Meadows of Dan, Virginia: Day 1

July 11, 2013

It had been many years since I had been in Virginia and it was my husband’s first time, thus we were both quite excited once we saw the state welcome sign.  Our two-hour road trip was taking us to the charming town of Meadows of Dan, where we would then continue up a winding mountain road to the 12,000 acre resort Primland.  Surprisingly, I had never heard of this property before we had been invited to visit, which still months later baffles me, because this is the kind of place everyone knows about.

Primland
It was love at first sight for my husband and I.  Although we are beach people at heart, we have definitely developed a deep appreciation for the mountains, especially the Blue Ridge Mountains and its rich history and gorgeous scenery.  Primland is nestled right in the middle of the chain providing the most magnificent views from both the property and its world renown golf course.

Primland
Primland

While we waited for our room to become available, we took a moment to enjoy some refreshments and our surroundings.

Primland
Then it was time for our spa appointment.  The spa at Primland is the perfect mixture of the wisdom of Native American Indian healing with the finest European treatments available resulting in a peaceful environment for relaxation, renewal, and rejuvenation.  All of the products used are organically made.  Before our divine couples massage I spent some time inside the state-of-the-art jacuzzi I found within the women’s locker room.

After our massage, I was asked to pick a card from a Native American Indian Medicine tarot deck.  You can only pick one in your entire lifetime and the animal that you choose becomes your connection to Mother Earth and your token totem.  I chose the lizard, who is considered “the dreamer.”  When you call upon the power of your animal, you are asking to be drawn into complete harmony with the strength of that creature’s essence.  Something tells me I probably will not need to call on the lizard that many times in the future, since I probably dream too much!

Primland

Before dinner we spent some time in the pool area and found it nearly impossible to leave their incredible jacuzzi despite being ravenously hungry.

We finished the spectacular day at Elements, which is the most upscale restaurant on the property.  It gets its name from the fact that it draws upon the elements of air, water, fire and earth in all of its dishes.  The chefs also try to only use local and sustainable ingredients when cooking.

Primland
We paired our delicious meals with my favorite champagne and toasted to the beginning of yet another unforgettable trip together. 

Primland
Primland
Primland
Primland
Primland
Primland

On our way back to the room we spotted the ember glow of the outdoor fireplace and decided to spend some time next to it while we digested our dinner.  Imagine our delight when we saw the fixings for s’mores.  Unfortunately, we were too full to partake, however I personally believe that has to be one the best hotel guest perks I have ever encountered before.

Primland

38 thoughts on “Meadows of Dan, Virginia: Day 1

  1. Melanie Fontaine

    This place is just incredibly gorgeous! It really seems that you go to some of the most amazing resorts on the world – so thank you for sharing with us, it’s so fun to live vicariously through your photos! 🙂 I also love how you share places in the US with us that most non-Americans have probably never really heard of. I certainly didn’t know that there’d be things like that in Virginia!

    xx
    Melanie

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    1. Andi Perullo de Ledesma Post author

      Isn’t it just a dream? Thank you so much for your really kind words — they mean the world to me! I’m glad you love my adventures!!! I love retelling them! I must say that marrying a foreigner has really opened my eyes to how amazing the States are. He wants to see every city and state and at first I resisted, but I’m looooving it!!!

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      1. Melanie Fontaine

        I definitely understand your husband’s sentiment! I’ve only been to the States twice and there are so many places I would still love to see! 🙂 But that’s the thing with travel anyway: There are just generally so many places I want to visit! 😉

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  2. Emily in Chile

    I want a spirit animal! My dad and I went on a couple vacations together where he would golf while I’d go to the spa…it was a pretty perfect set-up. It’s a shame we never made it across the country to Primland.

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  3. Andrea

    Oh wow! The smores just sealed it for me – John and I MUST visit this place. Seriously – everything looks amazing, esp. the spa! I love the mountains too. If you’re torn, you can always go a mountains and ocean combination…always my favourite destination =)

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  4. Traveling Ted

    Unbelievable that they have a smores table set up where you can make your own. That is the perfect icing on the cake to an amazing day. I have never heard of this place either, but I won’t forget it after this post and pictures.

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