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Road Trip: The Study at Yale

New Haven hotelWe left Charlottesville, Virginia and drove north to Connecticut on day 2 of our trip.  The main purpose of this trip was not a vacation (but it certainly has appeared to be that; hasn’t it?!:)) No, really our trip was to move our son into his apartment in New Haven because he is starting law school at Yale this semester.

He had 3 requirements when choosing his apartment: walking distance to the campus, a budget price, (or at least as budget as you can get in that area) and a reputable landlord, and he managed to cover all of them when he rented it back in the winter for this coming year.  So my chief requirement in choosing our hotel for the several days we would be there was location.  It needed to be convenient to his apartment.

The Study Hotel exterior New HavenWhen he had traveled there last winter he stayed at the New Haven Hotel which is about 5 blocks from the apartment he chose.  I asked if there was anything closer, and he replied, “Well yeah, The Study at Yale, but it is super nice so I don’t know if you really want to stay there.”  I checked and the prices were not that much different, and it was only 2 blocks from our son’s place….a 3 minute walk. That sounded like the smartest thing for us to do, so I booked it.  Oddly enough, when I was looking at their website, I wasn’t really that impressed with it being “that nice.” It just looked like a normal hotel room with 2 queen beds in it.  When we checked in I happily realized…boy was I wrong.

The Study at Yale

You know that I love a well executed theme (and many of you do as well!)  Top that with a geek-like love for a good logo, and I am smitten.  The marketing people for The Study are geniuses. They have taken their scholarly location overlooking the Yale campus and built it into every detail of the place. You pull up to the front of the hotel with its smart spectacle sculpture (photo at the top of the post) for valet parking (not my favorite thing, but parking comes at a premium in that area.)  You are greeted by their doormen in jeans and rugby shirts – shirts that coordinate with the rug in the lobby.:)

The Study at Yale

Once inside, you see their living room/lobby (as they call it), with its numerous chairs for reading, bookshelves filled with books for you to borrow, and periodicals for you to peruse.  I quickly realized what my son meant by it is a super nice hotel.

The Study at Yale hotel lobby

Looking the other way you find a water dispenser for guests and a small market in the corner.  (There’s complimentary Illy coffee out in the morning for guests as well.:))

The Study at Yale lobby

The Study at Yale lobby cafe

That display case over by the market holds Yale items for sale.  (I was tempted to purchase several of them but managed to hold myself back.:))

The Study Hotel Yale display And there is academic related art hanging about in the lobby and in the hallways.

The Study at Yale lobby

Previously there had been another hotel (The Colony) in this location, but it went through a multi-million dollar renovation and addition and opened as The Study at Yale with 124 rooms and 8 suites in 2008.  I don’t know how I missed reading about all of its luxury details when I was looking at their website.  All I noticed was two queen beds…

The Study at Yale double queen room

 But once we were in our room, I really began to appreciate all the details of The Study at Yale… like the down comforters and the Vermont wool stripe blankets on the feather-topped beds. And how often do you have a leather chair with an ottoman and big reading lamp for your relaxation in your hotel room?

The Study at Yale leather chairThat very long work surface there by the window was perfect for blogging! And I loved their wooden pencils with the ever present hotel’s eyeglasses logo (and all their paper products with that same design.:))

The Study at Yale desk

The bathroom was also steeped in luxury with its tiled walk-in shower….

The Study at Yale walk-in showerand marble floors. (Note the logo on the seersucker robe above.:))

The Study at Yale bathroomThere is also an on-site restaurant, Heirloom, that is supposed to be wonderful.

Heirloom restaurant at Yale

Here is just a sampling of their diverse menu.

Baked clams…

Heirloom restaurant New Haven baked

Butterscotch pudding with a house made toasted marshmallow….

Heirloom restaurant New Haven butterscotch

or how about a few warm caramel apple doughnuts?

Heirloom restaurant New Haven caramel apple

They have even generously published the recipe for these wonders!  Just click here.

I have been told that Heirloom has the best brunch in town, but we did not have the opportunity to enjoy it on this trip. (Hopefully next time!:))  We worked for 2 1/2 days on our son’s un-airconditioned apartment (during a heat wave) including a half day at New Haven’s Ikea and several hours as well at their Target.  Returning to our hotel room at The Study was a well earned luxury each night.  We slept quite well on those feather-topped beds!

We left our son’s apartment “furnished” but not “decorated,” and then we (all 3 of us) spent a few days exploring Maine and Vermont before returning to New Haven.  While we were on that part of the trip, I managed to find a few decorative things for the apartment and come to the conclusion that we needed to purchase one more piece of furniture for it.  So I am showing you the “before” (which is really very old and tiny) but the “after” (which is not really great) will be after I share our other parts of the trip.  The apartment is very small -180 square feet and in a very old building.  I think of it more like an old dorm room with its own shower and a kitchenette! But it is a less-than-10-minute walk to campus which is priceless.

