Middleburg, Virginia: A Country-Chic Destination
With its lush pastoral views and sprawling greenery, Middleburg, Virginia, is a true country getaway. About 40 minutes from The Avant in Reston, this is where Northern Virginia residents go to remind themselves of a quieter life. But city dwellers shouldn’t despair, there’s plenty to see and enjoy in Middleburg.
If you want to experience the horse country that Middleburg’s famous for, why not take a polo lesson? After all, the royals all play it! Take a lesson, ride on the outdoor trails or just watch a match at Middleburg Polo Academy.
All that horseback riding will leave you hungry, so consider going to the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant for refined French food. Enjoy escargot, salmon trios and mushroom crepes to start with and dig into salads including classic Caesar and Roquefort next. Feast on hearty entrees like risotto, scallops, lamb, salmon and crab cakes. To accompany your meal, you may want to consider ordering a glass of wine from the 400 different international types they have in stock.
If you’d prefer a more laid-back dining experience, head to Market Salamander. Here you can order a variety of to-go sandwiches like ham and cheese or crispy chicken BLTs. From this market, you’ll want to head to the Salamander Resort & Spa. This luxury property opened in August and features a full-service spa, an equestrian facility and a handful of restaurants. If you’d like to relax, book a treatment at the spa—they offer everything from 30-minutes massages to a couple’s delight package where you’ll receive treatments in a suite complete with a private courtyard and outdoor hot tub. Or you could wander around and admire the lush, picture-perfect land that the resort occupies.
If you’re looking for a sweet way to cap off your trip, pay a visit Popcorn Monkey. This quirky and colorful shop sells popcorn that comes in flavors like blueberry and green apple in addition to savory bites like blue cheese and buffalo wing.
Long after you’ve returned, you can rest assured that a taste of refined countryside is just a short drive away.
Image: Salamander Resort & Spa