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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Christmas Dining

Christmas Dinner

December 23-25 | 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. l Harrimans | $120 per person, $160 with wine pairings
Join us at Harrimans Christmas weekend for a festive five-course elegant dinner of holiday favorites including lobster, truffles, foie gras and ending with a new, custom dessert just for the occasion.

BRUNCH WITH SANTA

December 9, 16 & 23 | Middleburg Ballroom | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | $55 per person, $30 for children
Visit with Santa and his elves while enjoying a delicious brunch in our winter wonderland. Our ballroom transforms into Santa’s workshop for brunch featuring sweet and savory favorites, a make-your-own holiday keepsake designing station, and a photo opportunity with Santa Claus.

Christmas Day Brunch 

December 25 l 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. l Middleburg Ballroom | $82 per person, $41 for children 
After tearing open your presents all morning, join us for an elaborate brunch buffet with seasonal favorites.

For dining reservations, please call 540.326.4070.

Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

Holiday Cooking Classes

Gingerbread House Decorating Class

December 2, 9, 16 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | $45 per person.
Bond more than just walls of gingerbread with the family as you concoct winter wonderland houses drizzled with icing icicles and pretzel picket fences during this fun, edible workshop. 

Holiday Cookie Decorating Class

December 23 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | $45 per person
It officially feels like the holiday season when the kitchen is filled with aromas of baking cookies. Join us for this festive class to learn new techniques for your special occasion. 

Wine 101, the Noble Varietals

December 27 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  | $79 per person
Join us as our Sommelier takes you through a tasting of both white and red noble grape varieties. Learn flavor profiles, food pairings and comparable wines for the more adventurous wine drinkers.

How-To Make Gourmet Gifts

December 28 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | $79 per person
Gifts of food can be very special indeed - homemade, beautifully packaged and delicious. Just in time for your New Year’s Eve celebrations, food editor Dinah Corley, will bring together the culinary and the creative with a class on how to present your hostess with a delicious homemade gift basket filled with gourmet food and other delicacies. Witness as Dinah demonstrates the construction of two different items before you partake in a hands-on treat package for yourself.

Dinah Corley is a lifelong cooking teacher, food writer, restaurant consultant, and gift-giver. During her culinary training, she apprenticed to Simone Beck, and studied under both Julia Child and James Beard. After nearly 20 years of cooking in Martha's Vineyard and Washington DC, she is now based in the Shenandoah Valley where she continues to teach cooking classes.

Kids Make Pizza & Parents Sip Vino

December 29 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | $79 per person
Leave your kids with a professionally trained chef to learn an assortment of pizzas while you enjoy the resort with a glass of vino in hand.

For reservations, please call 540.326.4070.

Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

Holiday Events

SALAMANDER TREE LIGHTING

November 29 l 6:00 p.m. l Living Room
Excitement builds and choirs sing in anticipation for Santa’s arrival to light up the resort’s Christmas tree. Join us for a festive celebration with cookies, hot cocoa, mulled cider and to have your photo taken with Santa.

STORYTIME WITH MRS. CLAUS

December 1, 8, 15 & 22 | 7:00 p.m. | Living Room
Gather around our Christmas tree and the cozy fire for special stories that will surely warm your heart.

Elf Scavenger Hunt

December l Fitness Center
Grab your list of hints and search for our elf’s favorite locations throughout the resort. Be sure to share your discoveries with the team at the Fitness Desk for prizes!

Holiday Wreath Making

November 25, December 2, 9 & 16 | Fitness Center l 3:00 p.m. l $30 each
Use beautiful holiday décor and seasonal florals to decorate a personalized wreath, which can be showcased on your front door or a warm spot in your home.

Family Hospitality Suite

December 22-31 | 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Bluemont Room
We have created the perfect place for the kids to hang out and feel at home this winter! Play giant checkers, foosball, ping pong, Jenga, board games, crafts, Xbox and so much more. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Complimentary.

Holiday Family Movie Nights

5:00 p.m. | Complimentary
December 24 – Elf
December 25 – Despicable Me 3
December 30 - Double Feature! Spider Man: Homecoming and Wonder Women

For additional questions, please call 540.326.4060.

Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

Welcome 2018

Truffle & Bubbles Class
December 30
Executive Pastry Chef Jason Reaves demystifies these beautiful chocolate candies. Chocolate tempering, fillings and chocolate dipping will all be covered in this interactive class along with sparkling wine to enjoy with your truffle creations.

New Year’s Eve Celebration with Belvedere Vodka and Moët Hennessy USA
December 31 l 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. l Living Room | $92 per person
Say farewell to 2017 and toast to 2018 with us for a cheerful celebration. Our party will take over the living room with live music, dancing, open bar, delicious hors d'oeuvres, passed champagne by our sponsor Moët and a large ice bar in the middle of the room. Don't forget the balloon drop at midnight! 