So here are the befores.  This is the view from the door.

apartment before 1

Stand in front of the window, turn around, and this is what you see.

apartment before 2

Obviously, we had our work cut out for us!

When we were returning to New Haven after touring Maine and Vermont, I booked a room at The Study for another night. We arrived back in town, made another run to Ikea, Target, and even Lowes, took all of our purchases back to the apartment, and worked on it some more. Then we checked into our hotel again around 10:00 that night…dead tired and hungry. (We had not stopped for dinner, and the air conditioner in the car died in Vermont, but the landlord found an air conditioner for the apartment the next day, and that helped tremendously!)  Walking back into that hotel felt like coming home. I wanted to get in that hot shower first thing!  We did not feel like going out at that hour, so we called room service…something we never do, but the menu looked great. (The Study’s room service menu from Heirloom is called Food for Thought.:))  Here’s a little peek at part of it:

Food for Thought Heirloom restaurant The Study at YaleThe entire menu is here.

We ordered the “Four Mile River Farm Beef Burger” and fries.  Even at that late hour, they did a wonderful job with both the burger and the crispy fries (ranked among the top 10 in New Haven!) and they had it split for us.  It looked and tasted fabulous!  (I just wish we had ordered one of the desserts as well.:))  I was too tired to even grab my camera, so I’m afraid I did not get a photo of it, but here is a shot of their fries.

french fries from Heirloom The Study at

Our home-away-from-home while helping our son get settled could not have been any better. It was the perfect convenient location full of so many fabulous details. I hope we will always be able to reserve a room at The Study at Yale for our New Haven visits (but I understand commencement weekends are already booked up years in advance.:()  I want to recommend it to everyone, but I don’t want them to take all the rooms!


I will have more of New Haven and the campus at Yale for you after we take a look at Vermont.  The road trip continues at one of my most favorite places in Maine next time.


 I hope you will be back here again.:)

Until next time…


charissa - September 1, 2015 - 3:17 am

I just wanted to say thank you again for another great post. I really enjoy the way you write and all the pictures. I am dealing with a lot of health issues and I have gotten a bit down and being able to travel and decorate with you has been a real boost for my spirit. It let’s me get out of my head and feel like I went somewhere for a while. I am only 42 and have been really struggling. Thank you for all that you do and for making my day brighter. It reallymeans a lot:)

Anne Boykin - September 1, 2015 - 6:45 am

Hi Kelly, Congratulations on your son going to Yale! You have the greatest adventures – thank you for sharing them with us.

Julie - September 1, 2015 - 7:31 am

How wonderful for your son and congratulations to him for all his hard work. Your travel posts are always so interesting. Thanks for taking us along. Your children are very, very lucky. My trips to and from college always included a U-Haul with a roommate and never included any decorating. They also NEVER included a vacation of any sort. So, I’m totally enjoying this and looking forward to your posts on the rest of the journey.

Mary Ann - September 1, 2015 - 7:36 am

September 1, 2015 ( My oldest son’s 2nd wedding anniversary )

Best of Luck to your son and Yale Law School. Both of my sons are lawyers, they graduated from Rutgers Law School.

I am sure you are proud as you should be.

Thanks for all the road trip info and photos. Now I want to go to Charolettesville, VA.

I HIGHLY suggest going north to Maine to a cute little artsy town called Ogunquit, Maine: Beautiful Place by the Sea. It is just beyond the NH border.

Lynne - September 1, 2015 - 8:18 am

I sure am enjoying these posts as you travel with your son and husband up to his new home away from home. I know you and your husband are beyond excited for him. The hotel had me at the leather chair and ottoman! That is a must for me in my home. I am so glad you retired and are able to have these enjoyable times with your family.

Karen - September 1, 2015 - 8:32 am

I’m not sure which I’m looking more forward to seeing, the finished apartment or the rest of your travels! The Room Service menu had me at grilled cheese & tomato soup! I do, so enjoy, your blog!

Louvina - September 1, 2015 - 9:29 am

Very interesting and entertaining!! I love the New England area — the furthest north that I have been is Boston in the month of March– some snow and ice on the ponds— just lovely even with the bare winter trees. Enjoyed the pre-spring birds of the region– blessed my soul! I hope you continue including menus as I love reading them and seeing the different local food items. I also hope you get to go back in the winter and MAYBE get to have that “one horse open sleigh” ride that is on your Bucket List!! :) Can you believe it is September already?! Manalow’s song ” Time in New England” is going through my head!:)

Vicki - September 1, 2015 - 9:49 am

Thank you for this post! I so enjoyed it and so will my husband. He has spent way too many hours in a hotel for work travel and he will enjoy this review. Cannot wait to see where you were in Maine. We were fortunate to be able to visit Kennebunkport last year and stayed at the Nonantum. We loved it. Wish we had had more time. Thank you for sharing your travels with us! I feel like I am on vacation! Lol!

