match all the questions and win a bottle of Champagne!

      Inquire with Inn Keeper
      Lodging Prices and availability may vary

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    • We are certainly sad to see this vacation of ours come to an end. How lucky we were to have found this place. Warner Hall is exactly what the B&B experience should be. You have combined all of the essential elements of the perfect getaway. We will be back, many times I’m sure! Thank you! […]

    • Warner Hall not only equaled but exceeded our expectations. The warm Southern hospitality, the gracious surroundings, and the incredible cuisine combined to create a memorable birthday for Donna and for our friends. An outstanding evening of fellowship and food! You have paid attention to detail in the restoration, decoration and in the reception, hosting, “ghosting” care […]

    • Thanksgiving was wonderful. Thank you for opening your home to our family. We all enjoyed the excellent company and the delicious food. Everything was simply perfect. Warner Hall offered us the opportunity to relax and enjoy one another…no worries, no hassle, no clean up! This was a holiday we’ll never forget! -Bob & Natalie – […]

    • The Essential Getaway

      We are certainly sad to see this vacation of ours come to an end. How lucky we were to have found this place. Warner Hall is exactly what the B&B experience should be. You have combined all of the essential elements of the perfect getaway. We will be back, many times I’m sure! Thank you! […]

    • Warm, Southern Hospitality

      Warner Hall not only equaled but exceeded our expectations. The warm Southern hospitality, the gracious surroundings, and the incredible cuisine combined to create a memorable birthday for Donna and for our friends. An outstanding evening of fellowship and food! You have paid attention to detail in the restoration, decoration and in the reception, hosting, “ghosting” care […]

    • Thanksgiving at Warner Hall

      Thanksgiving was wonderful. Thank you for opening your home to our family. We all enjoyed the excellent company and the delicious food. Everything was simply perfect. Warner Hall offered us the opportunity to relax and enjoy one another…no worries, no hassle, no clean up! This was a holiday we’ll never forget! -Bob & Natalie – […]

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