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.

Primland's Blue Ridge Mountain resort offers 12,000 acres of space.

Primland’s Blue Ridge Mountain resort offers 12,000 acres of space. Photo Credit: Tara Settembre/VIP TravelingMom

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.

Primland Accommodations

Primland luxury resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

Primland Lodge. Photo Credit: Tara Settembre/VIP TravelingMom

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.

Outdoor Activities:

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.

  • My first time shooting sporting clays! Esquire Magazine rated Primland as one of the top twenty-five courses for shooting sporting clays in the nation. Photo Credit: Tara Settembre/VIP TravelingMom

    My first time shooting sporting clays! Photo Credit: Tara Settembre/VIP TravelingMom

    Golf

  • Fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • Sporting clays
  • Archery
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking and Nature walks
  • Paddle boarding
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • RTV Tours

Clay Shooting and RTV Tour at Primland

During our trip, I went clay shooting for the first time ever and really enjoyed it. I had never really shot a rifle before nor had my female cousin who joined me on this girl’s trip. Our instructor and guide taught us along the 14 stations along a-mile long course.
Esquire Magazine rated Primland as one of the top twenty-five courses for shooting sporting clays in the nation. Each station mimicked a different kind of animal and speed, some were lobbed up high, other targets bounced and zipped along the ground or soared up high, providing new views and challenges for us beginners.
I eventually got the hang of it and hit my fair share of discs. My cousin even hit an advanced shot that our instructor dubbed “nearly impossible.” My arms were sore the next day, but I felt accomplished and the memories were worth it.
We also went on an RTV tour up and down trails for two hours, hitting up to 30 MPH and stopping at a pond to feed trout.

Hiking at Primland

An easier activity that doesn’t cost additionally are the six nature trails at Primland. We hiked the moderate Pinnacle Loop, following the markers directly from the lodge. It wasn’t difficult, but I worked up a sweat and was glad I was wearing layers to shed. We trekked roughly 2 miles and took in some amazing views. There are meditation decks along it for yoga or to simply contemplate on. I would love to start my morning like that every day.
Primland's Blue Ridge Mountain hiking trails makes exploring the outdoors easy. Photo Credit: Tara Settembre/VIP TravelingMom

Primland’s Blue Ridge Mountain hiking trails makes exploring the outdoors easy. Photo Credit: Tara Settembre/VIP TravelingMom

Stargazing at the Observatory Dome

If I wasn’t already tripping out over all there was to do and see at Primland, this part blew my mind. One of the silos in the lodge is actually an observatory dome that retracts and opens to the night’s sky and the stars beyond offering spectacular views and stargazing. Inside is a Celestron CGE Pro 1400 telescope. Starwalk, a 45-minute telescope and dome presentations are offered nightly by resident astronomers and can be scheduled during your stay as weather conditions allow for $35 per person. Advance reservations requested by 5:00 p.m. that day.
I visited in December. While it was quite cold with the roof open, warm, sleeping-bag- like-blankets were provided, and I was soon feeling toasty bundled up and gazing up. I learned a lot during the session too and bombarded Primland’s Astronomy Supervisor with questions. She even broke out additional photos on the flat screen monitor to show different constellations and photos taken from that very spot using their powerful telescopes.

Spa Indulgence

After experiencing all of the above, I was thankful that the resort has a lovely and large spa to kick back in. Its turquoise colors and tile, landscape artwork and use of feathers in the decor was truly unique. I had never visited a spa that was inspired by the Native American culture before and really enjoyed that it wasn’t just another hotel spa.
Before my massage, my masseuse spread out a deck of cards on the massage table and told me to select one. Instead, of revealing a number, my card had a photo of a swan. It was a spirit card, she said.
At the end of the massage, I was brought to the relaxation lounge where she then provided me with information on the swan with an Indian tale with additional folk wisdom. It was peaceful sitting there and getting lost in the tale, again something I had never experienced at a spa before. The whirlpool and steam room located in the locker rooms were also more than welcomed.
Primland spa in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virgina

The destination spa at Primland offers a soothing and tranquil environment. Photo Credit: Tara Settembre/VIP TravelingMom

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.

Why You Need to Escape to Primland in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia