This week, I peeked at a little glimpse of small town Christmas on my way to a dinner party at Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA.
For the DC/Maryland/Northern VA folks - the directions include "take the Dulles Toll Road to the end." Doesn't this sound like "go to the end of I-95"? Who knew the thing ended? And what's beyond that? As it turns out, there's miles that are much longer than city miles of horses and farm houses. And then eventually, you get to the little town of Middleburg.
|1st sign I was in a small town - free parking meters?! Nice.|
|Organic wool from Gum Tree Farm|
|One of the horse barns as you drive up to Salamander Resort|
Our dinner party was in the Cooking Studio.
|The Cooking Studio ready for dinner|
|The chef plating our dinner|
|Swordfish with sweet potatoes & collard greens|
|Making our own dinner - yukon gold potato gnocchi|
|What happens when quality control has wine on the job|
- but they tasted good.
| 10-layer chocolate cake with |
pumpkin ice cream & dark chocolate lace
I wanted to stay overnight and indulge in the spa. However, the place is a bit expensive, and having to get back the next morning for mommy-duty, I didn't think I'd get all my dollars' worth. It would be more justifiable for a special occasion (like an upcoming birthday, hint hint, dear husband) or a getaway treat, when you could really hang out and relax. I'd love to wander around the grounds, watch the horses (you can even bring your own, if you got one in the backyard), and of course, melt into the hot towel chaise lounges in the spa that one of the other dinner guests swooned about.
Looking for small town living for a day or two? Go right on out, way past the airplanes and the traffic, look for the horses, and enjoy the sunset.
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