"Good food is the foundation of happiness" Auguste Estoffier

Have you ever dined at Virginia's oldest eaterie, The Red Fox Inn and Tavern? Located in historic Middleburg, this charming place has hosted the likes of George Washington, John F. Kennedy, and movie stars like Elizabeth Taylor. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis often stayed there throughout her life, enjoying the peaceful, country setting.

Joseph Chinn constructed the building in 1728 out of local fieldstone in a village that bore his name. The walls, in fact. are a mere 30" thick due to the size of the stones. In 1787, the town and 50 acres were sold to a newly chartered town named Middleburg - so-named because it was a day's ride from Alexandria to the frontier town of Winchester. An ideal stop for dining,changing horses, and an overnight stay.

Renamed the Beveridge House in 1812, the building was enlarged to include 35 rooms and a new wine cellar. During the civil War, the inn housed mostly confederate soldiers and served as a hospital and a Confederate headquarters during the Gettysburg campaign.

In 1936, a resident of Middleburg saved the building from a wrecking ball and renamed it the Red Fox Inn. In 1976, it was sold to the Reuter family which has been running it ever since. It averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on nearly every review site, so add this to your list of places to visit in Virginia!