San Francisco has Auberge de Soleil and Meadwoood in Napa. London has Chewton Glen and Limewood. And now Washington has Salamander. Finally, a luxurious country spa resort worthy of 5 stars, perfect for a weekend getaway or a corporate retreat. The Equestrian Center and fact it is walking distance to Middleburg make it very even more special. We were there on day two, so there were a few bugs (fitness center TVs on exercise equipment not connected, breakfast service very slow) but those were minor. Sheila Johnson presides over every detail and was always around, graciously greeting guests and making sure everything was perfect -- including shooing muddy-footed children over the lushly upholstered furniture in the main sitting room. We now have a country destination less than an hour from home for pampering and scenery. Thank you Dr. Johnson!