If you're an overnight guest at Charlottesville, Virginia's Clifton Inn, you'll be in the right place to enjoy an elegant breakfast in stunning scenery. Their breakfast room looks out onto the Blue Ridge Mountains, with light and airy decor inside. I was glad to be hosted to experience it!
In chilly weather such as we're experiencing these days, they have a roaring fire going, even at breakfast. The morning started out with freshly made croissants, cinnamon raisin rolls and banana bread muffins.
All breakfast items are served with your choice of Rockbarn (sage) sausage, applewood smoked bacon or seasonal fruit.
I ordered a very satisfying breakfast -- really, keeping one good through lunch -- of smoked salmon and poached eggs over grilled sourdough with tarragon caper emulsion and crispy onions. This lighter take on eggs Benedict goes with the present chef's philosophy of not masking food with heavy sauces or too much butter. The eggs were perfectly poached and the flavors stood out.
The fruit served with granola were strawberries, fat raspberries and blackberries. I appreciate the more upscale fruits: sometimes, I see too many melons, browning apples and bananas in a seasonal fruit presentation.
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