Hotel at a Glance: Greensprings Vacation Resort
It’s easy for one’s mind to wander back to early American history when staying at Greensprings Vacation Resort. Its grounds sit on a former plantation, which now serves as a home base for exploring Williamsburg’s historic attractions. Stroll down cobblestone streets, and you’ll quickly find buildings and actors recreating the 18th century—including Patrick Henry recounting one of his famous speeches.
- Where you’ll stay: Two-bedroom condos come with a full kitchen, fireplace, and whirlpool.
- Tee off: Right next door lies the Williamsburg National Golf Club, which has a Jack Nicklaus–designed course hailed by Golf Digest as 1 of Virginia’s 10 best courses.
- Play tennis day and night at floodlighted courts, or try a smaller version on ping-pong tables.
- Grab drinks and snacks at the poolside bar.
- Places to swim: The resort has indoor and outdoor pools, including a children’s pool.
Williamsburg, Virginia: Art and Entertainment in Historic Colonial Town
Part of the Historic Triangle of Virginia (along with Jamestown and Yorktown), Williamsburg was the capital of the colony and it played a central role during the American Revolution—American forces gathered here in 1781 to march to Yorktown for the war’s final battle. The city pays homage to this patriotic past with a living museum where fifers march in Revolutionary War regalia and costumed actors portray everyday colonists. Historians have carefully preserved and restored dozens of 18th-century structures within the town; buildings of note include the opulent Governor’s Palace, built in 1722 to house the British governor, and the residential home of George Wythe, the first Virginian to sign the Declaration of Independence. Yorktown Battlefield is only a short drive east; here, park rangers tell the story of the Revolutionary War’s final siege.
Back in Williamsburg, the 18th-century-style boutiques along Merchants Square sell everything from whimsical toys to hand-cooked Virginia peanuts. In addition to its historic sites, Williamsburg boasts a thriving artistic community, with original folk art and paint-by-number self-portraits of the Founding Fathers displayed at several galleries and art exhibits throughout the city.