The Ashby Inn & Restaurant is located in the quiet village of Paris, Virginia. Just one hour west of Washington, DC, The Ashby Inn is at the very center of our country's dynamic first century. From George Washington and The Marquis de Lafayette to Stonewall Jackson and John Mosby, the village has played an integral part in the lives of those who shaped America. The Ashby Inn's ten guest rooms vary in size and decor. Each is furnished with 19th-century pieces, including four-poster beds, hand-painted wardrobes, quilts, oriental rugs and blanket chests. Four rooms have wood burning fireplaces. Outside the inn, you will find welcoming Adirondack chairs, manicured lawns lined with beautiful perennial flower beds as well as The Ashby Inn's vegetable and cutting gardens. Check out our new blog.
Regional Manager - Misty Williams
Misty Williams is the Regional Manager for L & L Hospitality Group headquartered in Woodbridge, VA. Misty’s responsibility includes overseeing all of the L & L Hospitality Group’s properties in Virginia and Florida.
Born and raised in a small town in Texas, Misty relocated to Virginia and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University as a nontraditional student. While life is not always easy, Misty reflects on one of her favorite writers, Dr. Suess to keep her going,
“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
Prior to attaining her degree, Misty worked in a variety of service oriented organizations and developed a passion for great food, great wine and great service. She focuses on buying local and supporting small businesses throughout the DMV region.
Misty enjoys camping and spending time at the beach with her husband, two teenage sons and their rescue dog.
Executive Chef - Patrick Robinson
Chef Patrick Robinson, a North Carolina native, moved to the Shenandoah Valley while attending high school. He worked at a local steakhouse and became immersed in the restaurant life, completely enamored with the vibrant culture of the kitchen. He understood and relished in the competitiveness nature of the kitchen and quickly found that he too shared that competitive nature and a hunger to be the best in the kitchen, no matter what he was preparing. Patrick began watching old cooking shows, studying great chefs and reading their cookbooks.
Patrick finished college in the act that he would pursue a life in an office like everyone else, however, he knew his passion laid elsewhere, as a chef. After completing his studies at Stratford University Culinary School, Patrick has worked with some great chefs in the DC area, including: Geoff Tracy, Michael Mina, Sus Butler, Michel Richard, and Frederik de Pue. Patrick’s growing realization about becoming the chef he wanted to be was that in order to be successful you must put in your maximum effort to learn the cuisine. While exploring the culinary world through reading, traveling and most importantly eating!
Patrick’s most influential experience was at Michel Richard’s, Citronelle. Working under the guidance of Chef David Deshais, he developed the most as a chef. It opened his eyes to the fine dining world and exposed him to the culinary world on a global scale. Upon its closure, Patrick opened Table Restaurant in DC with Chef Frederik de Pue in 2013. This was an exciting project for the both of them, as they were cooking food they loved in one of the most unique dining rooms in the area.
When Patrick decided to move away from the city with his family, he found a great opportunity at the charming, Ashby Inn & Restaurant in Paris, VA. “The bounty that surrounds us is exciting for our kitchen as well as our garden on the grounds. Each season for me brings about new ideas and stronger relationships with my producers and the community.”
Sommelier - Stuart Brennen
Stuart Brennen began his restaurant career while in high school. He started working at a 2,000 seat restaurant at a local amusement park, staying on until he finished college. After earning his degree, Stuart began working at the Williamsburg Lodge at Colonial Williamsburg. While there, he became fascinated with wine and started attending wine classes at a local community college. While tending bar at the Lodge, Stuart’s passion for wine did not go unnoticed. He was given the opportunity to join the wine staff at the Inn. Transferring to the wine staff and making wine a full-time career was the best decision he ever made. Stuart apprenticed under Paul Austin, the Sommelier at the Williamsburg Inn, for four years. In 2008, Stuart was certified by the Wine Academy of Spain as Wine Specialist and he was certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers as a Certified Sommelier. He was also certified by the International Wine Guide as certified Wine Manager in 2012. In the summer of 2014, Stuart joined The Ashby Inn as Sommelier. The Ashby Inn was awarded The Best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator.
Innkeeper / Event Coordinator- Elizabeth Olson
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Elizabeth now calls Warrenton VA her home. She began her hospitality career with famed PGA Tour Winner, Billy Casper, and developed a love of guest service at an early age. Turning her passion into a career seemed the next logical step. A recent graduate of George Mason University, Elizabeth earned her degree in Tourism and Event Management, with a Concentration in Hospitality. Since joining The Ashby Inn staff 2 years ago, Elizabeth has worked her way up from Intern, to Event Coordinator and Innkeeper. An avid explorer, Elizabeth has traveled extensively throughout the United States, as well as Canada and Costa Rica, where she enjoys the traditions and hospitality of different locales. Her love of the Shenandoah Valley has brought Elizabeth to the Ashby's doorstep, where she looks forward to welcoming you, and creating your one-of-a-kind experience.
Concierge Manager - Allan Mace
A native of the Metropolitan DC area, Allan joined The Ashby Inn team in 2009. While making a move to the "country" was never in his original plans, he decided to pack his bags after numerous trips to visit family in the area, and now calls the Shenandoah Valley his home.
Allan brings 15 years of hospitality service to The Ashby Inn. With a background spanning from Front of House trainer to Management, his attention to detail and guest satisfaction, are top notch.
"The key to being a great concierge is to know the needs of the guests before they do; turning a getaway weekend into a memory, that's the most rewarding part of my job."