TRAVEL: Unwind in Virginia’s Historic Triangle
Kingsmill Resort offers a relaxing getaway with a side of history
Nestled along the banks of the James River is a AAA Four-Diamond resort known for its championship golf courses and waterfront spa. It’s a great escape for a girls’ weekend or couples’ getaway, but Kingsmill Resort is also a hub for kid-friendly activities. Enjoy the biking trails, tennis courts, and lazy river pool on site, or venture out to nearby Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, or Busch Gardens. It’s a five-hour drive from Charlotte that’s worth making during any season.
With five on-site restaurants, have your choice of Southern fare, seafood, or brick oven pizza. For a morning coffee fix or light lunch, The Mill has fresh pastries, sandwiches, and ice cream. If you’re exploring Colonial Williamsburg, stop by The Cheese Shop—get a dressed-up grilled cheese for the kids, and treat yourself to charcuterie and a glass of Chianti. For a casual dinner, head to Paul’s Deli, a favorite of William & Mary students and professors for its no-frills pizza, nachos, chicken parm sandwiches, and cheap beer. The walls are lined with local sports memorabilia, and the booths have been there since 1977, so don’t worry about your kids leaving stains or fingerprints behind.
Kingsmill Resort sits on a 2,900-acre former plantation; the property has 425 guestrooms and condos, five cottages overlooking the golf course, plus three freestanding homes with panoramic views of the James River. (Fun fact: President Obama stayed in one of Kingsmill’s private residences while he prepared for a presidential debate in 2012.) The one-, two-, or three-bedroom condos are equipped with kitchenettes and laundry, and you have access to the resort’s pools, tennis courts, and fitness center. Most of the on-site dining options are within walking distance, too.
The resort provides free daily shuttle service to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens. Take the kids for spring break and sneak in a history lesson as they march down Gloucester Street to the sounds of fifes and drums. Celebrate summer at Water Country USA, open at Busch Gardens May through September, and ride the water-coasters, float down the lazy river, and play in the wave pool. Or spend the day at the theme park, riding the rollercoasters and visiting the Land of the Dragons.
After a day exploring Colonial Williamsburg, let the kids cut loose at Kingsmill Resort with these activities:
The Sports Club: Shoot hoops at the indoor basketball court, or head to the game room to play pinball or air hockey. In the winter, go for a dip in the indoor pool and Jacuzzi.
Swimming: Visit the River Pool, open Memorial Day to Labor Day, and cruise the waterslide, float in a yellow inner tube down the lazy river, or grab lunch or a drink at the poolside bar.
Tennis: Sign up for a one-hour junior clinic, open to kids ages 5 to 13 during the summer months, for $30 per hour.
Biking: Rent adult and child-size bicycles for $8 an hour.
Water Sports: During the summer months, rent paddleboards, kayaks, jet skis, pontoon boats, and sea-cycles to explore the James River.
Kingsmill Resort, 1010 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, Virginia. 800.832.5665, www.kingsmill.com