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Details of Paula and Scott Broadwell’s Romantic Rappahannock County Getaway
Their stay in Little Washington, Virginia, began happily—and then the mood changed. By Carol Ross Joynt
The Middleton Inn in Little Washington, Virginia. Photograph from the Middleton Inn's website.
Comments () | Published November 12, 2012

As she became a household name around the world, Paula Broadwell enjoyed a romantic getaway with her husband, Scott, in the nearby Virginia countryside. Their two-day getaway could have been an ad for the state’s slogan, “Virginia is for lovers.” Flowers, Champagne, long hikes and bike rides, good food, and a charming room are what filled the couple’s stay in Little Washington, Virginia, while at the same time news broke of her affair with CIA director David Petraeus. The Broadwells’ moods were described by our source as happy initially, though by Saturday morning that had changed.

The room where the Broadwells stayed. Photograph from the Middleton Inn's website.

The Broadwells’ room at the Middleton Inn had a queen-size four-poster bed, a marble bath, a working fireplace, and a view of the mountains. Waiting for Paula when they checked in, as pre-arranged by her husband when he made the reservation two weeks ago, were Champagne and a bouquet of pink roses and white lilies to mark her 40th birthday.

According to sources familiar with the Broadwells’ time spent in Little Washington, they enjoyed the particular pleasures of Rappahannock County. On their first night, Thursday, they dined at the Thornton River Grill in nearby Sperryville. It is a popular local restaurant, and serves what it calls “American food with a worldly flair.” On Friday night they dined at the Inn at Little Washington, one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the local area and the nation. Because of its sophisticated decor and romantic atmosphere, it is as popular for marriage proposals as it is for birthdays, anniversaries, and similarly special occasions.

The Broadwells spent their days hiking and biking. They arrived with their own bikes, and sought local advice for routes of 25 to 30 miles. They said they were looking for “strenuous” rides. There are many hilly and challenging back roads in that region. On Friday morning they went for a long hike. Both mornings they joined other hotel guests for breakfast. Paula reportedly spent most of her time texting. In the evenings they showed up for wine and cheese, though other guests at the inn seemed none the wiser as to their identity.

From the time the Broadwells arrived at the Middleton Inn on Thursday, through Friday evening, their moods were described as “good” and “upbeat.” But when they returned from the Inn at Little Washington later Friday night, “all of a sudden they are not in very good moods,” our source says. They checked out earlier than expected on Saturday morning after an abrupt breakfast, at a table for two, at which Scott Broadwell was described as “not talkative.” When they departed, Paula mentioned they were headed to DC.

Sources said there was to be a birthday party Saturday night in Washington for Broadwell, but that it got canceled. A source close to the intelligence community said General Petraeus was scheduled to attend that party, but we have not been able to confirm that information.

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  • m.


    November 26 - Update: Paula Broadwell has now retained both an Attorney and a Public Relations firm in Washington DC. So far, she is the only member in the entire cast of characters in the David Petraeus Sex Scandal to do so. Her need for an Attorney is obvious .. she's facing some potentially very serious charges, both military and civilian. But a PR expert? It is reported she has hopes of reviving her career. And just what career might that be? ... Consultant to Terrorists, Fiction Writer, Con Man, or Escort (Outcall Only). The more we learn about her, the less qualified she appears to be for any other line of work. Someone really needs to evaluate the curriculum for graduation from West Point.

    Thus far, the only characters in the play to make public statements are Petraeus and Natalie Khawam, the sister of Jill Kelley. There has been nothing from either Paula or her husband Scott or their "hired mouth." And they are conspicuous by their absence. Speculating ... it may be because there's just not a lot she can say in the way of defending herself; that she knows she's been caught and to deny it only invites public condemnation. Thus, her silence is an admission of guilt.

    At the risk of sounding sexist, Scott Broadwell was interviewed some time back; and he stated that in order to draw the two of them closer together in their marriage, that he literally turned wife Paula loose to pursue whatever professional goals she had. I am reminded of an old adage usually found carved on wooden wall-hangers in gift and craft shops, to wit ...

    "If you love something, turn it loose.
    If it comes back to you it's yours.
    If it doesn't, it never was."

    Uh ... Scott, old man, it's pretty obvious now ... she was never yours; and you have never been more than a means to an end. Indeed, she could never truly commit to any one man. Her lifelong drive to quell an insatiable ambition assures that. You really need to re-define the entire nature of your association with Paula Kranz (Broadwell). She has physically demonstrated by her own behavior that you are the only person in your household who is married. Do you really want your sons to be raised by a person who is so totally amoral?

    Scott, how do you deal with knowing that you, yourself, created the situation where you would stay at home and play Mr. Mom while your wife was halfway around the world having the time of her life ... banging a Four-Star General? Do you feel stupid? Do you feel like you've been played like the same cheap violin as David Petraeus? Have you realized that marrying her was the biggest mistake you ever made ... and that it's a mistake you can rectify? That woman living in your house that you thought was your wife already has a Lawyer ... it's time you got your own.

  • Excellent place for a weekend getaway! I will look into writing a post on my site about it!

  • Does hubby know about his wife's adventures? Some piece of trash he's married to. Feel sorry for the kids.

  • AirForceRet

    Well this was a wake up for Mr. Broadwell, next step should be paternity check on "his" two kids,
    another disgrace to bear for HONORABLY serving military members and their families.

  • Annon

    What is unclear is when her husband found out about the affair. Did that happen Friday night as news broke, or had she come clean earlier in the year? They were in a foul mood on Friday night, but that could have been just due to the news breaking and knowing that their lives were being thrust into the limelight.

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