Annual Adventure. Lifetime Memories. Whatever your pleasure, enjoy it with us this fall. Toast to friends and fun at our seasonal culinary events, slip into spa-mode and relish in a relaxing bliss, witness your family bond even more with daily activities, explore the countryside on horseback, and most of all, enjoy this time of year with the ones you love most and make a new memory or two along the way.
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Equestrian ProgramsLearn More
Keeping Up With CupcakeLearn More
Archery & Axe ThrowingLearn More
Wine & Cider Bike TourLearn More
Thanksgiving FestivitiesLearn More
Holiday CelebrationsLearn More
Michelin Star Chef Weekend with Alberto AnnarummaLearn More
New Year FestivitiesLearn More
Calendar Of Events
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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
Deck the Stalls
Daily in December l 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | $135 per child
Visit the Equestrian Center this December and get our horses in the holiday spirit. Each child will receive a stocking filled with candy canes, apples and carrots to decorate for their favorite horse’s stall, before grooming their pony and going on a ride. Weather permitting.
For reservations or more information, please call 844.303.2723
*A 22% service charge is added to all equestrian activities.
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
Archery & Axe Throwing
$35 per person l Ages 8 & up
From beginners to intermediates, this archery class is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals,
marksmanship and safety behind the fast-growing sport.
Session is scheduled for 45 minutes.
$50 per person l Ages 8 & up
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.
11:00 a.m. l $50 per person l Ages 18 & up
Axe Throwing is one of the newest activities at the resort and not only combines sport and technique, but will give you an exhilarating feeling of strength and ruggedness. A great way to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of the resort, this activity will thoroughly go over several throwing techniques before you participate in a friendly competition. Similar to archery, not only is axe throwing entertaining and unique, but can help you cultivate a skill that is useful in many survival or sporting situations. Relax, kick back, and feel like a lumberjack!
Blades & Bows
$75 per person l Ages 18 & up
Experience both archery & axe throwing in the Meadow as a standalone activity.
Sessions are 30 minutes each, scheduled back to back.
4 person minimum.
Wine & Cider Bike Tour
Fridays & Saturdays | $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 our beautiful fall weather!Learn More
THANKSGIVING GRAND BUFFET
November 28 | 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Middleburg Ballroom | $98 per adult, $45 per child
Give thanks this holiday and join us for an elaborate Thanksgiving brunch buffet! Indulge in a cornucopia of flavors, featuring different carving stations, kid-friendly selections and an endless array of delectable desserts. Start a new family tradition and come celebrate with us.
THANKSGIVING FAMILY-STYLE FEAST
November 28 | 3:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Harrimans | $89 per person, $45 per child
Join us for a Thanksgiving feast perfect for the entire family. Our traditional dinner is served for sharing with multiple choices including smoked prime rib, roasted turkey, house-made stuffing, yams from our garden and signature desserts. Children’s Thanksgiving menu also available.
THE BEST THANKSGIVING… WITH A CLEAN KITCHEN
$195, feeds six people | Market Salamander
Enjoy a clean kitchen this Thanksgiving and have Market Salamander prepare your full take-and-bake dinner. The menu includes a 14 – 16 pound turkey, selection of green beans, bourbon maple-glazed sweet potatoes, stuffing, house baked bread, pumpkin pie, and much more.
November 16 & 23 | 3:00 p.m. l $30 each
Use natural elements and beautiful fall colors to decorate a personalized cornucopia, which can be showcased on your Thanksgiving Table or a warm spot in your home.
FAMILY HOSPITALITY SUITE
November 27 – December 1 | 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The perfect place for the kids to hang out and feel at home during the holidays! Visit our hospitality suite and enjoy giant checkers, Jenga, board games, Xbox, arts and crafts, and so much more. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Complimentary access.
FIELD GOAL KICKING CONTEST
November 27 | 2:00 p.m.
Join us on the Grand Lawn for this family-friendly competition to see who has the best technique. Complimentary.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
Unwind with a family movie night!
November 27 - Shazam!
November 30 - Mary Poppins Returns
5K TURKEY TROT
November 28 l 8:30 a.m. l Grand Lawn
Join us Thanksgiving morning for our fun run & walk 5K. Stick around after the race for a raffle drawing for amazing prizes. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m, entry is a canned food item for Seven Loaves Services.
THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS CLASS
November 30 | 2:00 p.m. | $79 per person
Work side-by-side with our culinary team and learn the best way to re-purpose your Thanksgiving leftovers with innovative and delicious new dishes.
Salamander Tree Lighting
December 2 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.
Brunch with Santa
November 30, December 7, 14 & 21 l 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | $68 per person, $38 for children
Visit with Santa and his elves while enjoying a delicious brunch in our winter wonderland. Our ballroom transforms into Santa’s workshop where you’ll enjoy an elaborate brunch featuring sweet and savory favorites, a make-your-own holiday keepsake designing station, as well as a photo opportunity with Santa Claus himself. Reservations required, please call 540.326.4070.
Ultimate Holiday Brunch Buffet
December 25 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | $82 per person, $38 per child
Eat, drink, and be merry with our Christmas Day brunch buffet. The delicious brunch includes holiday specialties, live omelet station, fresh seafood, seasonal fruits, breakfast favorites, freshly baked breads and so much more. Reservations required, please call 540.326.4070.
December 25 | 3:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. l $92 per person, $45 per child
Join us at Harrimans for a festive Christmas family-style dinner. Served for sharing, enjoy holiday classics such as Alaskan plank salmon, Virginia honey-glazed ham, house-made fixings, and indulgent desserts.Reservations required, please call 540.326.4070.
Storytime with Mrs. Claus
December 6, 13 & 20 l 7:00 p.m. l Living Room
Gather around our Christmas tree and enjoy delicious cookies as well as a cozy fire for special stories that will surely warm your heart.
Gingerbread House Decorating Class
December 7 & 21 | $50 per person | Cooking Studio
Bond more than just walls of gingerbread when you and your family spend the afternoon building winter wonderland houses drizzled with icing icicles and pretzel picket fences during this fun, edible workshop. Reservations required, please call 540.326.4070.
Deck the Stalls
Daily l 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | $135 per child
Visit the Equestrian Center this December and get our horses in the holiday spirit. Each child will receive a stocking filled with candy canes, apples and carrots to decorate for their favorite horse’s stall, before grooming their pony and going on a ride. Weather permitting. Advanced reservations required, please call 844.303.2723.
Christmas Caroler Performance
December 8 l 6:00 p.m. | Living Room
Get in the holiday spirit with the local Studio Bleu singing group as they perform the season’s favorite tunes. Treats and hot chocolate will be available.
Family Hospitality Suite
December 20-31 | 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, Xbox and so much more. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Complimentary.
Holiday Family Movie Night
Unwind with a family movie night this holiday season!
• December 24 – Aladdin (2019)
• December 25 - The Grinch (2018)
Holiday Wreath Making
December 14 & 21| 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. Reservations required, please call 540.326.4060.
Holiday-hub-bub Calming Yoga
December 14 | 2:00 p.m. | $30 per person
Take time to rejuvenate and appreciate all there is to celebrate! So often we are led by our to-do list and invites galore. Instead, find peace and joy as we flow our way into a jolly state of mind and truly care for the one gift that matters most - your body! Reservations required, please call 540.326.4060.
Toys for Tots
Make a child’s day this holiday season! Drop off an unwrapped toy and get 10% off an art class for the month of November and December. All donations need to be dropped off by December 11.
Elf Scavenger Hunt
Grab your list of hints and search for our elf’s favorite locations throughout the resort in December. Be sure to share your discoveries with the team at the Fitness Desk for prizes!
Sally the Elf at the Resort
In December, Santa is sending a special elf to keep an eye on the children and holiday happenings at the resort. Look around to see where Sally the Elf is playing each day and remember to be “nice” because when everyone is asleep, Sally uses her magical powers to go back to the North Pole to report to Santa.
Help from an Elf
Would you like a Christmas tree in your room, help with gift wrapping or holiday errands to run? We can help with all the items on your to-do list this holiday season. Please call 540.326.4020 to request help from our Salamander Elves.Learn More
Michelin Star Chef Weekend with Alberto Annarumma
Michelin Star Chef Alberto Annarumma joins Salamander Resort & Spa for an exciting Michelin Star Chef Weekend on December 13-15 in partnership with Forever Gourmet. Chef Annarumma will host a meet-and-greet, cooking class, exclusive eight-course dinner, as well as a farewell brunch.
