Perched on the banks of the Potomac River, Lansdowne Resort sprawls across more than 500 wooded acres in DC's wine country. The AAA Four Diamond–rated resort is massive, encompassing three championship golf courses, five restaurants, and five pools. But in spite of its size, Lansdowne manages to suggest the hospitable, homelike ambiance of a country manor, thanks in part to its cushy furnishings, crackling fireplaces, and elegant yet comfortable design scheme.
In the spacious deluxe double or king rooms, large windows overlook the Potomac or the rolling hills of the golf courses. Honey-colored furnishings and nature-themed prints complement luxe touches such as marble-topped bathroom counters and soft, oversized pillows.
Each of the five onsite restaurants and lounges serves locally sourced fare such as grilled rib eye from area producer Pineland Farms. After dinner, take a stroll along the Potomac or down a wooden boardwalk running past the three championship golf courses. The resort’s five-pool complex—which boasts a water slide, jetting fountains, and a waterfall—beckons to visitors on warm days, and the heated indoor pool makes a nice alternative when it's chilly outside.
Leesburg, Virginia: Wine Country Close to Washington, DC
Rows upon rows of carefully cultivated vineyards cover Loudoun County, the area of northern Virginia where Leesburg is located. The resort calls itself "the front porch of DC's wine country” for a reason: more than 25 wineries are scattered throughout the area, and nearly all of them lie within a half-hour drive. Leesburg itself looks like something out of a Norman Rockwell print. Its charming streets are lined with quaint 19th-century buildings, antique stores, and brick-front homes. It's less than an hour's drive from the fine dining, historical monuments, and marathon filibusters of the nation's capital.