lansdowneresortMarathonTMOMHands up for a girlfriends’ getaway where you get to relax at a luxurious resort while renewing your spirit and learning how to simplify your life. I made sure to get my long run done before I recently hopped a quick flight from Atlanta to Leesburg, Virginia to take part in reTreat Yourself, The Lifestyle Redesign Getaway for: Working Mothers at Lansdowne Resort. The reTreat was inspiring, uplifting and full of great information to help simplify my life; and the resort was the perfect spot for this business/pleasure-filled trip. 


Lansdowne Resort is conveniently located right outside Washington, D.C., and is a quick cab ride from from Dulles International Airport. By the time I checked my email, sent a few tweets and updated my Facebook status I was pulling into the beautifully manicured resort. I felt my stress float away when I stepped out of the cab. The resort boasts nearly 300 deluxe guest rooms, 14 suites, five restaurants, the Spa Minerale, golf, tennis, swimming, a full fitness center and of course their renowned state-of-the-art conference center. Not that I had any desire to leave, but it’s also close to many national and local attractions including the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, several wineries, and premium shopping outlets. There’s also hiking and nature trails along the Potomac River, a place I’d love to get a good run in during my next stay. 

lansdowneGirlsMarathonTMOMThe Upside


I relaxed as soon as pulled up to the property. Not only is the resort visually appealing, but the orderly, no-stress atmosphere is contagious. I also experienced stellar customer service. Every question was answered happily and thoroughly, my needs were met quickly and I felt as if I was a personal guest; not a faceless customer. It was refreshing. My suite was fabulous yet comfortable and the dining was delicious (check back for posts reviewing the room and restaurants soon). 

The Downside

I’m still searching for one. The downside for me was probably that my trip was too quick. I was only there for one night and didn’t have time to visit the spa, the pools, lace up my running shoes and experience all that the resort has to offer. 

lansdownspaMarathonTMOMWho Should Visit?

While the resort is known for their conference facilities, it’s also a popular spot for girlfriend getaways, spa trips, weddings, and couples’ leisure weekends, too. Families also retreat to Lansdowne for weekend getaways and staycations. Yes, I would feel comfortable bringing my children there, but I personally appreciated the experience more as a mom’s getaway. 

For more information, visit Lansdowne Resort. 

Until next time, I’m off and running …

Lorraine Robertson is an author, nationally published freelance writer and creator of the site After two marathons, eight half marathons and countless smaller races she’s still packing her running shoes and looking for her next great race. Lorraine was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Great Cruises: Why Not The Mediterranean?” television show and her life-changing wedding appeared on TLC’s “A Wedding Story.” She lives in the metro Atlanta area with her husband, Napoleon and their kids, Miles, 10, and Milan, 8.

Disclosure: My room was provided by the Lansdowne Resort for media review purposes. As always, my thoughts and opinions are all my own. Photos courtesy of