At The Culver
Recounting our staycation at The Culver Hotel.
The morning following our first day there, we were invited for brunch, which was prepared ahead of time and a confusion-induced appointment for high-tea. Despite the miscommunication in regards to timing, The Culver Hotel handled the situation flawlessly. No complaints.
The food however, was on another level: farm-to-table quality and freshness in every dish. Upon meeting the chef, you could tell he put his entire being into his masterpieces. While Justin loved the subtle citrus notes that contrasted the crunchy textures of the avocado toast, the cheeseboard swept me away.
I loved the earthiness of some of the cheeses and how their flavor profiles complimented each other while still being within the same spectrum of taste. Not to mention, they served strawberry lemonade for Justin and mint cucumber lemonade (my favorite!) for me.
Later that night, we were scheduled to shoot their jazz band for the night and the hotel had seated us front row to the ensemble. We were served the prettiest cocktails on the menu and a gift from the chef: lobster and Dungeness crab ravioli, which was the best dish we sampled throughout our entire stay. Not to mention, the band was endlessly entertaining. I mean, who else performs a rendition of the Game of Thrones theme during dinner and gets away with it?
Although we were supposed to stay another night, adult responsibilities loomed overhead and I had work the next day. Cutting our stay short was heartbreaking. We fell in love with our temporary home but it wasn't just the fancy decor and fanfare that made our stay the staycation of the century, but the people. The staff and those we worked closely with was warm, sweet, generous, and it felt like they quickly became family. If Disney employees/characters were real life people, the staff at The Culver Hotel would be it.