Looking for a retreat from the rush of daily life? The Beaumont Inn in Dallas Township provides a rustic but refined refuge with gourmet dinner options and expertly chosen wine.
The inn, set back from state Route 309 and surrounded by precise landscaping and botanical gardens, opened this summer for dining, special events and lodging.
“We want this to be a premier place in the valley,” owner Rob Friedman said.
Friedman, a consultant for Friedman Electric and owner of the River Street Jazz Cafe in Wilkes-Barre and wedding venue Friedman Farms in Dallas Township, purchased the inn and its 50 acres of land last year from Jim and Beth Harkins. Peter Masonis was the original owner and building designer in 1948, according to historic photos that now hang on the wall.
Friedman said guests at his wedding venue looking for a place to stay in the Back Mountain inspired him to expand and purchase the Beaumont Inn. He wanted to turn the place into a destination and a unique experience.
The original U-shaped, glass and wood bar from 1948 still anchors the lounge, where musicians perform live, soft music on Fridays and Saturdays. Upstairs, 10 unique hotel rooms await guests – Friedman said each room has a different theme and look. They kept several touches the Harkinses added, like the comfy, wood-framed chairs surrounding the dining room tables, and added a fireplace to increase the comfort factor.
The patio, surrounded by more than 250 types of perennials, overlooks a stream, fields and a bridge. Friedman said he hopes to develop hiking trails and stock the stream for fishing.
Executive chef Jeff Huntzinger said the cuisine is a mix of French, Italian and New Americana. He and chefs Jack Godwin and Dan Evans use quality products, like Angus beef for their steaks. The menu changes four times a year with the seasons.
“We try and focus on food as locally sourced as we can, and as in season as it can be,” Huntzinger said, adding they are in process of planting a garden on the premises. “Hopefully in the next few years, we can be self-sustainable.”
The steaks are among the most-ordered, from the 5-ounce filet mignon with sautéed Pennsylvania button mushrooms and red zinfandel reduction to a 14-ounce New York strip with Gorgonzola cheese and balsamic reduction.
Seafood is delivered three times a week and used to make dishes like the popular crab cakes, served as a pair over roasted pepper coulis with jicama pepper slaw.
“We also have an Australian rack of lamb with a coconut curry sauce, topped with an apple fennel slaw,” Huntzinger said.
Specials include Italian night on Tuesdays and seafood night on Thursdays.
Sommelier Tom Sobieski knows more about wine than anybody else in the area, Friedman said. The current wine list has about 80 wines – 22 by the glass – and they have about 100 in stock, Sobieski said.
Future events include wine tastings held once a month on Wednesdays. The first will be held Dec. 11 and will include an eight-course meal, prepared to bring out the flavor in the selected wines, Huntzinger said.
“We also do a beautiful Sunday brunch. That’s one of the things the Beaumont was known for over the years, so we brought that back,” Friedman said.
Location: 4437 state Route 309, Dallas
Hours: Tuesdays-Thursdays, 5-9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (brunch), and 5-9 p.m.
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