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3-Day Girlfriends Getaway at Kingsmill Resort

SPA-GOING, WINE TASTING, BOUTIQUE HOPPING AND MORE From an all-day spa experience and wine-tasting tour to museum-going and shopping till you drop, Kingsmill Resort and the surrounding Greater Williamsburg area offer the perfect girlfriends getaway. Stay in one of Kingsmill’s fully refurbished multi-bedroom condos or one of the new three-four-bedroom luxury cottages right on the […]

Kingsmill Resort,


From an all-day spa experience and wine-tasting tour to museum-going and shopping till you drop, Kingsmill Resort and the surrounding Greater Williamsburg area offer the perfect girlfriends getaway. Stay in one of Kingsmill’s fully refurbished multi-bedroom condos or one of the new three-four-bedroom luxury cottages right on the James River. Either way, you’ll have all the diverse recreational activities and amenities of this sprawling AAA Four Diamond resort and its unique setting along the James River at your fingertips.

DAY 1:

All day

Kingsmill Spa

Spend all day indulging in Kingsmill’s brand new full-service 5,000-square-foot spa, an oasis of calm decorated with Swarovski crystal-embellished wallpaper and natural river rock accents. Spa manager Shari McGee has given it a cutting-edge, modern approach. Start the day with an indulgent four-hour-long “Girl’s Day Out“ program, which includes a sampler massage, spa lunch, signature hydrating manicure and signature hydrating pedicure.

Then add on from such additional services as facials, waxes and body treatments, including decadent chocolate wraps, European rose treatments, oatmeal and honey wraps, or signature sugar or salt scrubs. You can also get your hair cut, styled, colored and permed with organic heat-activated products. The ergonomic shampoo chairs are especially kind on your neck and back. Wind down your spa day with a relaxing moment in the women’s-only “quiet” lounge. Nestle into the comfy rocking chairs that face the outdoor pool and feel your stress just melt away. Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: Spa services: 757-253-8230; Salon services: 757-564-5353;


Elements, Kingsmill Resort

Dine on local seafood, pasta and pizza in a casual setting while enjoying a panoramic view of the James River. Noteworthy dishes include sorghum-glazed duck breast with toasted faro, walnuts and dried cherries; fried calamari with banana peppers; and seared tuna with sesame seeds. Information: 757- 235-3900;

DAY 2:


The Mill, Kingsmill Resort

The Mill is a full-service bakery and coffee shop located next to the Tennis Center. It serves coffee, delectable pastries, hearty sandwiches and homemade gelato. You can find a variety of snacks and beverages or pack your own lunch for your day out in Williamsburg. Stop by for coffee or sit on the patio and watch a competitive volley or two. Open daily 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Morning & Early Afternoon: Shopping Spree

A Touch of Earth Gallery

6580 Richmond Road, Williamsburg

The award-winning A Touch of Earth offers a collection of the very finest in American crafts and art by regional and nationally known contemporary American artists. The gallery represents a variety of unique original works in stoneware, porcelain, wearable art, jewelry, glass, fiber, wood and watercolors. Owners Lianne Lurie and Paul Pittman uphold the highest quality of craftsmanship in the collection. Information: 757-565-0425;

Williamsburg Antique Mall & La Petite Tea Room

500 Lightfoot Road, Williamsburg

Williamsburg Antique Mall is ironically one of the few places in Williamsburg’s Colonial setting offering authentic antiques and collectibles. This 45,000-square-foot facility features a great selection of unique goods from more than 400 dealers, including Hummel figurines, furniture, carpets, quilts, clocks, jewelry, prints, books and more. Meanwhile, La Petite Tea Room, located in the building, serves organic soups, sandwiches and delectable baked goods at one of just five tables. Mall hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. Tea Room hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday closed. Information: 757-565-3422;

Williamsburg Premium Outlets

5715-62A Richmond Road, Williamsburg

Find exceptional brands with extraordinary savings of 25%-65% throughout 135 stores including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Burberry, Coach, Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, DKNY, Dooney & Bourke, Guess, Hugo Boss, J. Crew, Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, Nautica, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more. Information: 757-565-0702;

Alternative to the Premium Outlets:

Merchant’s Square

134 North Henry Street, Williamsburg

Located adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, Merchants Square is an 18th-century-style retail village with more than 40 shops and restaurants in a beautiful historical setting. Among the unique shops are purveyors of Colonial era merchandise such as pewter (check out the fascinating timeline displayed at Danforth Pewter showing five generations of Danforth family pewter makers), quilts, home furnishings, linens and souvenirs as well as clothing perfect for the Talbots set. Information: 757-565-8889;


Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant

5525 Olde Towne Road, Williamsburg

Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant is continually voted “the best” by Williamsburg locals. Entrée specials are prepared in the Northern and Southern Italian style, including pasta dishes, gourmet pizzas, soups, sandwiches and salads. Closed Sunday. Information: 757-565-1977;


Tour & Tasting, Williamsburg Winery at Wessex Hundred

5810 Wessex Hundred, Williamsburg

Housed on the 300-acre farm, Wessex Hundred, where perfect soil has yielded delicious wines since 1619, the Williamsburg Winery was founded in 1983 by the Duffeler family. Still in the family, the winery has continuously expanded to feature an impressive portfolio of wines, including red, white, desert and specialty, boasting a top-tier winemaker from Napa Valley, Matthew Meyer. Tours are offered daily every half hour. Winery hours: January-February, Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. March-December, Monday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 757-229-0999; 


