Tee it up in the splendor of Shenandoah Valley
Story by: Rick Stedman
Virginia’s Massanutten Resort has been wowing guests since opening in the early 1970s in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. The 6,000-acre year-round resort, located about 40 miles north of Charlottesville, offers a dream setting for a vacation no matter the season.
|The award-winning resort features a plethora of lodging options. Scattered throughout the property you can select condos, town homes, hotels, and other accommodations.
Massanutten Resort is one of the premier all-seasons resort destinations on the East Coast. It was recently named one of the Top 10 Best Indoor Waterparks in America by Budget Travel. Massanutten WaterPark features eight awesome tube and body slides, the Adventure River, kiddie area, and indoor surfing! The Park also offers three restaurants, a huge arcade area, surf shop, and an Outdoor WaterPark that is open during the summer months.
The award-winning resort features a plethora of lodging options. Scattered throughout the property you can select condos, town homes, hotels, and other options to accommodate an intimate getaway, large groups, or families. The comprehensive resort website offers complete details of what’s available and where. For example, the true Blue Ridge Mountain experience is staying on the mountain. Mountain accommodations offer year-around breathtaking views including natural wildlife which is abundant in the area. Staying on the mountain allows you an easy drive to Campfire Grill, the Ski and Adventure Park area, Mountain Greens Golf Course, Massanutten Fitness & Rec Club, the General Store, and Mountain Peak Pool.
Massanutten Resort offers many unique amenities. In addition to the Indoor/Outdoor WaterPark, there are also the Ski and Adventure Park area, two fantastic golf courses, farm-to-table dining experiences, shopping and recreation options, along with a day spa where you can completely relax, rejuvenate, and unwind.
But if it’s adventure you’re looking for, Massanutten is the place. During summer months when the snow is gone, mountain biking takes over the ski runs. Though the entire Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains are known for their phenomenal bike offerings, Massanutten Resort offers one of the best venues for that activity. Try an electric (E-bike) tour on the resort’s numerous bike paths. With steep terrain going up the mountain, an E-bike reduces the elevation gain effort. In fact, it’s relatively easy getting to the top! Once you’ve reached the pinnacle, the downward ride is exhilarating!
Afterwards, chill out at Base Camp. Located at the ski lodge desk, Base Camp offers an indoor and outdoor bar and grill, complete with couches and a fire pit. Order a meal or beverage, and take in the fabulous mountain scenery.
Tee it up
Included in its outdoor activities line up, Massanutten Resort features two great golf courses: The 18-hole executive Woodstone Meadows Golf Course and the Mountain Greens Golf Course. The par 65 Woodstone measures 5,065 yards, and offers generous fairways and sloping greens. Fun for the entire family, this enjoyable track provides a challenge for golfers of all abilities. The course consists of nine par 3s, seven par 4s, and two par 5s.
|Massanutten Resort features two great golf courses: The 18-hole executive Woodstone Meadows Golf Course and the Mountain Greens Golf Course.
The par 72 Mountain Greens Golf Course is an immaculate 18-hole track that stretches to 6,443 yards. The course features several narrow fairways coupled with tricky greens making this a true test of mountain golf.
For an interesting twist on getting around the course, try out a golf board. Growing in popularity throughout the country, this environmentally-friendly, fully electric vehicle allows golfers to “Surf the Earth” while golfing, adding a new dimension to the game. Another unique offering is fling golf, which is a hybrid of golf and lacrosse. The learning curve is five minutes, and the fun factor is off the charts!
A Scenic Destination
With so much natural beauty in every direction you look, a great location for appreciating the panoramic beauty is the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. Massanutten Resort is a short distance from two access points into the Shenandoah National Park where you will find more than 500 miles of hiking trails, including 101 miles of the famous Appalachian Trail. There are many waterfalls and more than 70 overlooks to explore along the picturesque Skyline Drive.
While visiting the area, take time to visit nearby Thomas Jefferson’s beloved home Monticello. Jefferson not only authored the Declaration of Independence, he also served the country as the third president of the U.S., Governor of Virginia, and Secretary of State, among other roles. Like the Taj Mahal and Tower of London, Monticello is on the list of World Heritage Sites known the world over for its universal value.
Also just a short 30-minute drive from Massanutten Resort is the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. Located in New Market, Va., the museum provides opportunities to reflect upon the Battle of New Market which raged on the same location, May 15, 1864. In addition to the museum, the site includes a visitor center for the Shenandoah Valley and a 300-acre battlefield park preserving the core areas of the battlefield and historic farm.
For more information on the greater Shenandoah Valley and Massanutten Resort, click on www.visitshenandoah.org.
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