Jamestown, Virginia, Resort Hotels

by Joanne Thomas

Jamestown, which in 1607 became the first permanent English settlement in the country, is a place familiar to all Americans and undoubtedly the major historic tourist attraction in Virginia. The Jamestown Settlement Colony and Historic Jamestowne sites are protected by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia, so resorts and hotels are excluded from the immediate vicinity, but there are ample lodging options for visitors in and around nearby Williamsburg.

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The Historic Powhatan Resort

A circa-1735 manor house set on 546 acres of woodland, the Historic Powhatan Resort encapsulates the colonial-era atmosphere and storied history for which Jamestown and Williamsburg are known. Guest suites with one to three bedrooms are available, all with Victorian-style dark wood furnishings, a jetted tub and a private balcony or terrace. The family-friendly resort offers indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts and a playground, and the surrounding woodlands are marked with hiking and exercise trails. Other facilities include a fitness center, game room, gift shop and barbecues. A concierge desk and activities desk provide useful information and assistance planning excursions in the area.

Greensprings Vacation Resort

Located next to the Jack Nicklaus-designed Jamestown Course, one of two championship golf course at the adjacent Williamsburg National Golf Club, Greensprings Vacation Resort makes an ideal choice for golfers seeking spacious and luxurious accommodations. Room options consist of two- and four-bedroom suites, each with a private whirlpool and a fireplace in the plushly furnished living room. Many offer views of the golf course from a private balcony. The resort's extensive guest facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, a children's pool, hot tubs, an activities department, fitness center and laundry facilities.

Kingsmill Resort

The AAA four diamond award-winning Kingsmill Resort, which includes three championship golf courses, a day spa and five restaurants as well as 425 guest rooms and suites, sits scenically on the banks of the James River, about 10 miles from Jamestown. The resort features a private marina where boaters can dock, and guests can rent kayaks and paddle boats or fish from the standing pier. A complimentary shuttle service stops at Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and other local attractions. Guest rooms average 375 square feet and offer a private balcony or patio; the suites range from 820-square-foot, one-bedroom suites to 1,500-square-foot suites with three full bedrooms and a full kitchen. In addition to nightly room-only rates, Kingsmill Resort offers various seasonal packages, including bed and breakfast rates, holiday deals, stay-and-play golf packages and spa packages.

Westgate Historic Williamsburg Resort

Westgate Historic Williamsburg Resort is a family- and pet-friendly establishment offering residential-style, self-catering accommodations. Guests have a choice of studio suites with a kitchenette, or one- and two-bedroom suites with a fully equipped kitchen. The two-bedroom suites sleep up to six and include a washer and dryer. The suites have elegant, colonial-inspired decor with ornate four-poster beds and walls adorned with maps and artwork depicting historic local events. Guests have access to the resort's seasonal outdoor pool, hot tub, exercise facility and game room. Westgate Historic Williamsburg Resort offers discounted rates for seniors, Virginia residents and guests who book early.

About the Author

A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.

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