Donnamae - September 1, 2015 - 10:06 am

I’m loving these posts! The Study looks like a fantastic place to stay…especially after working at your son’s un-air-conditioned apartment! I’d love to stay there just because! Thanks for taking us along! 😉

DiAnne - September 1, 2015 - 10:37 am

The Study looks like such a fun place! Your son is never going to forget this trip and all the things you are doing for him. Thanks again for taking us along for he ride.

Garden, Home and Party - September 1, 2015 - 10:59 am

I love the hotel. It so wonderful to find such a treasure and so convenient for your assist with your son’s move. I actually think his apartment looks charming and I know, once you’ve added the furniture, it will be a young man’s kind of crash pad. :-)

Ruth - September 1, 2015 - 11:17 am

Your son’s apartment has “good bones”, and he’ll be glad not to have to keep up a large place, with all the studying he’s in for. He was a smart apartment shopper! Can’t wait to see the transformation. I know you will have made it charming and cozy and enviable!

It’s difficult to combine an atmosphere of casual comfort with one of pampered luxury in a hotel, but The Study has managed that beautifully! Thanks for the armchair vacation… the cushy, leather armchair vacation! :-)

My brother and sister-in-law moved to Maine 10 years ago, but we’ve yet to head that way for a visit. (They like to come back here every now and then, so we’ve kept putting off making the trip up there.) I’m looking forward to your dispatches from the area. I’m sure we’ll get great ideas for when we DO get up that way!
I would agree with the good bones in the main room Ruth. It had also been newly repainted and professionally cleaned. So those were all pluses. We made it as good as we could I think. I should have taken my sewing machine with me though.

Glad you enjoyed the leather armchair vacation. :)

Where do your relatives live in Maine? You should take a trip up there before winter sets in. It is a beautiful area of our country. If it weren’t for the severe winters I would like to live there. (But I would freeze there in the winter.)

Susan - September 1, 2015 - 11:22 am

What an interesting and comfortable place to stay! When you find a wonderful place like that to stay at, it is almost like coming home 😉
It truly did feel like coming home when we walked in that last night. I even commented to my son, “Home sweet home.” :)
Thanks for your comment Susan!

Kathy - September 1, 2015 - 11:47 am

OMGoodness that was fun! I love The Study. And, I can’t wait to see how you “furnish” your son’s apartment. Are those walls plaster? My son’s apartment is very similar but with the right things I think it can be fun. I know you were exhausted. (I would have just eaten bread. LOL) Retirement certainly came at the right time for you! Your son is going to have quite an adventure at Yale. I know you are so, so proud of him. I can’t wait to see more of your trip.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it Kathy! Yes, the walls are plaster – which makes hanging anything a lovely challenge. It could be fun to decorate if our son WANTED decorating. It was a challenge to get it beyond “functional.” But in the end, he REALLY did like how it turned out, so I would say we achieved our goals. Yes, retirement has certainly come at the right time. I keep trying to talk my husband into moving up to your area when he retires this winter (with me of course! :) ) I have not been successful yet…but I am persistant!

Gina - September 1, 2015 - 1:05 pm

What a lovely hotel! Love all the details relating to Yale. Glad you had a comfortable place to lay your head after all your hard work. Whew, yes, that apartment is small!! But it has all he needs and I am sure he will be spending most of his time studying!! 😉 Can’t wait to see it after you have worked your magic!!
I was super glad for that comfortable place too Gina. :) Isn’t that apartment small?! I do think it is smaller than my first dorm room. :( He told us that he plans to spend the bulk of his time in the law library. I am sure that is true, so a small apartment is okay for now.

Cindy - September 1, 2015 - 2:01 pm

Kelly, I can’t wait to see what you did with his apartment!!!
I hope your kids appreciate you as much as we do, I have this “yeah” moment when I see a new post. The Study was awesome, I love the eyeglasses. Yes, we do love a theme.
Thanks for sharing your road trip. See you haven’t stopped since you retired, I always tell people, I don’t have time to work. What on earth is your next project????
Now remember…there is only so much you can do for a son who does not want his apartment decorated. 😉 I will tell you it is very minimal (for me.)
No, I am afraid I have not stopped since June, but I am hoping that things are finally slowing down with absolutely no project on the horizon. I need some “downtime.” But goodness, you know it will be time to think about Christmas before we can even say Happy Halloween!

Patty - September 1, 2015 - 4:43 pm

Gee I live in Fairfield, only about half an hour from New Haven but it might be worth staying over for the food alone. I wish your son much happiness!!!!!
Too funny! (But you’re right…it might be worth an overnight visit just for a treat!)
Thank you for your sweet wishes for our son. We have spoken with him several times on the phone, and I think he is really enjoying being there, and he has met some people that he likes…a good thing. :)

Vicky Hunt - September 1, 2015 - 6:53 pm

Oh wow! What an amazing hotel. I too love the logo! I have been so busy getting back into the swing of things at school that I haven’t been able to visit much lately. I forget how exhausting he first few weeks of kindergarten are every year! I think the apartment is cute and can’t wait to see it finished! Have a lovely week. I’m heading over to check out that recipe now!

shelley - September 1, 2015 - 9:30 pm

Loved this post (as I love all your posts-I check in everyday)
I have to say I’m so anxious for your upcoming post on your favorite places in Maine. I wish you had told me you were coming to Maine!!! I can’t wait to see where you went…I love living here in Maine!

