Sarah Sanders was in Lexington for pre-planned weekend vacation

Published: Jun. 25, 2018 at 1:38 PM EDT
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders' high-profile visit to Lexington over the weekend was part of a vacation that had been planned for five months, according to the owner of a bed and breakfast where Sanders stayed with her family.

Justin Peery, owner of Good Place Farms in Lexington, said Sanders and her family arrived at his bed and breakfast Friday afternoon and departed Sunday afternoon at 5. Peery said the visit was arranged earlier this year.

Sanders' presence in Lexington was revealed Saturday morning in a Twitter post, in which the press secretary said she

. Peery said Sanders talked with him about her experience during breakfast Saturday morning before posting her tweet.

That tweet drew national attention to the tiny local restaurant, bringing thousands of reviews on Facebook — both negative and positive, depending on the view of the commenter — and even death threats to the co-owner, Stephanie Wilkinson.

Wilkinson told The Washington Post that her reasons for booting Sanders included the concerns of employees who were gay and knew Sanders had defended Trump's desire to bar transgender people from serving in the military.

President Donald Trump weighed in on Twitter on Monday, saying the restaurant "should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders."

Congressman Bob Goodlatte, who represents Lexington, said what Sanders experienced at The Red Hen "is very unfortunate and doesn’t reflect accurately upon the kind and caring people of Lexington that I know. There are many great and innovative businesses in #VA06 that I hope you’ll come back to visit."

Peery said he expects Sanders to discuss her stay at Good Place Farms during her White House press briefing later today, where he expects her to say her visit in Lexington was "redeemed" by the hospitality she received at Peery's establishment.