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Kathyngs Feb 23rd, 2004 02:01 PM

Family-friendly place in Virginia or West Virginia?
We're looking for ideas for a family-friendly place (nice but not outrageously expensive) in Virginia or West Virginia for an extended weekend trip in late fall. My parents will be celebrating their 50th anniversary, and we'd like them to relax and spend time with their children and grandchildren, but there should be some fun activities for everyone (ages 3 to 77) to enjoy. Thanks!

emd Feb 23rd, 2004 02:29 PM

It depends on what type of fun activities you are looking for. I think some of the wonderful natural areas of West VA would be nice (around Blackwater Falls state park; they have cabins and a nice lodge, w/indoor pool, etc) but it is outdoors oriented, hiking, walking outdoors in the fall foliage, relaxing by the fire etc. What exactly are you looking for to fill your time, and would you prefer something like that or something more urban?

E Feb 23rd, 2004 02:41 PM

Colonial Williamsburg is family-friendly, and would be lovely in late fall. There are activities for all ages, and restaurants at all price ranges. While I haven't tried any myself, I have friends who have rented timeshares nearby and have been very pleased with the amenities.

Kathyngs Feb 23rd, 2004 03:07 PM

Actually, we were considering Colonial Williamsburg, so we'd welcome ideas for places to stay there. We like outdoors-oriented activities as well as museums, sightseeing, etc., so we're pretty flexible.

JoyinVirginia Feb 23rd, 2004 03:16 PM

Mountains or coast? The beautiful Mountain Lake Hotel near Blacksburg VA is secluded - - and has a main lodge and cottages. The timeshare idea for Williamsburg is good too. Also check out Graves Mountain Lodge at Many Virginia state parks offer cabins in addition to camping, and renting a lodge or group of cabins might fit your needs - - I have stayed in cabins at Douthat State Park, Westmoreland State Park, and Twin Lakes State Park. Check the website out for locations and availability. Have fun!

KMK Feb 24th, 2004 05:53 AM

How about Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia? You can rent some really nice condos there, and have the anniversary dinner at The Red Fox (which is a VERY nice restaurant!) Go to and click on 'summer' to see what activities they have - I know they have a golf course, hiking trails, a lake, and wonderful scenery. Rates and activities/events will probably be determined by exactly WHEN in the fall you are going. Pretty sure there are kids activities most of the time as well, and I think some of the condo complexes have indoor pools and/or hot tubs. (I go there for the great mountain biking, but it seems to me that off-season, a lot of ski resorts make for great, relaxing outdoors vacations at reduced rates.)

E Feb 24th, 2004 08:20 AM

Kathyngs, try doing a search here, as there have been many Williamsburg threads--then, repost asking about recent W. hotel recommendations, experiences, etc. Happy trails!

Carla Feb 24th, 2004 03:10 PM

Another vote for Mountain Lake Hotel near Blacksburg. We have been going there as a family for more than 20 years. When my children were young we went there with their grandparents. I hope to take my grandchildren there some day as well. Can't say enough nice things about it. It is my favorite place in the world.

cmeyer54 Feb 24th, 2004 04:51 PM

We stayed at Kingsmill Resort when visiting Williamsburg - indoor pool, outdoor pool, health club, complementary 9 hole golf course, shuttle to CW, WaterCountry and Busch Gardens as well; good restaurants and your choice of hotel rooms or condos. Kingsmill Kids is their children's program if the adults want to play golf or something. The busch classic golf tournament is played there in October so check dates to make sure you're not in conflict as rooms could be scarce that weekend.

Retired_teacher Feb 25th, 2004 04:50 AM

The Peaks of Otter Lodge would be perfect for the older folks, but I'm not sure that it offers enough activity for the grandkids. Located between Roanoke and Buena Vista, it is a scenic retreat in the heart of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Natural Bridge VA and the WWII Memorial in Bedford are nearby. You can obtain more information about this facility at the Hotel link, Virginia/Blue Ridge Parkway on this website.

Birdie Feb 25th, 2004 02:16 PM

The golf tournament at Kingsmill has been switched to May. It is now an LPGA event and much more fun than the PGA event.

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