This past weekend, I kissed my kiddos and Luke goodbye and ventured to Medina for a little Galentine’s Day getaway with some friends. I know what you’re probably thinking: Medina? Really? And the answer is, YES. We checked into the Hart House Hotel and I was immediately impressed and intrigued with the seemingly sleepy little town.
Photo credit: In a DC Minute
The girls and I started the evening by popping a few bottles of prosecco and cheers-ing to a kid-free, worry-free night of fun. We met up with Scott and Al of In a DC Minute who snapped some photos of us enjoying our time at the hotel, enjoyed a glass of mead (or 3) at 810 Meadworks downstairs, and then took their recommendations to head to Zambistro for dinner and drinks.
The food at Zambistro was phenomenal and the blackberry bellinis were even better! We all kept commenting that we couldn’t believe a restaurant of this caliber was hiding in this tiny town, but we were definitely happy to have discovered it. We took Al’s recommendation to try the mac & cheese and our waiter gave us the royal treatment with an extra appetizer of mini quiches and a spare bellini to share: all completely crave-worthy.
After dinner, we ventured across the street for a quick drink at the newly opened Fitzgibbons and then headed back to the main floor of the hotel for a “night cap” and s’mores back at Meadworks. Since we had sampled a few glasses of mead earlier in the evening, we all opted for “The Redhead” off the cocktail menu which was a refreshing, sangria-like concoction complete with frozen fruit garnish.
The Hart House was gracious enough to comp us two rooms for our weekend excursions, the Astor and Churchill, and they were both equally impressive! The owner of the hotel, Andrew, really has a knack for interior decor and each room’s theme was executed perfectly. (It’s also worth noting that the beds were extremely comfortable – very important in my book.)
When we all woke up Sunday morning, we ventured out into the frozen rain to bring our things to our cars and tried to grab a latte at The Shirt Factory Cafe, but much to our dismay, no one was there to open up shop. After waiting a few minutes, we decided we were too starving to hold out any longer and went to a family restaurant down the street for some good old fashioned diner breakfast to cure any side effects of Saturday night’s cocktails 😉
The main takeaways from our visit? Galentine’s Day is 100% worth celebrating, kicking mom guilt in the face is completely necessary every once in a while, and Medina knows a thing or two about wining and dining!
If you’re in the market for a quick trip for an overnight stay, I can’t recommend Hart House Hotel enough! Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on current promotions and special events.