The first time I heard about the Salamander Resort & Spa, it was in passing during a coffee break at a conference for meeting planners. That was in June 2013, the resort was scheduled to open in August. I was incredible excited. New hotels open all the time, but here was a luxury hotel that was going to open in practically my backyard. Middleburg is about an hour or so from Washington, DC, and is about 30 minutes south of the lovely mountain town where I reside.
The Salamander Resort opened in August, but I didn’t have an opportunity to visit until last month. I was able to attend a client luncheon for the Preferred Hotel line, and while I saw a bit of the resort at that visit, I didn’t have time to take a tour. I was able to tour a few weeks later and I’m so glad I did. This is a spectacular resort.
The resort is located in Middleburg, Virginia, which calls itself the “nation’s horse and hunt capital.” Middleburg is a charming small town, with an adorable main street that is both too perfect to be real, but also incredibly posh. My colleague, Lydia, who attended an event at a different venue in the town, says, “You know you’re in Middleburg when you see a luxury car parked next to a tractor.” This describes Middleburg perfectly!
The resort itself is located only a few blocks from the rest of town. There is an appropriately elegant and lengthy drive that made me feel like I was visiting an elegant historic estate rather than a hotel. If you plan to visit, do yourself a favor and go through the main entrance. For some reason my GPS directed me to the stables entrance, but the main entrance is so lovely. The resort sits on 340 acres of Virginia countryside, with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
When you walk into the hotel, you might expect a grand lobby, but instead you will find a cozy living room – the living room of your very well-to-do friend. In fact, the check-in desk is around a corner. There are fireplaces everywhere, which I appreciated on the slightly too cold for the spring weather day I arrived. There is plenty of gorgeous art, but the hotel still feels like someone’s home. The one motif that runs throughout is horses – not only is there a stable on site, but horses appear in art and decor throughout.
In terms of meeting space, the hotel boasts enough for small-medium corporate events or medium-sized weddings, but I think the best use of the space would be for small groups or retreats. The Salamander does “intimate” very well.
Here is the 5,000 square foot Middleburg Grand Ballroom:
My favorite part is the terrace that opens off of the foyer:
The Marshall Boardroom:
The Waterford (1,000 square feet) which also opens to the lawn and has an enclosed foyer:
There is a lovely culinary garden, where you can host private events, even incorporating the garden, such as a “pick your own” ingredients activity:
There is this cooking studio, where the hotel hosts regular classes and activities, but is also available for private events and classes:
One of the restaurants, Harriman’s:
The Upperville Private Dining Room:
The space is all impeccable, functional and lovely. The food and beverage that I’ve had a chance to sample has been delicious!
There are 168 guest rooms. I had the chance to peek at a king room:
I would like this clawfoot tub, please:
Not a bad view, right?
The spa looked lovely – I wouldn’t mind a chance to go back and try a treatment. My birthday is coming up, if anyone wants to send me a gift certificate (hint hint to any loved ones who may be reading!)
I’ll close with my favorite part – if I stayed at the hotel I think I might curl up in this library forever. And of course, it can be used for private events!
For more information about the Salamander Resort & Spa private events, visit their website.
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