Exploring Virginia With Grandsons
Enjoying History, Golf and Fun Together...

Wintergreen Resort, Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg,
Kingsmill Resort, Jamestown & Busch Gardens


Story & Photos by: Ed & Fran Stone
(Some photos provided by locations.)

Ask any grandparent about their grandchildren and you’ll be in for a long conversation. School and other activities leave grandparents limited time to spend with their grandchildren. Recently, we took Stone, age 15 and Dylan, age 12 on a golfing vacation complimented with history and thrilling roller coaster rides.

Stone (L) and Dylan (R) swing their golf clubs extremely well for a 15 and 13 year-olds.

With our encouragement, the two boys began playing golf about three years ago. We had PGA teaching professionals give them lessons to so they learned the game in the proper manner. Bill May in Florida did an excellent job of instilling the basics of setup, stance and swing for the game. Greg Wyatt in Tennessee provided the essentials of bringing the full swing into connecting with the golf ball and taking the boys to the course. It is a delight to play together, teaching them the rules and etiquette of the game.

So, where would we choose to take them to not only play golf, but also keep the interest and anticipation of what to do next on our vacation? They live in east Tennessee and the State of Virginia is not far away. Stone just finished the eight grade and studied American Revolutionary history, so he liked the idea of visiting Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown. Dylan played on his school’s golf team for the past year; winning all but one match…for him, anything with golf was enticing.

(The chart below indicates the primary stops on our "grandson's tour of Virginia." Continue reading or you may click on the area(s) of most interest to you.)
Wintergreen Resort
Jamestown Settlement

Kingsmill Resort &
River Golf Course

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg


Wintergreen Resort:

Our first stop was high on the Blue Ridge Mountains near the Tye River Turnpike. We traveled on the Blue Ridge Parkway for about a quarter of an hour. The scenery is spectacular and breath taking, to say the least.

The route to the 11,000-acre Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County, Virginia was worth all the twisting, turning and hairpin curves as we reached an elevation of some 4,000 feet. Upon arrival, we all were blown away by the gorgeous setting and the diverse summer and winter amenities of this outstanding development. Both boys put away their hand-held technology and gave more attention to the beautiful setting and amenities. Wintergreen has just about everything an outdoor sport’s enthusiast would ever want in all seasons. The awesome scenic views allow you to see for some 50 miles.

After checking into our spacious condo overlooking the 18th fairway of the Devils Knob Golf Course, we headed for the clubhouse to play the front nine before sunset over the Shenandoah and Rockfish Valleys. The boys were most impressed with the Ellis Maples- designed course affording them some nice broad fairways and just enough sand traps and bunkers to provide a challenge for any skill level. Situated at 3,850 feet above sea level, Devils Knob is rated one of Virginia’s top courses. Playing this magnificent course …especially scenic holes number 3, 7 and 8 was exhilarating. Meeting Betsy Dunkerton from the Wintergreen staff was a special treat. We gathered at the newly opened covered patio adjoining the spacious golf clubhouse where dining, beverages, lockers and merchandise are available. 

Wintergreen Resort Accolades:
►2012 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor
►2012 Best Resort in Central Virginia, Virginia Living Magazine
·►2012, 2011, 2010, 2008 Tennis Resorts Online for their Top 100 Tennis Resorts & Camps
►2011 Charlottesville Welcome Awards for #1 Ski Resort and #3 Resort
►1990-2010 “Top 50 Tennis Resorts” by Tennis magazine
►Gold Award for “Favorite Local Resort 2009, 2010 ” by Albemarle Family
►"Best snow skiing spot" in the Washington Post's Express Best of 2009
►2009, 2010 Golf World Readers’ Choice Awards, State by State - Virginia
►2008 OnTheSnow.com Visitors Choice Award for one of North America's Favorite Resorts
►Gold Award for "Favorite Local Resort 2009" by Albemarle Family
►2008 Best of Lovingston Award in the Ski Centers & Resorts category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA)
►2008 Tennis Resorts Online for one of the top ten in their Top 100 Tennis Resorts & Camps
►2008 GOLF Magazine Best Courses Near You section for Virginia lists Stoney Creek as #9

Wintergreen offers a total of 45 holes of golf. In addition to the 18-holes of Devils Knob located on Wintergreen Mountain, Stoney Creek Golf Course features 27-holes designed by Rees Jones and is situated in valley some 3,400 feet below. These three 9-holes are named Monocan, Shamokin and Tuckahoe. Stoney Creek is rated one of Virginia’s top courses and open year-round, whereas Devils Knob is closed in the winter due to its elevation. Both courses have multiple tees for all holes and play to a par 72 for 18 holes.

