Discover the Good Life at Lansdowne Resort and Spa
As a busy mother in Northern Virginia, I’ll never turn down a little time to myself. I decided to retreat to Lansdowne Resort and Spa after noticing an ad inviting me to “Discover the Good Life.” I accepted the invitation.
Lansdowne is 476 acres of scenic beauty, overlooking the Potomac River. This Four Diamond resort is just minutes from Northern Virginia’s wine country, and they offer a shuttle excursion to and from the wineries every Saturday. You can check in for the weekend and never have to leave the property. The resort hosts 45 holes of championship golf, an award-winning spa, and four on-site restaurants.
The bar is already set high when my confirmation email invites me to take advantage of “Babierge,” a local service providing anything your child might need set up in your room. Resort guests can select everything from a crib with linens to a potty chair for a small daily fee. My family travels frequently, and I’ve never seen this offered anywhere else. My daughter was not with me on this occasion, but I was blown away, nonetheless. I hadn’t even checked in.
Upon arrival, I receive a text urging me to reply if I need anything during my stay and I feel “the good life” settling in. If you haven’t visited Lansdowne in a while, it’s worth a return visit. The guest rooms were all renovated in 2016. There’s an updated, contemporary feel and each room features books and artwork that highlight the local area.
I kick off my stay with a facial from Deborah Gordon at Spa Minerale. It was fifty minutes of pure relaxation, and I left feeling like I never had to put on makeup again. Deborah discloses that with any spa treatment, you are invited to enjoy all of the amenities at Spa Minerale from sauna and steam room to relaxing in the quiet room with a complimentary glass of wine or champagne. A great reason to arrive early or linger after your treatment. Spa Minerale uses ingredients local to Loudoun County and features vinotherapy treatments where local Virginia wine is integral to their signature massage, facial and nail treatments. How? They use the free radical fighters found in grapes. Best part? All vinotherapy treatments are accompanied by a wine pairing. Cheers. Spa Minerale’s theme for the winter solstice is water. Their water-based therapies are designed to promote calmness since water fosters rest, repair and regeneration. “We want to help guests unwind and unravel a busy body and mind by promoting a feeling of peace, clarity, and well-being,” explains Spa Director, Amanda Vassar.
When my spa high wears off, I dine with my husband at Coton & Rye, the cozy, farm to table restaurant complete with billiard tables, fireplaces and live music on the weekends. I learn that this is where Lansdowne holds “Support a Cause Wednesdays” where they give local non-profits the opportunity to fundraise. Not only do they make the venue available, they even donate 20% of the restaurant’s sales that evening towards the cause!
For a more upscale dining experience, make a reservation at Piedmont’s Table. It is the steak and seafood restaurant in the golf clubhouse and is only available to overnight resort guests. We start with crab beignets, a delicious deep-fried crab cake. I wanted seconds, but luckily, I left room for the turkey pot pie. The pot pie was the most delicious dish I’ve consumed in recent memory. If you stop by the bar, ask for Melek, and order her famous margarita. More of a whiskey drinker? Virginia was the birthplace of American whiskey, and Coton & Rye takes whiskey seriously. In fact, they released their very own private label rye whiskey, Barrel 609. And if you’d prefer wine, you’ll be impressed with the local offerings from Stone Tower, Breaux, and Chrysalis Vineyards. Each winery is mere minutes from the resort. When the music ends, we make our way out back to the remarkable fire pit to unwind and breathe in the views- a must do during the crisp winter months. I’m elated to learn that s’mores kits are available for purchase at the front desk and I head in that direction. I love it here.
Saturday begins with a delicious breakfast at the Riverside Hearth. The hot buffet offers everything from made-to-order omelets to housemade pastries. I got seconds (ok, thirds) but not to worry about overdoing it. Group fitness classes are available every morning in Lansdowne’s impressive fitness center.
Next, there’s a cooking class planned around using local ingredients. Lansdowne chefs teach guests how to incorporate farm to table into their meals at home. The cooking class is only one of many complimentary activities provided for resort guests. Each weekend is programmed, so there is always something happening, and even if I had brought my daughter, the stay would have been fabulous for her as well. On this weekend, kite flying, “meet the monarchs” at their butterfly waystation, and swimming lessons in the indoor pool were the activities planned for younger guests.
NVSL Magazine celebrates The Good Life. Mention “The Good Life Getaway” or “NVSL” when making your reservation, and you will receive $300 in resort credits with a 3-night stay at Lansdowne. You can use the credits on anything from spa treatments and golf to dinner in the restaurants. Planning for Valentine’s Day? Book Lansdowne’s Celebrate Romance package at (https://www.destinationhotels.com/lansdowne-resort/special-offers/celebrate-romance-package). An alternative is the Spa Getaway for Two (https://www.destinationhotels.com/lansdowne-resort/special-offers/spa-getaway).
I will remember my weekend at Lansdowne fondly. I was ten minutes from my house, but it felt worlds away. From the moment I received my confirmation number, the bar was set high, and Lansdowne Resort did not disappoint.
Article by Erin Washington, who also authors Rookie in This Mom Game