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Salamander Resort makes for a grand getaway

The sun has begun its descent over Salamander Resort and Spa, and a young woman clad in chaps and black riding boots sits astride a gray quarter horse, preparing for what's known here as the evening salutation.

Gently waving a white, gold-fringed flag with the property's signature blue Salamander logo, she and the gelding slowly circle the manicured "grand lawn" a few times before trotting off into the sunset.

It's a charming way to signal the end of the day — just one of the many equestrian, culinary, wellness, literary and artistic pleasures that await guests at this getaway in the heart of Northern Virginia's horse country.

Unveiled in 2013, Salamander...