Monday, January 20, 2014

The Resorts of Williamsburg - Step into a Nation's History!

Williamsburg is a city that truly epitomizes 'timelessness'. Just as it was a pivotal presence in the colonial era, Williamsburg has aged gracefully into a bastion of southern charm. There's little surprise  that it's become one of the top travel destinations in the US, and especially on the east coast! While you can find any number of generic hotels in the region, there's no way we could let you settle for that when some of our favorite Williamsburg resorts capture all the ambiance of this town steeped in history...

Williamsburg Plantation

The exterior of Williamsburg Plantation.
Williamsburg Plantation perfectly embodies the historical spirit of the region, with a sweeping colonial facade and grounds reminiscent of the plantations of old. Staff exude southern hospitality and capture the spirit of a bygone era, and much of the property follows suit; the resort's clubhouse is styled after Thomas Jefferson's Monticello residence, and even the resort's outdoor pool creates the illusion of a lakeside plantation.

When planning a stay at Williamsburg Plantation, count on having quite an expanse of room at your disposable. The resort offers two and four bedroom units, and while the resort's facade and public buildings reflect old-world charm, the units themselves are unabashedly modern. Rooms are furnished with warm tones - red, orange, golden-yellow and cream - and trimmed with sleek black wood. Suites themselves are fully outfitted with separate dining rooms, complete kitchens (in most suites), whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, televisions and DVD players, in-room WiFi and a balcony or patio.

There's never a shortage of activities in Williamsburg, ranging from historical excursions to theme parks. However, there's bound to be a couple days where you want to relax and enjoy all the resort has to offer, and Williamsburg Plantation certainly has you covered. The resorts boasts a heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a dedicated children's pool and a hot tub. There's also barbecue grills and picnic tables, a playground and tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a nature trail, horseshoe pit, arcade and an onsite spa. Regardless of how many individuals make up your group or what their interests are, Williamsburg Plantation has enough variety to keep everyone busy.

Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony

Perhaps you're seeking only the most luxurious, indulgent trip to Williamsburg. Look no further than Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony. Tucked away inside the exclusive gated community of Ford's Colony, Marriott's Manor Club goes out of its way to offer guests the most complete resort experience.

Exterior and Grounds of Marriott's Manor Club.
Marriott's Manor Club offers lavish two bedroom suites packed full with all the necessities for your perfect vacation. All suites offer open living and dining rooms, full kitchens, televisions throughout the unit, oversized soaking tubs, fully furnished balconies or verandas and in-room WiFi access. The rooms themselves speak of elegance - classic patterns and vibrant colors alongside classically constructed furniture lend the entire suite a lavish bearing.

There's no doubt that Marriott's Manor Club comes equipped with everything to make your vacation one of the most memorable. The on-site MarketPlace is perfect when you're cravings snacks, cold drinks or ice cream, and access to Starbucks coffee and Pizza Hut Express is a major plus. The Spa at Manor Cub offers full spa treatments and salon services to keep you looking and feeling great, and there's even the Showtime movie theater to keep the whole family occupied for an evening. If that's not enough, guests also receive complimentary access to the Ford Manor Country Club, which offers 54 holes of championship golf as well as the award-winning Dining Room at Ford's Colony - a critically acclaimed restaurant. 

Greensprings

Exterior and Grounds of Greensprings.
With a name like Greensprings, it's easy to imagine a resort nothing short of picturesque, and Diamond Resorts' Williamsburg-based property certainly lives up to its name. Mimicking a plantation surveying its grounds, Greensprings reigns over the adjacent Williamsburg National Golf Club and is lushly maintained with plenty of greenery. The gorgeous grounds and laid-back ambiance make Greensprings the perfect destination for a more relaxed Williamsburg getaway.

With two bedroom and four bedroom units, Greensprings offers plenty of room to unwind. The units are decorated with warm tones and classically crafted furniture that complement the relaxed spirit of the resort. Each unit is completely furnished with its own fireplace, balcony, patio or terrace, whirlpool jet tub and steam shower - all features that set Greensprings apart from standard hotels. 

Have a golfer in your midst? A stay at Greensprings includes discounted fees for the nearby greens, a tantalizing lure for the golfer. Minigolf is also present on site, offering fun for the entire family. If golf isn't quite your forte, Greensprings offers an activity desk to provide counsel on all there is to do in Williamsburg.



No doubt these resorts are just a few places to kick off the perfect Williamsburg vacation. But there's so much more to see and do beyond just what the resorts have to offer. Take a peek at our Pinterest board for some of Williamsburg's top attractions and best kept secrets...


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