Salamander Resort Fires Up In Middleburg
By Olga Boikess
September 3, 2013
Photo by: Brooke Sabin
Sheila C. Johnson, an entrepreneur, philanthropist and founding partner of Black Entertainment Television, opened Salamander Resort & Spa in Virginia’s Hunt Country last week. Situated on 340 picturesque acres in Middleburg, the equestrian-themed luxury property features a 22-stall stable, riding ring and nine paddocks. Indeed, when guests were gathered on the sweeping terrace at the VIP opening, they were greeted by a tableau of black coated riders on horseback crossing the lawn.
A killer spa, luxury bedroom, and state of the art sports, meeting and event facilities (there are picturesque stone courtyards just waiting for wedding snaps) are done up in a no-expense spared, contemporary style.
Food and wine are focused locally. The main dining room, Harriman’s Grill, named for the prior owners of the estate, serves Virginia Piedmont fare in clubby comfort with lovely views of the bucolic scene from expansive booths and white-clothed tables. Look for steaks, seafood and produce fresh from its on site two acre garden. The Gold Cup Wine Bar, open all day and evening, offers small plates to pair with local and international by-the-glass and bottle choices. With its brick floor and wood-beamed ceiling, it feels like a tasting room at one of the 50 wineries nearby. At the opening, Todd Gray (Equinox) who serves as the resort’s culinary director, was preparing delicous charcuterie samplers in its cooking studio where classes and hands-on dinner parties will make participants feel like they're on TV (for more information about the resort, go here).