Family Resorts in Virginia: A Guide to Year-round Getaways

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Virginia can be a fun family getaway destination any time of the year. In the winters, families enjoy heading out on the snow-covered slopes while staying at one of the area’s mountain resorts. The warmer months are a great time to explore Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon and Busch Gardens theme park. But no matter when you visit, you’ll find plenty of family resorts in Virginia.

Year-round activities make the Omni a family favorite resort. Photo credit: Omni Hotels & Resorts

The Omni Homestead Resort

Address: 7696 Sam Snead Hwy, Hot Springs, VA

In the winter, many families visit The Omni Homestead Resort because it’s one of Virginia’s top ski resorts. During the warmer months, families can also enjoy things like ziplining, horseback riding and the resort waterpark, making it a great year-round resort option.

Why It Works for Families:  

  • Families can book and enjoy resort activities such as skiing and snowboarding, ziplining, horseback riding and more.
  • Kids will love the onsite waterpark with waterslides, a lazy river and a sandy beach area.
  • Family time is well spent with a round of mini bowling in the game room or by watching a movie together at the resort theater.
  • Parents, you can sign your kid’s ages 5-10 up for the Homestead Adventure Kids Club which includes supervised fun, crafts, dinner and a movie.

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The Primland Resort offers families scenic accommodations. Photo credit: Primland Resort, Auberge Resorts Collection

Primland Resort, Auberge Resorts Collection

Address: 2000 Busted Rock Rd, Meadows of Dan, VA 24120

Nestled away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Primland Resort sits on 12,000 acres of wilderness. Here families can relax with a variety of room options, including traditional rooms and suites at The Lodge or chalet-like cottages, which are ideal for large groups. During your stay, you and your kids can choose to participate in a variety of resort activities such as yoga, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and swimming.

At the end of the day, sit back and enjoy a farm-to-table meal at one of the resort restaurants, which include both fine dining and casual options. Families will especially love the traditional Southern food served family-style at Stables Saloon. You may even luck out and have a live bluegrass concert to go along with your meal!

Why It Works for Families:  

  • Families can book a stay in The Lodge which also has a games room, observatory, theater, golf course and spa.
  • Large families will find plenty of space in the Pinnacles Cottages, which can accommodate up to 12 guests or the Fairway Cottages which accommodate between 4-8 guests.
  • Have fun by participating in onsite activities such as archery, pond fishing, guided nature hikes, horseback riding, biking, art classes and stargazing. Some activities are complimentary and others may require an additional fee.
  • The resort’s indoor pool is designed to help you focus on wellness during your stay by offering serene views.

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The whole family will enjoy the indoor waterpark. Photo credit: Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge

Address: 549 E Rochambeau Dr, Williamsburg, VA 23188

The Great Wolf Lodge is a great resort for families with young or tween kids! It offers daily activities, passes to the resort waterpark and kid-friendly dining options. Plus, you can book a camp-themed suite with a separate bunk bed room just for the kids.

Why It Works for Families:  

  • Families can choose between standard suites or themed suites with bunk bed camp rooms just for the kids!
  • The resort waterpark is a family favorite with waterslides, a lazy river, surf simulators, hot tubs and more.
  • Stay busy during your stay by playing at the resort bowling alley, MagiQuest, laser tag park, arcade and more.
  • Resort dining options are kid-friendly and offer menu items like pizza and sandwiches.

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Spacious villas offer all the comforts of home. Photo credit: IHG

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Williamsburg Resort

Address: 200 English Garden Way, Williamsburg, VA 23188

If you’re looking for a family vacation with the freedom to make your own meal or need extra space for a larger family, plan a visit to the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Williamsburg Resort! Here you can book a spacious villa with all the comforts of home, like a fully equipped kitchen! You can also enjoy plenty of fun things to do on at the resort such as bowling, miniature golf, sports courts and swimming.

Why It Works for Families:

  • Stay in a one, two or three-bedroom villa with a fully-equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, separate living areas, BBQ grills, free parking and free wifi.
  • Participate in family fun at the resort bowling alley, mini golf course, playground, sports courts, and both indoor and outdoor pools.
  • Be close to family-friendly attractions such as Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA.

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Active families will find several sports options at Boars Head Resort. Photo credit: Boars Head Resort

Boar’s Head Resort

Address: 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903

For sports-loving families, the Boar’s Head Resort offers you the opportunity to hone your skills on the tennis court or simply take in a few games of squash or golf during your vacation. Or if you want to try something new, there are plenty of outdoor adventures available for booking on this 600-acre property like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or biking. However, if you simply want to relax and enjoy the natural landscape, this resort has plenty of trails to casually wander and a few swimming pools to choose from too.

Why It Works for Families:  

  • Active families can book access to the resort’s sports courts including tennis and squash or burn off energy at the resort fitness center with a rock wall.
  • Families can book a stay in either a room or suite, including optional Peloton rooms with a bike and lightweight exercise equipment directly in the room.
  • The resort restaurant offers kids menus with choices like hamburgers, chicken strips, salmon or pasta and meatballs.

