Thursday, March 29, 2012

Maison LaVigne

Home of the Vineyard ........the Bed and Breakfast we so enjoyed during our Atlanta antiquing trip.  Eileen Randman is the hostess, a Paris trained chef and believe me,  her breakfasts were divine!!  The first morning we enjoyed petite spinach quiche with fresh fruits, greek yogurt and homemade croissants.....honey optional (but not in my book.......required!).  The second morning we were treated to crisp thick slices of bacon, coddled eggs in cream, toast, fresh fruit and more greek yogurt (I'm a fan now) Both mornings included the most divine orange marmalade.  I'm not normally a jam/jelly person, but Eileen's has changed my mind on marmalade!

The B&B was close to Scott's Antique Market and the Atlanta Expo.  There are several short spurts and turns, but it's less than a 15 minute drive. The updated vintage home is quaint and filled with Eileen's prized antiques.  There are 3 bedrooms for guests, each with their own private bath.  Comfy, relaxing; Eileen's presence is welcome and she attends to every request.  Can't make happy wine hour, no's a full bottle of wine to take home with you! She introduced us to a Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, (mon-tuh-pul-CHEE-an-no dah BROOT-zo) inexpensive and slightly sweet red wine.  I'm normally not found of anything less than an oaky red Zif or heavy Cabernet, but I liked this enough to seek out and buy another bottle yesterday.  I think it's a good choice for those who don't normally care for a heavy red.

Maison LaVigne is very convenient to Hartsfield International and much more appealing than any Holiday Inn or Marriott; and our room rate was less than most hotel rooms listed in the area.  Do you hear planes?  Yes we heard planes Sat. night for a couple of tired we didn't care. Friday night we heard none, so they must have been taking off and landing from a far-away runway. We felt very safe, there was off-street parking right next to the house (important to me) and Eileen runs a corner restaurant a quick walking-300 feet from the B&B, tho we were not able to dine there this trip......but I'd sure love too!  She recommended a restaurant in the College Park area of Atlanta a couple of miles away that was so fantastic that Angie and I went back for a 2nd night to dine........Manchester Arms Pub .  Tall draft beers.......and by all means do not pass up the smoked and grilled pork chop if it is on the menu the night you visit.  I'd have to say it's the best restaurant meal I've had is the size of a porterhouse!  The 2nd night we really splurged and added the smoked trout dip for an appetizer..........awesome!!  Will definitely be going back to both Maison LaVigne and Manchester Arms.


Wax Beach Artist said...

Sounds like you had a marvelous time! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful details!

Sugar Lump Studios said...

what a gorgeous place! I just noticed on your profile you are originally from Southern, IL ... so is my hubby...have to see if you are from the same whereabouts! :)