Virginia’s Most Beautiful Hotels for the Holidays

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Dec 9, 2014 | Updated: Apr 17, 2018

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Travelers and locals alike flock to certain Virginia hotels every year at Christmastime. Why? These hotels go above and beyond to deliver a magical experience inside. The decorations are stunning, professional creations that stop you, and leave you standing with your mouth gaping wide open. Don’t believe me? To quote Disney’s Brave, “feast your eyes …”


— The Jefferson, Richmond —

The Jefferson has had elaborate gingerbread artworks – pieces far taller than my 5’6″ stature, and while these arts change annually, the breadth of the rest of the grand hotel remain. Enter and find a stunning 28′ tree decorated by Rick Lunsford of Blooms at The Jefferson (it has its own illumination ceremony, by the way), sweeping staircases wrapped in garland, ribbon and bows, and hundreds of beautiful poinsettias delicately situated about.

Richmonders spend time at The Jefferson for dining, intimate meetings, and after hours drinks. There aren’t many other hotels that can claim the local love that this place can.

Call and request your stay for Holidays at The Jefferson or book it online now.

Holiday Guide

— Primland, Meadows of Dan —

Come see the festive decorations during December at Primland Resort and book the Winter Savor Package for a great deal on one of Virginia’s most beautiful resorts. The package includes your overnight stay, free breakfast, afternoon tea, and a dinner from your choice of the resort’s restaurants (Elements, the 19th Pub, the Stables Saloon, or in-room service). Additionally, guests booking the package on the weekends are welcomed with a Manager’s Reception.


— The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs —

A near-national treasure, this Virginia mainstay always delivers the quintessential Southern hospitality experience, and if possible, the holidays seem to take that experience up a notch.

Peruse the halls and spaces of The Omni Homestead Resort to find the more than 30 decorated trees. The Great Hall Fraser fir was more than 23′ tall and 15′ wide when it was cut. It now twinkles with more than 2,000 multi-colored lights. Look for its 17′ sibling tree in the Grand Ballroom, decked in satin and white lights.

Book the Holiday Escape package for an unforgettable Christmas experience. Book online now.

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— Boar’s Head Inn, Charlottesville —

Boar’s Head is a AAA Four Diamond destination known for its superb Old Mill Room dining. The entire estate glistens with the twinkling lights of the season, but it’s the themed, decorated trees you’ll want to seek out.

Don’t just dream of sipping holiday tea or enjoying Christmas dinner, do it! And stay the night, too. The Bed, Breakfast & Dinner Package includes all of that. Book online.


— Mimslyn Inn, Luray —Mimslyn Inn Christmas

Experience an old-fashioned holiday when you book the Choose & Cut Christmas Tree Package at Mimslyn Inn in Luray. The package includes an overnight stay in one of their historic rooms or cottages and a visit to one of the local tree farms the next day, where you and your family can pick out your favorite tree to be freshly cut and taken home with you. Rate start at $189 per night.


— Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg —

Kingsmill Resort is a gem of a stay not far from Colonial Williamsburg, giving visitors an over-the-top Christmas treat outside, inside, and even in their room. When you stay at Kingsmill, you can truly spend the Christmas weekend, as your stockings, tree, trimmings, milk and cookies … it’s all taken care of! Just ask for the Holiday Traditions package when you call.


— The Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach —

 The Founders Inn and Spa is aglow this season from the moment you step onto the property. The gardens are illuminated in classic white lights. Inside, the evergreens are decorated in white and gold, with angels and stars being the predominant theme.

Stay awhile when you book the New Year’s Eve Gala package complete with dinner, champagne toast, dancing and live bands. Or take advantage of super low winter rates! See the options and book now.


Salamander Resort and Spa. Courtesy of Salamander Resort and Spa Facebook Page.

Salamander Resort and Spa.

— Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg —

The mecca of hunt country, Salamander Resort is the new kid on the block, but boasts beautiful, traditional style. No detail has been overlooked when decorating this amazing space, so why would Christmastime be any different? The halls are completely decked and the menus have been taste-tested and approved. You’re missing out if you don’t find yourself here.

Spend Christmas away, just two of you, and enjoy a five-course Christmas Eve dinner at Harriman’s. Book now.

Christmas at Salamander

Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Stonewall Jackson Hotel

— Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Staunton —

A 1920s gem in the Shenandoah Valley, Stonewall Jackson Hotel is a great hub for your holiday adventures in Staunton and beyond. Enjoy a breakfast buffet at 24 Market Restaurant for half-price when you bring a new, unwrapped toy any Saturday or Sunday morning November 28 through December 20.

Make a night of it when you book a Shakespeare Package to enjoy this season’s Blackfriars performances: The Santaland Diaries, The Twelve Dates of Christmas, and A Christmas Carol.

Holiday Calendar

Lansdowne Resort

Lansdowne Resort

— Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg —

Those in the Northern Virginia area will find a great holiday escape at Lansdowne Resort. Head there for your gingerbread decorating fun, as well as special Christmas and New Year’s dining and events.

Holiday Guide

— The Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg —

Regarded among the world’s great hotels, the Williamsburg Inn, is the crown jewel of Colonial Williamsburg’s Resort Collection.  You will definitely be treated with great attention to detail and with generous southern hospitality.
Visiting Colonial Williamsburg during the Christmas season is a special treat anda a magical place. With candles lighting the way, it is a fascinatingly beautiful holiday destination.

— The Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke —

Around every corner in The Hotel Roanoke is a themed tree, or even a themed hallway. This grand historic hotel is the site of Fashions for Evergreens, a United Way fundraiser that includes more than 40 professionally designed trees. Funds are raised when visitors use their dollars to vote for their favorite tree.

Don’t miss the famous Peanut Soup and other delicious delights at The Regency Room. Go ahead and stay the night by booking the Holiday Package, which includes a special keepsake ornament, coupons for area shopping, and more.



Did I miss your favorite, beautifully decorated go-to Virginia hotel? Impossible! Well, maybe possible. Please leave a kind comment to share the love! Merry Christmas!


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Dana Mayberry-General Manager

We have opened in 2016 a new quaint hotel in Historical Appomattox, The Appomattox Inn and Suites. It is beautifully decorated for the holidays and we do a tree lighting and open house each year. I would like to submit my pictures for a possible opportunity to be listed as one of the Virginia hotels decorated beautifully for the holidays.


Hey! U left off Hotel Roanoke. They have the best trees around at Christmas! !!

David Noyes
David Noyes

I don’t see Primland Resort. Too remote?

Ruth Price
Ruth Price

How about the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, VA?

Elizabeth Hooh
Elizabeth Hooh

How could you possibly leave out The Williamsburg Inn?

j gieselman
j gieselman

The Mimslyn in Luray.