Only two hours from Charlotte, North Carolina, Primland felt like a secluded getaway with lots to offer guests looking to escape. For kids, there is archery, picnics, family lodging and lots of land for them to discover. This luxury 12,000-acre resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia offers world-class golf, spa, farm to table cuisine, hiking, shooting and other outdoor activities in an environment of rare natural beauty.
The Big Beautiful Retreat Called Primland
While 12,000 acres seemed like a large number to me, I didn’t fully grasp just how huge it was until our rental car passed through the entry gates of Primland. Located at the bottom of one of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we started its ascent up the steep, paved climb. Seeing the entrance sign, I assumed that meant we had arrived at the resort already. Twenty minutes later, we were still on Primland property but just barely reaching the main lodge.
If the rest of this post reads like a love letter or that I drank too much of the kool-aid, it’s because it is and I did. I honestly, can’t recommend the property enough and how much we were surprised by our trip and enjoyed it.
Primland is perfect for a couples retreat, family reunion, and/or getting in touch with nature, but without roughing it. And this resort is also environmentally friendly as a LEED ( Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) registered property, practicing social responsibility in a luxury setting.
Below are some tips and reasons as to why you NEED to escape and unwind at Primland.
Accommodations at the lodge feature elegant decor with rustic flair. Suites add living spaces, balconies or a glass-walled aerie. The blinds in our suite opened and closed at the press of a button on the wall.
If you’re looking for extra privacy with your family but still want to enjoy the amenities of the lodge and resort, Primland has numerous private cottages and homes available for rent and include kitchens, gas fireplaces, and living rooms.
One that I viewed had four bedrooms with a swing on the porch and ping-pong table in the basement that would be wonderful for families. With toddler boys, I admired how sturdy everything inside, I wouldn’t have to worry about them breaking anything.
Stay in a Tree House? Why Yes You Can!
The vast property also has three secluded tree houses for rent. Perched on the edge of the mountains nearly 2,700 feet up and overlooking the Dan River, these getaways offer a retreat from your retreat. The intimate cabins are built around the solid branches of the tree tops, each giving way to sweeping views. Rustic looking from the outside, yet with modern conveniences and lush amenities on the inside, like a flat panel TV, wifi and a bathtub. Given the height though young kids and pets are not allowed, but the inner child in everyone is!
Moonshine and Mixology
At the lodge, where I stayed, there is a fine dining room, a saloon, and pub. True to its Blue Ridge Mountain roots, the bar menu boasts a moonshine cocktail list crafted by mixologist Santana Lawson using local bottles of moonshine. Her blueberry moonshine champagne cocktail packed a yummy wallop. Also, Scotch, bourbon or moonshine tastings are available upon request, accommodated any night of the week.
TIP #1: For an easy hike, ask the concierge how to get to the original Moonshine stills found on the property or have the complimentary shuttle take you over to see it. Unfortunately, Primland had to ensure it wasn’t working to keep the state happy, but it’s still impressive to see the rotting equipment all the same. The area can also be rented for outdoor parties with string lights and a cookout set up by the resort.
There is so much to do at Primland and the extensive grounds, that I’m sure I’m missing some of the activities offered, but here are just to name a few.
Stargazing at the Observatory Dome
Final Thoughts on Primland
Overall, I had come to Primland to try something different and escape, both of which I was able to do. Being a blogger, I’m often attached to my devices and stuck behind my desk, but on this trip, I barely glanced at my phone. By the time I returned to my room, I didn’t bother powering up my laptop at night. I also tried new activities for the first time and spent most of the time busy outside or pampering myself. I had never been to this part of the country either, and it was a rewarding experience that I hope you all get to see for yourself.
TIP #2: Order the Pig Candy! Dried thick bacon seasoned with maple syrup and sugar, it was pure ambrosia and alone are worth going back for.