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Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Photo credit: Pixabay

Turtle Cay Resort

Address: 600 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

If your vacation plans include proximity to the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, check out the Turtle Cay Resort in Virginia Beach! The tropical vibes kick in when you take a dip in one of the two resort pools, which include a waterfall and two elevated hot tubs. Families can feel right at home with one or two-bedroom suites, both include a fully-equipped kitchen, washer and dryer. 

Why It Works for Families:  

  • Families can feel at home in the one or two-bedroom suites which come with fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers.
  • The resort offers a monthly activities calendar which includes things like movie night, open games room, yoga and more.
  • You can take your choice from two resort pools including a tropical waterfall and elevated hot tubs.
  • Stay across the street from the beach and the south end of the boardwalk.

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Salamander Resort & Spa

Address: 500 North Pendleton Street, Middleburg, VA 20117

If you’re ready for an adventure-filled family vacation that is also perfectly mixed with the right amount of luxury, get to know the Salamander Resort and Spa. This stylish retreat is kid-friendly with a kids club, daily family activities, two pools, horse stables and kid menus at the resort restaurant. Plus, it’s only a short day trip away from Washington DC!

Why It Works for Families:  

  • Elegant double-bed rooms feature balconies or semiprivate terraces with seating – perfect for parents who want to stay up after the kids have gone to bed.
  • Resort restaurants offer several dining options, including the family-friendly Market Salamander which has family-style meals, burgers and a full kids menu.
  • There are plenty of kid-friendly activities available onsite to keep active families busy including both an indoor and outdoor pool, archery and axe throwing, horseback riding or pony rides, ziplining, biking and more.
  • Complimentary daily activities like birdwatching and yard games are available for the entire family to enjoy together!
  • Kids ages 4-10 can enjoy crafts, games, s’mores and more at Camp Salamander Kids Club. If you (parents) are looking forward to a night out alone, you can also schedule your kids for the Kids Night Out program on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Lansdowne is a family-friendly luxury property. Photo credit: Lansdowne

Lansdowne Resort and Spa

Address: 44050 Woodridge Pkwy, Leesburg, VA 20176

The Lansdowne Resort and Spa is a luxury property that welcomes families to enjoy the many onsite activities such as sports courts, swimming pools and fire pits for roasting s’mores. In addition, there’s hiking and biking on the 500-acre property along the Potomac River

Why It Works for Families:  

  • Families can stay active by playing in any of the resort’s four pools or or playing a game on the tennis, basketball or sand volleyball courts. 
  • Choose between deluxe guest rooms or suites.

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The Martha Washington Inn & Spa is a historic landmark. Photo credit: The Martha Washington Inn & Spa

The Martha Washington Inn & Spa

Address: 150 W Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210

For a historic getaway, book a stay at The Martha Washington Inn & Spa. Built in 1832 as a family home, this historic landmark still has many of the original furnishings and spaces on display today. Kids will find plenty of activities to keep them busy during their stay such as sports courts, a pool, a trampoline and bikes to ride around on. Plus, breakfast is free so you’ll have the energy needed to make the most of your day!

Why It Works for Families:

  • Families can book a two-bedroom Family-Friendly Suite instead of a standard room to give everyone more space to spread out.
  • The resort has a trampoline, tennis courts, badminton and mini-golf so your kids will have plenty to keep them outside and active during your stay.
  • If your family likes to take bike rides, this location has bicycles available that you can ride around town. If you want something a bit more challenging, you can book a local biking excursion along the nearby Creeper Trail!
  • For kids who love to swim, the resort offers an indoor heated saltwater pool that is open year-round and for the parents, an outdoor heated Jacuzzi spa next to a firepit.
  • Free hot plated breakfast daily.

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Montfair Resort Farm is located near Shenandoah National Park. Photo credit: Pixabay

Montfair Resort Farm

Address: 2500 Bezaleel Dr, Crozet, VA 22932

If rustic cottages and outdoor recreation sound like the perfect vacation to you, check out the Montfair Resort Farm just minutes from the Shenandoah National Park! This eco-friendly resort will keep your whole family busy in the great outdoors with hiking, fishing, canoeing, biking and even a game of ultimate frisbee if you’d like! As you relax in the sunshine or under the stars, this resort is the perfect place to unplug and unwind as a family. Who knows, you may even create a few new memories around the lakeside campfire that you’ll want to remember for years to come.

Why It Works for Families:

  • Families can book a rustic cottage with a kitchen and dining area.
  • Plenty of outdoor recreational activities are available for guests including fishing, hiking, biking, basketball and tennis courts, and scheduled group activities.
  • This is a pet-friendly location.

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Mary Moore is the retro ­loving mother of two young children who enjoys the freedom of driving the open road in search of adventure. She and her family are working their way through the backroads and cities of America in their seafoam green 1950s Bel Air. You can read more about their lifestyle and adventures on the blog Raising Dick and Jane.
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