Nestled in the Rolling Hills of Northern Virginia’s Horse and Wine Country lies a sanctuary of luxury and relaxation. Looking for a place to unwind far away from the daily bustle? Look no further than the Salamander Resort & Spa, located just about two hours from Southern Maryland.

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About 10 minutes out from the resort, Route 50 begins to meander through a bucolic landscape. New England-style stone walls line vast pastures on either side of the road, a few country stores and grazing horses dot the scenery. The road leads into Middleburg’s charming downtown and finally along a winding half-mile path to the entrance of the resort. Arriving at the resort, visitors are met with a grand manor-style building, complete with exceptionally high ceilings and an opulent lobby area. The stately guestrooms feature equestrian-inspired decor and elegant marble bathrooms. Guests are sure to enjoy restful sleep in the cozy beds and can look forward to the petite pecan scones provided with the resort’s turn-down service. Outside, the lawns surrounding the property feature well-maintained gardens and greenery, where guests may catch a glimpse of a gentle fawn or a yellow songbird. The crown jewel of the resort, however, remains its lavish spa facilities. The professional staff guide guests on their path to relaxation through, for example, one of their signature services such as the Renew Blue Eucalyptus Treatment or the Citrus Drench Wrap. A secluded courtyard featuring an infinity pool and private cabanas top off a marvelous experience. Guests are encouraged to book their treatments four to five weeks in advance as demand is high.


Under the direction of Executive Chef Bill Welch, who boasts a wealth of experience in fine dining, the resort offers a variety of food options, ranging from sandwiches and burgers at Salamander Market to fresh seafood and exquisite steaks at Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill. Specialties at Harrimans include the Surf and Turf, a 16 oz. prime rib served with Maryland Crab Oscar and Maine lobster, and the Shenandoah lamb, flavored with pine nuts and pomegranate. The menu also features unique sides to pair with the main course, including crookneck squash gratin, white asparagus, and local Virginian mushrooms. Seated on the terrace with a glass of wine or seasonal cocktail from the carefully curated drinks menu, guests will find their dining experience complete. A favorite among guests remains Harrimans’ famous Sunday brunch. The family-style meal is served over three courses and includes enticing dishes such as carrot cake French toast and Harriman’s signature apple pancakes. Seated on the terrace with a glass of wine or seasonal cocktail from the carefully curated drinks menu, guests will find their dining experience complete!


The list of activities at Salamander’s is expansive, and there is almost nothing guests cannot do. Peruse one of the several trails that run through the property at your leisure or play a casual game of Cornhole in the shade. Looking for more action? Take a horseback riding lesson at the equestrian center or book a “Bows and Blades” session, a combination class of archery and ax-throwing. Whether guests are on a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a trip with friends, the resort offers plenty of options to learn something new and make great memories. For those wishing to venture further out, the spectacular surrounding area in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is brimming with vineyards, breweries, and distilleries. Guests will appreciate the numerous boutique stores, museums, and outdoor activity offerings of the region.

Salamander Resort & Spa


With its versatile activity offerings and lively events calendar, Salamander Resort & Spa is worth a visit all year round. Whether guests come to enjoy the beautiful autumn foliage, the festive wintry decorations or choose a spring break-escape at the resort, they will find that the property offers a unique charm. It’s equally suited for couples, a girl’s trip or for families with young children. And with its dreamy culinary garden and terraces offering scenic views of the lovingly upkept meadows, the property is also wonderfully suited for weddings and corporate events. Salamander Resort & Spa is a Forbes Five-Star rated and LEED Green Building Certified resort situated on 340 picturesque acres in the historic village of Middleburg, Virginia. Located only one hour from Washington, D.C. and just 35 minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport, the resort is designed to respect the architectural traditions of Virginia’s countryside with 168 spacious rooms and suites that blend into their natural environment. Resort Owner Sheila C. Johnson has created a luxurious destination featuring an award-winning 23,000-square-foot spa, Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill, the Gold Cup Wine Bar, a dedicated Cooking Studio, a chef-inspired Culinary Garden as well as the adventurous Tree Top Zip Tour. The resort includes a full-service Equestrian Center with unique programming, a 22-stall stable, and riding arena. All spa, culinary and equestrian facilities, and programs are open to the community. The resort is also developing Residences at Salamander, which offers 49 luxury, built-for-sale homes within a pristine landscape.

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500 North Pendleton St, Middleburg VA 20117