Café Provençal

5810 Wessex Hundred, Williamsburg

Located at Wedmore Place, a country hotel at the Williamsburg Winery, Café Provençal boasts an elegant ambience where the flavors, sights and smells of Provence come straight to the table. Acclaimed Chef Ika Zaken’s exquisite menu features locally sourced fish and vegetables from the on-site garden, in addition to delectable local wines. Unusual entrees include rabbit and wild boar. Enjoy the serene sunroom, overlooking the terra-cotta tiled pool terrace and stone fountain, or the carefully furnished Buttery dining area, complete with French antiques and wrought-iron chandeliers. Closed Monday. Information: 757-941-0317;


Kimball Theatre

428 West Duke of Gloucester, Williamsburg

Check out what’s playing at this charming theater located in the heart of Merchants Square. Enjoy a live performance, play or featured film. Information:


DAY 3:


Old Chickahominy House

1211 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg

Step into an 18th-century-style dining room reminiscent of an old-fashioned Virginia tearoom to indulge in an authentic yet simple Southern breakfast, including the hearty Plantation breakfast (Virginia ham, country bacon, sausage, two eggs, grits, biscuits, coffee or tea). Don’t miss the three-story antique gift shop.  Information: 757-229-4689;


Williamsburg Farmer’s Market

402 West Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg

The Colonial Williamsburg Farmer’s Market, held on Saturday mornings in Merchants Square, is a favorite gathering spot and place to find the finest Virginia-grown produce and products in the area. The market’s mission is to provide healthy regionally produced food to the Williamsburg community, stimulating the farm economy and preserving agricultural land, reviving the historic role of the Williamsburg town center as a place for markets, and creating a fun and educational venue to enhance community life. Information: 757-259-3768;

Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William & Mary

603 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg

A cultural treasure, the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s collection can be traced to 1732. Since then, the collection has grown to more than 5,000 works of art, encompassing diverse objects from antiquity to modernity. Make sure to check out the Colonial American and 17th- and 18th-century English portraits. Exhibitions have featured Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, American Naturalism and other topics. Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday closed. Information: 757-221-2700;


Blue Talon Bistro

420 Prince George Street, Williamsburg

Blue Talon Bistro offers a combination of casual comfort and quality cuisine that welcomes both newcomers and regulars. Chef David Everett’s focus on “serious comfort food” is expressed in such traditional favorites as pâté, foie gras mousse and charcuterie, and such original creations as chicken and mushroom crepes and goat cheese and leek tart, which demonstrate his renowned culinary talent. An innovative wine list, outstanding service and a warm and inviting atmosphere complete the picture. Information: 757-476-2583;


Behind-the-scenes tour of Jamestown Settlement’s Costumes

2110 Jamestown Road, Route 31 S., Williamsburg

Much of history is told through historical interpretation at Jamestown Settlement. During this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, check out the various costumes worn by interpreters to get a glimpse into the cultures of the Powhatan Indians and America’s first permanent English colonists. Compare the fashions of the time, the fabrics used and the processes that went into creating clothing during America’s 17th-century Colonial beginnings. Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (until 6 p.m. June 15 through Aug. 15). Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. Information: 757-253-4838; 888-593-4682;

Williamsburg Alewerks Brewery Tour

189-B Ewell Road, Williamsburg

Williamsburg AleWerks, established in 2006, is located in the heart of Williamsburg and has a stellar reputation for fine beer. They operate a direct-fired brick-clad Peter Austin brew house and ferment all their beers in state-of-the-art conical fermenters. The 40-minute Brewery Tour allows visitors to sample the broad range of beers and includes a brief discussion of the history of beer, the story of AleWerks and their unique American handcrafted ales, and a look into the brew house. At the conclusion, you’re given an imprinted AleWerks tasting glass as a souvenir. Tours: Monday-Friday 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Sunday no tours.  Information: 757-220-3670;



1915 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Silt is a rustic farmhouse-chic restaurant, opened in 2014, which has garnered praise from culinary enthusiasts. A farm-to-fork eatery, Silt is spearheaded by Executive Chef Nelson Miller, who is passionate about using local ingredients from Tidewater Virginia to redefine Southern food by incorporating techniques and ingredients from a variety of influences. The décor is farmhouse simple with tables made from salvaged barn wood. Among the Southern specialties are Virginia peanut soup, shrimp and grits, sweet tea-brined pork chop and chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Closed Sunday. Information: 757-645-3760;

Alternative restaurant:

James Landing Grille, Kingsmill Resort

If you want to relax back at the resort after three days of on-the-go fun, the James Landing Grille is Williamsburg’s only waterfront dining venue. Enjoy sunsets over the James River as you feast on regional and sustainable seafood, such as local oysters on the half shell and grilled sea scallops. The restaurant is open seasonally from March to November. Information: 757-253-3900;

Then retire to your condo or cottage with a bottle of wine and enjoy it while lounging on an outdoor rocker or by the fireplace. And toast to your perfect three-day getaway.

Written By: Claudia Rinaldi

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