By Patricia Hall, Fairfax Family Fun
A hotel is often just a place for the night, a place for a quick rest and a shower before exploring a destination. A resort, of course, is not just that but rather a destination unto itself.
In our travels to Williamsburg, Virginia, which we’ve been doing a few times a year, we have tended to stay in hotels for a quick pit stop to relax and refresh as we explore the area’s theme parks, museums, wineries, and more. On our last visit to the area, we decided to instead make the accommodations the destination itself (or at least a big part of it). The first place that came to mind was of course the Kingsmill Resort.
We had heard good reviews from friends who had visited the resort, and wanted to experience it for ourselves. What we discovered was a place whose pictures don’t do it justice, where you can relax along the river, stay active with sports, or try out something new. With its frequent special offers and packages, this is a nice option for families visiting the area.
Gym and game room
Golf, tennis, cycling, and more
When you want a quick bite, head over to The Mill near the tennis courts. This is a combination sandwich shop, ice cream parlor, coffee house, and candy shop. We’d been told the homemade gelato was a must and our son was gifted a $10 certificate to try it for himself.
Of course he was willing to share, but we were in luck… on Sundays the gelato is buy one, get one free, so even better! My husband and son got coffee and vanilla gelato, but I opted for the lemon, which was more like a sorbet, and… oh my goodness. This stuff was awesome! They aren’t kidding when you say you must try this. It was flavorful, smooth, and creamy, yet light on the palate… truly amazing!
Here you also can buy bulk and packaged candy, small gifts, gourmet coffees, and sandwiches. The prices are good (the grilled cheese is only $3), seating is plentiful inside and out, and the deck overlooks some of the tennis courts. In this same building is the Kids’ Camp (see blow).