Wintergreen Resort Review
About Wintergreen Resort
As Washingtonians, my family and I have been enjoying mountain getaways at Wintergreen Resort for more than 25 years. Wintergreen, situated in Nelson County, VA -- a three-hour drive from Washington D.C., two hours from Richmond and less than an hour from Charlottesville -- offers spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain views, two golf courses, hiking, boating and skiing, as well as creative children's programs and family-friendly accommodations.
The resort sprawls on 11,000 mountaintop, slopeside and valley acres. Of the resort's 1,080 condominiums and townhomes and 350 houses, about 300 units are in the rental pool. Personally, we prefer to rent a Wintergreen condo, rather than a house, because the condos, especially those built on the mountaintop along the ridgeline, often come with better views. All the units have kitchens -- studios feature kitchenettes. That makes it easy for us to save money and time by preparing breakfasts, snacks and simple dinners.
And, we like the space provided by Wintergreen's accommodations. Separate bedrooms for the kids afford us (and them) privacy. The living room gives us a place to gather in the evening and work on jigsaw puzzles, a family tradition, while sharing the day's adventures.
Each time we drive up the mountain to check in at the Mountain Inn, we pause at Founders' Vision Overlook. From there, we savor the expansive views of the Blue Ridge Mountain peaks. On a plaque, Don Faulkner, one of the founders, inscribed his vision for Wintergreen: "forever our island of re-creation within a sea of mountain wilds and nature."
When developers began construction at Wintergreen in the 1970's, they reserved 6,000 acres for conservation. Unlike many mountain resorts, Wintergreen still maintains a woodsy feel. For the most part, builders have set houses and "neighborhoods" back from the road, preserving trees. Also, the George Washington National Forest abuts two sides of the resort, providing more natural views.
Wintergreen is best known as one of Virginia's top ski resorts. (That's right -- Virginia really does offer good ski resorts.) At age 5, my daughter learned to maneuver Potato Path, the beginner run, and as a teenager, my son perfected his downhill techniques on Lower Cliffhanger, Big Acorn and other black diamond slopes.
My husband and I, however, prefer the resort in fall, spring and summer, when we go swimming and horseback-riding and play tennis. In autumn, Wintergreen's hillsides billow with ribbons of red, orange and yellow leaves. In spring, wildflowers bloom, and in summer, the mountaintop -- at an elevation of 4,000 feet -- is a welcoming 10 to15 degrees cooler than the valley.
Whenever you and your family visit, you will find much to do at this laid-back, family-friendly resort.
Wintergreen Resort Reviews
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