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Salamander Resort & Spa Announces New Associate Director of Catering Just in Time for Holiday Party Planning

MIDDLE BURG, VA. September 12, 2017 – Ringing in the start of the holiday season, Salamander Resort & Spa, the luxury resort located just outside of Washington, D.C., is pleased to announce the appointment of Christina Gibson as Associate Director of Catering. Gibson’s arrival comes just in time for guests looking to host holiday parties in Salamander style. Gibson will dive into her new role and begin to spread the cheer by helping guests plan and execute their holiday festivities – managing the logistics and handling the party details, simplifying the planning process so all are able to enjoy a merry celebration.

With over a decade of expertise in the hospitality industry, Christina Gibson brings a rich background in guest services, event planning and sales management. Gibson has held various positions at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in McLean, VA and the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, VA. She later served as Catering and Golf Coordinator and more recently as the Event Sales Manager at the nearby luxury resort, Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, VA. Her time and immersion in the industry has molded her into a detail oriented professional with strong leadership qualities while her experiences in Northern Virginia have expanded her knowledge of the area’s demographics. Gibson has developed a comprehensive understanding of what companies, guests and locals are looking for when hosting in Northern Virginia – easily exceeding their expectations.

“Christina’s knowledge of the luxury hospitality sector fits right in with the Salamander experience we provide to our guests,” said Doug Camp, Director of Sales and Marketing. “She has an outstanding record of catering success and commitment to excellence, making her the ideal candidate for this position.”

Guided by Christina Gibson’s expertise, guests are invited to celebrate the holidays with friends and families at Salamander Resort & Spa. Each of the 12 venues located throughout the resort offer a unique setting, accommodating both large and intimate groups.

The Middleburg Ballroom is an ideal area for larger parties, boasting 4,500-square-feet of traditional space surrounded by Salamander’s casually sophisticated design. Divisible into three sections, this venue can accommodate up to 340 guests for a dinner. For a cozy, homelike setting, The Library presents a charming room featuring rich dark wood, an eclectic collection of books and inviting fireplace – for a more private gathering, close the large flanking doors and enjoy the natural light with views of the Grand Lawn. For groups looking for an unparalleled interactive activity, the Cooking Studio accommodates 24 guests into an entertaining, kitchen setting. All hands on deck are encouraged as participants create a decadent meal together, contributing to the family-like atmosphere. Guests may also opt for a formal dining experience at the Cooking Studio, accompanied with behind the scenes views of the kitchen through the chef’s counter window.

Selecting a venue is just the start for hosting a holiday party – Christina Gibson’s wealth of knowledge ensures a remarkable experience before, during and after the celebration.

Salamander Resort & Spa is nestled in Virginia’s horse and wine country in Middleburg, VA and is a LEED Green Building Certified resort on 340 picturesque acres. Located only one hour from Washington, D.C. and just 35 minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport, the resort is designed to respect the architectural traditions of Virginia’s countryside with 168 spacious rooms and suites that blend into the natural environment. The luxurious destination features an award-winning 23,000 square-foot spa, a beautiful Equestrian Center, and decadent culinary experiences at the resort’s Harrimans Grill, Gold Cup Wine Bar and its Cooking Studio.

For more information, please call Salamander Resort & Spa at 540-687-3600 or visit www.SalamanderResort.com. Salamander Resort & Spa is located at 500 North Pendleton Street, Middelburg, VA 20117.

Salamander Resort & Spa

Salamander Resort & Spa is a LEED Green Building Certified resort situated in the historic village of Middleburg, VA on 340 picturesque acres. Located only one hour from Washington, D.C. and just 35 minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport, the resort is designed to respect the architectural traditions of Virginia’s countryside with 168 spacious rooms and suites that blend into their natural environment. Resort Owner Sheila C. Johnson has created a luxurious destination featuring an award-winning 23,000-square-foot spa, Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill, the Gold Cup Wine Bar, a dedicated Cooking Studio, a chef-inspired Culinary Garden as well as the adventurous Tree Top Zip Lining Tour. The resort includes a full-service Equestrian Center with unique programming, a 22-stall stable and riding arena. All spa, culinary and equestrian facilities and programs are open to the community.

About Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila Johnson in 2005, the company has a luxury portfolio featuring two distinct collections. The Signature Collection includes the stunning Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; The Henderson, a 170-room grand beach resort in Destin, FL; NOPSI New Orleans, a new 217-room luxury historic hotel conversion in opening Summer 2017; and Hotel Bennett, a 179-room luxury hotel in Charleston, SC, opening in late 2017. The Golf Collection includes the famed Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, which hosts an annual PGA TOUR on its Copperhead Course; the elegant Reunion Resort in Orlando, which includes Signature Course designs from Nicklaus, Palmer and Watson; and the recently renovated oceanfront Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL, home to layouts by Nicklaus and Watson. All Salamander properties are members of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For additional information, visit www.SalamanderHotels.com.

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