Activities

Discover exciting adventures, romantic escapades and plenty of family-friendly activities right on the property. Enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, a complimentary putting green for aspiring golfers, full equestrian center, and lawn games including croquet, bocce ball, corn hole and life-sized chess. Also, discover the surrounding area and browse local boutique shops, explore local wineries, zoom down zip lines, enjoy exclusive golf privileges at Creighton Farms. Your options for fun in Middleburg are nearly endless.

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Camp Salamander

CAMP SALAMANDER

While the parents are away, the kids will play. Camp Salamander is our activity-filled camp for kids, offering countless opportunities to let loose, compete in scavenger hunts, learn about the stars and explore the great outdoors. 

  • Full day - $135 per child; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Half day - $75 per child; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Two hours - $50 per child; between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Camp ages are 4-10; includes lunch. First participant to reserve the activity, is the theme for the time slot:

HORSE N’ AROUND
Saddle up for foot pony races and horseshoes, take a walk to the stables and feed the horses treats, and paint your own horse magnet.

NUTTY ABOUT NATURE
Join us in the great outdoors for a hike on the resort trails to learn about wildlife, search for animal tracks and create your own fingerprint art.

AHOY! PIRATES DAY
Ahoy Mateys! Learn how to be a pirate by searching for gold, creating your own treasure map and building our own cardboard pirate ship!

ROCK & ROLL DAY
Rock & Roll Day is all about singing and playing music! Show off your moves with some freeze dance, receive guitar lessons and sing away to your favorites.

SPACE DAY
Explore the mystery of the universe by building your own rocket, create planet crafts and decorate your own astronaut helmet!

WILD WILD WEST
Cowboys and Cowgirls are welcome to come see and learn more about horses, craft your own cowboy hat and decorate your own stick pony.

Add-on option:
Kiddo Zip Lining – Kids under the minimums for the Tree Top Zip Lining can try this thrilling ride during Camp Salamander. With a guide, experience our 200’ zip line three times! Minimum age is four-years-old and minimum weight is 40lbs. $50 per child.

KIDS NIGHT OUT

Fridays & Saturdays | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | $60 per child
Have your young Salamanders join us for a night of laughter, games and fun! Your children can enjoy different crafts, and then go out to the fire pit to make s’mores, after we can play glow in the dark bocce ball, then come splash around in the indoor pool, where you can play pool games! Includes dinner.

For reservations, please call 540.326.4060

Splash Pool & Cafe

Make a Splash this summer.

Open weekends starting May 11, 2019 | noon – 6:00 p.m.; Café closed
Open daily starting May 25, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Café open 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily

Chill out. Cool off. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors! Welcome to Splash Pool & Cafe, Salamander Resort & Spa’s reprieve tucked away in the Virginia countryside. Bring the shades, lather on the sunscreen, and settle into a comfy lounge chair with a specialty drink and your favorite summer read. At Splash Pool & Cafe, relaxation is key and the intimate surroundings make it easy to lay back and soak up some glorious sunshine.

When the sun begins to notch up the temperature, there’s plenty of ways to keep cool. Take a comfortable swim in the pool or make your way over to the two cascading water features where kids (big and small) will undoubtedly find refreshing jets of shooting water endlessly entertaining. Throughout the day, the Splash team will be on hand to offer delicious complimentary treats and other summer amenities.

Stay for lunch and enjoy Splash Cafe’s hearty menu of backyard favorites to appease every appetite. You’ll also find a full bar with summer-themed drinks, a rotating beer selection and a delightful offering of Virginia’s local vintages.

For additional information, please call 540.326.4070.

Resort guests only.

Equestrian Programs

All trails lead here. The equestrian center is one of the most unique features of Salamander Resort & Spa. With 25 acres dedicated to entry-level equestrian use, our beautiful Equestrian Center features a 14,000-square-foot stable complete with 22 stalls, nine beautiful paddocks and a spectacular outdoor riding arena with ThorTurf footing.

COUNTRYSIDE GROUP TRAIL RIDES

$135 per person | Ages 10 & up
Discover the natural beauty of our countryside while riding our gentle trail horses. Your guide will take you through the wooded trails for a one hour leisurely walk to explore the resort grounds and picturesque countryside. Weather and ground conditions permitting.

STONE WALL PRIVATE TRAIL RIDE

$235 per person | Ages 10 & up
Seek solitude and relaxation on this guided ride through our woods and fields showcasing historic stone wall. Designed for the more experienced rider; four riders maximum per hour.

