A Valentine’s Day Hello and Dinner Info

A Chilly Hello From Marilyn’s Historic Melrose Inn!

Winter has finally arrived in the Carolinas! My boots and socks have replaced sandals and flip-flops. They are near the front door – at the ready – should I need to venture outdoors. However, I wish all of us abundant, cozy, indoor activities and adventures. If you get cabin fever, drop by the Inn and have a complimentary cup of coffee, tea, or even a glass of wine by the fire. Oh, and bring a book if you like – it’s a wonderful place to read.

One of my favorite things to do when the garden finally sleeps and all of the holiday parties have mellowed to memories, is to sit near a toasty fire, surrounded by a wealth of cook books and begin to pour over them, imagining the possibilities. I start crafting marvelous meals for your enjoyment in the coming year. It is a truly delightful time! I’m accompanied by my favorite music and a great bottle of wine:  I pour a glass and envision each of the individual, festive, meals together.

On that topic, I am very excited to offer the first, Friends of the Chef event for 2016. It will be a Valentine’s Day Dinner featuring five courses – each with its own individual wine pairing. We will be showcasing wines from Mountain Brook Vineyard. The owners, Dennis and Miriam Lanahan, will present each wine individually, course by course, and share information about its history and creation. We will begin with an ala carte’ sip, tasting, describing the details and nuances of each wine. Then I will share a few words, letting you know why I selected the menu as I have, in order to compliment and highlight each wine’s delicious characteristics. Following this, each course will be served.

The menu for Valentine’s Day 2016 is attached. Whether you wish to dine in pairs or gather as a group of friends, it promises to be a delightful, entertaining, and memorable evening. Reservations are essential – we are going to keep this “intimate.” After all, it is Valentine’s day! Melrose Inn is offering a special Valentine’s Day package.  An overnight B&B stay at the Melrose Inn & Valentine Dinner for Two. I’m looking forward to seeing you for the first official holiday of 2016!


Marilyn Doheny

Owner & Chef


Marilyn’s Historic Melrose Inn

55 Melrose Avenue, Tryon, NC 28782

(828) 859-0234, www.melrose-inn.com, info@melrose-inn.com