Secluded Inn and Holistic Spa amid Virginia Countryside
Parma in Little Washington is set among the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia's Rappahannock County, located about an hour from Washington, DC. There are just three guest rooms at the inn, all but ensuring a peaceful, secluded stay in the country. Each of the rooms—one of which is a sprawling suite—contains Old-World antiques, velvet brocade, and gilded mirrors, as well as some contemporary pieces.
The highlight of any visit to Parma is a treatment at the resort’s holistic spa. Foremost among the staff of experienced therapists is Dr. Thara Kodandaramachandra, a native of Bangalore, India, and a board-certified alternative medical practitioner. Dr. Kodandaramachandra has more than 10 years of experience teaching and practicing ayurvedic medicine. Many of the treatments administered at the spa incorporate wild herbs, mineral-rich clays, and other locally sourced ingredients.
Washington, Virginia: Historical Town in Foothills of Blue Ridge Mountains
In 1749, George Washington surveyed a plot of land in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Virginia and, liking what he saw, he promptly named the place after himself. Known today as “Little Washington” to distinguish it from the nation’s capital (which lies an hour to the east), Washington is the oldest of the 28 American towns and villages named for our first president.
Twenty miles from the inn, Virginia’s Luray Caverns are a network of underground caves beneath the Shenandoah Valley. Cathedral-size chambers with 10-story ceilings are filled with natural columns, clear pools, and Fraggle Rock retirees. On a one-hour tour, you’ll have a chance to hear the dulcet tones emanating from the world’s largest musical instrument, the Great Stalacpipe Organ, whose stalactite keys stretch across more than 3 acres.