Dawn - September 1, 2015 - 10:15 pm


Yet another great e-trip provided by you. Thanks for sharing! I would have had to try those hot caramel apple cider donuts though. I can’t wait to see what else you guys did, ate and saw.

Nan, Odessa, DE - September 2, 2015 - 9:10 am

Thanks for the trip and tour.
Looking forward to seeing the apartment!

I made you peach Crostata and everyone enjoyed it.
I have always made fresh peach pies but this is much easier and I like the presentation just as well. Thanks for turning me on to crostata.

PS Missing going back to school? Will you be subbing or volunteering?

Hailey~FurnishMyWay - September 2, 2015 - 3:58 pm

The contemporary look and modern design of this hotel beckons me! I too love me a good logo and their branding is on point. Thanks for sharing the highlights of your stay in New Haven and I hope you got the apartment sorted out!

Barbara - September 2, 2015 - 8:49 pm

The next time you are in New Haven be sure to visit Louis Lunch on Crown Street. I understand your son is a hamburger fan, so he has probably been there already. Their claim to have invented the hamburger sandwich has been disputed but they do have great burgers! But don’t ask for ketchup.

Debbie V. - September 3, 2015 - 1:16 pm

Enjoy reading your blog and look forward to the reveal of your son’s apartment. It must be a law student thing as my son was very minimalistic too when it came to decorating his apartment!

Road Trip: Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville Downtown Mallsource

Hi folks! I have more of our recent road trip to share with you today, but I have to admit something to you first.  I want to tell you about our first night’s city – Charlottesville, Virginia, but there is no way I can even scratch the surface of this fun town.  We were there only one evening, and there are so many wonderful restaurants and places to shop and see that you could easily spend 2 weeks there and not fit it all in.

That one evening in Charlottesville was for celebrating our son’s 25th birthday.  I had done a good bit of research on restaurants (and inns:)) to find just the right place for us.  So I am going to share our birthday dinner, a number of restaurants that I read about in my research, and a couple of places I wanted to see but didn’t have time for.  If you have been to C’ville and have more info to share with us, please jump in the comments and share away!  We would all love to hear!  Alright, let’s get started.:)

Citizen Burger Bar Charlottesville VA

Our son is a true hamburger guru.  Seriously.  He is forever telling us to replace our gas grill with a Green Egg, buy a meat grinder, and purchase a mixture of meats to use in making hamburgers. (We’ve done none of those things yet.:() After reading waaaay too many restaurant reviews and menus, I just knew I had found the perfect one for his birthday dinner – Citizen Burger Bar there in Charlottesville.  The people at Citizen are as burger obsessed as our son.  How could anyone resist a burger like this…. yum.

Citizen Burger Bar

So before we left on our road trip, I sent an email to him with a list of several restaurants and their menus and asked him to choose.  Then I sat back and waited on him to choose Citizen.:) His reply came back…”Mom, I think we should eat at….Public Fish and Oyster.”  What??  No Citizen Burger Bar?!  Maybe he missed it in my list.  I replied back and got this answer:  “I’ve already eaten there a couple of years ago when I visited UVA.  It was great, but I want to try something different.”  Well that made sense.  See, he really did like the place!

Public Fish and Oyster restaurant Charlottesville VAThat evening we drove a few blocks from Oakhurst Inn to downtown Charlottesville.  We walked around the area for a little while and then headed over to Public Fish and Oyster.  It is located in a small, cozy old building.

Public Fish and Oyster

I wanted to eat outside at their charming outdoor dining area, but it was very full.

Public Fish and Oyster outdoor dining area

So we were seated in their dining room – a pretty space with peeling brick walls and a gorgeous tin ceiling.

Public Fish and Oyster

My seat at our table faced the bar, so it was entertaining to watch the action there all evening.:)

Public Fish and Oyster barThey import oysters from all over, and each day’s selections are listed on a chalkboard on the back wall of the dining room.

Public Fish and Oyster raw oyster

Our son ordered a few raw ones to start his meal.  They came with an assortment of 4 sauces, and he said they were all very good.

Public Fish and

Then we all devoured the absolutely wonderful heirloom tomato caprese.  Do any of you know what the black things are on it?  We wondered but never asked our server, and I couldn’t figure it out from the flavor. (Note:  Mystery solved!  Read the 7th comment below from Public Fish and Oyster’s chef! You will never believe what it is.:))

heirloom tomato caprese Public Fish and Oyster C

Bread was then delivered to the table.

bread Public Fish and Oyster C

 Yes, we ate that too!

