1 hour and 25 minutes, 50 miles
Welcome to horse country! Middleburg has long been at the heart of anything and everything equestrian related in the Mid-Atlantic region, where you can find steeplechase in the fall and spring, fox hunting year round, and polo when the weather permits. If your idea of fun is getting on a 1200lb animal and going 30 or so miles per hour, Middleburg is your heaven -- seriously, they’ve even got the National Sporting Library and Museum, celebrating the famous stallions and mares of horse racing’s history.
Where to stop:
The Salamander Resort & Spa offers luxury and comfort for all, even if you’re not much of a jockey yourself. Set on 340 acres of land in the Blue Ridge Mountains and boasting over 160 rooms, the Salamander is the perfect place to get away for some pampering.
If you’re looking for an outstanding meal experience with that Old Virginia feel, The Red Fox Inn & Tavern is your destination -- the building dates back to the 18th century, and they keep their fireplace crackling all during the winter months. Fortunately, they take decor, service, and cuisine just as seriously, with fresh flowers, candlesticks, and hearty fare during breakfast, brunch, and dinner service in their tavern. Make sure you bring your appetite.