The Georges is known as one of the top hotels in Lexington and the Shenandoah Valley. The boutique hotel’s 18 rooms are in two buildings across Main Street from each other in two of the oldest buildings in Lexington, dating to 1789 and 1809. “Walls-out” historic restorations were completed by the current owners in 2014 to restore them to their former glory and beyond. The early-1800s’ character remains, but all the modern conveniences have been added.
Each of the 18 suites is unique, with custom furnishings and artwork. The bathrooms have the most modern touch — the heated marble floors and towel warmers coax you out of the walk-in shower, and you’ll have a luxe sleep between your Frette sheets. Some rooms have clawfoot tubs and fireplaces too.
Michelin-starred chef Matthew Bousquet heads The Georges’ culinary program. I had a wonderful dinner at Haywood’s, a casually-elegant restaurant and piano bar in the Washington Building. I sampled Brussels sprouts kissed with local honey; a mac & cheese made with white cheddar, burrata and braised short rib; lamb chops; and a blueberry crumble so good I wanted to lick the dish. Across the street in the Marshall Building is TAPS, a more casual cocktail bar and restaurant serving upscale pub fare, as well as a hidden patio for guests.
The hotel is so pretty that the Jodie Foster / James Earl Jones film “Sommersby” was filmed in The Georges’ Washington Building.