Expansive Georgian Resort with Colonial Period Decor
With its orderly rows of windows and symmetrical chimneys, the stately exterior of The Founders Inn and Spa pays homage to Georgian architecture, a style named after the four Georges who ruled England during the 18th century. But the resort's interior is a tribute to one of the biggest thorns in the side of the third King George—colonial America. Oil paintings of the Founding Fathers peer out from gilded frames, and colonial-era furnishings are stationed around roaring fireplaces. The hotel is on the grounds of and owned by Regent University, a Christian school founded in 1978.
The historical theme extends to guest accommodations, where you’ll find traditional furnishings and colonial-style bedding and decor. Some rooms overlook carefully manicured English gardens. Bacon-wrapped Virginia beef, pork belly with local peaches, and other dishes can be sampled at the award-winning Swan Terrace Restaurant, one of two onsite eateries. In the morning, the same space holds a breakfast smorgasbord on linen-draped tables stretching outside onto the brick-inlay terrace.
Highlights of Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Colonial history: English settlers from the Virginia Company of London first stepped foot onto American soil in what is now Virginia Beach, Virginia. They erected a cross on the spot; today, the First Landing Cross commemorates this momentous event.
- A lot has changed since the 1600s: The seaside town has become a family-friendly destination known for supersize beaches, restaurants serving fresh seafood, and a 3-mile-long boardwalk dubbed one of America’s best by Travel + Leisure.
- World War II planes such as a B-17 Flying Fortress and a Spitfire fighter plane are on display at the Military Aviation Museum.
- Go whale watching from late December through mid-March, or visit the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center to learn about local marine life year-round.