Summertime and the livin' is easy. So says George Gershwin. And guests at the Graceland Inn, Restaurant, and Conference Center of Davis & Elkins College couldn't agree more.
With the arrival of summer, Graceland is unveiling a season of warm weather delights a new menu for starters, relaxing seating on the beautiful front porch, and wildflower bouquets and other West Virginia touches on the tables.
"Graceland was built to be a summer home," notes Melanie Campbell, Executive Chef and General Manager. "That's exactly the feeling we want our guests to have when they come here. It's comfortable. It's friendly. It's convenient." And, she adds with a smile, "It's all good."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Anthony Gaynor
Kasey Gadd, a D&E freshman and lunch hostess for the Graceland Restaurant, checks beverages for guests on the Graceland veranda.
The new summer menu provides a wide variety of fresh, organic produce and home cooked items. Examples include a new Senator Wings appetizer, Chilled Southern Strawberry Soup, Grilled burgers and Panini sandwiches, seafood and steak entrees, baked three-cheese macaroni, and brownie sundaes and warm apple dumplings. And no item is priced above $16. The Oak Barrel Marinated steak with sauteed julienne peppers and onions, with potato, is only $15.25. And Graceland's popular brunch buffet, priced at just $15.95, is hearty and family-friendly.
Altogether, the new menu includes 12 soups, salads and appetizers plus a fruit plate du jour; 10 grilled sandwiches and specialty Paninis and wraps; 8 entrees; and 6 dessert selections. Plus Douwe Egberts Coffee, domestic and imported beer, wine, and cocktails.
Guests will find a superb selection of wines. And for summer, Graceland is introducing three signature martinis: the Mingo Mocha, the Good Night Gracie-Wherever You Are, and the Decadent Odessa Jones Martini.
Of course, every seat puts you in the midst of the incomparable beauty and elegance of Graceland itself, the spectacular 1893 summer mansion of Senator Henry G. Davis. Whether seated on the breath-taking veranda or in the mural-lined Mingo Room, the intimate conservatory, the Parlor with birds-eye maple woodwork and portraits of the Davis family, or the Cherry trimmed library surrounded with bookcases filled with artifacts from the College's museum collection, guests can enjoy a relaxing time in one of the area's nicest summer homes.
The Graceland Restaurant is open six days a week, offering Lunch Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Dinner Tuesday-Saturday, 5:30-9 p.m. and Sunday brunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
According to Campbell, more changes are coming to Graceland this summer. "So visit often to enjoy what's new!" she says. "We will do our best to make you feel at home."