As the longtime tourism-and-travel slogan of our country’s tenth state conveys, Virginia is for lovers. Boasting world-class entertainment and dining, sandy stretches of beach, and more, the state located midway between New York and Florida is an excellent destination for locum tenens providers, too. Here is a sampling of the exceptional things you could enjoy during your free time while on assignment in the Old Dominion State.
- Dine at a restaurant recognized in the “DC-only” Michelin Guide. Situated in a small Virginia town on the fringes of Shenandoah National Park, The Inn at Little Washington, a one-time garage, can trace its humble beginnings to the 1890s. Today, the elegantly appointed establishment presents fare so extraordinary it won a coveted spot in the recently released, first-ever Michelin Guide Washington, DC—even though it is about 70 miles from our nation’s capital! The Inn offers three tasting menus; guests may choose the one they find most appealing or select the dishes that most interest them. Enduring classics include Carpaccio of Herb-Crusted Elysian Fields Baby Lamb Loin with Caesar Salad Ice Cream and a Fricassée of Maine Lobster with Potato Gnocchi and Curried Walnuts. Cost: From $168 for a prix fixe menu on Friday and Sunday (Source: Forbes Travel Guide)
- Indulge in a caviar facial. Nestled among the shops and restaurants of Old Town Alexandria—and a short walk from the King Street Metro Station—the Lorien Hotel and Spa offers a thoroughly decadent 80-minute treatment that firms, refines, and deeply hydrates the face. The key component is an ingredient that is often spooned onto crackers and served at posh affairs. But as dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, recently told ELLE magazine, there are data-supported benefits to using caviar extracts in skin care. Following the spa’s Caviar Age-Defying Facial, which includes a moisturizing hand treatment and scalp massage, your skin should appear supple, revived, and luminescent. Cost: $200
- Spread your wings and fly. Safely enjoy the thrill of flying without a plane at iFLY, Virginia Beach’s indoor skydiving facility. A variety of options are available to accommodate beginners and seasoned flyers alike at this beachfront wind tunnel. Packages include a pre-flight training session, necessary gear (i.e., suit, helmet, and goggles), instruction from a certified guide, and a personalized post-flight certificate. Guests also may purchase coaching with dedicated instructors to progress faster, learn new techniques, and receive in-flight challenges. Cost: Roughly $60 per person for two minutes (first-time flyers); extra charge for “high flights.”