New Year’s Eve: Celebrate 2014 in Virginia horse country

Luxurious new Salamander Resort + Spa rings in the New Year. Photo: Salamander Resort & Spa

MIDDLEBURG, Va., December 29, 2013 — Be the first to ring in the new year at one of the country’s newest luxury properties, Salamander Resort + Spa.

Tucked amid horse country in northern Virginia, the property opened last fall to standing ovations from locals who have already made it their go-to for the weekend getaways, family gatherings and winter retreats.

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Celebrate 2014 in style at Harriman’s, the resort’s farm-to-table restaurant. Choose either a four-course menu ($85, or $130 with wine pairings) or six-course menu ($145, or $210 with wine pairings).

Both options include what may just be the world’s best amuse bouche, an heirloom pumpkin cappuccino, a velvety concoction that’s capped with truffled milk froth and paired with warm gingerbread.

Main dishes include a rib-eye steak, a wild turbot and buttermilk brined-chicken breast. Vegan options are available, too. And because owner Sheila Johnson is vegan, the options are not after thoughts, but are presented with the same creativity and skill as other dishes on the menu.

On New Year’s Eve, dinner will be followed by dancing in the living room, a handsome space with a roaring fireplace. A jazz trio, party favors, and a post-midnight munchies buffet in the wine bar signal the makings of an evening you’ll want to extend. If so, rooms on the 31st can be booked for $425. Extra nights are $250.

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