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Salamander Resort & Spa Debuts as a Stylish Washington, DC Retreat

First Lady and style icon Jacqueline Kennedy found refuge horseback...

Photo: Robin Bennefield
First Lady and style icon Jacqueline Kennedy found refuge horseback riding in Middleburg, VA, 50 years ago, and in the very place where she once rode, a stylish new retreat has arisen. This weekend, Salamander Resort & Spa opened its doors as the only new luxury destination and spa to open in the US in 2013.
Just an hour from the White House, beyond Beltway gridlock, and where northern Virginia?s Route 50 undulates past old Civil War markers and new wineries, Salamander Resort aims to make its mark as an escape for politics-weary Washingtonians and a destination for discerning luxury travelers.
Salamander is well on its way, with a bucolic location at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, grand country estate design, top-notch gastronomy and state-of-the art spa facilities. The 168-room resort is all the brainchild of Washington-area entrepreneur, Sheila C. Johnson, who co-founded Black Entertainment Television and executive produced the movie The Butler. As it turns out, it?s nice to be inside Sheila Johnson?s brain, which appears to be filled with pastoral greens, creams and pale blues as displayed in the ?Living Room,? an airy, elegant lounge space overlooking a 100,000-square-foot lush, sloping lawn.  Johnson?s personal style and even her personal items have made it into every aspect of the resort, from bronze statues of a proud equestrian and her own children in the Living...
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