We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this past week by taking a vacation to Pennsylvania and Delaware in order to visit du Pont’s Longwood Gardens and Winterthur estate. For lodging, we booked a room at Kennett House, a local bed and breakfast in Kennett Square, PA, not too far down the road. This post will deal with the awesome B&B; the next will chronicle our culinary tour outside the granite walls of Kennett House.
I know, this blog is usually dedicated to the fine food and wine of Virginia, but just pretend, okay?
So we checked into Kennett House, a 100 year old, gray granite B&B currently owned and operated by a Japanese woman named Gilja. The home has maintained the original architecture and the furnishings are not quite original but very nice and comfortable. Each room has the usual amenities such as TV with cable, and full bathroom. Gilja has also delicately placed little bits of home (Japan) throughout the house, giving the ambiance something special.
Aside from Gilja’s outgoing and happy personality (she will definitely charm everyone) the point of this post is the food. And is there ever food. Remember, it’s just breakfast!
We were given our own table for the week, in a nook off to the side of the main dining room. The fireplace, fresh flowers and view of the outside garden all contributed to a welcoming atmosphere.
Breakfast was usually 2 – 3 courses. Coffee and your choice of juice started the meal, followed by a plate of fresh fruit. Then came the bread course, sometimes bran cereal with more fresh fruit, sometimes freshly baked zucchini bread. The main entree then arrived. One day we had cheese omelets with baby portobello mushrooms (this part of PA is known for growing mushrooms), one day we had eggs Benedict, another day – French toast. Our last day we had blueberry pancakes, again – made from scratch and fresh blueberries.
Breakfast was so tasty, we always cleaned our plates. This, I think, is what Gilja lives for. When we both finished the eggs Benedict (a new food for both of us) Gilja literally did the happy dance. And filling? For the entire week, we never ate lunch. Dinner was another story, and that will be posted next.
I’m hungry just looking at the photos. Can’t wait to go back!