12 Beautiful Virginia Resorts

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Jun 24, 2014 | Updated: Feb 19, 2016

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Looking for luxury? Family fun? Maybe a little of both? Choose from these 12 Virginia resorts that boast plenty of activities to keep families busy or deliver top-notch amenities for couples.


Massanutten Resort

Massanutten Resort is a four season mountaintop haven. This time of year is perfect for the waterpark! Line the kids up on Rockingham Racer to see who can make it to the bottom first, ride the waves at White Caps or get your aquatic play skills on at Splash-a-Nutten. After you’ve gotten a good soak, head to the Family Adventure Park for zip lining, summer tubing, and wall climbing. Accommodations

 Wintergreen Resort

Wintergreen Resort is situated on 11,000 acres of the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Spaces dedicated to family fun include Discovery Ridge and Ridgely’s Fun Park. The activities included are zip lining, summer tubing, bungee trampoline, a climbing wall, miniature golf, and great indoor arcade and gaming outlets. Archery has been recently been added as a family activity, too!



Smith Mountain Lake

Smith Mountain Lake by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

Some of the family loves the beach and some love the mountains. Mash those two worlds together when you stay waterside at Mariners Landing on Smith Mountain Lake in Huddleston! The 1,000-acre resort community includes beaches, three pool complexes, gaming center, and of course, water sports for those who wish to rent or bring their own equipment.

The Tides Inn

Situated along Carter Creek near the Chesapeake Bay in Irvington is The Tides Inn. Families love the swimming pools, beach, and the “learn-to” water sports that the marina affords, while couples can partake of golf, the spa, a Cove Cruise, and the serenity of a peaceful waterside reprieve.

Kingsmill Resort

Spanning 2,900 acres along the James River is Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg. A full-service spa, 54 holes of golf, tennis, various eateries, and a full-service marina are all at your fingertips. Families will enjoy the lazy river at the River Pool and access to paddle boards, sea bikes, kayaks, and fishing poles.

Lansdowne Resort

Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg is a AAA Four-Diamond Award winner, and it’s a great choice for families or couples. Amenities include elegant rooms, a luxurious 12,000 square foot destination spa, and 45 holes of golf, courtesy of designers Robert Trent Jones II and Greg Norman. Families can spread out and splash about in the five-pool aquatic complex or sign the kids up for a day camp.



Boar's Head

Southern hospitality reigns supreme at Boar’s Head in Charlottesville. Recently renovated, the AAA Four Diamond resort is known for its Old Mill Room dining and spa.

Primland Resort

High up on the mountain in Meadows of Dan is Primland Resort, boasting truly spectacular views. Outdoor enthusiasts will be especially pleased with the Orvis endorsed wingshooting opportunities, hunting expeditions, ATV tours, and more. Primland also has 18 holes of golf and an American Indian inspired spa. Stargazing is quite romantic, and if you’d like to get a better look, head to the Primland Observatory.

Keswick Hall

Keswick Hall is a Charlottesville area mainstay that will soon boast a brand new Pete Dye-designed golf course. Fossett’s is the signature restaurant that will certainly be your destination after a relaxing spa treatment. Keswick is a two-time Conde Nast “#1 Small Resort in Mainland U.S.” honoree.

Salamander Resort & Spa

Salamander Resort in Middleburg is pure extravagance with lavish suites, an opulent spa with a couples spa suite and poolside cabanas, a full-service 22-stall equestrian center, delectable dining with a nearby cooking studio, and more.

The Omni Homestead Resort

The quintessential Virginia destination for couples is The Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, called “the birthplace of Southern hospitality.” Nestled into the Allegheny Mountains, this National Historic Landmark is enhanced with two championship golf courses, shooting, horseback riding, falconry, Jefferson Pools, spa with exclusive adults-only spa garden, Allegheny Springs water recreation area, and carriage rides.

 The Berry Hill Resort

The 1728 National Historic Landmark known as The Berry Hill Resort is found in South Boston. History, tradition and charm are abundant at this luxury resort. Book one of the mini mansions for ultimate privacy! Blackberry Spa will be a delicious treat for a weary body.

Which resort destination tops your list? Stay at each one for a different flavor of Virginia hospitality and fun!


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3 weeks ago my daughter got married in Shenandoah Valley ,at Big Meadow Lodge, I would like to know as much taxes as we pay,why do you have to pay $20. to go in the gate and I came from Danville Va ,Why doesn’t Virginia have any Rest Stops on the road for travels I drove for 4 hrs to get there in that amount of time going to Carolina beach it is 3 stops.in Carolina you do not have to stop at dirty service stations which are dangerous to. and Rest stops would create more jobs.It is just not right as many taxes as we pay to ask us to stop at a dirty bathroom! Thank You

Krista says:

Virginia closed a lot of rest stops a few years ago. It is awful. We have to stop at every McDonald’s to use the restroom.

jacky says:

are any of these pet friendly?

regenia smith says:

Which is best for 9year old

Casey Higgins says:

Massanutten or Wintergreen are tops for kids – many activities to enjoy!

J says:

Which of these would be good for hiking, spa services and winery in the fall?

Tom Kirk says:

The mountain resorts (Massanutten, Wintergreen, Homestead, Primland) are all gorgeous in the Fall, but you probably want to book early as they really fill up. Most of the larger resorts have spas too. And as for wineries, you can’t throw a stick anymore without hitting a good one throughout Virginia. But I would choose Salamander or Landsdowne in Northern Virginia and Keswick or Boar’s Head near Charlottesville. All four are in the heart of VA wine country.

Jay White says:

Nicely done! We love Mariners Landing and Smith Mountain Lake!

Casey Higgins says:

Thank you, Jay!

Angela says:

Hello, where is the main picture?

Casey Higgins says:

Hi Angela! The first image in the article is Massanutten Resort.

F.Beverly says:

It also looks just like a shot of the infinity pool overlooking the golf course @ the Keswick Inn.

Deborah says:

Which one is the main picture from?

Casey Higgins says:

Today’s Facebook photo is Primland Resort in Meadows of Dan.

Jennifer Mancuso says:

Another amazing place in VA is Fiddler’s Roost in Galax, VA. Secluded romantic cabins and the owners are great people. Stayed there a few years ago and really want to go back.

Dawn Woodring says:

Can you tell me where the tree house photo on the Facebook link is? Thank you.

Casey says:

Hi Dawn! The treehouse is at Primland Resort. It’s an amazing view, and amazing space for a weekend away.

Don’t forget about Bryce Resort cited most family friendly many times over. Zip Line, Lake Laura, Virginia’s only lift accessed mountain bike park, golf, summer tubing and much more!