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A Sweet Escape

Allison Mitchell | July 1, 2013 | Articles National

Enter Barnsley Resort (formerly Barnsley Gardens), a getaway featuring 62 luxury guest rooms and suites, five one-bedroom cottages and six multibedroom counterparts set up in a European-style village. Inspired by the architecture of Andrew Jackson Downing, the accommodations are surrounded by picturesque lakes, ponds and a vast golf course in the Blue Ridge Mountains. When you’re not hiking or horseback riding on the resort’s 3,300 acres, head to The Spa for their latest addition of acupuncture, or splurge on one of their many massages, facials or body wraps (we love the espresso mineral scrub). This month, celebrate the 4th with a Red, White & Brew craft beer tasting, live music and a classic Southern barbecue; then, head back with your sweetie on July 20 for Firefly Night, where you’ll dance under the stars in the resort’s magical ruins. Emphasis on “magic”—the resort has a resident fairy godmother who’s known for planning over-the-top proposals and decking out couples’ rooms in spicy themes. Pack for a sizzlin’ good time. Rooms from $299,, @barnsleyresort


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