Wintergreen Golf Academy offers the latest in video technology and biomechanics featuring the teaching tool, V-1Pro for individual and semi-private instruction for adults and children. All elements of teaching are included at the Academy.

For young people, this resort is perfect on a year-round appeal. In addition to golf, seasonal activities include 22 tennis courts, boating, fishing and a children’s play area called Ridgely’s Fun Park, Discovery Ridge Adventure Center, 900-foot zip line, bungee trampoline, climbing wall, plus much more for all ages.

Looking for a winter place with snow? Wintergreen has snow skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing and indoor tennis. Some 25 slopes and trails with beginner to expert terrain are available. Fourteen of the slopes are lighted for night skiing. I’m sure Stone & Dylan will want to come back to Wintergreen Resort next winter.

With only one day and night to absorb the many summer activities available at Wintergreen, the restaurant we selected was the Copper Mine Bistro. This dining experience is located at the Mountain Inn Lodge and features Mediterranean cuisine. Other dining options include Devils Grill located in the recently remodeled clubhouse at Devils Knob golf course featuring a comfortable interior, mountaintop views and al fresco dinning on newly expanded covered deck. Stoney Creek Bar and Grill has a welcoming verandah with fantastic golf course and Blue Ridge Mountains vistas and recently repositioned its culinary specialty as a steak and seafood destination. Appropriately named, The Edge sits atop a Wintergreen ski run and presents casual dining overlooking mountains and slopes; perfect for family and group dining. During the winter season additional dining options are available.

The Spa at Wintergreen (left) and one of the 300 villa-style condominiums. All quarters offer fully equipped kitchens.

A variety of accommodations are offered at Wintergreen. They include 300 villa-style condominiums and rental homes from studio suites to seven bedroom homes. All quarters offer a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable living area, most with fireplaces and a balcony or deck.

The Spa at Wintergreen is not without spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The impeccable services include therapeutic massages, body wraps, hydrotherapy baths, reflexology, skincare treatments, and hair and nail care. Private steam rooms and sauna are available. The Aquatics & Fitness Center adjacent to the Spa, offers 12 strength and conditioning stations, free weights, cardiovascular equipment, treadmills, stationary bicycles, stair-steppers and body peak trainers. The Center includes indoor/outdoor swimming pools and outdoor hot tubs.

Meeting and event planners have access to 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and exhibit space in this beautiful setting. All the support and on-site services one might need are on property. Available are wireless high-speed Internet access and audiovisual equipment as well as catering services with customized menu options. The support of shipping, copying and fax services is instantly available along with a complete staff of professional planners.

We could have spent a week at Wintergreen Resort, but our schedule demanded we travel on to Monticello, the historical home of President Thomas Jefferson about an hour’s drive to our next stop. (Back to Chart at Top)

The Wintergreen Nature Foundation has marked some 30 miles of hiking trails that wander throughout the property with connections to scenic stretches of the Appalachian Trail. The Nature Foundation, located at Trillium House at Wintergreen Resort, is a non-profit organization that encourages the understanding, appreciation and conservation of the natural resources of Central Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The foundation functions as a research and education facility and serves as a host site for conservation efforts, www.twnf.org                                      Wintergreen Performing Arts is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Wintergreen and Central Virginia residents and visitors. The organization produces a Summer Music Festival and presents other quality musical and educational programs throughout the year at Wintergreen Resort, www.wintergreenperformingarts.org
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Wintergreen Resort
Wintergreen, VA 22958
Phone: General Information: 434-325-2200
Overnight Reservations: 800-266-2444
Meeting and Conference Sales: 800-273-3390
Web Site: www.wintergreenresort.com          
Wintergreen Overview Video of our visit to Wintergreen
Here are a couple of videos you will enjoy prior to your visit to Wintergreen Resort.

