The air is filled with frozen jewels reflecting
the last golden rays of sunlight. Padded footfalls and bells jingle
crisply as the sleigh brings the Apple creek Inn ever closer.
You can already feel the warmth of the fire in the ancient stone
fireplace, as you and the other guests sip hot cider and talk
of the joys of the day and plans are discussed for tomorrows winter
At six the old German clock chimes quietly and summons all
to a sumptuous dinner accompanied by a string quartet and intimate
conversation. It is the end of another perfect sleigh ride at
Apple Creek Inn.
Apple Creek Inn was established along the Old Stage Road that
connected Phillips Bay and the Village of the Cotswold Hills.
Originally the banks along an unnamed stream began to fill with
apple trees planted by the valleys' first inhabitants. The apples
of this area became legendary for their sweetness and crisp
texture. Soon apple orchards were abundant and the stream over
the years became known as Apple Creek. In the late seventeen
hundreds, one of the first large farms in the valley began to
offer meals accompanied by apple delights of all kinds. The
first inn was build by Barrett Tillman and his wife Sally. They
hosted such luminaries as George Washington and John Adams and
were known as staunch patriots.
The Inn was burned to the ground during the War of 1812, but
was rebuilt three years later and is still run today by the
Tillman family. It has increased in size and popularity over
the years and has lost none of the original charm and grace.
During the chill of winter, Apple Creek Inn offers many diversions
for it's guests - from Murder Mystery evenings to Bach preludes
and evenings of ice skating under paper lanterns on the pond
behind the carriage house. One of the customary pleasures for
guests down through the years has been the tradition of reading
the notations logged into the guest book. Many of these notations
have become nourishment for the spirit as well as the mind and
have been put into a small book, "The Apple Creek Chronicles",
that is for sale in the Inn's store.
So it is that all who visit long to return to the warmth and
charm of any season along Apple Creek. But for most, winter
holds a special magic, especially for those who have experienced
a sleigh ride at Apple Creek Inn.