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Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, an accessible bucolic four-hour drive from Washington, D.C., Primland is a resort unlike any other in Virginia. (Photo: Primland)

Escape busy D.C. and head to the luxurious Primland

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, an accessible bucolic four-hour drive from Washington, D.C., Primland is a resort unlike any other in Virginia.

Having weaved together the pleasures of living freshly off-the-land, with the desire of guests to have luxurious amenities, Primland is a gentle respite from the pulsating demands of the modern day world. No unnatural noises of traffic or building construction encumbers the scenery of the Blue Ridge Plateau. The world feels still and for those who awake at dawn to watch the sunrise, gentle fog sometimes rolls across the perfectly manicured greens like a scene straight from a Hollywood movie.

An enormously rustic main house anchors numerous lodges and suites, the excellent food and beverage program, as well as the over 12,000 acres of award-winning fun for singles, couples and families alike. Check-in is quick and pain-free. If the rooms are not, for any reason ready, time can quickly be passed with the numerous activities on site. Everything from fishing, golf, horseback riding, hunting, mountain biking, paddle boarding and stargazing in the Observatory are offered.

And this September, for those seeking more of a daredevil activity, Primland will offer guests a unique and rarified opportunity to spend three days with nine-time Le Mans winner and motor racing legend, Tom Kristensen, and elite endurance competitor, Harold Primat, for the ultimate driving escape.

The Primland Driving Experience will begin with an intimate dinner hosted by Tom Kristensen and Harold Primat, prepared by the resort’s Executive Chef Ryan DeRieu. The next morning, helicopters will take guests to the Virginia International Raceway where you can experience white-knuckle, G-force thrills, hugging every hairpin turn, as the pros whip you around the full course in a world-class racing machine, a Radical RXC.

During the day, you will also have the opportunity to race the pros in a karting competition, just before swapping high-thrills with high-altitude as you make your way via helicopter back up the tree-studded mountains to the resort’s pinnacle location. The Primland Driving Experience will take place September 11-13. Reservations may be made by calling 276-222-3800.

For those seeking relaxation, guests can unplug from the stress of the modern day world with every luxurious amenity met by the pleasant Primland staff or at the Spa, where treatments are based upon ancient Indian-American cures for relaxation and renewal. Using the concept of the Native American medicine wheel, Primland’s spa treatments are intended to work in line with energies of nature, turning, as do the seasons, in an ongoing cycle bringing introspection and awakening the whole self. These have been developed in combination with local Native American advisors.

Once fully relaxed, be sure to meander over to your rooms which are spacious and comfortable. If you are able to garner the difficult-to-obtain reservations for the Tree Houses, this is where you want to stay. The Tree Houses are literal monikers for these rooms perched on the edge of the property, on the tops of trees, with sweeping views of the Kibler Valley and North Carolina. The best time to come, of course, is during the fall foliage season when the entire landscape is lit up in a bouquet of colors so book now for the best chance of getting in.

Primland, 2000 Busted Rock Road, Meadows of Dan, Virginia 24120. 1-866-960-7746

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