Monticello - Home of Thomas Jefferson:

Monticello is the impressive home of President Thomas Jefferson located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The one-hour drive from Wintergreen to Charlottesville was filled with quick facts about Thomas Jefferson and his home, Monticello we were about to visit. Famous for being third president of the United States, Jefferson is also famous for being the author of the Declaration of Independence, the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and founder of the University of Virginia.

We ordered and printed our tickets online in advance to save time and insure space on the guided tour of the home. By doing so, it allowed us time to view a short film presentation prior to taking the shuttle bus on a short ride to the Presidential home.

Monticello is impressive. The fact that Jefferson designed the home and included some very innovative elements ahead of his time is most interesting. He included features like a weather vane showing the wind direction seen by looking at the ceiling of the back porch or the hidden pulley opening and closing the double doors leading into the reception lobby. To complete construction of the home took 41 years from 1768 to 1808.

There are a total of forty-three rooms in the entire structure: thirty-three in the house itself, four in the pavilions and six under the South Terrace. The stable and carriage bays under the North Terrace are not included in these totals. Square footage of living area is some 11,000 square feet, including the cellars below the house, but not including the pavilions or rooms under the terraces.

Jefferson lived in the home for over 55 years. He died on July 4, 1826, just hours before his close friend John Adams, on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. He was eighty-three years old.

Knowing some history about Jefferson and Monticello prior to visiting makes for a more interesting and enjoyable experience. Stone & Dylan left with a much better appreciation of Jefferson and his role in our American history. Touring the home and seeing where all the support areas were located allowed them to better understand the way of life during those early years of our country.

After spending some two and a half hours at Monticello, we were in route to Colonial Williamsburg.  (Back to Chart at Top)

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Thomas Jefferson Monticello
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Website: www.monticello.org
Order Tickets/Tours: www.monticello.org/site/visit/tickets-tours


Colonial Williamsburg:

Colonial Williamsburg is the authentic restoration of 18th-century Williamsburg, the colonial capital of Virginia and one of America’s most historic cities. It is situated in the middle of Virginia’s Historic Triangle between Jamestown and Yorktown. Most of our democracy started here. Our grandsons were impressed with its size and authenticity.

The buildings we visited had a connection to the American Revolution. They included The Governor's Palace, Raleigh Tavern, the Capitol and Bruton Parish Church. Piquing the boys interests were the character interpreters in period dress conversing with perfect colonial grammar and diction.
The Williamsburg Lodge is one block from Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and across the street from the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club.

Checking into the beautiful and comfortable Williamsburg Lodge, we were one block from Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and just across the street from the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. The cozy lodge and its convention center are recently renovated and well appointed with comfortable period furnishings. Breakfast in the Traditions Dining Room was just what we needed to "kick start" our busy day of touring the Colonial Williamsburg Revolutionary City and play golf on a 50 year old course.

Our first stop was the Visitors Center to collect maps, view the two films, "Williamsburg - The Story of a Patriot" showing the history of Williamsburg and “The John D Rockefeller, Jr. Story."

Colonial Williamsburg is owned and operated by a foundation of the same name. The Foundation currently owns some 301 acres of the original town including 88 original buildings. This historic village is a living, working community depicting the lifestyle of the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. It is not uncommon to see sheep, horses and cattle walking the roads, transferring to pastures and adding atmosphere to the town. Brochures indicate some 500 buildings were reconstructed on the basis of extensive archaeological, architectural and documentary research. As we visited, there was an archaeological dig underway next to the Magazine (structure where British and colonial American ammunitions once were stored). To date, approximately 20,000,000 artifacts from excavations, 15,000 architectural fragments of historic buildings and 67,000 American and British antiques and works of art have been recovered in the Williamsburg area.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to the preservation, restoration, interpretation and presentation of 18th-century Williamsburg, Virginia 's colonial capital. It was founded in 1926 and today is the largest living history museum in the United States.

This authentic and impressive restoration is a major tourist attraction and part of the Historic Triangle.

