Not your average Roadfood eatery, Mast Farm Inn is an historic country farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are nine guest rooms in the old three-story house and a handful of cottages where you can stay the night in romantic surroundings; and there is a dining room where guests and passers-by (preferably with advance reservations) can enjoy deluxe renditions of New Southern cuisine.
Start supper with sweet potato cornbread fritters, served on a plate drizzled with sweet molasses syrup, then move on to sautéed mountain trout with country ham, sided by grits and vegetables from the Inn’s own garden, or plow into a plate of pot roast with super-garlicky garlic sauce. We especially recommend an appetizer of warm spinach salad garnished with smoky pieces of bacon, sweet caramelized onions and grilled mushrooms. Among the entrées, most of which change with the season and the garden’s yield, you can always count on a big plate of beefsteak, topped with a wine-reduction sauce and accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes.
After dinner, you can rock on the porch, sip espresso by the fire, or enjoy adult libations in Aunt Josie’s espresso and wine bar.
Note that dining room hours vary with the season. In the winter, Mast Farm Inn generally serves meals only on weekend evenings. In the summer, it’s usually open six days a week (closed Wednesday). Breakfast is available only to Inn guests.