When you get invited to a “VIP Food and Wine Tour,” including an overnight stay at a lovely inn, spa time, and more food and wine than you thought anyone could possibly fit into two days, you do whatever you can to attend. Which is exactly what I did the last couple of days at The Lakehouse Inn in Geneva on the Lake.
With beautiful views of Lake Erie, cozy patios, and comfortable guest rooms, I immediately felt at home and relaxed there!
My experience started on Sunday evening with a delicious coursed wine-pairing meal at Crosswinds Grille, the restaurant attached to The Lakehouse Inn. I had dined at Crosswinds last summer and was excited to try a broader selection from their ever-changing menu.
The menu at Crosswinds is the height of seasonal deliciousness and will change as often as 6 times per year to keep up with the freshest bounty provided by local farmers. Crosswinds doesn’t just talk the farm-to-table talk. They continually source the freshest and most local produce and meats they can find. Two of Crosswinds farm suppliers were on hand at the dinner (from Red Basket Farm and Miller Grass Fed Farms), showcasing their products and the restaurant’s commitment to locally-sourced, quality food.
Our first course was a wilted kale salad with grilled onions, poached egg, and vinaigrette.
Chef Nate added some asparagus in to the salad at the last minute because it arrived fresh and was a perfect addition. Of note, all the items at our dinner are available in some form on Crosswinds current menu.
Next up, shrimp and grits with nduja and a bit of Chardonnay.
Salty, creamy, sweet, and delicious! I love me some shrimp and grits! Every course was paired with a Lakehouse Inn wine, my favorites of the bunch being the Riesling, the reserve Pinot Noir, and the Cabarnet Sauvignon. And the Pinot Rose will be perfect for hot summer days.
Our next course was grilled pork tenderloin with jasmine rice and mustard cream. Chef Nate told us he focuses more on food than on plating, but every dish not only tasted great, but looked lovely too!
Not realizing another meat course was on it’s way, I devoured every bite of this tender pork and then had to find room for the rich beef navel (think pork belly texture, but beef) served with potatoes and collard greens.
There were simply grunts of happiness all around the table with this dish!
Our dessert was the creatively-named Heavenly Kathy Joe, a scoop of house-made maple ice cream over a cocktail of Seven Brothers whiskey and maple. I’ve always thought I didn’t like whiskey, but this was delicious and I drank/scooped every drop!
After a restful night’s sleep, we were back to the hard work of eating and exploring The Lakehouse Inn, with breakfast at Crosswinds (the housemade sausage is to die for)…
…and then spa time!
My toes are now ready for spring/summer open-toed shoes! And I’m supremely relaxed!
From there, we took a little field trip to Na*Kyrsie Meats, run by Chef Nate of Crosswinds Grille. Chef Nate taught himself how to butcher and brings in beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, and pigs for his cuts of meat and charcuterie.
We got to sample a variety of charcuterie and it was hard to pick a favorite, although I do confess I brought some of the lamb salumi home with me.
Na*Kyrsie meats are of course used at Crosswinds Grille, but you can also stop in at their retail monthly meat sale (where you can enjoy Lakehouse Inn wines too).
And you can also find Na*Kyrsie this season at the Tremont Farmers Market.
With a restaurant, spa, inn, winery, and tons of gracious hospitality all in one spot, you hardly need to go anywhere but The Lakehouse Inn any time of the year! That said, the entire area is rich with wineries, the Harbor with lots of shops and restaurants, The Lodge which is building a canopy tour experience to be completed by the end of the summer, and lots more to explore and enjoy.
The thing that impresses me the most about The Lakehouse Inn is there commitment to local products. From Crosswinds Grille’s sourcing of local meats and produce to the cocktail menu featuring local distilleries…
to the gift shop with tons of local items…
…supporting local businesses is not just a byline here. It’s a focus and you can tell how much respect and admiration these businesses have for each other. When you support local businesses that support each other, you do something amazing right in your own backyard! And you’ll likely have a fabulous, delicious, relaxing time doing it!
The next time you need a romantic getaway, a girls weekend, a family fun weekend, or maybe just a sip of wine and a delicious dinner, you can’t do better than The Lakehouse Inn.
***Disclosure: I was invited to a VIP Food and Wine Tour at The Lakehouse Inn. I declined part of the Sunday experience due to scheduling conflicts. My lodging, food, drink, and spa services were complimentary. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***