Credit must be given to Reverend Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin, a 34-year old native of Nelson County, Virginia for introducing and convincing John D Rockefeller, Jr. and his wife Abby to support the funding and preserving the historic area of Williamsburg. Rev Goodwin was teaching at the College of William and Mary and realized the dire need to save and restore the historic city. He gave the Rockefeller 's a tour of the area in November 1926 and one year later, plans were approved for the largest restoration project of the 20th century. Many of the buildings date back from 1699 to 1780.

Today this authentic and impressive restoration is a major tourist attraction and part of the Historic Triangle, which is linked by the picturesque Colonial Parkway. World leaders and heads of state, including U. S. Presidents, have used the site for gatherings and conferences. In 1983, the United States hosted the first World Economic Conference at Colonial Williamsburg. The Historic Area is located east of The College of William & Mary, the second oldest college in America.

Most of the buildings we visited had a connection to the American Revolution. They included The Governor's Palace, Raleigh Tavern, the Capitol and Bruton Parish Church. The boys appreciated the presentations by interpreters who explained the history behind each location. Piquing their interests of this working historic city were the character interpreters in period dress conversing with perfect colonial grammar and diction. We thoroughly enjoyed an evening meal at Chowning’s Tavern with costumed waiters and entertainment of this era. This was one of the highlights of our trip to Williamsburg.

Golden Horseshoe Golf Club:

Stone & Dylan were excited to play Colonial Williamsburg’s famous and highly touted Golden Horseshoe Golf Courses. The Robert Trent Jones, Sr.-designed Gold Course celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013. From number one tee to the cup on the 18th green, this is one beautifully laid out traditional course. There are no “tricked up holes" to contend with as each hole has a personality of its own. Be aware there is water on many holes. With the boys playing from the forward tees, they were able to make many of the greens in regulation. We all loved this course and scored well.

Recognition of Colonial Williamsburg Golf Courses:
Golf Magazine 's Top 100 Courses You Can Play and Top 500 Golf Holes in the World
Golf Digest's 75 Best Golf Resorts in America and America's 100 Greatest Public Courses
Golfweek’s State-by-State Public Access Courses - Virginia
Conde’ Nast Traveler 75 Top Golf Resorts Around the World
Zagat Survey listing of America 's Top Golf Courses
Golf Digest's "Best of the Best'" Design recognizing the Gold Course as one of Robert Trent Jones Sr.'s top six designs in the world
Golf Odyssey's Platinum Places: the World's Best Golf Destinations: Best Resort for Family Foursomes.
The Robert Trent Jones, Sr.-designed Gold Course celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013.

In 1998, Rees Jones did a major course renovation keeping it faithful to the original design but expanding the appeal for higher-handicap players. He also added challenge for the low handicapper by lengthening the course from the back tees. From all observations, his work was well accomplished. Now, the Gold Course plays to 6,817-yards with a par-71and a USGA slope rating of 144. We should note the professional course record of 67, posted by Jack Nicklaus in an exhibition match in September of 1967…still holds today. The amateur course record is held by Marvin "Vinny" Giles who shot a 68, prior to the 1998 Rees Jones course renovation.

Adjacent to the Gold Course, the Golden Horseshoe Green Course was designed by Rees Jones and opened in 1991. It celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. It has similar terrain as the Gold Course and is typical of today's contemporary trends in golf course architecture. The Green Course back tees present a 7,120-yard, par 72 with a USGA slope rating of 142.

The Golden Horseshoe’s Spotswood Course is named for British Colonial Governor Alexander Spotswood. Built in 1947 behind the Williamsburg Inn, the nine-hole course was updated in 1964 by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Spotswood plays to some 1,865-yards with a par 31. There are two par 4s of 260 and 325 yards, one 470- yard par 5 and six par 3’s ranging from 90 to 215 yards. Spotswood is perfect as a warm-up site that can test most all clubs in your bag and perfect for a family golf outing.  (Back to Chart at Top)

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

P.O. Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Phone: 757-229-1000
Toll Free: 1-800-447-8679
Website: www colonialwilliamsburg.com           
Email: cwres@cwf.org

Videos you might enjoy watching
before visiting Colonial Williamsburg

Orientation Video of Colonial Williamsburg Video of our visit to Colonial Williamsburg and Golden Horseshoe

 


Jamestown Settlement:

Visiting the Jamestown Settlement was a great surprise to Stone & Dylan since they felt the Colonial Williamsburg portion was the primary substance to our historical portion of the tour. Getting to talk with the various “characters” of the interpretive attraction paid handsomely for the short drive of about 20 minutes from Kingsmill Resort.

