A sprawling wine-country estate and spa in Middleburg, VA.

Salamander Resort & Spa
Chess on the lawn at Salamander.
| Credit: Ball and Albanese

Why We Love It
This luxurious country escape is the perfect example of a true Southern belle—beautiful, charming, and stylish. Polished green pastures and a stately porte cochere make for a dramatic entrance, as indulgent furnishings and equestrian flair ensure a grand stay. It's all a worthy extravagance for the very land where Jackie O. used to ride her horses.

Signature Style
It's posh and regal, with the understated grandeur of a President's weekend retreat. Creating the feel of a restful private residence as opposed to a mega resort are painstakingly crafted details: wide-plank oak floors designed to creak as if they were hundreds of years old, fireplaces framed in marble and flanked with deep leather chairs, and wide French doors that open up to 200 acres of shrouded forest.

On the Menu
Chef Todd Gray pulls from the resort's own 2-acre fruit, vegetable, and herb garden for the ever-evolving menu at Harrimans. Expect hearty fare that pays homage to the Virginia Piedmont, such as Whiffletree Farm chicken studded with cherries, apricots, and chestnuts.

Worth the Splurge
Book a late afternoon treatment like the Lava Shell Massage (a unique form of therapy using heated Tiger Striped Clam shells; $200-$230) before ordering a glass of wine and retiring to a cabana at the infinity-edge pool and fire pit just as the sun escapes the edge of the forest.

Book it!
salamanderresort.com; $275 and up