Right about now is when those Musikfest beer goggles begin to fade. The novelty of sipping thick foam – excuse me, beer – from a plastic stein on Main Street while hundreds of preening adolescents jostle you at every turn has officially lost its luster, and you yearn to escape to a place that’s quiet and beautiful. And did we say, quiet? Yes. Quiet is key.
Take 22 West to Route 100 North, and a few turns later, you’ll be in B&B heaven, better known as . This Fogelsville hotel is not only a luxe retreat, it’s also a foodie's paradise, having some of the freshest and tastiest farm-to-table cuisine around.
Start your stay by taking a stroll through the beautiful grounds. The inn’s oldest buildings date back to 1870 and that old world charm is still present, although extensive renovations have been made throughout the years to accommodate modern desires.
Stop to appreciate the rolling hills, fresh vegetables patches and dozens of animals grazing and napping in the fields – just don’t get too attached to the latter. It’ll ruin your dinner.
After you’ve had your fill of fresh air, settle into one of gorgeous rooms. If you’re on a budget, a standard room in the Main Barn will get the job done, but if you’re looking for something a little more grand, may I recommend reserving a spot in the stable. The rustic "lower stable" suite has cathedral ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace and private deck. Once you’ve unpacked, follow the spiral staircase up, up, up to your own whirlpool tub, and 30 minutes later, you’ll be firing on all relaxation cylinders – a perfect time for dinner.
Dining at the Glasbern is an escape unto itself, with its fresh, local ingredients and seasonal menu. If it’s a Saturday night, take advantage of their $60 prix fixe special.
Savor the black truffle, mascarpone risotto and the striped bass with peekytoe crab congee and vanilla coconut milk. Tuck into grass-fed tenderloin, served with fingerling potatoes, sweet onion puree and apple cider baby spinach. Honestly, you could just close your eyes and point to a place on the menu, and you’ll end up with a divine dish that’ll have you plotting your next visit.
Round out the night with a carafe of wine on your deck, overlooking the picturesque farmland and think of the hundreds of people, sweating on line at the Plaza Tropical beer tent. Poor bastards.
Escape begins: As soon as your bags are packed.
Where: The Glasbern Country Inn, 2141 Packhouse Road, Fogelsville. Visit www.glasbern.com or call 610-285-4723 for more info.