the partners

Locals know the reputation the Battletown Inn once had and have quietly been waiting for its glory to be restored. Mother/daughter duo Sue Whitbeck and Allison Ritter, behind Berryville's The Tea Cart, were up for the challenge. With Sue's real estate smarts and Allison's culinary and marketing background, the two swiftly acquired the property in 2019 to transform it into something the town has never seen before.



The idea

Sue and Allison were tasked with finding a way to introduce a new destination to Berryville, a place where both out-of-towners and locals could come together under one roof and enjoy Virginia's finest food, drinks and accommodations. Allison saw more potential for the Battletown property than an Inn and fine-dining restaurant. She wanted to draw people to main street for a variety of reasons and conceptualized four different experiences on one property - a market, restaurant, inn, and tasting room.