The Quintessentials: Issue 4


Close your eyes and picture what you love most about Thanksgiving. Surely, food, family and friends top your list. When you gather for your holiday feast at Lansdowne Resort, you can enjoy turkey, togetherness and thankfulness without any of the downsides of hosting at home. Here are the 4 best reasons to celebrate this Thanksgiving at Lansdowne Resort – and make it a treasured tradition, year after year.

1) You Can Be Fully Present

When hosting family and friends at your house for Thanksgiving dinner, there are a lot of distractions. Do you have all of the ingredients you need for the dishes you have to make? Does anyone have food allergies that will affect the menu? Will the turkey be ready on time? Do your out-of-town guests have a place to stay the night? And… who is going to clean all of this up? With Thanksgiving Dinner reservations at Lansdowne Resort, you can indulge in a lavish feast and actually enjoy your company throughout the entire meal – with no stress and no mess.

2) Love Without Limits

Have you always wished your cousin Rose could join the festivities, but she lives thousands of miles away? Our proximity to Dulles International Airport means your family and friends from far and wide can easily join you for the holiday – and you don’t have to make up your guest bedroom or pull-out couch for these out-of-towners. An overnight stay in one of our gracious guestrooms or stylish suites wraps them in AAA Four-Diamond luxury. Bonus: They will awaken to joyously decked halls as we begin our resort-wide transformation to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

3) A Foodie-Worthy Feast

The Lansdowne Culinary Team is renowned for its talents and innovation. So you can savor all of the traditional Thanksgiving favorites alongside new, creative cuisine. Even the pickiest five-year-old and most discerning 35-year-old in your group will be delighted by their dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients. And the cherry on top of it all will be the wide variety of deeply decadent desserts.

4) A Picture-Perfect Setting

Instead of saying, “Could you please pass the mashed potatoes?” your guests will be raving about the extraordinary food with a side of equally-extraordinary views beyond your table. Nestled into the scenic Potomac River Valley, our resort overlooks a ribbon of flowing water as well as mighty mountain scapes in the distance. After dinner, you can pose for group photos in our lobby or stroll around our 500-acre grounds to burn off some of those indulgent calories.

Your Thanksgiving Dinner reservations are only a click or tap away – starting right here.


While our Western calendar is segmented into just four seasons, the Five Element Framework recognizes five seasons – each associated with distinctive elements and tastes. It is this Eastern philosophy that shapes seasonal dining at Lansdowne Resort.


Lasting only through the first week of November, our Autumn menu is inspired by the element of Metal and is designed to support the respiratory system. Associated tastes are described as pungent, hot or spicy. In Piedmont’s , we’re serving Larb Gai – Thai Lettuce Wraps and Glass Noodle Stir Fry that showcase the flavors of ginger and chilies as well as Chesapeake Rock Fish with seasonally essential river fish as the star of the plate. Make your dinner reservations before this signature menu falls away.


As autumn fans cling to their pumpkin spice, our culinary team will debut the winter menu during the second week in November. Guided by the element of water and salty flavors, dishes will have a grounding and softening effect on the body – a true comfort against the season’s chill. Dominant ingredients can include fish, lamb, beef, carrots, leek, potato, purple rice and more. We look forward to serving you our upcoming winter specialties in Piedmont’s.


When you have an avid player on your list, choosing the right holiday gift can be a challenge. So we asked our pros for their recommendations to make your golfer’s day-on-the-greens dreams come true. Hint: This year, it’s all about personalization!

In the Bag

Our on-site Pro Shop can take an order for your choice of two different customizable golf bags from respected brand Stitch. Offered in multiple colors, the Make It Yours SL1 can be embroidered with the player’s name, club name and logo as well as initials on the ingot. The Make It Yours SL2 comes with all of those options as well as the GT Saddle Pocket of your choosing plus custom embroidery on the bag’s ball or apparel pocket.

Joyful & Bold

Why settle for off-the-shelf golf shoes when you can get a custom pair of MyJoys by FootJoy from our on-site Pro Shop. You begin by choosing the shoe style, size and width. Then you personalize them with a combination of two colors as well as a logo or up to six characters of type on one or both shoes. These are perfect for showing off club or company pride – or individual style – every time your favorite player steps into the tee box.

Stroke of Genius

This gift idea is a true game-changer. Using an advanced biomechanics system, a Lansdowne Golf Academy instructor can capture your favorite player’s every motion, then analyze it – from address to follow-through – to determine strengths and weaknesses. This scientific approach to their golf swing helps inform what needs to be done to bring out their best for the next round. You don’t even need to leave your house to make this purchase – just order a resort gift card online that can be redeemed for this sought-after service, which starts at $275.


Do you have someone special in your world who positively lives for self-care? Surprise them with a thoughtful me-time gift – all tied up in a pretty bow – as recommended by the expert aestheticians at our own Spa Minérale.

For Flawless Face Time

One of the most in-demand skincare products on the shelves of Spa Minérale is the Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator from Eminence Organic Skincare. It fills the gap that’s missing from many people’s daily routines ­– leaving skin feeling fresh, hydrated and smooth without any stickiness or oily residue. Lightweight and deliciously fragrant, this product is ideal for everyday wear. And Eminence Organic Skincare even plants a tree for every package purchased – it’s like giving two gifts in one!

For Luxe Living

When they slip out of the shower, they can slip into the coziest comfort imaginable with a signature Spa Minérale robe. This coveted cover-up – available in two inclusive sizes in our spa boutique – feels soft and supple against the skin. And, with its knit fabric, knee-length styling and tie-closure for a perfect fit, it reads more chic sweater than basic bathrobe.

For Pure Pampering

If your spa-lover already has a skincare routine they swear by and a bathrobe already worn-in to optimal comfort, a Lansdowne Resort gift card really is the go-to choice. For one, you can easily purchase it online and the recipient can use it as they please – whether that’s for a treatment in Spa Minérale, dining in one of our restaurants or a stay in our AAA Four-Diamond accommodations.


Now that you have a plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with us all squared away, you can look forward to even more sensational seasonal festivities. Be sure to regularly visit our Holiday page for details on how we’ll be making spirits bright for Christmas and bidding 2023 a fond farewell at our New Year’s Eve event. Cheers!

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