RIDING LESSONS

$135 per person | Ages 5 & up
Enjoy a private, one-hour instruction on one of our seasoned lesson horses and ponies. All lessons are conducted by our experienced staff and focus on balanced seat, centered riding, hunt seat on the flat, basic dressage and stock seat. Lessons may include grooming, leading, ground safety and riding. We do not offer jumping instruction. Weather permitting.

SALAMANDER HORSEMANSHIP CLUB

$400 per person | Ages 10 & up
For the horse-crazy child or adult! Spend half the day in the world of horses with Essential Horsemanship, Equine Communication, Stable Management, a Riding Lesson and a Trail Ride. Each participant receives an official Equestrian Center hat, photo of your favorite horse and a keepsake photo frame. In addition, parents or adult participants receive complimentary two-hour spa facility access for two adults, one complimentary rasul treatment per package and a 10% discount on 50 minute or longer spa services.

ESSENTIAL HORSEMANSHIP

$135 per person | Ages 5 & up
Whether you are new to horses or wanting to add to your equestrian skills, this program can cover anything from grooming and handling techniques to braiding, bandaging, tacking (English or Western) and everything in between. One hour in stables.

EQUINE COMMUNICATION

$135 per person | Ages 5 & up
This unique program partners horse and human to enlighten on the topics of leadership, authenticity, clear communication and the impact of body language and energy. Explore the world of “horse whispering” and experience an interaction like none other. Group rates available. Weather permitting.

PONY RIDE

$35 per child | Ages 2-4
Make lifetime memories as your children enjoy a 10-minute ride on one of our adorable ponies, on the Stable lawn. Parent or guardian must side-walk with child.

PAINT-A-PONY

$135 per person | Ages 5 & up
Tour the stables and learn about our horse’s coat colors, markings and breeds. Followed by an introduction to grooming and conformation of the horse. The session ends with each participant painting their own model horse to look like one of the Salamander horses or their dream horse! One hour in stables.

OVERNIGHT BOARDING

$100 per horse, per night; $50 day-stall
Your horse will experience the Salamander full-service care when you board them with us. Each boarding includes hay, shavings, use of facility, private turnout and trailer parking. Al a carte services also available.

For reservations or more information, please call 844.303.2723
*A 22% service charge is added to all equestrian activities.

WINE & CIDER BIKE TOUR

Fridays & Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. | $90 per person

Take in the beautiful countryside on a guided bike ride from the resort to Boxwood Estate Winery and Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery for tastings of their delicious offerings. It will be an amazing way to your afternoon in the sun! 

Reservations required, must be 21 years of age. For reservations, please call 540-326-4060.

Shinola Bicycles

SHINOLA LUXURY BICYCLES RENTALS

$30 per person.

Rent our exclusive Shinola bicycles for an exciting adventure! Roll into Middleburg to discover the charming city or enjoy one of the many vineyards in our area. The story of every Shinola bicycle begins in the legendary Waterford Precision Cycles factory in Wisconsin. Each lightweight steel frame is individually handcrafted to Shinola's specifications and design, with Shinola's unique geometry, dropouts and fork crown. After the frames and forks are welded and painted at Waterford, they’re shipped to Shinola's Detroit Flagship store for final assembly by their master mechanics.

Our Shinola bicycles also have a rack that perfectly fits our picnic baskets. To place your order for a customized picnic basket, please call 540.326.4070.

Inspired by the enduring French style of Porteur bicycles first used by newspaper couriers in Paris, the Runwell delivers a classic blend of urban style and practicality. Available in both men’s and women’s models and meticulously designed to yield the best characteristics of a lugged steel frame and fork, the Runwell is engineered for predictable and smooth handling on any terrain. The internal cable routing and virtually maintenance-free Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal hub mean daily riders will rarely need to worry about adjustment, upkeep or exposure to the elements. With a hand-built frame and fork, responsive handling, unrivaled stopping power and classic styling—the Runwell is truly a unique and worthy voice in the crowd.

Shinola was conceived with the belief that products should be well made and built to last. As makers of modern watches, bicycles, journals and leather goods, Shinola stands for skill at scale, the preservation of craft and the beauty of industry.

White Water Experience

Enjoy this off-site excursion in Harpers Ferry, WV! We will depart the resort at 10:00 a.m. each Wednesday and enjoy three hours on the river. Trip requires a six-person minimum and includes travel to and from River Riders. This is a six-and-a-half-hour trip.

$175 per person. Advanced reservations are required, please call 540.326.4060.

