Virginia’s Hunt and Wine Country is really deserving of more than a day trip from Washington D.C.. With the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance, this captivating region is home to an abundance of world-class wineries, stunning accommodations, and fine dining that clearly show that it’s poised to receive multiple Michelin star ratings. Whether it’s for quick weekend getaway or an extended holiday vacation, here are five of the finest places to stay in one of the state’s most breathtaking regions.
6809 Airlie Road
Warrenton, VA 20187
An historic 300-acre property built in 1899, Airlie is a remarkable conference center and hotel with multiple lodging options. Located just north of Warrenton, the Greek-Revival Airlie House was originally the private residence of Harry Groome, who had to rebuilt his home after a 1924 fire. By the 1960s, Airlie House and Farm was renamed Airlie Center, thus opening up the sprawling property as a high profile conference center which also boasts its own private namesake airport, 20-acre farm and organic garden. Airlie offers spacious rooms, a central lodge and larger accommodations like the Lake Cottage. The scenic property also features tennis courts, seasonal pool, exercise room, dining options and the Pavilion, a LEED certified event space for weddings and other large gatherings. In addition to the historic Airlie Dining Room serving exceptional buffet-styled meals, Airlie has Harry’s, opened just last year and featuring outstanding cuisine with meats and ingredients sourced directly from Airlie Berkshire Farm & Reserve. Airlie also has a host of onsite activities, like biking, yoga classes, tennis and Airlie Adventures for archery and target shooting. During the Thanksgiving holiday, Airlie will host its annual Turkeys-to-Go, which sell quickly.
97 Culpeper St.
Warrenton, VA 20186
Named after notable family members aboard the 17th century Mayflower ship, Chilton House is an intimate B&B in Old Town Warrenton. The property dates back to the 1820s and became the community’s first B&B in 2017, managed by a 10th generation member of the Chilton family. Four suites are available for reservation, including the Hearst Room, named after Augustine McDonnell Hearst, a former resident of Chilton House and the wife of William Randolph Hearst Jr., the son of the powerful newspaper magnate. For breakfast, guests can enjoy the B&B’s acclaimed “Chilnola” a house-made granola, in addition favorites like French toast, pancakes and bacon. With its central location in Old Town Warren, the Chilton House is within walking distance from local attractions like Claire’s at the Depot restaurant and the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail.
36205 Snake Hill Road
Middleburg, VA 20117
A captivating setting across 265 acres, the Goodstone Inn is clearly one of the finest and most romantic B&Bs in the Virginia Wine Country. Just minutes from downtown Middleburg, the Goodstone was originally a private residence whose outlying property has a history that dates back to the late 18th century. For the past 20 plus years, it has operated as a luxurious country lodge and French-inspired restaurant that deserves Michelin consideration. 18 elegantly appointed rooms and suites are spread across six structures, including the central Carriage House, historic cottages and two-level houses for larger groups. For dining, the pièce de résistance is the Conservatory, an extraordinary restaurant that earned numerous distinctions and backed by a Belgian chef who has previously worked at two Michelin three starred restaurants. Also on the breathtaking property is a large pool heated seasonally, wedding and special events space, bistro and miles of hiking and biking trails.
Red Fox Inn & Tavern
Salamander Resort & Spa
Two E. Washington St.
Middleburg, VA 20117
Set in the heart of downtown Middleburg, the Red Fox Inn & Tavern is known as one of the oldest and most famous gathering spots in the country. Established in the state’s hunt country in 1728, the large stone building with gabled windows offers five two-suites with the iconic tavern on the ground level. 17 other unique accommodations are also available in multi-room cottages and houses, including the Stray Fox and Fox Den that are footsteps away from the central Red Fox building. In addition to the historic tavern, the Red Fox offers other dining options, such as the Garden Terrace in the patio and the private and tailored Culinary Table for the quintessential wine country experience. The Red Fox Inn & Tavern hosts several events throughout the year, like Autumn Tasting Experience November 25-December 1 and Wine Wednesdays, featuring premium wines from local purveyors like Boxwood Estate, Greenhill Winery and Slater Run Vineyards.
Salamander Resort & Spa
500 N. Pendleton St.
Middleburg, VA 20117
Commanding 340 acres in the heart of Virginia’s horse and wine country, Salamander Resort is a stunning property recognized as one of the world’s finest. Named the first Forbes Five-Star destination resort in the Washington D.C. region, the Salamander is owned by Sheila Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and the first African-American woman to become a billionaire. The luxurious Salamander Resort features 168 lavish rooms and suites, multiple dining options including the signature Harrimans and an award-winning spa with 14 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art fitness center. As indicative to Middleburg’s pet friendly reputation, the resort is also very dog friendly, with overnight furry friends receiving gourmet treats and a comfy bed. The renowned resort also features 30,000 square feet of event space, including an enormous 4,500 square foot ballroom completely suitable for weddings and other special events. In addition to ongoing activities like tennis and lawn games the resort hosts several events all year, like Italian Wine Pairing with famed Tuscan winery Azienda Uggiano and Michelin Star Cooking Class with chef Giancarlo Morelli, one of the finest and famous chefs in Italy.
About The Author
Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who has covered national/international travel for CBS Local and all things San Francisco for CBS San Francisco. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University and a member of the Freelance Council of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).
Randy is also a veteran of the United States Army, having served stateside and in Germany. He is a lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County, California.
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