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Virginia’s Most Beautiful Hotels For The Holidays

The Jefferson Hotel
The Jefferson Hotel

Travelers and locals alike flock to certain Virginia hotels every year at Christmastime. Why? These hotels go above and beyond to deliver a magical experience inside. The decorations are stunning, professional creations that stop you, and leave you standing with your mouth gaping wide open. Don’t believe me? To quote Disney’s Brave, “feast your eyes …”

 — The Jefferson, Richmond —

The Jefferson has had elaborate gingerbread artworks – pieces far taller than my 5’6? stature, and while these arts change annually, the breadth of the rest of the grand hotel remain. Enter and find a stunning 28 foot tree decorated by Rick Lunsford of Blooms at The Jefferson (it has its own illumination ceremony, by the way), sweeping staircases wrapped in garland, ribbon and bows, and hundreds of beautiful poinsettias delicately situated about.

Richmonders spend time at The Jefferson for dining, intimate meetings, and after hours drinks. There aren’t many other hotels that can claim the local love that this place can.

Call and request your stay for Holidays at The Jefferson or book it online now.

The Homestead
The Homestead

— The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs —

A near-national treasure, this Virginia mainstay always delivers the quintessential Southern hospitality experience, and if possible, the holidays seem to take that experience up a notch.

Peruse the halls and spaces of The Omni Homestead Resort to find the more than 30 decorated trees. The Great Hall Fraser fir was more than 23 feet tall and 15 feet wide when it was cut. It now twinkles with more than 2,000 multi-colored lights. Look for its 17 foot sibling tree in the Grand Ballroom, decked in satin and white lights.

Take your love of The Homestead at the holidays home with you when you buy this year’s limited edition ornament. Then plan to add to the collection with a visit next year! Better yet, book the Holiday Escape package and get the ornament included with your stay. Book online now.

The Boars's Head
The Boars’s Head

— Boar’s Head Inn, Charlottesville —

Boar’s Head is a AAA Four Diamond destination known for its superb Old Mill Room dining. The entire estate glistens with the twinkling lights of the season, but it’s the trees you’ll want to seek out. Follow the map to locate 10 stunning themed trees! Maybe a Virginia is for Lovers tree could make the list next year? *wink*

Don’t just dream of sipping holiday tea or enjoying Christmas dinner, do it! And stay the night, too. The Bed, Breakfast & Dinner Package includes all of that. Book online.

— Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg —

The Kingsmill Inn
The Kingsmill Inn

Kingsmill Resort is a gem of a stay not far from Colonial Williamsburg, giving visitors an over-the-top Christmas treat outside, inside, and even in their room. When you stay at Kingsmill, you can truly spend the Christmas weekend, as your stockings, tree, trimmings, milk and cookies … it’s all taken care of! Just ask for the Holiday Traditions package when you call, or book it online now.

— The Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach —

 The Founders Inn and Spa is aglow this season from the moment you step onto the property. The gardens are illuminated in classic white lights. Inside, the evergreens are decorated in white and gold, with angels and stars being the predominant theme. In fact, there are 107 angels on the main tree.

The Founders Inn
The Founders Inn

Are you familiar with Elf on the Shelf®? So far, The Founders Inn is the only hotel we’ve found that has an elf. His name is Finn, and you can keep up with his antics on the Founders Inn Facebook page.

Stay awhile when you book the New Year’s Eve Gala package complete with dinner, champagne toast, dancing and live bands. Or take advantage of super low winter rates! See the options and book now.

 — Clifton Inn, Charlottesville —


This intimate inn welcomes you to their 18 rooms, but this is no run-of-the-mill establishment. Clifton Inn is an esteemed Relais & Châteaux property situated on 100 acres and offering world-class dining and hospitality. See it this season when the community comes in to give the main house some holiday flair. AM Fog has provided trees and wreaths for select local businesses to decorate.

When you plan to go, also make a reservation to enjoy the Secret Santa Menu and 12 Holiday Wines, sure to be a pleasure for your palate. You may find yourself totally in love with the place and decide to stay. Please do! In fact, plan on it and go ahead and book the Winter Savor Package to include dinner, breakfast, Virginia wine, and more.

The Salamander Resort
The Salamander Resort

— Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg —

The mecca of hunt country, Salamander Resort is the new kid on the block, but boasts beautiful, traditional style. No detail has been overlooked when decorating this amazing space, so why would Christmastime be any different? The halls are completely decked and the menus have been taste-tested and approved. You’re missing out if you don’t find yourself here.

Spend Christmas away, just two of you, and enjoy a five-course Christmas Eve dinner at Harriman’s with the Deck the Halls package. Or maybe the Jingle Bell Rock package is more your style, with a $150 food and beverage credit rather than a formal dinner? Book either package now.

The Lansdowne Resort
The Lansdowne Resort

— Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg —

Those in the Northern Virginia area will find a great holiday escape at the Lansdowne Resort. Head there for your gingerbread decorating fun, as well as special Christmas and New Year’s dining and events. Have a pet you’d like to bring along? Call to request the Howling Holiday package or book it online now.

— The Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke —

Around every corner in The Hotel Roanoke is a themed tree, or even a themed hallway. This grand historic hotel is the site of Fashions for Evergreens, a United Way fundraiser that includes more than 40 professionally designed trees. Funds are raised when visitors use their dollars to vote for their favorite tree. To date, more than $17,000 has been raised.

The Hotel Roanoke
The Hotel Roanoke

Do you need an incentive to see the trees? Here you go. The Hotel Roanoke asks you to snap and share your photos of the trees and decor using the hashtags #HRHolidays14 or #Hotel Roanoke. In doing so, you’re entering for a chance to win overnight packages. Additionally, there’s always the famous Peanut Soup and other delicious delights at The Regency Room. Go ahead and stay the night now while you wait to win the other one. Book the Holiday Package, which includes a special keepsake ornament, coupons for area shopping, and more.

   by Casey Higgins |

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