10 Virginia Resorts for Fall Fun (and Romance)

It’s a beautiful, colorful season. Get out and enjoy it as a family, a couple, or alone. Don’t miss the wave of color as it sweeps across Virginia. In fact, enjoy it somewhere comfortable. Somewhere that has plenty of fun AND romance. Enjoy it at a Virginia resort.



Salamander Resort & Spa

Salamander Resort & Spa

Situated in Loudoun County’s horse and wine country is the 340-acre spread known as Salamander Resort & Spa, a place Condé Nast Traveler readers voted one of the Top 10 Best Resorts in the South.

  • Luxury spa
  • Equestrian center
  • Wine bar
  • Cooking studio and Harrimans Grill
  • Tennis courts, bocce ball, croquet, and putting greens
  • Hiking and biking trails
  • Tree Top Zip Tours
  • Expansive guest rooms and suites with private balcony or terrace



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Primland Resort

High in the mountains is another Condé Nast Traveler Top 10 Best Resorts in the South winner. Primland Resort is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with a wide range of experiences available. Regardless of which activities you choose, the fall foliage will steal your attention.

  • Guided Orvis endorsed wingshooting, deer and turkey hunts, and skeet shooting
  • Bow and air rifle range
  • Fly fishing
  • ATV tours
  • Horseback riding
  • Championship golf
  • Tree climbing
  • Kayaking and paddle boarding
  • Geocaching and nature trails
  • Disc golf
  • Destination spa
  • Observatory for stargazing
  • Three restaurants, plus Chef’s Table and private dining options
  • Accommodations include Lodge guest rooms and suites, private cottages, mountain homes, and tree houses


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The Omni Homestead Resort

The Omni Homestead Resort

Often called the birthplace of southern hospitality, The Omni Homestead Resort dates to 1766 and has hosted presidents and dignitaries over its 249-year history. The autumn season is when this treasure shines brightest. It’s tucked into the Allegheny Mountains and seems to transform along with the foliage that envelopes it.

  • Championship golf and the nation’s oldest first tee
  • Spa
  • Tennis
  • Fly fishing
  • Shooting sports, including paintball and archery
  • Miniature golf
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Falconry
  • Movie theater
  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking and biking trails
  • Carriage rides, hay rides, and segway tours
  • Nine dining and lodge options
  • Some guest rooms and suites include private porches and fireplaces



The Historic Triangle is at your fingertips when you stay at Kingsmill Resort. Spanning over 2,900 acres, this resort boasts 54 holes of championship golf along the James River. It’s a perfect late fall reprieve as a kaleidoscope of colors work their way into Coastal Virginia from the west.

  • Extensive spa services
  • Five restaurants and lounges
  • Marina with water sports rentals (jet skis, pontoons, kayaks, paddle boards, fishing poles, etc.)
  • Segway tours
  • Indoor pool
  • Tennis
  • Bike rentals
  • Guest rooms, condos, cottages, and large vacation homes available



Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery

Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery

The newest edition to the Trump Collection is Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery, a 26,000-square-foot mansion. Though the Estate has been referred to as both a boutique hotel and a bed and breakfast, it exudes a private resort feel with luxurious amenities and resort-like opportunities. Fall is the best time to visit, as it’s grape harvest season and the greater Charlottesville area always offers a fantastic show of foliage.

  • Trump Winery
  • Hot tubs, sauna, and spa
  • Movie theater
  • Croquet, bocce ball, and billiards
  • Horseback riding
  • Fly fishing
  • Cooking classes
  • Birding
  • Accommodations range from pool house rooms to a variety of suites, estate rooms, and a private 558-square-foot log cabin



Mountain Lake Conservancy & Hotel

Mountain Lake Lodge

If this place looks familiar, perhaps you’re remembering the 1980’s blockbuster Dirty Dancing. What was called Kellerman’s in the movie is actually Mountain Lake Lodge. Restored to its former glory, the 1930’s sandstone hotel welcomes guests to their revitalized rooms and more. Make it a point to walk the trails, or just while away in a rocker and soak in fall’s beauty. Either works.

  • Aerial and Zip Line Adventure Course
  • Hiking and biking trails
  • Fishing
  • Rafting, kayaking, and paddle boarding
  • Lawn chess and checkers, bocce ball, croquet, disc golf, corn hole, horse shoes, shuffleboard, and playground
  • Basketball, badminton, and tennis
  • Pools and sauna
  • Combat archery
  • Bubble ball
  • Two restaurants
  • Accommodations include main lodge guest rooms and suites, main lawn cottages and historic rustic cabins, Blueberry Ridge homes, and Chestnut Lodge guest rooms



Wintergreen Resort

Wintergreen Resort

Four seasons of fun await at Wintergreen Resort, though fall may be your favorite once you experience the beauty. See the mountain cams for a peek about peak!

  • Championship golf and lessons
  • Award-winning tennis program
  • Destination spa
  • Five restaurants and lounges
  • Discovery Ridge Adventure Center (trampolines, climbing wall, miniature golf, campfire, and many cool indoor activities)
  • Hiking and biking trails
  • Aquatic center
  • Archery
  • Accommodations range from Lodge guest rooms to condos and homes



Massanutten Resort

Massanutten Resort

More than 5,000 acres are your fall playground when you vacation at Massanutten Resort. More than one million people enjoy it annually. Join them!

  • Championship golf
  • Indoor waterpark
  • Luxury spa
  • Scheduled winery and brewery tours
  • Nature programs
  • Six restaurants
  • Woodstone Recreation Area
  • Mountain biking
  • Zip Line Adventures
  • Climbing wall
  • Off-season tubing
  • Kids Playland
  • Fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • Chairlift rides
  • Five hotels and 2500 condos available



The Tides Inn

The Tides Inn

Situated on a peninsula with direct access to the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers as well as the Chesapeake Bay is The Tides Inn, a great place for families, couples, girlfriends, and all the rest. Get a new perspective of foliage when you take advantage of their sailing opportunities.

  • Championship golf and lessons
  • Learn-to-sail, cove cruises, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, water bikes, marina tour, crabbing, and fly fishing
  • Bicycling
  • Spa
  • Five restaurant and lounge options
  • Guest rooms and suites available



Biking at Airlie Center

Biking at Airlie

Perhaps more commonly known for their meeting and conference spaces and services, Airlie is also a beautiful wedding venue and family resort destination. These 1,200 acres sit in the shadow of mountains just 50 miles outside of Washington, D.C., yet the experience will leave you feeling a world away.

  • Tennis and volleyball
  • Skeet shooting
  • Ropes courses
  • Fishing
  • Nature and biking trails (bikes available to borrow)
  • Cooking classes
  • Garden tours
  • Fall corn maze
  • Yoga
  • Seven distinct buildings house guest rooms; four bedroom cottages are also available

Which Virginia resort is your favorite during the fall season? Feel free to leave a comment about your experiences.

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