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Salamander Resort & Spa Invites Couples to an Off the Couch Weekend Retreat

Fall in love again while experiencing a fun and insightful getaway, September 29 – October 1



MIDDLEBURG, VA (August 1, 2017) – Taking a modern approach on relationships, Salamander Resort & Spa is offering an exclusive weekend getaway for couples looking to reignite the fire and further their romantic connection. Lead by Dr. Esther Boykin, CEO of Group Therapy Associates and licensed marriage and family therapist, the Off the Couch Couples Weekend will take place at the resort from Friday September 29, to Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Surrounded by Salamander Resort & Spa’s natural and romantic setting, the weekend is filled with a diverse selection of hand picked activities for couples that have a feeling of disconnect and know their relationship is worth investing in. Throughout the weekend, couples are encouraged to rekindle and strengthen their bond through experiences rather than traditional therapy sessions.

Kicking off, guests are invited to get a taste of Harrimans Grill – the resort’s decadent Virginia Piedmont restaurant – where couples will have a chance to connect with one another and meet Dr. Boykin. Focusing on developing mind body connections, Saturday begins with a guided meditation and yoga class – creating connections beyond one self and extending them to their partner. Couples will then spice things up at an interactive cooking class, lead by Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf at the Cooking Studio, working to create a delicious meal.

Guests will be able to partake in adventurous bonding activities such as zip lining, mountain biking and horseback riding while enjoying views of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Focusing on positive communication, couples will be able to see their companions through a different perspective during the EquiSpective program at Salamander’s Equestrian Center – the innovative personal discovery program unveils authentic communication through horses, which have the unique ability to respond to body language and energy.

Dr. Boykin will be leading a discussion focused on intimacy and romance and encourages couples to accompany each other for a date night to deepen their connection. All participating guests will also have a private 20-minute session with Dr. Boykin – giving time to discuss any concerns or questions and receive professional feedback positively impacting their relationship.

The love expert and author, Dr. Esther Boykin, shares her passion for healthy and beautiful relationships by helping others fulfill their lives through romance. Dr. Boykin’s unique therapy, “Conversations Off the Couch,” has helped couples mend through nontraditional therapy, such as events and activities, further fortifying their love.

Salamander Resort & Spa is nestled in Virginia’s horse and wine country in Middleburg, VA and is a LEED Green Building Certified resort on 340 picturesque acres. Located only one hour from Washington, D.C. and just 35 minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport, the resort is designed to respect the architectural traditions of Virginia’s countryside with 168 spacious rooms and suites that blend into the natural environment. The luxurious destination features an award-winning 23,000 square-foot spa, a beautiful Equestrian Center, and decadent culinary experiences at the resort’s Harrimans Grill, Gold Cup Wine Bar and its Cooking Studio.

For more information, please call Salamander Resort & Spa at 540-687-3600 or visit Salamander Resort & Spa is located at 500 North Pendleton Street, Middelburg, VA 20117.


Salamander Resort & Spa

Salamander Resort & Spa is a LEED Green Building Certified resort situated in the historic village of Middleburg, VA on 340 picturesque acres. Located only one hour from Washington, D.C. and just 35 minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport, the resort is designed to respect the architectural traditions of Virginia’s countryside with 168 spacious rooms and suites that blend into their natural environment. Resort Owner Sheila C. Johnson has created a luxurious destination featuring an award-winning 23,000-square-foot spa, Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill, the Gold Cup Wine Bar, a dedicated Cooking Studio, a chef-inspired Culinary Garden as well as the adventurous Tree Top Zip Lining Tour. The resort includes a full-service Equestrian Center with unique programming, a 22-stall stable and riding arena. All spa, culinary and equestrian facilities and programs are open to the community.


About Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila Johnson in 2005, the company has a luxury portfolio featuring two distinct collections. The Signature Collection includes the stunning Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; The Henderson, a 170-room grand beach resort in Destin, FL; NOPSI New Orleans, a new 217-room luxury historic hotel conversion in opening Summer 2017; and Hotel Bennett, a 179-room luxury hotel in Charleston, SC, opening in late 2017. The Golf Collection includes the famed Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, which hosts an annual PGA TOUR on its Copperhead Course; the elegant Reunion Resort in Orlando, which includes Signature Course designs from Nicklaus, Palmer and Watson; and the recently renovated oceanfront Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL, home to layouts by Nicklaus and Watson. All Salamander properties are members of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For additional information, visit

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