Looking for a place to retreat, to bond with your kids, or for adventure? Wintergreen Resort, a four-season mountain retreat located on 11,000 lush acres of the Blue Ridge Mountains, has all of this and more. Plus while some of your time at the resort can be spent building stronger relationships with your kids, you can also drop them off at one of the nationally renowned children’s programs for some much need me or we time.
Great for a week or a weekend, here are just a few things that can make your fall family vacation memorable.
Settling In – Accommodations
The residences at Wintergreen resort can accommodate anywhere from 2-10 people. We stayed in a three bedroom top floor condo at “The Cliffs” which had beautiful vaulted ceiling and a priceless view of the mountains. The property has 230 villa-style condominiums and rental homes, from studio suites to nine-bedroom homes, each offers a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable living area. Most accommodations have fireplaces and a balcony or deck. While on the property I also toured this beautiful 9 bedroom mansion with a wood view and gorgeous gourmet kitchen. Once you settle into your condo or home head out for a bit to eat at Copper Mine.
Dinner at The Copper Mine Bistro
Bring the family for dinner at Copper Mine for soups, salads, tapas, small and large plates, gourmet pizzas and more. This eatery has a comfortable bistro and classic Mediterranean cuisine. atmosphere. Everything is delicious but try the seafood pasta which is served with shrimp, scallops and a delicious lobster tail. The Caprese Salad is served with pesto here and makes for a delicious small bite if you’re not super hungry. The Copper Mine Bistro serves also serves breakfast and dinner year round and adds lunch during ski season.
Kid Adventures – The Treehouse Program
Kids and adults alike will love the programs for kids – for different reasons of course. Your children will enjoy the indoor and outdoor activities such as guided nature walks, arts and crafts, story time, games, songs, and playground time. You will enjoy it because you can leave them in the care of good hands while you hurry off to the vineyards or some other fun, “there is no way I’m bringing my kids” activity. Designed for children ages 2½-12, the Treehouse Program has “Fun experts” who know how to keep everyone active and happy. All Treehouse programs require advance reservations and children are grouped according to age and ability. A healthy staff/child ratio is maintained so that the resort can effectively provide children with a quality experience. There is also a junior golf or tennis program for your future Arnold Palmer or Serena Williams.
A Little Vino Break? – Veritas Winery & Vineyard
While the kids are away the parents can play. Just a short drive to the valley is Veritas Winery & Vineyard.Veritas Vineyards and Winery began in 1999 when Andrew and Patricia Hodson planted 5 acres of grapes as a passion project. Over the past two decades, Veritas has grown to include over 50 acres of vineyards and has succeeded in consistently producing a range of complex and elegant wines. Schedule a tour to see this award winning winemaker in action, then stay after the tour for a tasting with their expert wine makers and event managers. Sit in their signature wine tasting room (and admire the word LOVE made from wine corks) or sit outside on the stunning porch and enjoy the valley breeze.
Lunch with Your Bunch – The Edge Restaurant
The neighborhood place to meet and eat, The Edge is family friendly and boasts spectacular views of the mountains. This casual eatery is perched over slopes and valley below. It is ideal for groups and sports a large-screen television and a pulsing schedule of seasonal live entertainment. The upbeat lunch and dinner menus include tempting appetizers, seasonal salads, flavorful sandwiches and hearty entrees all served with the best view on the mountain. Hubby and the kids loved this place.
Relax, Relate, Retreat – The Spa at Wintergreen Resort
Spend the entire day at the Spa at Wintergreen Resort or as much time as your schedule will allow. Pencil in some time to arrive early (or stay for awhile after) and indulge in all of the amenities available at the spa such as the pool, steam room, the luxurious rainfall shower, and sauna. The Spa at Wintergreen is peace and tranquility on the mountain top. Try one of the soothing services such as rejuvenating facials, herbal wraps, hot stone therapeutic massages, or their selection of restorative mountain mud and mineral treatments.
Activities for the Entire Family – Discover Ridge
Take the family to Discovery Ridge Adventure Center where a cluster of activities is all in one place. Start off with 18 holes of miniature golf, or travel over three football fields 10 stories high at the Plunge Tubing Park. Your adventurous kids will enjoy the bungee trampoline, which is a hybrid trampoline/bungee or the 25-foot climbing wall. For the grand finale, finish with the zip line, soaring 900 feet in under 30 seconds! Team paintball will also get the adrenaline pumping. My kids chickened out on the bungee trampoline so I got some great laughs (and video)!
The Market at Wintergreen Resort
Since your usual grocery store will be at least 30-45 minutes away, The Market is going to be your best bet stocking your fridge with groceries to cook in your condo or home. The newest member of Wintergreen’s dining family is located in the heart of the Mountain Village. The Market specializes in custom-creating mouth-watering gourmet deli sandwiches and salads, fresh baked goods and sizzling pizza. The Market stocks an array of gourmet cheese, crackers, chips, yogurts, beverages and jams and jellies too.
Devils Grill Restaurant and Lounge
Want dinner with a view? Devils Grill at Devils Knob Golf Course is perfect for lunch, cooling beverages after a round of golf or an elegant dinner in a club-like atmosphere. The popular outdoor terrace features inviting al fresco dining served with stunning Blue Ridge Mountains sunsets. Specializing in modern approaches on Southern inspired cuisine, Devils Grill features an eclectic and creative menu in an elegant and upscale dining setting. One of the dishes you must try is the shrimp and grits. It’s unlike any other shrimp and dish you’ve tried. The grits are fried into sticks. Also, instead of the Tasso ham, the dish is prepared with thick slices of pork belly (mmmm, just thinking about it makes me want to make a drive there now).
Lake Monocan Park
If you love boating and biking, Lake Monocan Park is a 20-acre lake in Stoney Creek open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day. The area has a sand beach, picnic areas and a floating trampoline that the kids will love. Wintergreen Resort registered guests, Wintergreen Members and guests of Members will enjoy exclusive access on Saturdays.
My family and I had a great time at this resort. In fact, the kids still talk about the visit. Of course, you can always visit Wintergreen resort in the Winter too for skiing and such, but a fall, summer or late spring visit is just as much fun.
Visit Wintergreen Resort
Wintergreen, VA 22958
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