Then came our entrees.  Our son had a snapper dish with plantains which he and my husband both thought was full of flavor.  Unfortunately, my photo of it turned out too blurry with the dim lighting in the restaurant, but I did manage to get a fairly good one of my husband’s halibut en papillote.  He said it was good, but he thought our son’s snapper was better.

halibut en papillote Public Fish and Oyster

 All three of us agreed that I had the best entree – hanger steak with bordelaise sauce,  Belgian fries, and a wedge salad.  It was actually the best meal for me on the entire 11 day trip!  I would order it again and again if we were there.:)The steak was juicy tender.  The fries were perfectly crunchy, and it was just the right amount of salad to go with it all.

bistro steak frites Public Fish and OysterNow remember this was a dinner to celebrate a birthday.  We just HAD to order dessert.:)

dessert menu Public Fish and Oyster Charlottesville VA

We shared the homemade bourbon vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries and an out-of-this-world delicious s’mores cream pie.  That toasted homemade marshmallow was ooey-gooey heaven!

vanilla bourbon ice cream and divine sAll in all, a wonderful meal for a birthday celebration.  I think our son made a very good choice.:)

There were a few other places that I would like to try when we return to Charlottesville one day.
Threepenney Cafe – in an old service station.

Three Penny CFry’s Spring Station is also in another old service station.


Salt Artisan Market (also in yet another service station….I think I am on to something with all of these!) Salt is great for sandwiches, and they are on the Monticello wine trail, and they will pack a picnic lunch for you.

Salt Artisan Market

Salt Artisan Market

For donuts, there were 2 names that continued to come up in my research:

#1 – Carpe Donut in their precious little red food truck. They use apple cider in their products.

Carpe Donut C

and #2 – Spudnut – the place with the potato flour donuts.  This one has been open since 1969 and is now run by the original owner’s daughter.  And in case you are wondering, their potato flour donut recipe came from Germany.

Spudnut donuts C

Charlottesville has a very interesting and beautiful downtown pedestrian mall.  It is a collection of 120 shops, over 30 restaurants, an ice park, a museum, and even a movie theater all housed in restored and renovated old buildings spread out around a central main street.  The walks are all made of brick, and the entire area underwent a renovation back in 2009.

Charlottesville historic Downtown

You can find everything from antiques to chocolate, children’s clothing to Urban Outfitters.  The one store that I was really wanting to visit there was New Dominion Bookshop.

New Dominion Bookshop

The sheer number of books in New Dominion is amazing!

New Dominion Bookshop C  photo by Shelby Robinson

We were there on a Thursday night, and the sign said they would be open until 8:00 p.m., but at 6:30 the doors were locked, and it was closed.  I guess I will have to add it to our agenda for a return trip.:)

And of course there are other places to visit while in Charlottesville.

Charlottesville sign

Like Monticello… Thomas Jefferson’s unbelievably beautiful home, garden, and plantation.


You can read the information about tickets for various tours here.

Another not-to-be missed place near C’ville is Jefferson Vineyards. (Their vineyards are the closest ones to the city.) From their vineyards to their wine tastings to their summer concert series, you are sure to find something to enjoy there.  Click on the link below the photo for more info.

Jefferson Vineyards Charlottesville VA

And that is all the C’ville info I have for you today.  I hope you will have an opportunity to visit this fun college town one day in the future. Coming up next in our road trip is our very cool hotel in New Haven!

New Haven hotel

Those folks know how to carry out a theme with class.:) Hope to see you back here soon!

Until next time…


Lynne - August 30, 2015 - 5:33 pm

That looks like a wonderful trip and a great town to visit. That looks like capers on the dish you had.

Sally - August 30, 2015 - 5:49 pm

Wow, it looks like you all had a good time and a great meal. I think those little black things on your salad are capers.
Thanks for all the info on Charlottesville, it sounds like a fun place to visit and most importantly to eat!! One of my favorite things!

Julie - August 30, 2015 - 6:26 pm

Hey Kelly: I’m going for caviar – Why not? I’m thinking capers are very briny, almost lemony in flavor and it just seems to me that you would definitely notice that flavor. However, if it was caviar, one would assume the same – very strong flavor. It’s a mystery. This would definitely be a great place to visit. Am hoping to visit Monticello one day soon. Your detailed info will definitely be helpful.

Sue - August 30, 2015 - 8:12 pm

I am enjoying traveling along with you Kelly. I love Charlottesville and have been there twice. I am so bad at remembering details, one reason I should blog more I think. I believe we stayed at The Boar’s Head, and I know we ate downtown and sat outside on that lovely mall. What I do remember is visiting Monticello and the vineyard, and going up to Montpelier also. We ended the trip at the Greenbrier in WV. Now that I remember! Virginia is a beautiful state.

Garden, Home and Party - August 30, 2015 - 8:23 pm

Hi Kelly,
I really must visit Charlottesville, if for no other reason but to eat at each of the places you shared. I love some of the menu items you shared from the place your son selected…but I confess, the burger and fries had my mouth watering. The small round black things looked like elderberries, but like one of your other readers, I think since you were at a fish place they could be some kind of caviar. Were they salty or sweet?
What a fun trip, can’t wait for the next installment.

