Ready to get away? I feel like I'm endlessly searching for vacation getaway deals, but the cost of actually getting to my destination always keeps me from booking. Last weekend, I stayed at Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, Virginia - a most luxurious destination that's only 25 miles west of Fairfax.
As in most reviews, I could tell you about all of the luxuries on the property -- including the most beautiful guest suites with plush linens and a gorgeous standalone soaking tub or the breathtaking view of the sunrise that the property offers while enjoying a quiet early morning breakfast in Harrimans Piedmont Grill. And who can forget the 23,000 sqft spa and wellness center that tailors every last detail to meet your needs?
Instead, I'll share my top three "don't miss" items on my itinerary during my weekend getaway - little hidden gems that are not quite your ordinary stay....
COOKING CLASS WITH THE CHEFAfter checking in and getting settled in our room, we headed down to the cooking studio located right outside of Harriman's. We were greeted with a glass of local wine, and had the most fun during a hands-on cooking class with the Executive Sous Chef.
The classes are $75 and inclusive of your meal, wine, tax and gratuity. The class was about 2 hours long and concluded with a private tour of the kitchen. It was a great experience and is perfect for both couples and girlfriends. We actually ended up ordering some of the items we made later that night at our dinner at Harriman's.
TREE TOP ZIP LINING Anyone who knows me knows that, without a doubt, I am not quite the great outdoorsman. When we go "camping", we either rent a cabin or blow up an air mattress and sleep in the back of our SUV. So when I saw that they offered zip lining through the forest, I was not really sure that I should let this adventure trump 2 hours in the spa, but I am so glad that hesitantly obliged.
It is pretty empowering to jump off a 70 foot tower and zip almost 700 feet on a line! The zip lines sprawl over a 23 acre course in a conservation easement on the property. I almost chickened out when it came to the tallest, longest line - but I did it! WOO!
GOLD CUP & VIRGINIA WINERIESLove to shop and support local businesses? When you sit at the bar at Gold Cup and check it out the wine list, it's no secret that Salamander Resort believes in supporting local wineries and vineyards. You can enjoy a tasting flight in Gold Cup Wine Bar where the staff has a wealth of knowledge about Virginia wines. Middleburg itself has earned its place among best wine regions in the US. Enjoying the wine list is like having a tasting of all the wineries in Virginia from the comfort of a swanky bar with couches, flat screen televisions, and a billiards table.
If you do want to leave the resort and visit a winery, Salamander has a complimentary car service that will take you to many of the local wineries within 5 miles. Along with three other ladies we met while at Salamander, we took a car to Greenhill Winery for a tasting and a glass of Blanc de Blancs on Saturday afternoon.
We were sad to leave on Sunday, but as a final hurrah on our way out of town, we stopped at Market Salamander for a quick bite before our two-lane journey east on route 50. We truly enjoyed our weekend getaway experience at Salamander Resort and Spa and will be back again for another getaway!
Here's a little tip: There is a locals discount! Salamander is offering residents of Loudoun, Fauquier, Fairfax, Clarke, and Prince William County 15% off all Spa and Salon services Mon-Thurs through March 31 with proof of residence (excludes public holidays).
For a full list of resort activities, experiences and attractions, you can visit Salamander's events page. Take a look out for February's "Month of Romance" specials for a couples retreat.
More information about Salamander Resort and Spa can be found online: www.salamanderresort.com.
*special thanks to the Salamander team for inviting us to stay!
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.
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