Hiking

GUIDED HIKE

Join one of our enthusiastic recreation guides for a subtle hike focused on just getting outside and learning about the resort, Middleburg and the countryside. 45 minutes, $25 per person

ADVANCED NATURE HIKE

For those who enjoy rigorous and strenuous hikes, stomp along with one of our recreation guides as we take you deep into our trails on the resort grounds. Prepare to work up a sweat! 45 minutes, $25 per person

GUIDED VIRGINIA HIKE

Tuesdays | Sky Meadows State Park | $65 per person
Enjoy this off-site excursion to explore our surrounding area! Sky Meadows State Park is an 1,862-acre park in the Virginia state park system. It is located in northwest Fauquier County, Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We will depart the resort at 7:00 a.m. and enjoy a one and half hour guided-hike. Four person minimum. Advanced reservations are required.

For reservations or more information, please call 540.326.4060.

Mountain Bike Rentals

Trek Mountain Bike Rental

Hit the trails on a mountain bike or take a leisurely cruise into Middleburg for shopping. Youth (6 – 12 year olds) and adult sizes are available based on height. Three hours, $30 per person.

Sunset Bike Ride

The perfect opportunity to experience a striking sunset while enjoying the gentle air on this leisurely guided tour. $25 per person.

Bicycle Riding Lesson

Appreciate the outdoors while you learn the skills you need to enjoy our marked trail system or a family stroll into Middleburg. 30-minute program; ages 5 and up; $30 per person.

For reservations, please call 540.326.4060.

Daily Family Activites

Salamander Resort & Spa is bustling with fun-filled games, clever crafts and team competitions that families can enjoy everyday. We've created a full itinerary of activities destined to spark imaginations, inspire laughter and keep everyone entertained.

FAMILY CRAFTS

Kids and parents alike will love the opportunity to embrace their imaginative side while creating one-of-a-kind jewelry, keepsakes and more. Daily at 2:00 p.m. Prices vary per project. First participant to make a reservation, chooses the theme for the day.  

TIE DYE T-SHIRTS | Create your own vibrant t-shirt with the Salamander logo. Youth XS to adult XXL. $20

SURVIVAL BRACELETS | Lost in the woods? Make this basic survival bracelet which offers eight feet of rope at a moment’s notice. $15

TEDDY BEAR MAKING | Stuff, fluff and build your very own stuffed animal. $20 for each animal, $10 accessories available.

GEL CANDLES | Custom make your very own candle using colored gel wax. $15

PERFECT PLATES | Create a beautiful work or art using a plate as your canvas. $15

MAGNET PAINTING | Plaster horse, seasonal and Salamander logo magnets that are painted with acrylic paint. $5

FAMILIES ACTIVITIES 

Test your trivia skills, search high and low on a spirited scavenger hunt, make waves with a wacky game of water polo and watch the smiles light up the day with these one-of-a-kind, family-fun activities. The theme for each time slot is determined by the first family to sign up. Complimentary, daily.

TRIVIA | Test your knowledge on a wide variety of categories.

BINGO | Enjoy and compete in a friendly game of the traditional hall-style BINGO.

SCAVENGER HUNT RACE | Travel throughout the property and find the answers to our ten tricky questions.

BANANA GRAMS | Using your own letters and board, compete against players to form as many words possible. Similar to Scrabble, but with an exciting twist.

GIANT JENGA | Don’t pull the wrong block! Test your skills on strategically stacking giant Jenga pieces.

KAN JAM | A popular backyard game played with two teams, two cans and a Frisbee.

CORN HOLE | A team game where beanbags are tossed at a goal to earn points.

PICK UP GAMES | Flag football, Ultimate Frisbee, Whiffle Ball, Kickball or Basketball. Pick wisely!

For reservations, please call 540.326.4060

Archery

From beginners to intermediates, this archery class is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals, marksmanship and safety behind the fast growing sport. $35 per person; minimum of two people and maximum of four.

Zombie Archery

Prepare for a zombie apocalypse with our fun twist on our archery class. Zombie targets are added to our regular set up for your aiming pleasure! $50 per person.

Ages 8 & up. For reservations or more information, please call 540.326.4060.

Fishing

Located off the Grand Lawn, our stocked pond is waiting for you. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of catch-and-release fishing.

FISHING POLE Rental | $10 per pole

Guests under the age of 16 or adults with Virginia issued Fishing License have the opportunity to rent our fishing poles and dip a line in our pond.

Beginner Fisherman | $35 per person

Spend the afternoon learning the basics of fishing in the Salamander pond, from selecting the right gear to casting fundamentals. Catch and release only. One hour program; ages 6-15 years old.

For more information, please call 540.326.4060

Keeping Up With Cupcake

Meet the sweetest member of our team, Cupcake! Our friend may be little in size but this miniature horse has a big personality. Every Friday and Saturday at 4:00 p.m. she joins our team in the Living Room to greet our guests and welcome them to their home-away-from-home.