Jamestown Settlement attraction, the museum provides chronicles of the 17th century history of America’s first permanent English colony, founded in Virginia in 1607.

Our first stop was the re-created Powhatan Indian village depicting the culture of Virginia’s original inhabitants. Then, about 175 yards, we toured the three ships representing the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery that brought104 men and boys from England in 1607. These vessels are replicated to actual size and well appointed to illustrate the life and time on board. We moved on to James Fort displaying all the different buildings and activities needed to survive in the day and age of the colonist’s first home in America. All interpreters gave personal and individual attention to not only our two grandsons, but also to all guests. Viewing the displays and well-produced film on the story of Jamestown Settlement, “A Nation Takes Root” was the perfect way to complete a most educational visit.

As a quick overview of Jamestown Settlement attraction, the museum provides chronicles of the 17th century history of America’s first permanent English colony, founded in Virginia in 1607. A splendid job is accomplished in showing the beginnings that took place in the Old World through the first century of its existence. The interpretive and living displays explore the Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures that converged on the Jamestown Settlement.

Read more about the interesting history of the Jamestown Settlement…CLICK HERE.  (Back to Chart at Top)

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

2110 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1607
Phone: 757-253-4838
Toll-free: 888-593-4682
Website: www.historyisfun.org
Order Tickets: http://www.historyisfun.org/Tickets-and-Packages.htm


Kingsmill Resort:

About six miles from the Williamsburg Lodge is the sprawling vacation-complete Kingsmill Resort. We wanted the boys to experience this resort because of it proximity to the historical areas of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, plus its three outstanding golf courses and Busch Gardens located next door.

Kingsmill is a first-class in every respect featuring three gorgeous and excellent golf courses. Within the 2,900 protected acres of the resort, we found more activities than we had time to enjoy. Our accommodations, one of the 425 rooms situated in villa-style buildings overlooked the scenic James River. Close by were 15 tennis courts, a marina with15 transient boat slips, spa, bikes, Segways and lots of other activities to keep a family entertained. The history of this location beckoned us to delve more into the background of this charming area.

Awards to Kingsmill Resort:
►The AAA 4-Diamond Award
►Top 25 Golf School in the country from GOLF Magazine
►Silver Award for Best Resorts from GOLF Magazine
►One of the Best Places to Golf in the Mid-Atlantic from GOLF Magazine
►The Gold Tee Award by Meetings and Conventions
►The Pinnacle Award by Successful Meetings
►One of the 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America by Golf Digest
►Award of Excellence by Corporate & Incentive Travel
►Greens of Distinction by Corporate & Incentive Travel
►One of the 20 Family-Friendly Hotels by Woman’s Day
►Winner of Best Weddings 2011 by The Knot
►One of the Top 10 Fun Family Resorts by The Travel Channel
►One of the Top Family-Friendly Resorts in the Southeastern U.S. by About.com
►One of the Family-Friendly Golf Resorts by Golf Magazine
Kingsmill’s River Course also received several top honors:
►4th place on the Virginia State Ranking by Golf Digest
►One of the Best Golf Courses by Travel + Leisure Golf
►Named a Silver Medal Golf Resort by Golf Magazine

Playing the championship Pete Dye designed River Course was definitely a major highlight of our golfing experience on this vacation. This par 71, 18-hole layout is where both the PGA and LPGA have held tournaments over the past 30 years. Dye recently made some renovations to the course improving it for both the high and low handicap players. There are four sets of tees with the tips stretching to 6,831 and the forwards to 4,814. This was the last course we played on this trip and both boys stated this was the most beautiful course they have ever played. Of course, holes 16, 17 & 18 play along the James River and offer some stunning views.

We did not have time to play the other two courses at Kingsmill Resort, but they deserve mention for those able to stay longer.

Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay designed the par-72 Plantation Course stretching some 6,432-yards demanding skill and all clubs in your bag. The red tees provide a 4,880-yard layout. As in most Palmer courses, putting becomes your biggest challenge…this one is no different. The Plantation Course includes some historic landmarks from the days of Richard Kingsmill’s 1736 plantation.

