Lifestyle Fast Tracks the May 2021 issue

Stay, Eat, Do: Middleburg, Virginia

Northern Virginia wine country is at its best in spring.
By Carrie Williamson Posted on May 2, 2021

STAY > Salamander Resort & Spa

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>> Located on a 340-acre estate in the heart of Virginia’s horse and wine country, this resort is the work of Sheila C. Johnson, the co-founder of the B.E.T. television network and an acclaimed hotelier.
>> The 168 spacious rooms and suites sport a classic hunt country décor and patio or stone balcony with views of the countryside.
>> From zip-lining, clay shooting and falconry, to biking, yoga and tennis, there is an endless array of activities to keep you entertained.
>> Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill features a raw bar and serves classic fare like roasted foie gras, bone-in filet and foraged Virginia mushrooms.

Salamander Resort & Spa entry

EAT > Dine Al Fresco in Middleburg

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>> At Red Fox Inn, the outdoor dining (there’s no indoor dining as of this writing) is on a tented garden terrace, surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful lighting.
You can choose from à la carte small plates or a seasonal four-course tasting menu. Both offer haute and regional cuisine like lamb lollipops and fried chicken and biscuits. Start your evening with a Gold Cup “foxtail,” a hunt country concoction of Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye, honey thyme syrup and lemon.
>> Market Salamander has an outdoor covered terrace, the perfect spot to grab a Caesar wrap, market burger, signature crab cake, farm fresh salad and homemade brownies before a wine tasting or to take with you as you explore the countryside.

Garden Terrace dining at the Red Fox Inn

DO > Explore the Middleburg Countryside

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>> Go horseback riding in the heart of Virginia’s hunt country. The equestrian center at Salamander Resort & Spa offers a one-hour trail ride through the woods and over the rolling fields. Book in advance.
>> Shop the equestrian boutiques, high-end clothing stores and fine-art galleries lining Washington Street in historic downtown Middleburg.
>> Visit Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery to taste artisanal hard cider made with local apples, as well as seasonal varieties and handcrafted spirits. Tastings are on hold for the moment, but you can get a glass of cider at the Cider Barn or a neat pour of rum and other spirits and cocktails at the distillery.

The equestrian center at Salamander Resort & Spa

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