Everyone deserves a weekend getaway! Have you been looking for some fun weekend activities off of the OBX? Before the hustle and bustle of the 2020 season begins, we have compiled a list of convenient getaways for you, family and friends to enjoy. From ski resorts, coastal historic towns, to a southern plantation and indoor water park, we have a list getaway locations that all ages will delight in.
Belle Grove Plantation
Travel back to the days of southern elegance and charm at Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast, the birthplace of President James Madison. The southern plantation is located in King George County, Virginia, and situated on the banks of the Rappahannock River. Getaway for the weekend in this 1791 historic mansion and enjoy gourmet breakfasts with river views on the riverside balcony. The Belle Grove Plantation offers southern charm for your peaceful weekend retreat. With historic and local attractions within an easy drive and award winning vineyards just around the corner, Belle Grove Plantation makes a great place for a winter escape.
Winter at Wintergreen
Wintergreen Resort is your close, easy-to-get-to option for a Blue Ridge Mountain escape full of winter fun. Wintergreen Ski Resort is located in Nellysford, Virginia and has 24 slopes and trails with terrains for advanced skiers and riders. The resort also includes Virginia’s largest tubing hill and 7 delectable dining options. Weekends at the resort start with live music, plenty of dining, snacking and sipping options. Weekend fun at Wintergreen begins on Friday, with a visit from Virginia Distillery Co. Enjoy complimentary tastings and learns about the distilleries journey from turning a dream into a nationally distributed producer of whiskey. On Saturdays and Sundays you can enjoy family fun with the Winter Green Ninja Warrior Challenge and Scavenger Hunt. This winter weekend getaway at Wintergreen Resort will surely fix all winter blues.
Massanutten Water Park
Get ready for non-stop thrills at the Massanutten Water Park. The indoor water park is always heated to 84° Fahrenheit. All ages will delight in the water fortress, inflatable adventures, body slides, pools, lazy river floats, and hot springs. If you want to take your aquatic experience to the next level, learn how to surf at the water parks FlowRider Endless Wave. There is endless amusement with the central feature Massanutten Meltdown. Massanutten Meltdown is a giant water-powered playhouse that features countless interactive elements, water cannons, waterfalls, and a giant tipping bucket. Next, head over to Blue Ridge Rapids. Grab a tube and let the current take you away in the resorts indoor adventure river. After a relaxing ride in the lazy river, adventure to the tube slides. Navigate through steep banks and curves before plunging into the pool below! The twists and turns of the three tube slides will provide plenty of thrills that’ll have you coming back for more. Last but not least, Massanutten Water Parks’ favorite feature is their FlowRider Endless Wave. Learn how to bodyboard or surf on the triple-jet Pipeline, where 48,645 gallons of water each minute flows under you to create a ocean-like wave.
Why We Love Wilmington in the Winter
You might think ‘snow’ when you think winter, but we all know how lucky we are with the temperature from December to February average in the 50s, making Wilmington a great and easy town getaway to. Soak in the culture of historic downtown Wilmington on the nearly two-mile Riverwalk. Browse a variety of stores in The Cotton Exchange as you weave your way through the eight 19th and early 20th century buildings that used to be home to the largest exporter of cotton on the East Coast. After exploring Wilmington’s Rivewalk, head over to Bespoke Coffee & Dry Goods and warm up with a cappuccino. Next, head over to Cameron Art Museum which features rotating exhibits. If you are visiting with the little ones, have a blast at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science and let their imaginations take flight with a number of interactive exhibits. With the largest historic district in the state, Wilmington is a perfect getaway for the history buff. Tour the only colonial-era structure, the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens and then fast forward in time to the Antebellum-era Bellamy Mansion. Finish your weekend getaway on a horse-drawn carriage tour of Wilmington’s 230-block National Register Historic District.
Don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors. Williamsburg boasts a variety of winter fun that’s sure to please the entire family. Grab your family and walk the streets of Colonial Williamsburg, tour the Yorktown Battlefield and stroll along the York River. Who says you can’t have fun in the sun during the winter? Whether it’s quilt making, 18th-century architecture, colonial fashion or life on a plantation, there’s a long list of seminars and exhibits happening this winter in Williamsburg from which you can choose. Discover the story of America’s beginnings at Jamestown Settlement and then retreat to the indoors at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown for a look at the experiences of ordinary men and women during the American Revolution. The dozens of lovely getaways, resorts, bed and breakfasts and spas, make your winter weekend getaway truly relaxing. Finish your memorable visit with a tasting at Williamsburg Winery or AleWerks Brewing Company.