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - August 30, 2015 - 10:08 pm

A dear friend’s brother is the chef at Public Fish & Oyster! She will be so delighted that you enjoyed your visit. I’ll be sure to forward your post to her.

Donnie - August 31, 2015 - 3:12 am

Hey Kelly-

Those little black spheres are actually just balsamic vinegar. We bring it up to a simmer with a little agar agar and drop them into ice cold oil. The agar allows them to retain their shape, but doesn’t alter the flavor at all. Thanks so much for dining with us, and I’m glad you enjoyed everything. (While we ARE a seafood restaurant, we take a ton of pride in our steak frites, and it’s one of three items that never leave the menu). Cheers,
Donnie Glass, Executive Chef, PFO

Daniel Kaufman - August 31, 2015 - 10:37 am

I’m so glad you had a great visit to our town and particularly our little restaraunt. We look forward to welcoming you and your readers back soon.

Daniel Kaufman
Manager / Owner Public Fish and Oyster

Kathy - August 31, 2015 - 1:17 pm

How fun! I would love to visit this town and restaurant! I would order what you had! I was gone last week on a beach trip. When we looked on tripadvisor for places to eat I found a place that had reviews saying they had the best tomato pie around….so, remembering your post, we had to try it. It was yummy but I still want to try your recipe. Hey, that bookstore looks like it could be in a movie!

Gina - August 31, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Another great detailed post! :) PFO sounds really good. I loved the old building and vintage details. How cool that the chef and manager commented! I’m not sure if I’ll make it there because my husband doesn’t like seafood, but your hangar steak and fries looked delicious so maybe there’s a chance. 😉 Thank goodness he loves Italian though and the last time we were in town we ate a block or so away at Bella’s. We also ate at Fry’s Spring Station on that trip. :) It’s funny because our daughter lived next to Fry’s in college and she took her car to the service station more than once! 😀 Now, I am going to look at the other links. I’m looking forward to our…err, I mean your next stop in New Haven. :)

Sharon Chapman - August 31, 2015 - 3:12 pm

You really had me wondering about what those little black things were. Absolutely amazing and I bet delicious. Wonderful post.

Dawn - August 31, 2015 - 9:14 pm


What a fun city to visit! We have been there for a night on our way to vacation before and just one night visit including dinner and hotel was not enough. I hope to get back that way some day and will absolutely have to visit Public Fish and Oyster. The food looks and sounds amazing. When we stayed there we had Italian at a restaurant name Bella. Thanks for sharing!

DiAnne - August 31, 2015 - 9:42 pm

I am loving this trip. I have been to Charlottesville but it was a long time ago when we visited Monticello. Now, I want to go back.
Have you heard about Mountain Faith Band on the tv show America’s Got Talent.They are from our small town of Sylva, NC and have made it to the semi-finals. We are so proud they are shining such a bright, positive light on Western North Carolina. Tune in if you can tomorrow night.
I can’t wait for your posts about New Haven.

Road Trip: Oakhurst Inn – part 2

oakhurst inn building 3The last time we were together, we were enjoying birthday cupcakes in our room at the 27 room Oakhurst Inn (the upper floor one on the left in the building above) right before turning in for the night.  The next morning after a good night’s sleep, we woke up, got dressed, and walked down the winding path that goes behind the inn’s buildings.

Oakhurst Inn path

The walk was bordered by a lovely wooded area with lush landscaping and a rustic stone wall.  We soon arrived at a terraced area.  (The umbrellas were up in the morning.  I took the photo the evening before when we went exploring.:))

Oakhurst Inn cafe terrace

That terrace is in back of this storybook cottage.

 Oakhurst Inn cafe backWe followed the walk around to the front of that cute cottage  – Oakhurst Inn Coffee and Cafe (again I took the photo the evening before.)

Oakhurst Inn cafeLoved the chalkboard on the front door that morning!:)

Oakhurst Inn Cafe door and chalkboardWhen you walk in the door, you see another creative chalkboard on a cooler full of drinks.

Oakhurst Inn cafe entranceOn the left is their shop…

Oakhurst Inn cafe shopwith more chalkboards listing the delicious items available for purchase.

Oakhurst Inn Cafe counterThere is a beverage area over in the corner (and another great chalkboard.)

Oakhurst Inn Cafe beverage areaBut we were there to dine in the cafe for breakfast.  So we took our seat on the right side of the building over in a corner surrounded by windows. (Isn’t that a cool light there on the wall?)

Oakhurst Inn Cafe seating

Oakhurst Inn does not include breakfast in their rates, but during the month of August they have had a special that included a $30 voucher for use at the cafe.  There were soooo many good dishes to choose from!  What would you order?

Oakhurst Cafe

Of course we started with their coffee and juice.  I then ordered the bacon gruyere scone with scallion butter. (It was excellent.) And because I had heard such good things about their blueberry muffins, I ordered one as well.:) They slice it in half, butter it, and then heat it on a grill (I think.)  I am going to do that with our muffins at home from now on.  It was wonderful!

