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KINGSMILL RESORT IN WILLIAMSBURG IS A GREAT GETAWAY FOR FAMILIES, COUPLES & FRIENDS
My daughter Eve and I booked it out of town for a girls getaway to Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg.
We spent a blissful three days and two nights soaking up the serenity of Kingsmill’s family-friendly activities, pools, riverside views, delicious dining and newly-renovated spa.
Kingsmill Resort is the only AAA Four Diamond Condominium Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. Although the property is luxurious and feels oh-so-fancy, Kingsmill is celebrating with special summer value packages for families. The Kingsmill people contacted me and asked if this was something A Parent in Silver Spring’s readers would like to learn about, and Eve and I were honored to report on this for you.
KINGSMILL ROOMS & FAMILY PACKAGES
Eve and I were treated to the Kingsmill Stay and Play Family Package. This decadent but affordable package includes lodging for two nights in either a guest room or family condo, daily breakfast at the beautiful buffet in the Elements 1010 restaurant, use of the gorgeous pools, use of paddle boards and kayaks and fishing poles on the James River, complimentary shuttles to Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg, complimentary court time at the tennis club, discounted golf on the Plantation Course ($30 pp after 2pm, includes green fees & cart), free parking and WiFi. For a family of four this costs just $299 per night in a 1 bedroom condo and $259 per night in a guest room.
NEWLY RENOVATED KINGSMILL SPA
We are all suckers for a lush spa, and Kingsmill’s newly-relaunched relaxation center is a dream. Lounges overlooking the water, posh touches throughout, cutting-edge treatments and experienced practitioners together create a soothing escape. I was treated to a deep tissue massage that treated my kinks and soreness and helped me chill out after a busy week. While I was drooling on the table, Eve was having a blast experiencing Totally Toes from the tween/teen spa menu. She loved the girly intro to spa life, and was so proud of her shiny mauve tootsies.
I received a “backstage” tour of the renovated Kingsmill Spa thanks to Spa Manager Kenya Dinkins (pictured with me below.) The decor was beautiful, and I love the thoughtful items provided to spa guests such as healthy snacks, teas, wine, cozy lounges and a state-of-the-art locker room.
The spa was one of my favorite things about Kingsmill and I feel so lucky that Eve and I had the chance to try it out right after it reopened in its new space!
Eve’s favorite aspect of Kingsmill were the on-site pools. She kept bouncing back between the outdoor pool on the James River and the indoor pool right on the other side of a glass wall. She loved playing with other kids, such as travel journalist Andrea Poe’s dynamite daughter Maxine. I enjoyed swimming with her too, but I really savored simply reading under an umbrella in the beautiful setting and the sunshine I missed so much this winter! I felt my winter-broken soul healing. I was called by one gentleman at the pool “Sunflower Mom,” as I kept turning my chair to face my “sun” as she flitted from pool to pool. Eve and I called room service and had our lunch of veggie sandwiches and lemonade right on the pool deck and declared that resort life is truly THE BEST.
There is also the amazing River Pool with a lazy river, sandy “beach,” outdoor bar, beach entry, kiddie fountains and a water slide. The River Pool opens for the season at 2PM on May 22 and is available for relaxation and recreation from morning until late evening. (There is even a fire pit for that beach bonfire effect.)
Friends, I did not cook for three days and it was glorious. We had the buffet breakfast at Elements every morning, where a wonderful woman made me egg white omelets to order while Eve ate her weight in apple-smoked bacon and waffles. Our first night we were also treated to dinner at Elements with the other visiting media, and the menu was upscale steakhouse with comforting offerings.
The kids menu was well-stocked with both picky-kid favorites and kid-foodie options. Eve had pasta with meatballs that was worlds beyond the norm I can make at home. I was in heaven with a craft cocktail (served in a Mason jar with fresh mint), shared seafood starters and a fresh salmon entree. Eve and I split a perfect crème brûlée to celebrate our elegant evening
Our second night Eve and I had a table for two on the outdoor deck of James Landing Grille. This on-property seafood bistro is right on the James River and is mega popular with the locals. There was live music and just the best vacation vibe. We had one of the best seafood dinners of my life. We split a mini steamer sampler to start and then feasted on grilled shrimp and crab cakes. Bliss!
I have been in love with Williamsburg since my first visit as a dorky eighth-grade history tripper, and I have stayed at various hotels in the area. But Kingsmill stands out for me because it is so welcoming to families and provides so many amenities to make your stay special. And it does it all without feeling one iota hectic, hurried, harried or hassled. I was my most relaxed self on this weekend getaway with my girl.
We cannot wait to go back!
Disclosure: I was invited to spend Mother’s Day weekend at Kingsmill with one guest. All expenses were covered by Kingsmill. No additional compensation received.
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