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A Hidden Gem in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Perched high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, surrounded by rich Colonial history and spectacular natural beauty and parkland, Wintergreen Resort prides itself on outdoor family fun in all four seasons. Located an hour from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, adjacent to the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park, and just a mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway, the resort rests at an impressive 3,850 feet elevation. So while Wintergreen Resort is one of the most beautiful and undiscovered places in Virginia, this lofty elevation ensures the temperatures are cool for your summer vacation.  

As winter fades away, spring comes to the mountain with a parade of wildflowers that have been lovingly preserved by Wintergreen Resort and The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen. You can experience this beautiful natural destination yourself anytime during the warmer months as Wintergreen’s conservation, education, and appreciation of the surroundings is central to its spirit. With over 30 miles of marked hiking trails ranging from the rugged and steep to the short and sweet, Wintergreen Resort is a hiker’s paradise. Trails explore waterfalls, unbroken wilderness, and incredible views of the Shenandoah and Rockfish Valley.

But this destination is not all about roughing it. Wintergreen is a full-service resort with all the comforting amenities sure to make your stay a true escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Fuel your days from four award-winning restaurants with fare ranging from casual and comforting to creative and upscale. Soothe away stress at The Spa with a full array of treatments that focus on rejuvenation and relaxation using organic products and inspiration from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Massages and body treatments, facials, nail care, makeup and hair care, this spa has something for everyone. 

And if that’s not enough to get you excited for your summer getaway, Wintergreen boasts 45 holes and two courses, one of which is Virginia’s highest course. Devils Knob, at the top of the mountain, showcases narrow fairways, speedy greens and unsurpassed vistas. Since it’s at the top of the mountain and typically 12-18 degrees cooler, Devils Knob provides Virginia's coolest playing conditions. Not to be outdone, Stoney Creek offers three nines, each with a unique character. Play through meandering streams, hardwood forests, and pristine wetlands, all with the magnificent mountains of the Blue Ridge as backdrop.

For the kids, or the kid in all of us, stop by Discovery Ridge Adventure Center for bungee trampoline, climbing tower, zip lining, archery, or maybe even a ride on the mechanical bull! Be sure to check out Lake Monocan during the summer! A 20-acre lake in the valley, Lake Monocan is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, and offers a sandy beach, lounge chairs, canoes, kayaks, standard road bike rentals, sand volleyball court, picnic area and outdoor charcoal grills. And the latest craze in water fun, stand up paddle boards. 

To top it all off, the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival will be open this summer from July 6th through August 7th. Each summer Wintergreen Performing Arts brings a month of musical excellence, artistic creativity, thrilling orchestra concerts, intimate chamber performances, exciting cooking classes, and great parties. With this year’s “Expect the Unexpected” theme, you’ll find surprises around every corner. Don’t miss a downbeat!

So whatever your endeavor, Wintergreen Resort provides the perfect playground for your next summer getaway. Be as active as you want to be or as relaxed as you need to be in this pristine mountaintop escape nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.