If you are looking for relaxing weekend getaways from Washington DC, Kingsmill Resort is located near historic Williamsburg in Virginia on the banks of the James River. This is one of the top golf resorts on the East Coast with four golf courses and a golf academy. The three 18-hole championship courses and a nine-hole Par-3 course can accommodate players of all ability levels. The Woods Course has wide fairways and deep ravines. The River Course is known for its sharply elevated greens and views of the river. The Plantation Course, designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, offers a challenging and beautiful layout for players of all abilities.

The Tennis Club offers 15 courts, including seven Fast-Dry clay and two Deco-Turf all weather courts. Tennis services include a match making service, instruction, equipment rentals, complimentary court times and complimentary tennis clinics for Kingsmill Resort guests. Popular times to visit the resort include Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and summer weekends.

The Spa offers therapeutic massage, seaweed and paraffin body treatments, facials and a full service salon. Guests can choose from full and half-day spa packages with healthy low calorie lunches on their weekend getaway.

In the summer, from late May through Labor Day, the hotel offers a range of family vacation activities such as tennis, golf, water aerobics, pool parties and family scavenger hunts. The Kampers program provides activities for children ages 5 to 12 such as golf, tennis, fitness, fishing, swimming, theme days, arts and crafts, games, and hands-on nature activities.

The Conference Center can accommodate meetings of 10 to 300 people. It offers nine sound-proof meeting rooms and a 4,000-square-foot ballroom with panoramic views of the James River.

Resort Rooms & Food

There are 400 rooms and suites that overlook the James River, one of the golf courses or the tennis courts. The one, two or three bedroom suites feature kitchens, living and dining areas, fireplaces, and outdoor decks.

Guests can dine at three restaurants, one casual lounge and a pub-style tavern. The Bray Dining Room, located in the Resort Center overlooking the James River, offers contemporary cuisine and regional specialties of the Chesapeake Bay. Eagles' at the Golf Club features steaks, chops and seafood. Regattas' Cafe and Market is Kingsmill's newest restaurant and provides casual dining. Room Service offers a full-service menu, a selection of beverages, picnic baskets and groceries.

Kingsmill provides a great starting point for exploring Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens. Colonial Williamsburg is a restored 18th-century town with costumed guides. The resort provides complimentary transportation to the attractions There are many shopping venues to choose from on your weekend getaway, including Merchants' Square and outlet malls.

Best Time to Go & Getting There

High season is April to October which offers more stable weather and the widest choice of outdoor activities. Nearby airports include Richmond, Norfolk and Newport News/Williamsburg international airports. Car rental is available at these airports. Alternatively, Amtrak offers a service to Williamsburg.

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Room rates vary according to season, starting at $157 or at $220. Check for spa and golf packages. Individual golf lessons cost $80 for 50 minutes. Individual playing lessons with a pro cost $100 for 3 holes. Daily golf clinics cost $20 per person. www.kingsmill.com

Location: 1010 Kingsmill Road , Williamsburg , Virginia , United States , 800-832-5665, 757-253-1703