Middleburg, VA – August 4, 2009 - As construction continues and interest
in booking the property increases, Salamander Resort & Spa announces
the launch of a new group meetings initiative called “Meeting Green.”
When it opens in March 2011, the resort will become one of the first
luxury destination resort and spas in the United States to achieve LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. In addition
to the building’s physical characteristics, which include extensive waste,
water and energy management programs, Resort Management Company Salamander
Hospitality is creating a practical program in which group attendees can
participate in environmental sustainability.
Side view of Salamander Resort & Spa
“Our goal for Salamander Resort & Spa is to take a leadership role
within the hospitality industry by continually looking for innovative ways
to enhance our luxury resort guest experience, while maintaining sensitivity
to our environment,” says Prem Devadas, president of Salamander Hospitality.
Located in the beautiful and historic Village of Middleburg, the 168-room
luxury resort sits on 340 acres in the midst of Virginia’s horse and wine
country. However, it is only 35 minutes from Washington D.C.’s Dulles Airport
to the east and 30 minutes from Winchester Regional Airport to the west.
The design architect for Salamander Resort & Spa is WATG from Irvine,
CA, and the architect of record is Architecture, Inc, of Reston, VA.
Renowned Residential Designer Thomas Pheasant of Washington, D.C., designed
the King Guestroom and inspired the overall design. Forrest Perkins of
Dallas and Washington, D.C., is the interior designer and interior architect
BluSpas of Whitefish, MT, is the spa consultant,
Turner Construction of New York City is the general contractor, and
Mark G. Anderson Consultants of Washington, D.C., is the project manager.
The resort’s culinary director is Todd Gray, co-owner of Equinox restaurant
in Washington, D.C.
Salamander Hospitality CEO and Founder Sheila C. Johnson stated her
intent to create an environmentally sensitive resort by placing 252 of
the resort’s acreage into a conservation easement, held jointly by the
Potomac Conservancy and the Town of Middleburg. In addition, commitments
were secured to use native plants to minimize irrigation, and employ unobtrusive
external lighting to preserve nocturnal views and minimize light pollution.
By establishing the “Meeting Green” program, the resort will offer Basic,
Intermediate and Advanced plans for groups wanting to make sure their stay
is as ecologically sound as possible. These programs go beyond the usual
guest recycling programs, printing on recycled paper with soy based ink,
and use of non-chemical housekeeping cleaners.
Some of these additional measures will include:
The resort is also renovating the 100-year-old-plus Stallion Barn, which
still stands on the grounds and is only a few hundred feet from the on-site
equestrian center, and turning it into function space – part of 12,000
square feet available for group usage.
Creation of all menus utilizing many sustainable and organic products produced
within a 50-mile-radius, including the large on-site chef’s garden, to
minimize transportation and carbon footprint. Attendees will be able to
cook with many of these ingredients at the resort’s culinary studio.
Special menus including a 50-percent reduction in animal proteins, supplemented
by vegetable proteins at meal functions
Use of potted plants instead of "cut flower" arrangements on banquet tables
Use of specially filtered water served in pitchers
Electronic meeting flyers and hand outs, accessed via a special Internet
site or by e-mail
Promotion of off-site events and tours that ingrain event attendees in
the area’s natural environment with minimal impact. In fact, there are
22 wineries within 30 minutes of the resort, and four less than ten minutes
Utilization of energy saving horse-drawn carriages and bicycles to take
hotel guests to and from the Village of Middleburg
In addition, Salamander Resort & Spa is creating two “treehouse”
treatment rooms in the edge of the woods overlooking a creek. The resort’s
spa features 14 additional treatment rooms inside the main building, seven
of which include an outdoor treatment patio.
For more information about Salamander Resort & Spa, or to reach
the group sales department, call 540-687-3600 or visit www.salamanderresort.com.
The resort has special pre-opening group offers available, and to view
the property’s e-brochure, visit www.salamanderresort.com/ebrochure/pr.
About Salamander Resort & Spa
Set on 340 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains amid
Virginia’s famed horse country and lush vineyards, yet only a 35- minute
drive from Washington D.C.’s Dulles Airport, Salamander Resort & Spa
is scheduled to open in March 2011. Designed to blend into the natural
environment in which it sits, the resort features 168 luxurious rooms and
suites, a 23,000-square-foot spa, a full-service equestrian center, Virginia
Piedmont-inspired dining, a dedicated cooking studio, wine bar and a unique
array of conference and banquet facilities. The resort also offers guests
a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf experience at nearby Creighton Farms Estates.
For more information, call 540-687-3600 or visit www.salamanderresort.com.
About Salamander Hospitality
Salamander Resort & Spa is managed by Salamander Hospitality,
a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside
Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the
company owns, manages hotels, resorts and inns that reflect the authenticity
and character of their surrounding environment. The portfolio includes
Innisbrook Golf Resort and Club in Innisbrook, Fla., host to a PGA TOUR
stop every March, and Woodlands Inn near Charleston, SC, which is one of
only four properties in North America to hold Mobil Five Star and AAA Five
Diamond ratings for both accommodations and dining. Salamander Hospitality
also operates a division of gourmet prepared food markets called Market
Salamander with locations in Middleburg and Innisbrook, FL. For additional
information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit www.salamanderhospitality.com.