Wintergreen – A Resort for All Seasons

I recently had the opportunity to get out of the sweltering Florida heat and humidity to visit the 11,000 acre Wintergreen Resort in the mountains of western Virginia, near Charlottesville on the Blue Ridge Parkway, between the Shenandoah and Rock Fish Valleys. This beautiful mountain resort has something for everyone 365 days a year. While the heat and humidity of the city are getting to everyone, you can enjoy cool mountain air at Wintergreen. I had an al fresco dinner in July with some folks at the lovely Devils Grill and the ladies were wearing sweaters. Now that’s cool! And don’t forget, Virginia is for Lovers!

In the summertime Wintergreen Resort rolls out the fun for the young and the young at heart. It’s family time from Memorial Day to Labor Day. From archery to zip lining, The Discovery Ridge Adventure Center is the ideal place for indoor and outdoor activities. Inside the children can enjoy foosball, air hockey, and pool tables; on line games on Nintendo, XBox and Kinect in the Wifi Lounge and the toddlers have an inflatable Bounce Bot to jump in. Outside they can zip line down the 900 ft..ski slope at 40 mph, ascend the 25 ft. climbing tower, play miniature golf, reach for the sky on the Bungee Trampoline or tube down ‘The Plunge’ on the slope.

If water sports are your preference, the 20 acre Lake Monocan down in the valley has kayaks, canoes, fishing equipment for rent and a sandy beach equipped with lounge chairs, picnic area and charcoal grills. There is also an outdoor pool at the Stoney Creek Clubhouse. Up on the mountain, the Aquatics and Fitness center has an outdoor pool as well as a year round indoor pool, fitness center, and the Spa at Wintergreen for the finest rejuvenating massages and pampering you will find. There are hiking trails, mountain biking, resort boards for surfing the turf, tennis, golf and archery.

While there, I was entertained by a Jazz group as part of the month long Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy, now in its 20th year, celebrating “The Fountain of Youth” in 2017. The Performing  Arts of Wintergreen produces high quality symphonic and chamber music, education and outreach programs to infuse the mountains with music.

In the autumn, the forests around Wintergreen produce their own art show with mutlicolor leaves creating a canvas of fall beauty. Folks travel far and wide to enjoy a stay and view the spectacle. You can choose from guest rooms, condominiums, houses and exclusive properties, and request a desired location during booking. For the best deal, call the Resort directly at 434-325-2200 to speak to a reservation person to choose the accommodation that suit your needs. Visiting the many vineyards, craft breweries and cider houses in the Rock Fish Valley is a great day excursion to enjoy the local flavor.

Wintertime at Wintergreen is spectacular. They have made sure the slopes have the snowpower and best skiing in the Mid-Atlantic by using the most sophisticated system in snow manufacturing. Great skiing(day or night), snowboarding, tubing down the Plunge, and ice skating at Shamokin Ice are all part of the fun activities available in season. Lessons on skiing or snowboarding for the family, just kids or women are available. Youngsters can enjoy a day in the snow at Ridgely’s Fun Park where there is a mini-tubing carousel, bear paw snowshoes, tunnels plus a gentle hill for tubing.with a fun ride back. The Terrain Park, voted 1st Place by Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine, is set up to challenge and help with perfecting your maneuverability on snow and changes regularly. Be sure to make your reservations early because the Resort is bustling with families and winter sport enthusiasts.

Each season has its advantages and spring is no exception. It is a great time to find your way on the Appalachian Trail that skirts the Wintergreen property. The 30 miles of hiking trails are well marked and clearly set up for the novice or experienced hikers. Mountain biking is a test and great fun. Just walking the property and seeing the trees budding out, wildlife scurrying about, and the wildflowers opening their blooms is an environmentalist delight. Virginia Living announced that Wintergreen was chosen by their readers as the Best Resort and Best Outdoor Adventure in 2017.

Spring is also the time to get the clubs and racquets out and start smacking the balls around. Wintergreen offers the perfect setting for your tennis vacation. The facilities at both Devil’s Knob and Stoney Creek total 19 clay courts and 3 indoor deco-turf courts. Tennis Resorts Online has ranked Wintergreen one of the “Top 10 Tennis Academies in the World”and one of the “Top 20 Tennis Resorts in the World”. For more information or to reserve your court call 434-325-8235.

If golf is your game, Wintergreen boasts 45 championship holes. Conde Nast Traveler magazine selected Wintergreen as one of the “Top 50 Golf Resorts in the World.” Down in the valley at Stoney Creek, Rees Jones, the Open Doctor, designed three superb nines, Shamokin, Monocan and Tuckahoe. Offering spectacular vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 27 holes wind their way through the Rock Fish Valley and combine to make a true contemporary classic.The clubhouse has a well stocked pro shop and the Stoney Creek Bar & Grill.Where else can you play golf in the morning and ski the slopes in the afternoon? After your round take the 3,300 foot climb up the mountain and you are on snow in the same resort. The highest golf course in Virginia, the Ellis Maples designed Devils Knob was voted 2nd Best by Virginia Living. This mountain layout has narrow fairways, speedy bent grass greens, holes punctuated with flowering plants and butterflies and 50 mile views of the two valleys on either side of the 3800 ft. elevation. The 16,585 square foot clubhouse boasts  a top-of-the-line merchandise pro shop, locker facilities and fine dining at the Devil’s Grill. Check it out at WintergreenResort.com

No matter when you visit Wintergreen Resort, there is always something to do. Make it a point to put Wintergreen on your bucket list. You will Love it. Remember- Virginia is for Lovers!

 

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