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Five Star Hotels
Inn at Little Washington ~ Washington
- As you make your way toward Washington, Virginia on Lee Highway — don’t let the word highway fool you, you’ll likely be the only one on the road — you can’t help but fall in love with the rural region.
- Sure, the town of Washington was founded in 1769 and the inn is housed in an old garage; but that doesn’t mean you won’t find any of the fabulous amenities and gadgets that we expect from a Five-Star hotel.
- The Inn at Little Washington even supplies you with an iPad if you feel so inclined to return to the modern world. Not to mention, the inn offers complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Proprietor and restaurant chef Patrick O’Connell has been called the “Pope of American Cuisine” by Robert Mondavi — and trust us, he isn’t exaggerating.
The Jefferson Hotel ~ Richmond
- Thirteen U.S. presidents — Harrison, McKinley, Taft, Wilson, Coolidge, Truman, both Roosevelts, Reagan, both Bushes, Clinton and Obama — have stayed at The Jefferson.
- Other illustrious guests include Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the Vanderbilts, the Whitneys, Charlie Chaplin, Ray Charles and the most memorable, Elvis Presley. Check out the museum in the Rotunda for photos.
- The Jefferson’s white marble 36-step staircase is said to be the model for the iconic grand staircase in the classic movie Gone with the Wind.
- The hotel offers an array of amenities, including a beauty salon, a florist, a coffee shop, spa treatments, an indoor pool with a sun patio and a well-equipped fitness room. But don’t miss a meal at Lemaire.
- All the Tiffany stained-glass windows were taken out during World War II to conform to blackout rules, but artisans restored and replaced them in 1983. They continue to dazzle today.
Williamsburg Inn ~ Williamsburg
- As a guest of the Williamsburg Inn, you’ll receive preferred reservations for of Colonial Williamsburg’s restaurants, spa and tee times at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club.
- You’d be remiss not to book a treatment at the inn’s 20,000 square foot spa. Indulge in historically based therapies like the 17th-century Detoxifying Herbal Wrap and Hot Stone Massage Spa Experience, which supposedly borrows period healing methods
- Adjacent to the spa is The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, which is home to three golf courses and an Audubon sanctuary.
- The property has historically been a respite for celebrities as well. Shirley Temple, Salvador Dalí and Betty White have all frequented the inn.
- In an effort to preserve historical authenticity, Williamsburg Inn’s interior designer worked closely with historians and archivists to replicate textiles, paint colors and wallpaper patterns throughout the property.
Keswick Hall and Golf Club ~ Charlottesville (Closed for renovation until early 2020 - The resort’s golf course, Full Cry at Keswick Golf Club, will remain open during the renovation, along with the golf clubhouse, spa, fitness center, driving range and members’ pool. The resort’s full-service pavilion pool and tennis facilities will also be unaffected during the closure.)
- Coffered ceilings, leather chairs and Persian-inspired rugs help you feel the property’s aristocratic air from the moment you walk into the lobby.
- The property offers two onsite dining options: Fossett’s for award-winning, locally sourced cuisine and Villa Crawford for a simple lunch or intimate dinner. The latter also features a bar that serves as a great place for a nightcap.
- While the spa’s everyday menu is delightful, pay close attention to treatments that change with the calendar, such as April’s Spring Fling or October’s Pumpkin Perfect Fall Special.
Salamander Resort & Spa ~ Middleburg
- It’s hard to be bored during a stay at Salamander Resort & Spa. Whether you venture down to the 22-stall horse barn for a trail ride, embark on a treetop canopy tour or simply unwind in the 23,000-square-foot spa, there’s an activity for everyone.
- Although the entire resort is technically 340 acres, only 140 of those are cleared. That means that there are miles upon miles of hiking, biking and riding trails.
- Surrounded by rolling hills and quaint villages, the luxury destination resort is conveniently located near some of Virginia’s best offerings.
- There are 50 wineries within a 60-minute drive and countless equestrian events throughout the area. Salamander Resort & Spa sits at 500 North Pendleton Street in Middleburg, Virginia, and while you are completely set back from the town when you’re on property, keep in mind that it’s only a seven-minute walk from the hotel’s front door to downtown Middleburg — trust us, it has been timed.
Four Star Hotels
The Inn at Willow Grove ~ Orange, Virginia
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City ~ Arlington, Virginia
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner ~ McLean, Virginia
The Williamsburg Inn ~ Williamsburg, Virginia
The Williamsburg Lodge ~ Williamsburg, Virginia
Primland Resort - Meadows of Dan, Virginia
Last Updated: 12/2/2019