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

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.