Oakhurst Inn Cafe blueberry muffin and bacon sconeOur son ordered the buckwheat shortcakes.  They came with an apple compote and a ginger spiced whipped cream.  I don’t think he even offered any to me or my husband!  He would certainly recommend this dish to anyone for a delicious breakfast.

Oakhurst Inn Cafe buckwheat shortcakesAnd finally, my husband had the baked local farm eggs.  As you can see, they were served in a cast iron skillet and had a spicy tomato basil sauce on top along with some cheese and Swiss chard.  Crostini was served on the side.  I am not a fan of runny eggs, but my husband is, and he loved all of it.:) I don’t think we could have found a better breakfast anywhere in Charlottesville, and it was a fun little place to spend our morning!

Oakhurst Inn Cafe baked farm eggsI mentioned in part 1 that I wanted you to see another room in the inn.  If you will scroll back up to the photos of the cafe, you will see that there is a second floor in the building.  The rooms up there are called Oakhurst’s tavern rooms.  Because the cafe begins their day so early, the tavern rooms are recommended for “early risers.”  Makes sense, right?  I love the look of these rooms with their cozy spaces and angled ceilings.

Oakhurst Inn Tavern room

And look at the clawfoot tub in one of the tavern room bathrooms!

Oakhurst Inn Tavern bathroom

We wake so early, I hope my husband and I will go back and stay in one of the tavern rooms next time.:)

I need to show you one more space before we bid farewell to the charming Oakhurst Inn.  When we walked back to our room after breakfast, I ducked into one other library in the building where we were staying.  I thought you might want to see it too.:) You will see the same accent fabric and similar interior details as those in the library on our floor.

Oakhurst Inn library 2 seating

Oakhurst Inn library 2

That is almost all I have for you from Oakhurst.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the spaces (and food!) from this fabulous place in Charlottesville, Virginia, and I hope you will have the opportunity to stay there when you are in that area of our country.  The next time we are together I want to show you a little more from Charlottesville itself.

And now I want to leave you with a short video from the inn and cafe.  Enjoy!:)

Until next time…



disclosure:  We received a discounted rate and a free upgrade at the Oakhurst Inn.  Regardless, all opinions are totally my own. 


Tricia - August 28, 2015 - 6:02 am

Good morning, Kelly! Love waking up to a new post in my email to read as I enjoy my coffee.

You would have felt right at home with all the chalkboards!

Breakfast sounds amazing and each dish looked appetizing, yours in particular. I would have The Farm. The steel oatmeal with beets and curried yogurt option sounds very unusual!

Thank you and enjoy your weekend.
Tricia, yes, I did feel right at home with all those chalkboards (and I studied them as well! :) ) I am not a fan of oatmeal (except in cookie form – does that count?) So you can have all of that you want. I will order the muffin and scone again when we return. They were both so delicious! The cafe also serves lunch, and I would love to try out some of those items.
Have a great weekend!

Julia - August 28, 2015 - 9:17 am

Ok, Oakhurst is now on my list of places to stay. That last library was so inviting with the morning light streaming in. A cup of tea and one of the books and I would be fine!
Yay! Long drive, but well worth it! Their libraries are very relaxing and the perfect place to enjoy a book with a warm beverage. I can just imagine how cozy that would be in cool in weather. :)

LJ - August 28, 2015 - 10:05 am

Good Morning, Kelly.
Impressive and creative menu…nice. All the chalkboards…cute.
Landscaping…loved it. You picked just the right spot.
Good Morning Lorna!
I too thought the menu to be very creative. The landscaping everywhere we went was just beautiful. I think that was the one thing I was most impressed with everywhere. It made me want to get out and work in our yard…..when the weather cools off considerably! :)
Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

lissy parker - August 28, 2015 - 10:30 am

What a wonderful place—but the pictures have made me hungry! Have a wonderful weekend.
xo, lissy
Yes, Lissy, that is the danger of looking at food photography! Go eat some breakfast girl! :)
Hope your weekend is a fun one!
p.s. Our next adventure will be up to your area of the country…not sure when, but I am so looking forward to it!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - August 28, 2015 - 10:55 am

Looks like a peaceful getaway. And it’s almost ten o’clock and I haven’t even had breakfast, but for some reason, your photos are moving me toward the kitchen! Great creative food!
You need to eat some breakfast…especially at 10:00! The cafe does a good job with creative dishes (and traditional ones as well.) I would love one of those blueberry muffins instead of the bowl of Cheerios I am currently munching on. :)
Happy Weekend!

