The Washington Times - May 29, 2008, 12:31PM


By Jacquie Kubin, Editor, Donne Tempo


Lansdowne, Virginia…(May 29, 2008) For those that live in the D.C. metropolitan area, one of the warmer weather’s greatest joys are the great outdoor offerings that fill the summer nights.

Lansdowne Resort, Lansdowne, Virginia keeps hot summer nights cool with their Friday night series,  “Lansdowne Resorts Jazz on the Potomac.”  Held every Friday night through August 29th, visitors will enjoy a number of great performers, like David Bach Consort appearing June 13th.

David Bach Consort (Photo Courtesy of Artist)

“We performed The Potomac Jazz Festival last year and it is such a beautiful place to perform music,” said David Bach, The David Bach Consort.

“The crowd was so enthusiastic and receptive to my music. We had so much fun and are really looking forward to performing there again.“

The Lansdowne Resort, scenically located above the Potomac River, provides full resort amenities in the midst of the Virginia Hunt country. The property has the affability of a lorded country manor, and upon entering it is easy to forget that the rush of DC is really just miles away.  

The countryside is evident through the deep earth tones of warm oranges and browns, salient greens of the décor enhanced by grand field stonewalls and natural wood foods.  The property offers luxury amenities from quality linens to well appointed baths enhanced with Gilchrest & Somme’s soaps. 

The jazz performances are free to those that wish to just stop by.  For those looking for a weekend retreat filled with quality entertainment, a bit of golf and a rejuvenating spa experience, Friday night packages include a mid-Friday afternoon check-in, allowing for time in the remarkable Mineral spa or on one of the three golf course, including The Norman Course, designed by golfing great Greg Norman.

In addition the property boats a new clubhouse and pool complex, that includes five pools for splashing and fun, or if you prefer a quite pool environment the “adults only” quiet pool.

The Mineral Spa offers guests the chance to surrender to the administrations of one of the most luxurious day spas with a complete menu of facial and body treatments.  The women’s area is richly hued with shades of lavender intermixed with earthen greens and golds and warm oatmeal backgrounds. 

Remarkable fireplaces bring together the natural elements of earth, water and fire to create an enhanced aura of calm and healing.  It is a truly remarkable spa environment that considers the individual to the level of providing private, curtained pedicure stations.

Your evening of Jazz is enhanced by wines chosen by multiple award winning sommelier Mary Watson-Delauder and a selection of dinning options, created by Executive Chef Jason Lage.

“Our first Jazz on the Potomac, (May 23) with Steve Oliver went so well,” said Seth Petersen, Marketing Coordinator Lansdowne Resort. “We have a new stage that provides great sight lines for the guests, and we grilled some wonderful foods, including shrimp kabobs, BBQ pork sandwiches, grilled fajita sandwiches and bratwurst with sauerkraut.”

For those that want a more formal dining experience, before or after the show, Chef Jason Lage will be very happy to welcome you to the  “On The Potomac at Lansdowne Resort,” an eclectic dining experience rich with fine regional, American cuisines. 

“I love the spring and the foods that come with it,” said Chef Lage. “I am particularly excited that soon we will have Copper River Salmon, lamb from Jamison Farms and the fresh peas, tomatoes and other seasonal vegetables.”

Chef Jason Lage (Photo by Jacquie Kubin)

Chef’s menu provides a wide variety of foods, from Pan Roasted Loin of Colorado Lamb and Grilled Bone in Rib Eye Steak, to a remarkable sounding Maine Lobster “Carbonara Style” enhanced with English peas, apple wood smoked bacon and house made fettuccini, or the Grilled Elephant Trunk Scallops.  

It may become necessary, due to the season, to order the Spring Vegetable and Herb Risotto prepared with Asiago Cheese and Crispy Hen of the Woods Mushrooms. 

Which would make this a perfect evening of romance under the stars, as Jazz fills the air. 

Visit The Lansdowne Resort for more information and the Jazz on the Potomac Schedule.

Jacquie Kubin is Editor of Donne Tempo Magazine, a woman’s travel, culinary and lifestyle magazine. She is also a fan of Jazz, red wine and great food!  If there is a great summer-time event that you enjoy, let us know here at The Washington Times Community Blogs - Donne Travels.