View our entire experience in videos and candid photos in this Instagram highlight.
WHERE WE STAYED
This past weekend, my boyfriend Johnny and I had the pleasure of doing a “staycation” at the darling Inn at Whitewing Farm in West Chester, PA. Located about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia, this inn is the perfect weekend getaway to relax, reset, and immerse yourself in a world seemingly far away from city life. It’s definitely a spot to consider for a weekend getaway with your significant other, a girls’ weekend, a work retreat, or a family reunion.
As soon as we arrived we were greeted by the inn’s owner, Lance, the kind of guy you feel like you’ve known for years within the first few minutes of talking to. He and his daughter, Samantha, (who lives on the property with her husband and two adorable toddlers), gave us the grand tour of the inn’s main room (complete with coffee & Cheez-Its available at all times #praise), the wine cellar (they do wine pairings about ten times a year), the antique well (all of the water on the property comes from it!), and the stunning pool, pond, and landscape. The pond is stocked for fishing and they have a tennis court and tennis pavilion as well—it’s basically a full resort shrunk down to a charming, well-kept property. You can see more of our tour in this Instagram highlight.
We stayed in the “Clydesdale” room (photos below) which included a fireplace, a large wooden desk, and bookshelves that lined the walls and were full of novels. Everything was yellow and blue floral with antique details—it had a very quaint “Pennsylvania country” feel which I loved. See below for a few photos!
The beautiful “main room” of a 1796 hay barn that they restored! This is the room where we had breakfast on Sunday.
This was our exact room, image via.
Pretty floral fabric and fireplace details.
WHAT WE DID
Va La Vineyards— Before arriving at the inn, we stopped at Va La vineyard for a glass of wine. I had the “Prima Donna” pino grigio and LOVED it. It’s an authentic vineyard with a rustic building and atmosphere– I’d recommend sitting at their indoor wine bar and doing a full wine tasting as well!
Longwood Gardens—You can walk to Longwood Gardens from the inn, but we decided not to visit this time around because we wanted to spend all of our time exploring the inn’s property. We are definitely going to visit Longwood Gardens during the holiday season because I’ve heard that they are famous for their holiday decorations and shows, and you know I LOVE a festive holiday activity (and maybe Johnny does even more than I do 🙂 ).
During our stay, we mainly walked around and explored the grounds of the Whitewing Farm. We toured the property with Lance and Samantha, had a glass of wine by the pond at sunset on Saturday night, and enjoyed being outside during the first crisp fall weekend we’ve had.
How gorgeous is this tennis pavilion and outdoor court?! If we had been there a little bit longer we definitely would have played.
There were festive outdoor fall details everywhere you looked around the property…
WHERE WE ATE
Sovana Bistro—For dinner, we Ubered about 15 minutes off of the property to this tapas-styled Mediterranean bistro in Kennet Square. When I look for restaurants for Johnny and me, I look for places that have craft beer, gnocchi, and cheese boards (we’re easy to please). Sovana met all of these qualifications, plus some. We shared about five different plates and really enjoyed them all (my personal fave was the butternut squash and goat cheese gnocchi)! I got a local PA cider which made me very happy too :). When we received the bill we were shocked at how reasonable the meal was—I was like, “I’m picking up this check— not to worry!” 😉
The Inn at Whitewing Farm—We enjoyed the most personal, delicious breakfast on Sunday morning in the main building of the inn. French toast soufflé, homemade granola parfait, sausage links, fruit in the shape of hearts, orange cranberry bread, OJ, and coffee to name a few of the dishes we ate. DELISH. Everyone else who stayed at the inn was eating at the tables in the same room (they serve breakfast from 8:30-9:30), and we ended up having conversations with the people at the two tables next to us for during our entire breakfast. I think that’s the truest testament to the Inn at Whitewing Farm—it’s the kind of place where you end up having a long conversation with the people sitting next to you at breakfast. It’s welcoming, cozy, and that quaint country comfort that you didn’t know you were missing in your life.
Wawa- It wouldn’t be a PA or NJ road trip with Johnny and me if we didn’t stop for at least ONE meal at a Wawa. Johnny got a hoagie with ALL THE THINGS and I got the Wawa tomato soup which was the perfect thing to heat up and enjoy once we got back to my apartment on Sunday afternoon and turned on football.
In sum, it was a much-needed escape from Philly and NYC and such a beautiful spot at this time of year—although I imagine it’s just as magical in the winter, spring, and summer as well. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have about it—but if you’re looking for a quaint family-run B&B escape, look no further. xx