A beautiful arrangement of flowers, a heart-shaped box of chocolates and heart-felt card, dinner out with a nice glass of champagne—who wouldn’t be thrilled with this on Valentine’s Day? Most of us!
But if you want to take it to the next level (think: posh stay at a fancy hotel), you really don’t need to venture far from home. Tucked down a country lane near the Whiskey Creek Golf Course in Ijamsville is the Fingerboard Country Inn, a beautifully updated circa 1789 stone manor that sits on 25 acres and operates as an Air bnb.
The Inn opened for guests in August 2017, and since then has hosted family reunions, corporate retreats, girls’ weekends and out-of-town wedding guests. With its six bedrooms and 3.5 baths, the Inn accommodates 14 and little ones are especially well cared for with a fun bunk and game room suite. Guests can prepare their own meals in the Inn’s gourmet kitchen that offers 10 burners, two convection ovens, an ice machine and a center island for food preparation and serving.
And for those who don’t like to cook? Fingerboard Country Inn proprietor Dawn Furman Gordon has partnered with award-winning personal chef Craig Kevin Jordan. Several days before arrival, guests can place their order for a gourmet dinner. Chef Jordan prepares each dish from fresh, homemade ingredients. (Eggs come from the Inn’s own hens.) The meal is professionally served in the Inn’s elegant dining room.
For Valentine’s Day, the Inn has a romantic surprise: Guests can reserve the Inn and a private personal chef dinner for up to four couples. They will enjoy happy hour upon arrival, a personal chef gourmet dinner, and continental breakfast. Chef Jordan sometimes gets inspired, Gordon said, and prepares extra special treats like croissants and homemade preserves.
A wide outdoor patio and fire pit, a gazebo, five Boer goats and a pair of peacocks make relaxing outdoors a welcome respite. This spring will bring an herb garden to the patio, as well as vegetables to the Inn’s more than 100-year-old garden. An infrared sauna and massage table with masseuse services available will transform the current potting shed.
And if you’re not into all of this pampering, ask about “glamping” accommodations. Located in the Inn’s former dairy production buildings, glamping or glamour camping offers a two-room 1940s canning kitchen and sleeping suite. Shower facilities are outdoors beneath the water tank originally hooked up to a boiler for pasteurization.
Gordon noted that guests enjoy the Inn because it is so private. Once she gives guests the tour, Gordon does not remain on the premises—but she is only a call way and ready to help with needs as they arise. “We offer complete privacy,” she stressed. “We’re not like a bed and breakfast.” The Inn’s country lane is marked only by a small, discrete sign.
“We’re a little-known secret,” she said.