Story and photos by Elaine Anne Watt

A delightfully crisp fall evening on October 12th welcomed guests to the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant’s celebration of the opening of their gorgeous new conservatory, where Executive Chef Eric Smith and his team will serve up both traditional and innovative fare. Owners Mark and Shelley Betts warmly greeted everyone as we sampled champagne cocktails and savored the passed hors d’oeuvres.

Present were Clint Good, the architect for the grandly designed space and Matthew Bowe, whose design/build firm executed the project. Several long-time friends of the Inn had travelled back to Middleburg to be present for the festivities.

Mark Betts expressed his joy in having left behind his previous career to embrace his dream of owning Goodstone and sharing his passion for hospitality with others. He thanked Emily Miller, Eric Smith and all his dedicated employees for making Goodstone an exceptional destination for anything from dinner to an extended stay.

The artwork and special touches evident throughout the space reflected the time and thought spent on making the conservatory an inviting interior for guests. Be sure to add a visit there to your calendar soon! ML

Mark and Shelley Betts, Goodstone Owners.

Mark and Shelley Betts, Goodstone Owners.

Executive Chef Eric Smith on right with Sous Chef Tommy Layman on left.

Executive Chef Eric Smith on right with Sous Chef Tommy Layman on left.

Goodstone Owner Mark Betts with Clint Good, Architect and Matthew Bowe of Matthew Bowe Design Build.

Goodstone Owner Mark Betts with Clint Good, Architect and Matthew Bowe of Matthew Bowe Design Build.

Goodstone Conservatory with painting entitled Good Friend by artist Edmund Henry Osthaus, American 1858-1928.

Goodstone Conservatory with painting entitled Good Friend by artist Edmund Henry Osthaus, American 1858-1928.