Michelle Obama spotted at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha in China in March. (AFP PHOTO/Peter Parks)
First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, in China in March. (Peter Parks/AFP)

Hey isn’t that… First lady Michelle Obama spending a quiet weekend in Middleburg with daughters Malia and Sasha in tow at the tony Salamander Resort. While the president was being trailed by flashing cameras and notebook-wielding reporters on a four-country tour through Asia, Michelle Obama’s itinerary was a tad bit more low-key. On Friday she was spotted in the lobby of the luxury resort owned by multimillionaire Sheila Johnson. 

Leigh Edgerton, an alum of the all-girls high school Foxcroft, which celebrated its centennial that same weekend, locked eyes with the first lady on Friday evening. 

“She was walking through the lobby and everyone stood up and started clapping,’ explained Edgerton. “She looked right at me and said, ‘Hi, everybody, I hope you’re having fun,’ and I raised my arms in the air and said with a big smile ‘I am!’” Edgerton admitted, perhaps unnecessarily, to being a big fan of the first lady, who wasn’t spotted again until Sunday when a tipster saw her having lunch on a private terrace with a group of around 20.

Another source tells us that on Saturday afternoon he and his wife were turned away from Boxwood Winery owned by John Kent Cooke (son of former Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke) because the estate was closed for a “private event.” Boxwood posted a picture of the first lady dressed casually in khaki pants, her hair held back with a long scarf, on its Facebook page with the caption, “Thank you Michelle Obama for visiting us today! We enjoyed hosting you and your wonderful friends!”

“I think it’s really nice she came to town and was so under the radar,” said Punkin Lee, president of the Middleburg Business Association. Lee said she hadn’t heard about Obama’s weekend visit until it was over. “But that’s why people come here,” she added.

Middleburg, however, is no stranger to Washington VIPs. The Kennedys spent many a weekend in the capital of Virginia horse country, first leasing the 400-acre Glen Ora farm and then building a country get-away they called Wexford.

Other than a few conspicuous men in dark suits the town’s 700 residents noticed little change during the Obama visit.

“Most people didn’t know until you started seeing secret service people,” said Lee, “and then they were driving out of town.”

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