Looking to spend big on getting away this new year? From wellness retreats to cozy small towns, here’s a few of the most expensive resorts within a few hours’ drive from Northern Virginia.
Recently re-opened in 2021, Keswick Hall is a completely reimagined historic property. The golf course, spa, and restaurants — including Marigold by Jean Georges — are an exceptional experience. Book the presidential suite, which sleeps two in a king bed, has separate living and dining areas, a private entrance, and a balcony to catch mountain views. Amenities by Red Flower will be in your room — and the hotel has its own signature scent by the same maker. 701 Club Dr., Keswick; $1,498 per night
Travelers have kicked it at the Omni Homestead Resort since 1766. Their most luxurious rooms are the five president’s suites, each named for a visiting president who enjoyed their own stay in one of these suites.
The resort is known for its Warm Springs Pools, which were renovated and slated to open at the end of 2022. Formerly called the Jefferson Pools, they are inside the oldest spa structure in the country. There’s also a thoroughly modern spa, with 28 treatment rooms as well as the regal-looking “The Dining Room” restaurant and a golf course. 7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs; call for up-to-date rates
For a weekend that’s a bit more intense, yet still remote, Eupepsia Wellness Resort offers Advanced Healing. The program is designed to cleanse and clear your system to help you eliminate those holiday toxins, and probably shed a few pounds in the process. They’re also intended to help process grief, cope with anxiety and stress, and heal from whatever life throws at your way. The resort offers a complete lifestyle focusing on ancient healing practices, scientific research, and your own input to create an integrative healing process. 12940 West Blue Grass Trail, Bland; $9,139 for a seven-night stay, for one person
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, there will be no shortage of winter wonderland treetops and snowy mountain peaks for you to feast your eyes upon after a day at the spa, on a horse, or on the links. After a long day of activities, make sure to book the Celestial Suite, an 1,800-square-foot bi-level condo-style room for two. It comes complete with observation towers and two wraparound balconies, which make the water views all the more breathtaking. 2000 Busted Rock Rd., Meadows of Dan; $3,034 per night as of January 2023
Lux Inns Near Water & Wildlife
Book the luxury suite for water views, separate living and sleeping areas, a spacious bathroom, and a terrace. There’s also a renowned spa, golf course, and dining accommodations at the resort. The Inn at Perry Cabin also inaugurated the Stanley Norman, a 48-foot traditional Chesapeake Bay skipjack built in 1902, which you can take on a private charter or group sails across the Chesapeake Bay. The Inn at Perry Cabin is on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, just a few minutes drive up the road from St. Michaels main strip, which is busy year round and full of great restaurants. The town is tiny and super quaint, and located on the Chesapeake Bay. 308 Watkins Ln., St. Michaels; $947 per night as of January 2023
The Tides Inn is where you can escape to a place that’s not too far removed from civilization. Located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, you can stay in the Stephens Suite, with 1,400 square feet of space that was renovated in June 2022. The apartment-style suite was redesigned into a classic coastal style with a king bedroom, library, living room, dining room, and outdoor space — plus a kitchen and two bathrooms. This luxury marina resort features an impressive spa, an oyster bar, a restaurant, and in-room dining options. They also have pet-friendly rooms if your plus-one is a dog. 480 King Carter Dr., Irvington; $1,269 per night
Feature image courtesy of the Omni Homestead Resort.
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