Disclosure: The Kingsmill Resort sponsored our family’s stay. All opinions and images are our own.
In our life before children, vacation planning involved months of careful planning — weighing the pros and cons of various hotels, sifting through a list of 30 restaurants to whittle down, and carefully researching points of interest near our vacation spot. Now that we’re parents to an energetic 6-year-old and an even more energetic 2-year-old, we’re lucky if we can plan a week’s worth of packed lunches, much less an entire vacation. So the ideal vacation for us now is one that provides the most fun with the least planning on our part. That’s what made our recent trip to Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia such a joy. Whether it was fun activities for the kids, relaxing times for the adults, delicious meals, or beautiful sites, everything was there for us (and with no planning required on our part!).
Situated on the banks of the James River, just outside of Williamsburg, Virginia, Kingsmill Resort is a short drive away from both Colonial Williamsburg and historic Jamestown. During our stay we made excursions to both and had an outstanding time. Because both sites draw so many school-age visitors, they provide a variety of engaging exhibits for youngsters from the archeology museum at Jamestown to an interactive stroll through Colonial Williamsburg. We also found that by going off on our own rather than sticking with tours, we were able to take things at a pace that suited both us and the little ones.
In truth though, we found it hard to go on day trips when we were having so much fun at the Kingsmill resort. While they offer golf, tennis, two beautiful pools, an expansive gym, and a spa, we decided to keep things more low key, opting to explore the gorgeous surroundings instead. Our first day there, we took a walk along the beautiful river bank. Kingsmill is relatively near the mouth of the James and the breadth of the river makes for some beautiful sweeping views. The next day we rented bikes with trailers for the girls and took a challenging ride along the rolling trails through the beautiful woods surrounding the property. Finally, we explored the serene lake that adjoins the property in a paddleboat, although canoes and kayaks were also available.
As food bloggers, what we were very interested in was the meals, and Kingsmill did not disappoint. With three restaurants, a coffee bar, and a snack and sandwich stand, Kingsmill has options ranging from elegant to casual. We found ourselves most often at the James Landing Grille, a casual restaurant with a refined feel that overlooked a marina and the James River. It featured seafood and fresh vegetables with focus on local, seasonal ingredients that really hit all the right notes for us. The menu varies, but we especially enjoyed the seafood jambalaya and seared scallops (the girls steered clear of the sea’s bounty and enjoyed hamburgers instead).
By the end of our three-day stay, we felt relaxed and recharged, and our girls had had experiences they couldn’t wait to try again. In fact, our 6-year-old declared it to be the best vacation ever. The comprehensiveness of a vacation at Kingsmill really relieved a lot of the hassle that comes along with so many family vacations. From well-appointed, spacious lodgings to beautiful scenery to great food and fun activities, everything was taken care of. While it may be a while before we’re able to have the kind of vacation we enjoyed before children, Kingsmill showed us we could have a wonderful time nonetheless.