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Summer at Salamander Has Something for Everyone


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alamander’s “Summer Adventure Guide” is so full of activities for guests of every age and interest that it even requires a table of contents. Kari Bowman serves as Recreation Director at Salamander Resort & Spa, a role she’s filled since the resort’s opening. She’s also responsible for developing the Recreation & Fitness program from the ground up – and for making sure there is a wide range of experiences and opportunities. Bowman emphasized there are plenty of activities for people of all ages, including Camp Salamander, corporate group programs, crafts, nature hikes, history walks and guided bike rides. Prior to Salamander, Bowman spent more than ten years at Kiawah Island Golf Resort near Charleston, South Carolina. She began as a camp counselor and was quickly promoted to recreation program manager. In addition to handling responsibility for numerous programs and events, she was also the co-director of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon, an annual road race tradition for half and full marathon runners. An Iowa native who earned her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, Bowman has been a member of the Resort & Commercial Recreation Association since 2003, serving on the Board of Directors since 2008 and a term as president in 2012. Bowman also recently became a Red Cross lifeguard instructor. “I really enjoy the challenges and suc-

cesses that come with working in a resort environment,” Bowman said. “And I look forward to advancing my career here at Salamander Resort & Spa.” For grown-ups, children and families, there’s everything from scenic cinema showing family-friendly features to ballroom dance classes and winery tours. It also lists dining events, afternoon tea, family crafts, tree top zip tours, manners for success and, a favorite for many lucky youngsters, Camp Salamander. Options at Camp Salamander may even appeal to a few adults—Goin’ on a Fox Hunt, Nutty About Nature, Silly Scientists and Minion Magician Mayhem. There’s even Kids Night Out, designed for little ones to let loose while giving their parents the opportunity for grown-up versions of the same. At Kids Night Out, children will enjoy dinner, swimming, crafts, seasonally-themed activities and a snack. A fun-filled summer checklist for kids and families includes something for everyone – bird watching and hawking 101, scavenger hunts, teddy bear making, trail rides, and family crafts. And there is, as always, plenty for adults to do: antiquing in Middleburg, spa treatments and winery tours. A number of get-away packages are Kari Bowman, Recreation Director at Salamander Resort & Spa offered this summer – Family Getaway, Summer Rejuvenation and The Grape Escape. are numerous equestrian-inspired activities for social hour takes place on the Grand Lawn, Those who sign up for the latter are picked up children and adults – essential horsemanship, with food and beverage service available at at the resort entrance with a Salamander picnic, riding lessons, private rides, and countryside special Yappy Hour prices. Better yet, ten percent of the profits from the Yappy Hour menu and then spend the afternoon visiting wineries trail rides. And don’t forget the pampered pooches. are donated to Middleburg Humane Foundaand tasting award-winning wines. The packSalamander is continuing Yappy Hour every tion. n age includes two nights in deluxe accomTuesday from 5-7 p.m. through Sept. The modations and a bottle of local wine. There

M i d d l e b u r g

By Dulcy Hooper For Middleburg Life


School’s Outside

for Summer

Explore our CAMPus

July 2015

Our Summer Program is a six-week day camp open to all rising 1st through 8 th graders. To learn more, or to register your child for camp, visit

137 Acres in beautiful Middleburg, VA | Outdoor amphitheater Library | Walking and running trails | Sports fields | Indoor Athletic center performing arts center | Playground | Science center | Ponds, wetlands, woods & more

Children may be out of the classroom, but that doesn’t mean they have to stop learning. Each day offers a lesson in exploration, adventure, inclusion and self-confidence. Campers at The Hill School are exposed to a mix of arts, sciences, sports and the natural environment, all designed to strengthen their skills, interests and character. You’ll be amazed when you see how much a child can grow over one summer.


Middleburg Life, July 2015