Mount Vernon Inn

Savor the flavors of early America at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, located just footsteps from George Washington’s historic estate.

Our restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, happy hour and weekend brunch.

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George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill

Open April - October

Did you know that George Washington made whiskey? In 1799, his distillery was one of the largest whiskey distilleries in America. 

Tour a fully-functioning reconstruction of Washington's whiskey distillery, and a reconstructed gristmill where flour and cornmeal are made.

Both buildings are located 2.7 miles from the estate’s main entrance and are included in general admission. Free shuttle service is also available.

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Try Our Whiskey & Grains

At our reconstructed distillery, we produce whiskey and other small batch distilled spirits using 18th-century distilling methods and techniques.

Sample our distilled spirits at the Mount Vernon Inn. They are also available for purchase at the Distillery or at the Shops at Mount Vernon. Learn more about purchasing our distilled spirits.

Grits, cornmeal, and other grain products produced at the Gristmill are available for purchase at both shops.

Gardens & Groves Tour

April - October

On this one-hour tour, explore Mount Vernon's gardens, see 18th-century trees that have stood the test of time, and discover the carefully crafted landscape that George Washington wanted you to experience.

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Wine Festivals

May & October

Sample wines from Virginia's finest wineries while enjoying delicious food, live music, and spectacular views at the estate.

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Whiskey Festival

November 9

Join Mount Vernon for its new George Washington Whiskey Festival! Enjoy some of the finest spirits from Virginia craft distillers and other famous whiskey producers. Meet celebrated distillers and learn more about George Washington’s whiskey operations at Mount Vernon.

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The Lower Garden

One of four gardens at Mount Vernon, the lower garden produced fruits and vegetables for the Washingtons' table and was overseen by Martha Washington.

Walk through the lower garden to learn about the foods that were grown there.

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The Greenhouse

As the focal point of the upper garden, George Washington built a greenhouse where he cultivated delicate tropical plants that could not withstand cold Virginia winters. In addition to providing lemons, limes, and oranges for Mrs. Washington’s table, the greenhouse served as a gallery for exhibiting rare and unusual plants imported from around the globe, including an aloe vera from North Africa and sago palm from the East Indies.

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The Kitchen

The kitchen was used to prepare all meals served to George and Martha Washington and their many guests. The kitchen is located next to, not inside of, the Mansion to protect the Mansion from potential fires and to avoid cooking heat and smells from entering the residence. 

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The Smokehouse

Inside the smokehouse, vast quantities of pork—mainly bacon and ham—were smoked to feed the family and Mount Vernon’s guests. Fish, fowl, and the meat of larger animals were eaten fresh as well as cured to last longer.

According to George Washington, Virginia ladies took special pride in the quality of the ham and bacon produced on their plantations. He and his wife even sent these meats as gifts to friends in Europe.

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Books at the Shops at Mount Vernon

In The General in the Garden, learn how George Washington developed Mount Vernon's landscape and gardens, and hear about the groundbreaking archaeological methods that facilitated the discovery of Washington-era garden beds and borders of flowers, shrubs, and vegetables in his upper garden. 

Mount Vernon's definitive entertaining and recipe book, Dining with the Washingtons, sheds light on the daily lives of George and Martha Washington, on their ceaseless stream of household guests and those who served them, and on the ways food and drink reflected the culture of 18th-century America. The book includes more than 90 historic recipes adapted for today's kitchens by renowned culinary historian Nancy Carter Crump.

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