He used to draw comics, today he "paints" dishes. The cuisine of Alberto Annarumma is not based simply on tradition, it is a world steeped in the past where the passion for art reigns in the center. Chef Annarumma earned his Michelin Star at the famed restaurant La Casa del Nonno 13 on the Almafi Coast and has now taken the reigns at Masseria Guida in Ercolano.
Chef Alberto Annarumma Welcome Reception
December 13 | 7:00 p.m. | $88 per person | Middleburg Ballroom
Join us in welcoming Chef Alberto Annarumma at this delicious reception. Enjoy decadent hors d'oeuvres and sparkling wine as you get to know the chef behind the knife of this amazing three-day culinary experience. Reservations required.
Michelin Star Cooking Class with Chef Alberto Annarumma
December 14 | 2:00 p.m. | $120 per person | Cooking Studio
Learn the ins and outs of Italian cuisine from an Italian Michelin Star Chef, Alberto Annarumma. Our Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf joins Chef Annarumma in the Cooking Studio for this one of a kind culinary experience. Reservations required, please call 540.326.4070.
Eight-Course Michelin Star Dinner with Chef Alberto Annarumma
December 14 | 6:30 p.m. | $310 per person | Harrimans
Indulge in a one of a kind Michelin-Star dining experience at Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill! Chef Alberto Annarumma prepares an exclusive eight-course dinner using some of his favorite ingredients from the Almafi Coast of Italy as well as local favorites from Virginia. Experience and taste what has made Chef Annarumma a Michelin Star chef. Reservations required, please call 540.326.4070.
Three-Course Michelin Star Brunch with Chef Alberto Annarumma
December 15 | 11:00 a.m. | $120 per person | Cooking Studio
To cap off the delicious weekend, join Michelin Star Chef Alberto Annarumma, Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf, and Executive Pastry Chef Jason Reaves for an intimate and indulgent brunch experience where each chef will present their own special course. Reservations required, please call 540.326.4070.
New Year Festivities
New Year’s Eve Grand Salamander Party
December 31 | 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. | Living Room | $120 per person
Say farewell to 2019 and toast to 2020 with us for a jovial celebration! Our party will take over the living room and feature live music, a large dance floor, all-you-can-enjoy hors d'oeuvres, an open Belvedere ice bar, and a complimentary Moët champagne toast at midnight. Must be 21 years of age. Reservations required.
New Year’s Eve Family Party
December 31 l 7:00 p.m. – midnight l $179 per adult, $45 per child
Help us ring in the New Year with a celebration for the entire family to enjoy! Celebrate with music, dancing, games and a delicious buffet, as we wait for the ball to drop. Adult ticket includes access to 21-year-old and older New Year's Eve party in Living Room. Reservations required.
New Year’s Eve Dinner
December 31 | 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Harrimans | $210 per person, $62 wine pairing
On the last night of 2019, a culinary masterpiece is prepared in a special five-course dinner from Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf. The indulgent tasting menu highlights our new dry-aged steak program, seasonal ingredients with house-made specialties, elaborate desserts and a complimentary glass of champagne. Make your last meal of 2019 count! Reservations required, please call 540.326.4070.
New Year’s Eve Champagne Cocktail Class
December 31 | 2:00 p.m. |$86 per person | Cooking Studio
Join our Director of Food & Beverage, Jacob Musyt, for this special New Year’s Eve class. The perfect way to start your fun-filled evening, you will learn how-to mix your favorite bubbles with different spirits, bitters, liquors and juices for delicious variations of this New Year’s staple. Reservations required, please call 540.326.4070.
New Year’s Day Brunch
January 1 l 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. l Harrimans | $55 per person, $25 per child
It’s the first meal of the New Year so do it right with delectable brunch offerings including fresh seafood, prime rib carving station, breakfast favorites and an extravagant dessert display. Keep the party going with bottomless mimosas and our elaborate Bloody Mary bar. Reservations required, please call 540.326.4070.
Yoga & Wellness Workshop: Detox and Nourish
January 1 l 10:00 a.m. l $30 per person
Welcome in the New Year and embrace a healthier you! After a 60-min Gentle Flow Yoga class, join us for a Healthy Happy Hour with nutritionist, Kelly Little, and taste delicious ways you can nourish your body with organic, superfood nutrition. Acceptable for all levels and ages. Reservations required, please call 540.326.4060.
Reservations required, please call 540.326.4070.