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It’s hard to find the ideal balance between a theme and elegance, but Salamander Resort & Spa is the perfect example of that marriage. There’s an undeniable equestrian flavor throughout the resort — this is Virginia’s Horse Country, after all — but it’s far from overpowering. When we say “equestrian flavor,” we don’t mean that there are saddles in the rooms or reins on the curtains; it’s much more subtle than that. The combination of influences from Horse Country and the surrounding Wine Country make for a beautiful design scheme. You’ll find plenty of ironwork and maybe a few horse designs here and there, but it’s not kitschy in any way, shape or form. In fact, if you didn’t know there was an equestrian theme, you probably wouldn’t notice it much.
The natural surroundings play a large part in the style of Salamander Resort & Spa. In the guest room wing, levels are themed by season. You’ll find photographs taken by owner Sheila C. Johnson and other local artists throughout the halls and guest rooms that correlate with the season. For example, on the autumn level, you may find a fall foliage scene.
Head down to the signature restaurant, Harrimans, and you’ll find an octagonal dining room reminiscent of a barn. And off to the side of the main dining area sits the private dining room that’s modeled to look like a tack room.