Cocktails With Cupcake

Our little friend’s festive spirit is perfectly paired with Gold Cup’s Cupcake Cocktail. Only offered while Cupcake is visiting the Living Room, enjoy this libation featuring vanilla vodka, dark and light Godiva, house-made whipped cream topped with rainbow sprinkles. $14 per drink.

Please feel free to visit Cupcake anytime at the Equestrian Center.

Weather permitting, subject to change.

Zip Lining

Awaken your spirit of adventure with our Tree Top Zip Tour by Empower Adventures. The full TreeTop Zip Tour course spans 20 acres and is comprised of zip lines varying in length from 90’ to 670’ and two suspension bridge crossings. 

Treetop Zip Tour

$149 per person
When you take a step off the platform and zip through the tree top canopy, it will be an experience you will truly never forget. Gliding from tree top platform to tree top platform, you’ll go across five different zip lines and two suspension sky bridges. The course spans over 20 acres and is over a half mile long.

Kiddo Zip

$75 per child | Ages 4-7
For our youngest resort guests, this zip line experience is designed to be the perfect amount of fun, thrill and excitement to leave them feeling accomplished and proud of their adventurous side. With a guide, zip line our 275’ zip line three times! Minimum age is four-years-old and minimum weight is 40 lbs.

Moonlight Zip Tour

Fridays & Saturdays | 8:00 p.m. | $149 per person
Zip line at night under the stars! Enjoy an adventurous thrilling zip line tour through the treetop canopy by moonlight for an unforgettable summer night.

For reservations and to learn more about all of our zip line experiences, please call Empower Adventures at 540-692-ZIP1 or email us at [email protected]

Please make all reservations 24 hours in advance as preference in scheduling will be given to our resort guests.

Disc Golf

We now have a nine-hole disc golf course! Rent one of our complimentary discs, grab the family and explore the resort grounds while enjoying this popular game.

DISC GOLF LESSON

$35 per person
Never played disc golf before? One of our recreation professionals teaches you the basics of the game in a quick round of disc golf on the resort's new course. Learn rules of the game, disc choice and throw techniques.

For reservations or more information, please call 540.326.4060.

Art Classes

WINE & PAINTING

Tuesdays | 7:00 p.m. | $85 per person
Enjoy a fun way to paint and create your own original piece of work while sipping on different local wines. Ages 21 & up.

ARTFUL SATURDAYS

Get your creative juices flowing each Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with any of the offerings from our artist-in-residence, Mary Jennings. Each week enjoy an a la carte menu of art options including:

  • BRUSH WITH GREATNESS | $75 | A fun way to experiment using painting techniques like some of the master artists of our time. Try your hand at painting an original Jackson Paddock or a Vincent Van Woha. No typo here. We did say, “original” works of art custom to Salamander Resort & Spa. Two hours.
  • PYRO-GRAPHIC KEEPSAKE | $50 | Pyrography is a slow process of burning wood with a specialized heated tool to create a work of art. The smell created in the process is rustic, comforting and may remind you of great times sitting around the campfire with friends. One and a half hours.
  • CREATIVE SKETCHBOOK | $50 | Each artist is lead through a perfectly paced process of drawing and writing in a sketchbook for their keeping. Each artist will build artistic confidence to allow the fullest creative process to come alive. All skill levels welcome and all supplies provided. One and a half hours.
  • ART TASTINGS | $75 | Without tasting, we may never know what we’ve been missing out on. An artful presentation of treats will get your creative juices flowing while you’re guided through a social painting experience, creating a 9x12 finished work on canvas. Two hours.

Choose one theme for the day; first guest to sign up will determine what class will be offered. Four-person minimum. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

For reservations, please call 540.326.4060

In-room Teepee

Enjoy the great outdoors, indoors! Rent one of our in-room teepees for the perfect vacation addition and bring the fun and excitement of camping into the comfort of your luxurious guestroom. Each teepee includes feather bedding, lantern and stuffed animal.

Perfect for ages 5-12. $105 per rental, additional latern and stuffed animal available for $25. Maximum one teepee per room.

For more information, please call (844) 308-2723.

Fitness

PERSONAL TRAINING SESSION

$75 an hour for resort guests, $85 non-resort guest | Fitness Center
Who says traveling has to negatively affect your fitness goals? Meet your 2019 goals with our personal training sessions and new certified trainer for Personal Training as well as Group Fitness. In addition to providing you with an individualized workout based on your needs and goals, we can do health assessments for BMI, waist circumference and body fat percentage; sessions for injury prevention; weight management and overall wellness techniques; introduce new exercises to avoid plateaus and keep workouts motivating; and create long term and short term goals for positive lifelong exercise habits.