New Year’s Eve Family Party
December 31 l 7:00 p.m. – midnight l Bluemont Room
Help us ring in the New Year with a celebration for the whole family to enjoy! Celebrate with music, dancing, games and a delicious buffet, as we wait for the ball to drop. $59 per adult, $45 per child.

New Year’s Eve Dinner
December 31 l 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. l Harrimans | $162 per person, $210 with wine pairing
On the last night of 2017, a culinary masterpiece is prepared in a special four-course dinner featuring lobster, truffles, foie gras and so much more including a complimentary glass of champagne. After dinner, enjoy access to the celebration in the Living Room to ring in the New Year in style.

New Year’s Day Brunch
January 1 l 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. l Harrimans
It’s the first meal of the New Year so do it right with a delectable mix of regional and seasonal brunch offerings. $59 per person, $25 for children. Bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys for additional $25.

For reservations, please call 540.326.4070.

Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

Rentals

Located at the foothills of Virginia's rolling Blue Ridge Mountains, this is the prime jumping off point for endless exploration and one-of-a-kind adventures. With a diverse list of unique activities to experience, we have the offerings to equip you for an adventure you will never forget.

TREK MOUNTAIN BIKE | $30 per bike, TWO hours

Hit the trails on a mountain bike or take leisurely cruise into Middleburg for shopping.

FISHING POLES | $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.

BASKETBALL | Complimentary 

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 or resort pool; first come first serve.

GLOW BOCCE BALL | Complimentary 

A fun twist on a backyard classic. With our glow in the dark Bocce set, the game doesn’t have to end just because the sun goes down. Reservations required.

TENNIS | Complimentary 

Court time with recreational rackets and tennis balls are available at the Fitness Desk or resort pool. Salamander has two hard surface tennis courts available on a first come, first serve basis. Priority is given to regular scheduled programs and private lessons. Guaranteed court time for individuals or groups can be made; advanced reservations are required.

For reservations, please call 540.326.4060

Zip Lining

The Tree Top Zip Tours by Empower are an exhilarating adventure and a thrilling bird’s eye view of the Virginia countryside carefully designed to work harmoniously and respectfully with its surrounding environment.

Guided by our professional staff, the zip lining experience begins and ends on the resort’s grand lawn. Following a short walk, safety briefing and outfitting, participants enter the course with a staircase walk to the top of the Tower. The course is comprised of a series of rope bridges and zip lines that vary in length from 90 to 670 feet in length. While tethered to an advanced pulley system, guests glide from tree top platform to tree top platform on five different zip lines and two suspension sky bridges. The course spans over 20 acres and is over a half mile long.

This fall, receive 25% off tours Sunday-Thursday. Please mention “Fall17” at time of booking to receive discount. 

For reservations, please call 540-692-ZIP1 or email [email protected]

 The Salamander Tree Top Zip Tour program is open to the public. Please make all reservations 24 hours in advance. Preference in scheduling will be given to resort guests.

Equestrian Programs

All trails lead here. The equestrian center is the most unique feature 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 in the winter while riding our gentle trail horses. Your guide will take you through the wooded trails for a one hour leisurely walk. Weather permitting.

RIDING LESSONS
Daily | Ages 5 & up
Instruction is offered on our seasoned lesson horses and ponies; however, the session may also be enjoyed on your own horse. Lessons may include grooming, leading, ground safety and riding. We do not offer jumping instruction. One hour.

For reservations, please call 844.303.2723.

DECEMBER EVENT -  Join us daily at our Equestrian Center for the Middleburg Photo Art Exhibit & Sale. The lobby will feature award-winning photographers, Karen Monroe and Douglas Gehlsen, as they combine experience with artistic style to create classic moments that you’ll want to treasure forever. Their work, which can be seen at many of the sporting events in the Piedmont region, revolves around country living at its finest. Published nationally in Sophisticated Living Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, Doug and Karen are also featured frequently in local newspapers, Middleburg Life, Horse Country and The Chronicle.

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 AT 4

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 at 4:00 p.m.

I SPY | Can you spot the hidden items in The Library? This game is designed to test your vision and focus.

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.

WACKY WATER POLO | Bring the whole family for a wacky game of water polo in the resort’s indoor pool.

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.

For reservations, please call 540.326.4060

 

Daily Excursions

SUNSET BIKE RIDE | $25 per person

The perfect opportunity to experience a striking sunset while enjoying the gentle air on this leisurely guided tour. 30 minutes. Two person minimum.

CLAY SHOOTING | 10:00 a.m. | $198 per person

Whether a novice or a crack shot, sporting clays provide a fun outing in the Virginia countryside and this exhilarating off-site adventure is just minutes from our property. Available weather permitting; 48-hour advance notice required. Ages 18 & up. Six people minimum.

