Fall Weekends 2009: Wintergreen Resort

The Mood
Weekend golfers and die-hard outdoorsmen feel equally at home at this Blue Ridge mountain resort. Ridgeline condominiums are spacious with inspiring views—and offer the option of eating in or out at one of four top-notch yet casual restaurants.

What’s Special

Terrific Devils Knob, a mountain golf course with fun elevation changes; some 30 miles of on-site trails— at the Wintergreen Nature Foundation, you can get a hiking map as well as advice on choosing a route.

Most Unusual Activities
The Dome is an arcade with Xbox and Wii and a mechanical bull. Or you can rent a GPS unit and take the kids on a geocaching scavenger hunt.

For Kids
Discovery Ridge has Ridgley’s Fun Park for snow babies not quite ready for the slopes—plus a rock-climbing tower, a bungee trampoline, mountain-bike rentals, and miniature golf.

The Food
Beef lovers go to the Copper Mine for prime cuts, while fish is the forte of Devils Grill—try for a table overlooking the 18th green. Salads, sandwiches, and Thai lettuce wraps set the scene at the casual Edge. The fried-green-tomato sandwich is a standout among the pub fare at Stoney Creek Bar & Grill.

What’s Nearby
At the bottom of the mountain, Devils Backbone Brewing Company serves up ten hand-crafted brews; pints start at just $4.50. The menu is standard American, but dishes such as wings with habanero or strawberry-bourbon sauce are inspired.

Drive Time
Three hours.

The Price
Nightly rates range from $129 for a studio to $855 for a seven-bedroom home. Your fourth night is free until mid-November.

Bottom Line
A printed daily activity schedule and shuttles allow everyone to do his or her own thing: tennis, golf, aquatics, hiking, biking, relaxing in the spa.