PRIVATE GROUP FITNESS

Prices vary on group size | Fitness Center
Our private group fitness classes are perfect for any group looking for a fun way to exercise together. For complete list of class options, please visit the website. Reservations are required.

MEDITATION CLASSES

Complete fitness means keeping your mind healthy in addition to your body. Meditation is a great way to reduce stress levels, improve concentration, and fine-tune awareness of your mental and physical state. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, try a meditation class and make your stay here even more relaxing! Advanced reservations required. $20 per person. 45 MINUTES.

FAMILY YOGA

What better way to enjoy family bonding during your stay, than enjoying a Yoga class for the whole family! This class incorporates beginner yoga and partner yoga postures to get the body moving in a free and silly way, building a sense of togetherness while having fun. Advanced reservations required. $20 per person. 45 MINUTES.

Reservations are required. To book, please call 540.326.4060.

Falconry

FALCONRY FIRST HAND

Saturdays | $125 per person
This once-in-a-lifetime experience presents the fascinating natural history, training, conservation and concerns about these majestic predators. Following a live demonstration of the training methods and an overview of the natural behavior of raptors, each participant has the opportunity to hold a live raptor on their arm for a wonderful photo opportunity as Falconry’s 4,000 year old history is revealed. Ages 12 & up. Reservation required, timing based on seasonality.

ULTIMATE FALCONRY EXPERIENCE

Saturdays | $180 per person
A more in-depth falconry experience, we start by learning about field training techniques and care of these magnificent raptors, before the thrill of a lifetime. Watch as one of these beautiful birds fly to your gloved arm from 20 feet high or approaching from 100 feet away. Reservation required, timing based on seasonality.

Reservations required, please call 540.326.4060.

Start time varies based on season.

Basketball

Basketball Rental

Work on your jump shot or play a pick-up game with loved ones. Basketball court is located next to the Putting Green and Tennis Courts. Pick up is at the Fitness Center, first come first serve. Complimentary.

Youth Basketball Lesson

Join our instructor at the basketball court and learn fundamental skills to propel you to the next level of your game. 30 minute program, $30 per person.

For reservations, please call 540-326-4060.

Tennis

Tennis Private Lesson or Hit Lesson

Learn to master your skills with a certified instructor from Blue Chip Tennis Academy on our beautiful courts overlooking the woods. 60-minute private tennis lesson or learn to serve heat with a hit lesson. $125 per person.

For reservations, please call 540-326-4060.

Indoor Pool

When the weather is frightful, take a dip in our indoor pool. Located in our state-of-the-art fitness center, our pool is a perfect treat after a tough workout or just a fun day with the family.

Hours
Friday & Saturday: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday-Thursday: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Adult Lap Swim: Daily 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

For reservations or more information, please call 540.326.4060.

Wineries

There are more than twenty wineries within 30 minutes of Salamander Resort & Spa which attract visitors from all walks of life, making Middleburg one of the top wine destinations in the country. Each winery can be found in a unique location surrounded by either lavish scenery, breathtaking views or historic sites. Sip, relax and enjoy as you learn about each winery's unique story.

For more information or to arrange transportation to our local wineries, please call our concierge at 540.326.4020.

Golf

Some of the best golf in the Washington, DC region, is within minutes of the resort. Highlighted by our exclusive arrangement with The Club at Creighton Farms, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, our concierge and reservations team will assist you in creating the ultimate golf experience.

We also partner with Bull Run Golf Club, Evergreen Country Club and Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club for your pleasure.

Please allow our concierge team to book a tee time for you during your stay by sending your request to: [email protected]

Middleburg Main Street

A truly unique boutique experience. There are more than 100 unique shops and restaurants in the village of Middleburg, and we know every owner. After even the briefest visit to this friendly village, you will too. Middleburg’s shops offer a wide range of fashions, home décor, local markets and wine. Our concierges will give insider tips for enjoying the day, arrange for your purchases to be shipped home, and schedule for courtesy transportation to and from the village.

 

To learn more about Middleburg or schedule transportation, please call our concierge at 540.326.4020.

National Sporting Library

All around Middleburg are a fascinating treasure trove of attractions, both historic and captivating, waiting to be discovered. With more than 160 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Middleburg is known for its natural beauty, historic charm and Southern hospitality.

To learn more about the Town of Middleburg, please visit here or call our concierge at 540.326.4020.