Just returned from a weekend getaway from Northern Virginia to Wintergreen – about a 3 hour pleasant, scenic drive. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves tremendously and the resort is a great value as is the spa and restaurants are reasonably priced too. While Wintergreen is not of 5 star quality in terms of luxury, it a 3-star plus. Everything about the resort is very well maintained and managed. I appreciated the casual, come-as-you-are atmosphere, the serene quiet, the star-filled crystal clear night sky and that incredible mountain air! I plan to go back and if you’re looking for an affordable, last minute mountain getaway, Wintergreen just might be it.
We went right into a “spa day” with a series of appointments at Wintergarden, the onsite spa. While the spa and quality of services are not world-class, they are a good value and certainly a very peaceful and tranquil setting that resulted in both of us feeling very relaxed – the goal! My massage was just so-so and my partner’s mani/pedi left a few things to be desired, but all services were adequate. We hung out at the pool after the spa and it was refreshing to take a dip and further unwind in the hot tubs. Both the spa and pools are open until 9PM on Saturdays in the summer – good call. We enjoyed taking our time at both and showered and changed there and went right to dinner.
We made a reservation at Devil’s Grill and it was superb. The menu features locally grown, organic produce and fresh caught fish, etc. and our meal was truly excellent. Because our first round of appetizers was so good, we indulged in a second round of salads (fresh arugula with beets, heirloom tomatoes with onions and ricotta) that were farm fresh! We would have gone for dessert but three courses and some great wine did us in. All in all, this is one of the best “resort” meal I’ve ever had and a great value at just under $150 for 2 including beer/wine, tips and the three courses I mentioned. Yum!
We stayed in a basic lodge room in Tower Oaks on the first floor. The room was spacious with dining and living areas as well as a small well-equipped kitchen, good-sized bathroom and separate bedroom. There was also a small balcony with a table and chairs. The room was very clean and would be quite comfortable to accommodate a longer stay. My only complaint about the room was the bed: too small (I think it was a full or queen) and way too soft – not comfortable. Also, the bed was situated right in front of the window so hard to let natural light in. The room was a bargain at $143 AAA rate, but I’d probably spring for upgraded accommodations and hopefully a firmer bed next time.
The next day we had a delicious and casual breakfast at Black Bear Café ($30 for two) and chilled out at the pool before heading back to Charlottesville and Monticello. I’m looking forward to visiting Wintergreen again and spending more time there. There’s a lot to see and do in the resort and the surrounding areas, so check it out!
- Also Known As:
- Wintergreen Hotel Wintergreen
- Wintergreen Ski Resort Virginia
- Wintergreen Resort Virginia