ARCHERY | $35 per person

From beginners to intermediates, this archery class is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals, marksmanship and safety behind the fast growing sport. 45 minutes. Ages 8 & up. Two person minimum.

NATURE HIKE | $25 per person

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.

ADVANCED NATURE HIKE | $25 per person

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 and prepare to work up a sweat. 45 minutes.

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.

INTERMEDIATE FISHERMAN | $55 per person

Receive a full introduction to gear and casting techniques and take time to practice your casting, before enjoying live action fishing on our very own Salamander pond. Catch and release only. Two-hour program; ages 6-15 years old.

YOUTH BASKETBALL LESSON | $30 per person

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

TENNIS PRIVATE LESSON OR HIT LESSON | $125 per person

Learn to master your skills with a certified instructor from Blue Chip Tennis Academy. 60-minute private tennis lesson or learn to serve heat with a hit lesson. 

ULTIMATE FALCONRY EXPERIENCE | Saturdays | Noon | $180 per person

With nature as our classroom, experience the thrill of partnering with a raptor. After a classroom session on the amazing bird, experience the thrill of a lifetime as you have the opportunity to have a bird of prey fly to your arm. Ages 12 & up. Four person minimum.

Reservations required. For reservations, please call 540.326.4060.

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 and half day options are available; junior guests ages 4-10 years old.

From hiking and exploring, to building cardboard boats and forts, feeding horses at the stables and so much more! Camp Salamander's certified guides have a thrilling lineup of activities that kids just can't get enough of.

Prices vary based on session. For reservations, please call 540.326.4060

Wine & Painting

WINE & PAINTING | $85 per person | Tuesdays | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Get your creative juices flowing each Saturday 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.
  • WATERCOLOR ANYWAY & ANYWHERE | $50 | Learn sketching and watercolor painting techniques that can become part of your favorite travel experiences. This enjoyable and accessible way of creating will help you capture what you see almost better than a camera. 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. Two-person minimum. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

For reservations, 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 10 wine destinations in the world. 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 regions is within 15 minutes of Salamander Resort & Spa. 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.

The Club at Creighton Farms

Other local courses:

Bull Run Golf Club
Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club

Equispective

Created by Equestrian Director, Sheryl Jordan, EquiSpective is a personal discovery program that helps people learn more about their communication and leadership style by connecting with horses with the ultimate goal of developing extensive leadership expertise, regardless of one’s experience.

Using an innovative hands-on approach, participants connect with horses while exploring relationship awareness, communication style and leadership techniques. The key to this program is studying a horse’s ability to relate with humans and others within its herd. Participants will quickly draw the correlations between these alliances, providing the tools needed to further develop the artistry of leadership. In addition, they will gain a humble understanding and respect for these powerful, gracious animals.

Equestrian Director, Sheryl Jordan, has devoted the past 40+ years to better understanding the relationships between horses, humans and nature which has culminated in EquiSpective. For the last 20+ years she has developed, fine-tuned, coached and practiced this program, achieving incredible results. She has extensive experience in facilitating this program and will tailor it to suit your needs. EquiSpective is a perfect fit for corporate management meetings and retreats, families, social groups, students and individuals. The multi-level hands-on interaction covers groundwork, round-pen exercises and much more. Each phase promises to equip the participant with deeper self-awareness and life-changing leadership skills.

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.

Splash Pool & Cafe

Make a Splash this summer.

Chill out. Cool off. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors. This is what summer is all about. Welcome to Splash Pool & Cafe, Salamander Resort & Spa’s new reprieve tucked away in the Virginia countryside. Bring the shades. Lather on the sunscreen. Settle into a comfy lounge chair with a specialty drink and your favorite summer read. At Splash Pool & Cafe, relaxation is key. 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 frozen berries, grapes and other summer amenities.

Splash Pool Cafe

Stay for lunch and enjoy Splash Pool Cafe’s hearty menu of backyard favorites including burgers, brats, delicious gourmet sandwiches, wraps and salads to appease every appetite. If you have a sweet tooth, we have you covered. Harken back to the days when you could pick your favorite candies from a jar – including Blow Pops, Mike & Ikes and Sweet Tarts.

Even cooler are the frozen treats. You can choose from twelve different kinds of ice cream treats and popsicles. All of your favorites are available including Klondike and Twix Ice Cream Bars. It’ll be hard to resist just trying one, but don’t worry. We won’t tell.

Thinking about a tasty beverage? You’ll find a full bar with summer-themed drinks such as the Salamander Caipirinha, the Splash Margarita or the Strawberry Kiwi Splash. A rotating beer selection and a delightful offering of Virginia’s local vintages round out the menu.

All the amenities. All the fun. All summer long. Now this is Splash Pool & Cafe. 

Hours
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend only.