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 Washington, VA – (June 28, 2017) – The Inn at Little Washington will soon celebrate a momentous occasion – its 40th anniversary – and the epic celebrations are a year in the making.  One might wonder how an internationally known icon in the hospitality world, famous for its discriminating taste and glamorous style, will go about creating events worthy of its 40th Anniversary celebrations.  The 5-Star Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia is rolling out a year-long series of events, both in the US and in Europe, to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

First, the Inn has partnered with the Mount Vernon Ladies Association to host a Summer Garden Dinner titled A MAGNIFICENT DREAM at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s beloved home in Mount Vernon, Virginia. This celebration will be held on June 16, 2018.

At the gala event, Michelin-starred chef/proprietor of the Inn at Little Washington, Patrick O’Connell, will bring Washington’s legacy to life, inviting his guests to experience Mount Vernon as if they were being entertained there in the 1800s. The proceeds of this event will benefit Mount Vernon.

A second 40th anniversary celebration will pay tribute to O’Connell’s and Washington’s connections to France.  The European gala will take place at Vaux le Vicomte, the greatest chateaux ever built, and the inspiration for Versailles.  This palace, located 40 minutes from Paris, was created in 1661 by Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV’s minister of finance. The Inn’s celebration at Vaux le Vicomte will benefit a historic French charity that is soon to be announced.

In addition, a Woodstock-like summer festival and reunion of former employees and chefs from the last 4 decades is currently being planned. This two-day festival will include music, and an evening bonfire followed by “glamping” in luxury tents at the Inn’s Field of Dreams which is adjacent, but not too close, to the Inn’s beloved llamas.  This event will be open to the public and all proceeds will benefit Chef Patrick O’Connell’s foundation.

Patrick is well known for hosting theatrical extravaganzas and has created extraordinary events at the White House, Biltmore, the Vanderbilt mansion in Asheville, North Carolina, and the Peacock Room at the Freer Gallery in Washington.  Patrick also hosted the Inn’s legendary 30th Anniversary at the Mellon Auditorium, which raised money for children’s charities

Many other plans and projects are also in the works as The Inn continues its transformation of the tiny village of Washington, Virginia.  A street, given to the Inn by the Town, has just been completed and is now lined with lamp posts and an allee of trees.  Another historic home from the 1800s on the town square has been renovated and will now provide three charming guest suites with mountain views and a walled garden.  The same historian who recently put a new roof on Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s home, is replicating the identical red roof on this building, named “Carter House.”

Patrick is finishing a compelling and colorful memoir, as well as discussing several exciting film projects.  “2018 is shaping up to be the most exciting one in the last four decades,” said Patrick.  “We’re thrilled with the momentum and the support from so many people.”

For more information on 40th anniversary events, please go to:

For additional information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Annette Larkin, 540-675-5228,
Bob Fasce, The Inn at Little Washington, 540-675-5227,

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