Golf course architect Tom Clark designed the Woods Course along with two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange. From the tips, the yardage is 6,659 yards while the forward tees offer 5,148 yards. There is an interesting mix of long and short holes on this course. This is a classic parkland-style design and ranked #10 of Virginia’s Top Ten Golf Courses by Golfweek Magazine and a recent Zagat Survey gave it a #1 position of America’s Top Golf Courses.

Speaking of history, the resort dates back to 1619 when this was a major working plantation and is now part of the Virginia’s Historic Triangle that includes Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Being located on the James River gave it the advantage of transporting goods to and from other river communities of that era. Kingsmill remained a working plantation until the late 1800’s.

The Kingsmill’s Golf Academy is offered year-round and named one of GOLF Magazine’s top 25 Golf Schools in the United States. The golf school offers half and full-day private instruction.

Kingsmill’s Sports Club features a spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, racquetball courts, Cybex circuit training equipment and a sauna, steam room and whirlpool tub.

Designed for relaxation and exercise, Kingsmill’s Sports Club features a spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, racquetball courts, Cybex circuit training equipment and a sauna, steam room and whirlpool tub.

Restaurants allow the Kingsmill visitor a choice of Eagle’s, Regattas’, Bray Dining Room and James Landing Grille. These range from casual to fine dining…pick your choice. We found Regattas’ Café an excellent choice and most convenient to our lodging. Offering outside dining, the atmosphere was very casual with a spacious view overlooking the pool and the James River. Menu options for dining ranged from family favorites of steaks, seafood and pastas to burgers and fries.

Kingsmill Resort also caters to the conference planner. They offer more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space with a professional on-site staff. The resort has some of the best state-of-the-art meeting, banquet and conference facilities and is ideal for groups from 10 to 500. There are 16 meeting rooms with soundproofing, adjustable lighting, individual climate controls and audiovisual equipment. With two ballrooms, the James River Grand Ballroom and the Burwell Plantation Ballroom, event planners have ideal facilities and locations for any gathering.  (Back to Chart at Top)

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Kingsmill Resort

1010 Kingsmill Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185 ‎
Toll Free: 800-832-5665 ‎
Website: www.kingsmill.com

Videos you might enjoy watching
before visiting Kingsmill Resort.

 Video produced by a visiting TV station Video of our visit to Kingsmill Resort

 


Busch Gardens Williamsburg:

In addition to all the above activities, we also spent a day at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. A complimentary shuttle bus picked us up within a short walk of our Kingsmill villa and delivered us to the entrance of the coaster-filled theme park. If you like roller coasters…and Stone & Dylan do, then this is a theme park for you. We must admit we were very satisfied to allow them to safely roam the park while their grandparents took in a few musical shows. Oh, by the way, the two boys did entice us to ride one coaster, the Verbolten. It will most likely be our last thrilling roller coaster ride. Yes, this was the first thing they wanted to tell their parents upon returning home.

For those who may not have been to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, it is an action-packed, European-themed adventure park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology, boasting more than 100 acres of fun-filled exploration.

A few Busch Gardens' notable features include:
►Home of Verbolten®, a new indoor/outdoor, multi-launch roller coaster
►Mäch Tower features a new drop tower thrill ride, which is the park’s tallest ride at nearly 240 feet
►Home to top-rated roller coasters including Griffon®, one of the world’s tallest and first floorless dive coasters
►Offers more than 50 rides and attractions
►Voted the “World’s Most Beautiful Park” every year since 1990
►Live stage shows
►Wide variety of culinary experiences and world-class shopping
►Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ children's play area featuring Elmo and his Sesame Street® friends

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Busch Gardens Williamsburg

1 Busch Gardens Blvd.
Williamsburg, Va. 23187
Phone: 800-343-7946
Website: http://seaworldparks.com/buschgardens-williamsburg
Email: BGW.GuestRelations@buschgardens.com

What great memories we created for Stone & Dylan to share with their friends and family. This vacation of golf, history and fun with our grand boys was certainly one we will long remember. So the next time you ask us about our grand children, be prepared for a lengthy conversation…we have a lot to tell you!

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