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Construction at Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia,
the Signature Project from Sheila C. Johnson’s Salamander
Hospitality, On Track for a 2010 Opening

Middleburg, VA – Construction at Salamander Resort & Spa, the much-anticipated signature project from Sheila C. Johnson’s Salamander Hospitality company, continues on schedule for a spring 2010 opening.  

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 Dulles Airport to the east and 30 minutes from Winchester Regional Airport to the west.

Some of the resort’s main features include:

  • A building design that blends into the area’s natural surroundings, and replicates the architectural traditions of Virginia’s countryside. Salamander is also registered to become one of America’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified resorts, and 70 percent of the land on which it sits has been placed into a conservation easement.
  • Guestrooms and suites inspired by renowned designer Thomas Pheasant. Typical guestrooms range in size from 545-575 square feet, while the 17 suites are highlighted by the 2,000-square-foot Presidential Suite. 
  • A 23,000-square-foot spa with 14 treatment rooms. Many feature private outdoor terraces, large enough on which to enjoy full treatment options. The spa also features two outdoor “treehouse” treatment rooms in the edge of the woods overlooking a stream bank. Other features include a tranquil outdoor spa courtyard with an infinity edged relaxation pool, Jacuzzi and fireplace. There is also a fitness center, an indoor pool, outdoor family pool and tennis courts.
  • Championship golf at the nearby Jack Nicklaus-designed Creighton Farms Estates
  • A 22-stall equestrian stable, along with practice ring, instructional programming and miles of scenic riding trails throughout the property.
  • Virginia Piedmont-inspired dining in the resort’s signature restaurant. Todd Gray, owner and chef of the acclaimed Equinox restaurant in Washington, DC, is the Creative Director of Cuisine. The resort also features a signature cooking studio, a billiard room and wine bar. Tours of the 20 wineries located within 30 minutes of the property can be easily arranged.
  • A variety of luxurious and flexible meeting space, including a 200-year-old stallion barn, the Terrace Lawn at the Pond and the 5,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom. The resort, which features a total of 12,000 square feet of meeting space, can also arrange group functions for up to 30 people at its private suite at The Verizon Center, home to Washington DC’s NBA, NHL and WNBA teams. 
The design architect for the project is WATG from Newport Beach, CA, and the architect of record is Architecture, Inc, of Reston, VA. Forrest Perkins of Dallas is the interior designer and interior architect, while 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. 

For more information about Salamander Resort & Spa, or to reach the group sales department, call 540-687-3600 or visit The resort does have special pre-opening group offers available. To view the property’s e-brochure, visit

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 Dulles Airport, Salamander Resort & Spa is scheduled to open in spring 2010. 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 golf experience at nearby Creighton Farms Estates. For more information, call 540-687-3600 or visit 

About Salamander Hospitality
Salamander Resort & Spa  is owned and 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 and develops hotels, resorts and inns that reflect the authenticity and character of their surrounding environment. The portfolio includes Innisbrook Golf Resort and Club near Tampa, Fla., and Woodlands Resort & Inn near Charleston, SC, which is one of only three properties in North America to hold Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both accommodations and dining. Salamander Hospitality also owns and operates a division of gourmet prepared food markets called Market Salamander with locations in Middleburg and Palm Beach, FL, and Salamander Touch, a fine goods and linen store in Middleburg for the luxury resort lifestyle.  For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit


Matt Owen
Corporate Director of Public Relations
Salamander Hospitality
Phone: 843-573-2062

Also See: Sheila C. Johnson's Salamander Hospitality Signs Purchase Agreement to Buy Innisbrook Golf Resort for Approximately $35 million / July 2007
Salamander Hospitality LLC Acquires the Woodlands Resort & Inn in Summerville, South Carolina / July 2006

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