Two weekends ago found us at the new Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia for our annual girls’ night. Personally speaking, this may have been our best one yet! Between wine tasting, limo rides, a lovely dinner and an elegant resort, we definitely felt like sophisticated women.
We arrived in the early afternoon on Saturday, grabbed lunch at the Gold Cup Wine Bar and checked into our spacious room. Then it was time to head out for wine tasting in a limo. The wineries close at 6 this time of year, so we were only able to hit three of them. We went to the ones the concierge recommended: Boxwood Winery, Greenhill Winery and Vineyards and Cana Vineyards and Winery. The first two are smaller vineyards and are more charming. At the third, we were able to catch part of the epic Colts-Chiefs’ game on a big screen TV.
After tasting all the wine we could handle, we went back to the Salamander, where we headed back to our room to chill (aka open holiday presents and drink more wine). The rooms, like the lobby and other public areas in the hotel, are charmingly appointed with equestrian details and art.
I was personally in love with all the art featuring American Foxhounds (the state dog of Virginia) as we think my dog is mostly foxhound. My friends were fans of the light fixtures in the lobby.
The bathroom is large, with a stand alone tub. We all loved the “Makeup” wash clothes that were black—genius idea for avoiding mascara stains. It’s all the little touches like that that make the Salamander Resort top notch.
Our dinner reservations were in the main dining room, Harrimans, named after the former owner of the property. The menu features regional and Southern favorites including shrimp and grits and Virginia ham. We attempted to sit by the outdoor firepit, but the frigid temps had us running back indoors pretty quickly.
We would love to go back in the warmer months when we could take advantage of the stables and go for a horseback ride or take a hike on one of the nearby trails. And we hear the spa is definitely worth a visit, but alas, we didn’t make there on this trip. All the more reason to go back!
For more info, go to the SalamanderResort.com.