Have you ever walked into a hotel or resort and felt immediately at home? Even the fanciest of marble lobbies can fail in that regard. But I recently spent two nights at a resort in Virginia’s hunt country—Middleburg, VA—that gets it right.
The resort is a year old, and it’s called Salamander Resort & Spa. Middleburg is about an hour’s drive from DC, about 25 minutes from Dulles airport. Middleburg is a small town of grand stone houses, quaint inns, rolling hills, and lots of wide open, green spaces.
In short–a perfect place for a resort.
And owner Sheila Johnson recognized that. She and her team spent eight years bringing Salamander to life; after all, a resort with more than 150 rooms was a big deal for a village steeped in Revolutionary and Civil War history that is also home to quite a few wealthy and well-known families.
But she succeeded, and you enter the resort via an unmarked, winding road and walk into a huge living room flanked by fireplaces with an expansive view of the great outdoors. The details are just right—high-end fittings, a library you’ll want to move into, a polished equestrian center and luxurious spa. Three pools, two restaurants . . . check the photos out at here and treat yourself to a getaway.