Garden, Home and Party - August 28, 2015 - 11:14 am

What a charming cafe. I think it would have been hard for me to chose just one breakfast dish…breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I saw at least 3 I could have enjoyed, including the baked eggs. Yummy. I would have bought a scone and muffin for snacks for the road trip!
We’re early risers too, I would definitely stay in one of the tavern rooms.
It will be fun to see more of Charlottesville in your next post.
Karen, we saw our share of Panera breakfasts on this trip (especially the one that was a 3 minute walk from our son’s apartment) but we certainly enjoyed those meals at the inns where we stayed. How smart to think of the scone and muffin for the road! I think I was in brain fog most mornings. What I regret was not purchasing a bunch of the inn’s ginger cookies for the road. That would have been delicious on our long ride that day. (They would have not been around after it!) Again, you need to make an East Coast trip. :)

Gina - August 28, 2015 - 11:34 am

What a cute little cafe! I love the chalkboards too. The food looks and sounds delicious. It is always so hard to choose what to eat when I am somewhere like this. I probably would have had the pancakes like your son. 😉 When I looked at the inn’s website I saw a review from another blog I read occasionally. She had mentioned the toasted blueberry muffin too. Hopefully, I can eat there sometime. There are so many choices of great places to eat in C’ville!! Looking forward to your next post. :)
You would have made a good choice with those pancakes, and they smelled wonderful with that apple compote…mmmm. With all my research on places, I check out the restaurants too so I have an idea of the menu choices. From all I had read, the muffin and scone were “must haves.” So I knew when we walked in that was what I would have. I am glad my husband and son gave the other dishes a try. Both were very happy with their choices. :) You are SO right about all the food choices in Charlottesville. You could stay a week and not begin to touch them all!

Bonnie - August 28, 2015 - 3:38 pm

Thanks for the tour–both posts so far have been very informative, and the pictures make me feel as if I am there. I know that you enjoyed the creativity that was put into the chalkboards–they were GREAT!!
Wasn’t that some great lettering on the chalkboards?! I am glad you liked them as well Bonnie. You need to visit the place in person to truly appreciate them (oh and the food too! :) )
Hope your weekend is a good one!

Donna - August 28, 2015 - 3:46 pm

What a beautiful place! The breakfast choices look amazing. Great idea for the blueberry muffin!
It is such a beautiful place. I certainly want to copy that muffin idea the next time we make them. It really brought out the buttery goodness!
Enjoy your weekend Donna. :)

Kim - August 28, 2015 - 7:16 pm

What a cute place and I would have ordered what your hubby did. I am drooling.
You must be a fan of eggs with runny yolks then! They would have to bake them longer…much longer…for me to like them. It’s a “texture thing” I’m sure!
Have a fun filled weekend Kim!

Louvina - August 28, 2015 - 7:17 pm

Was not disappointed in part 2 of C’ville— really would like to visit there some day! You would enjoy seeing Monticello and the grounds near there. Loved viewing the menu! So many unusual entrées– I would choose the most unusual –that ginger whipped cream was sounding yummy!! Liked the idea of grilling muffins– I am into making flavored butters– easy to do and makes nice little gifts. Getting ready to batten down the hatches here in Central FL just in case Erika decides to “visit”!
Well good Louvina! I am glad you liked the post and the place. :) Yes, I would have loved to have toured Monticello, (especially the gardens) but we were only there for one night and then back on the road after breakfast the next morning. Flavored butters sound like a great idea! Oh the things you can do in retirement! LOL It looks like you are in for A LOT of rain up through the early part of next week. Good luck with the weather. We woke to rain here this morning…don’t know if Erika was responsible for that or not.
Have a safe weekend and stay dry!

Paula B. - August 29, 2015 - 10:26 am

What a charming place, how do you find these gems? I would have had the same breakfast as you and your son. Can there ever be too many baked goods for breakfast? I am in love with the library areas, I want a living room with those built-in bookshelves. Looking forward to your Fall posts, even though we have more heat and humidity coming into southern New England as the week starts and we head back to un air-conditioned school buildings.
Lots and lots of research to find the inns I like. Good thing I like to read! And I agree with you about all the delicious baked goods one can find for breakfast. (I am currently devouring a gluten free cinnamon apple muffin as I type. :) )
Weren’t those built in bookshelves wonderful?! Loved those library areas too.
I couldn’t believe the heat and humidity when we were in Maine! It was like we had taken the Georgia weather with us. :( And to think everyone is headed back to school in un-airconditioned buildings is no fun! I hate that for everyone there. Our schools here were unairconditioned until the late 1980’s. Putting that in made a huge difference in comfort.
Hope some cool air heads your way very soon!
Kelly - August 29, 2015 - 9:00 pm

What a wonderful trip you all had! It would be great to visit there one day. Those buckwheat shortcakes sound really good!

Ruth - August 30, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Chalkboards!?! Yes, those are your people! :-0

The Oakhurst Inn looks like an absolute delight, and it’s going in our trip file. I think you should add Travel Advisor to your résumé, because you’ve inspired several trips for us. Thanks for the beautiful inspirations to start the day!

Dawn - August 31, 2015 - 8:24 pm


Thank you for taking us on your trip via the internet. I would have ordered the same foods you did with a cappuccino. What a fun place to stay.

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