Don’t let the word “resort” scare you off of holding your family reunion at Wintergreen. The Blue Ridge Mountain getaway offers reunion packages customized to your family’s size and interests, all in a place that’s beautiful in every season, and served up with zero snootiness. Below are the top 10 reasons why your extended family will feel welcome at Wintergreen.
Nobody will be bored. There’s something for everyone: 30 miles of hiking trails, 45 holes of golf, tons of tennis, a full-service spa, adventure packages, swimming, fishing and a calendar full of activities for all ages. Although summer is the most popular time for reunions, there are plenty of family-centric activities for the snow-bunnies, too!
Nobody will go home hungry. Wintergreen’s four restaurants have unique menus and atmospheres that will appeal to today’s diverse families. (Don’t miss the smoked trout and the build-your-own bloody mary bar at the Copper Mine Bistro breakfast buffet!) Wintergreen will also cater a family dinner in a private space, enabling people to relax and spend time together instead of cooking and cleaning up.
As kid-friendly as it gets. From arts and crafts to story time, group games and hiking, you will never hear: “There’s nothing to do.” We loved the names of the kids’ entrees at The Edge restaurant: “I’m Not Hungry,” “I Don’t Know,” and “Can We Go to the Pool?” Wintergreen gets kids. That means parents have a good time, too.
You’ll make Grandmom happy. What could be more important than that? Today’s grandparents can still swing a golf club or a tennis racket with the best of them. But if Grandmom and Granddad want a more mellow activity, they can attend a speaker’s series or a musical, or go out for a hawk watch or nature walk. There are weekly activities that grandparents can do with grandkids: build a birdhouse, gather around the fire for s’mores, or make a puppet.
You can be as close as you want. Rent a seven or nine-bedroom house, or a few condos if you need a little separation at the end of the day.
Plenty of space to just be together. Wintergreen is designed to foster easy conversation, from chairs around the courtyard with spectacular mountain views, to back decks, to lakeside lounge chairs. It’s the kind of environment that nurtures family storytelling.
The new Mountains of Adventure deal. Book your reservation at the same time you book your lodging for deals on adventures such as gem mining, climbing, bungee trampolining, zip lining, summer tubing and mini golf.
Lake Monocan. This 20-acre lake and park is an ideal location for a family picnic. Staffed daily with a lifeguard Memorial Day through Labor Day, family members can enjoy a snack bar, canoes, kayaks, fishing equipment, sand volleyball, a beach area and outdoor grills.
The definition of “family” is flexible. At The Edge restaurant, we met a gathering of University of Virginia alums proudly watching their football team beat Virginia Tech. (Go ’Hoos!) You can always plan a reunion of friends.
You can get there. Wintergreen is a 3-hour drive from D.C., and about one-and-a-half hours from Richmond. For those further away, check flights into the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport or the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, both about 40 miles from Wintergreen.
On the way there: Stop by Sal’s Italian Bistro in Edinburg, Va. It’s minutes off of Interstate 81, can handle large parties, and is run by an Italian family originally from Naples in southern Italy. With the “Create Your Own Pasta” option (including gluten-free), everyone can order what they like.