What are the best places to stay in Northern Virginia?

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It’s no secret that Northern Virginia is home many charming inns and hotels, but Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend three diverse properties as among the best places to stay.
 If you’re looking for a place to stay that’s out of the way, visit the historic village of Washington, where you’ll find The Inn at Little Washington, the top choice of our Forbes Travel Guide editors. The Inn isn’t your average quaint countryside getaway — the Five-Star hotel is composed of 18 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites with an Old English and Victorian style, reminiscent of the historic town’s roots. It won’t feel cookie cutter, since each room has its own unique décor. You’ll also have a number of complimentary amenities during your stay at the luxury hotel, including housekeeping service three times per day, daily continental breakfast, afternoon tea, bicycle rentals and a full-service business center, to name a few. Don’t miss its Five-Star restaurant, also called The Inn at Little Washington, where you can sample seasonal fare like sesame-crusted Chilean sea bass with baby shrimp, artichokes and grape tomatoes.
You’ll find Leesburg, Virginia, located roughly 45 minutes northwest of Washington, D.C. Once the site of the Battle of Balls Bluff during the American Civil War, Leesburg is the quintessential American hometown — boasting more than 20 entries on the National Registry of Historic Places. The town is also near the heart of Northern Virginia’s Wine Country, making Leesburg’s Lansdowne Resort a good base for exploring the area’s wineries. In addition to being close to a number of exciting attractions, the resort offers 45 holes of championship golf, a 12,000-square-foot spa and five restaurants that range from casual to upscale.
If you’d like to stay a bit closer to all the action in the nation’s capital, The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia, is just a mile from Washington, D.C. Situated inside the Pentagon City Mall, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel still has access to scenic destinations and day trips in Northern Virginia.

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