What We Love
- Variety of outdoor activities, including a world class golf course designed by Donald Steel
- The 1,800-square-foot spa featuring treatments that blend Native American healing techniques with European spa therapies
- Nightly stargazing tours at the Observatory Dome
What To Know
- Be prepared for digital detox: Cell phone service is spotty or nonexistent
- Exploring the local sights is expensive without a car
- The local staff is efficient and warm, but don’t expect fussy service
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Room Service
In the Meadows of Dan, in southwestern Virginia, Primland is a sprawling 12,000-acre retreat abutting the Blue Ridge Mountains. Its LEED-certified luxury lodge houses 26 guestrooms, plus restaurants that use all local ingredients, including some from the six-acre chef’s garden. The Great Hall has cathedral ceilings with exposed beams, twin fireplaces and views of the pristine landscape in every direction. Natural stone and cedar create a rustic yet sophisticated ambience, and calming neutral tones don’t distract from the golf greens and Blue Ridge Mountains. The resort’s extensive art collection, which includes nature photography on canvas by Joann Dost, adds to the warm, homey vibe.
Bed and Bath
All 26 guestrooms have contemporary neutral furniture and automated Lutron shade and lighting dimmer systems. Mountain Rooms range from 518 to 800 square feet and have comfy beds dressed with luxe 400-thread-count Frette sheets and lush down duvets. Blue Ridge Suites are between 900 and 1,125 square feet, and some have balconies. Modern bathrooms are done up with European glass mosaic tiles and water-conserving Dornbracht fixtures, plus Bulgari amenities, Frette robes and Abyss & Habidecor slippers. On the 10th and 18th fairways of the Highland course, the three Fairway Cottages have Tennessee field stone fireplaces, private decks with valley views, kitchenettes and dining rooms.
Head chef Gunnar Thompson is at the helm of Elements, the resort’s fine dining spot, which uses all local ingredients and farm-raised organic produce. Try roasted local pheasant with a stuffing of wild mushrooms, carved off the bone and served with potatoes from the garden. Chef Thompson also leads cooking classes and foraging expeditions in the six-acre chef’s garden, where you can eat what you pick. The 19th Pub has a lively scene and serves draft beers, single malts and lighter fare. Offset any overindulgence with outdoor pursuits that range from hunting, horseback riding, mountain biking and ATV riding to hiking on a restored six-mile section of the Old Appalachian Trail. Or, for a dose of pampering, the 1,800-square-foot spa offers treatments that blend Native American healing techniques with European spa therapies.
In the Area
If you have a car, Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic 10-mile drive. Just 20 minutes from Primland, Villa Appalaccia Winery offers winery tours and tastings. Chateau Morrisette produces 20 wine varietals and provides elegant dining in a relaxed Old World atmosphere. Floyd, Virginia, a popular stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway, is a 45-minute drive from Primland and features bluegrass music, arts and crafts. Or head to Mount Airy, North Carolina, which is the hometown of Andy Griffith and features a host of antiques shops.
How to Get There
Looking to getaway and slow down from everyday life, Primland resort was the best choice. After learning of its 5 star rating and best places to stay in the US if not in the world, my fiancee and I made the trip to Southwest Virginia for one night stay. When entering the 12,000 acre property, you are immediately greeted and provided with information as to how to get to the main Lodge where we were staying. The drive was about 15 minutes providing amazing scenic views. At the Lodge, the attendant took our bags, parked our car and called us by our names. Check in was easy and informative. The view from the lodge are breathtaking. Sitting on top of a mountain, surrounded by a beautiful golf course and its mountains. Our room was #2. 800 sq feet of space with modern amenities, balcony, tile and spacious bathroom. So relaxing and quiet. We took advantage of the Theatre room and the play room. The pool facility and its space was amazing. We had our dinner at the 19th pub. The menu was extensive enough that were felt we had options. We enjoyed their trout dish and tuna tacos. Loved their appetizer special which contained muscles in a creamy sauce. The next morning, we enjoyed a delicious and refreshing meal in our suite. Delivered in a timely manner and reasonably priced. All of the staff members were very kind and attentive. We really enjoyed the peacefulness of property. We did look into all of their activities however due to our short stay were not able to partake in their outdoor activities and spa.
We love this place. Elegant yet rustic, classy yet quaint. One of our favorites and so close to home for us
Have stayed in cottage, lodge and plan on staying in house next trip. So many excursions and spa is incredible!
Primland is luxurious yet welcoming. The staff goes beyond to make sure you have everything you need and didn't know you needed. We were pampered the entire trip. The food was superb in every restaurant, including room service. There are many activities. We have to come back to accomplish them all. The stargazing was amazing and very informative!
If you like quality over quantity you can not go wrong with Primland. The customer service is unheard of, the resort is state of the art, and the food is outstanding. This is a getaway to re-set, relax or be super active. There are many activities that are offered and I can not say enough about the staff.
Perfect trip in every way! The Pinnacle Cottages are absolutely beautiful and offer a quiet and luxurious space for relaxation. The grounds, amenities and staff are all fantastic! Make sure you fill up on gas well before arriving!