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The Gardens

If you're looking for Irvington hotels, choose the Hope and Glory Inn.Looking for elegant Chesapeake Bay hotels? Hope and Glory is settled among English gardens featuring flowers rarely seen in contemporary Virginia gardens. Butterfly bushes, heirloom roses, old-fashioned single hollyhocks and walls of lavender wisteria form merely part of the Inn’s whimsical stage. The gardens can be described as sumptuous and intimate. A small, winding path leads to the most wonderful of outdoor showers, complete with claw foot tub and sink in a totally private setting. The garden bath at our Irvington inn is tucked away among verdant shrubs to provide secluded privacy. The very meandering of the serpentine brick walk slows the pace and sets the first tone of relaxation. The air is filled with the sweet smell of colorful chameleon plant (Houttuynia) and lavender (prized by the French perfume industry for its heavy oil production). There’s even a moon garden which is in peak bloom and fragrance in the evening, just in time for late night picnic and assignations.

You need only to unleash your imagination to create the aura of romance.

“Water cools the body and floating refreshes and calms the spirit in an almost primordial way.”

One can hardly describe this experience, yet travel writer Michael McCarthy gives his version:
“Musing upon the Hope and Glory founder’s words “we’re on this earth about a minute and a half, and I want joy. I want to feel good about our collective lot in life."
McCarthy says, “such thoughts are hard to resist as my wife and I soak in warm suds in a claw-foot outdoor bathtub, which is part of Hope and Glory’s open-air shower, cloistered by an eight foot fence and a huddle of old maples."

"We stare at a sweet crescent moon and listen to Ella Fitzgerald tunes that drift from the main house. The hideaway is about the size of a couple of tool sheds, with retro sinks, antique mirrors and a 1950s era shower that sports a head the size of a hubcap. Divine accents include candles, strings of white lights draped across the fences and the whiff of honeysuckle."

"Bathing under the stars is primal, a reminder to our bodies that they are, in fact, cousins of the chickweeds that climb from underneath the tub (okay, distant cousins)."

"Just when I’m about to quote Whitman, I notice two yellow rubber ducks standing guard on a shelf to our left. Unblinking with painted grins, they’re begging to dive into our party. Only those without hope and glory could say no.”

Virginia Living’s Velvet Touch at the Hope and Glory: "The night before their weddings, the brides are 'required' to enjoy a candlelit bubble bath under the stars with a bottle of champagne.”


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