Checking In: Salamander Resort & Spa

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Salamander Resort is just a short hour away and what feels like worlds apart from my home in the Washington, D.C. area. Located among rolling hills and wineries in Middleburg, Virginia – it was a perfect weekend escape from the concrete jungle I reside in.
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What I Loved:

  • Smaller resort with only 168 rooms – which all have a patio or balcony
  • Set on 340 acres
  • Rooms were very spacious and elegant
  • The food was divine
  • Pet friendly
  • One of the best spas I have been to

Salamander Resort is a stunning property that exudes luxury throughout. From the moment you arrive in the circle drive, someone is there to assist you with bags, checking-in, valet, or whatever you may need.
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The Resort:
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The resort itself is not very big – but that is what drew me to it in the first place. Sometimes when I stay in huge hotels I feel lost in the shuffle – but I was after a relaxing stay and that is exactly what I got here.

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Fire pit available at night on the grand lawn

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Sitting area

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Sitting area

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Sitting area

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Balconies

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Beautiful walls

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Library hangout

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Outdoor seating

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The Spa:
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Check In Area

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Relaxation area and waiting room

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Waiting room

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Hot tub inside the locker room

The spa was my favorite part of the resort. I ended up booking a private spa suite for a massage and afterwards I had the suite to use which came with a large shower, bath, outdoor hot tub, and prosecco.
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Soaking Tub

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Private Hot Tub

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After my wonderful massage and relaxing, I went on to the spa pool – which is only available to same day spa guests. The cabanas and infinity pool are gorgeous. I could have stayed here all day.
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Spa Cabanas

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Spa Pool

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Cabanas

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Infinity Edge Pool

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The Room:
I booked an Estate Room that had sweeping views of the grand garden from the balcony.
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I found the room to be generous in size accompanied by a luxurious bathroom, sitting area, room to make my own coffee, a nice minibar, an area to dine, and a work station. In addition, the room came with plush amenities and a spacious closet.
My favorite part of the room was the balcony. Not only did it have amazing views of the sunrise but all the greenery growing up the building is beautiful.
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Estate King

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Soaking Tub

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Gorgeous Bathroom

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Fireplace

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Work Area

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Bedroom and Sitting Area

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Coffee!

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Balcony

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Sunrise

Dining:
From in-room dining for breakfast to dinner dining at Harriman’s  – the food was divine. In fact, I told myself the food here is some of the best in Virginia. Even if you don’t stay at the property – having dinner here would be a real treat to the senses.
For breakfast I had in room dining and tried a pastrami hash that came with perfectly cooked poached eggs, rye croutons and a drizzle that was delicious.
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For dinner I went to Harriman’s and went with the filet and risotto and brought my own wine (they do charge a corking fee). I can be picky about food when it is not cooked right – but my steak was perfection and the risotto was probably one of the best I have ever had. It is a tricky dish – people usually overcook or under cook it – but this one was especially perfect. I would highly recommend dining here – I am already planning a trip back.
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Harriman’s

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Artichokes

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Chilled Asparagus

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Filet

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Risotto

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Overall:
Loved the resort. It was the perfect weekend getaway from the city. If you love luxury hotels that aren’t overwhelming with people, this is your next destination. The relaxing vibes the resort exudes are not match-able.
Additional Information:

  • Address: 500 NORTH PENDLETON ST MIDDLEBURG, VA 20117
  • Phone: 844-303-2723
  • Distance from Both IAD and DCA is about 45 minutes to an hour (depending on traffic)
  • Check In: 4:00pm
  • Check Out: 11:00am
  • Attire: smart casual
  • Valet available for a fee
  • Book in advance and check dates – some days require a minimum night stay
  • Harriman’s gets busy for dinner – book in advance (I booked about 3-4 weeks out and there was only 2 time slots available to dine)
  • There are several wineries in the area and perfect for day tours

12 Comments

  1. June 17, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    It looks like a very nice place.

  2. June 17, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    The property looks beautiful and the spa seems excellent. I always like properties that have good spas and it is great to be able to relax a bit while on vacation. Glad you enjoyed your stay.

  3. June 17, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    I’ve been wanting to get up here for a while. That spa suite has me sold.

  4. Sarah
    June 18, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    Your photos are stunning. Every time you share something I want to travel there. Thank you for always inspiring me to travel.

  5. June 22, 2017 / 10:18 am

    I was already sold before I got to the food, but your food photos alone would have sent me scrambling for a reservation!

  6. July 2, 2017 / 11:44 am

    This looks SO luxurious! I probably would never want to leave!

  7. July 18, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    One of my favorites! I hope they still serve the butterscotch maple scones… #inspiration

    • July 18, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      Oh I did not get those – now I have to go back and try them! That sounds amazing

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