I grew up in Utah and spent my teenage weekends on the ski slopes. Now we reside in the foothills of Virginia, and while the ski resorts here in the Southeast are smaller, they are still an afternoon or weekend of fun. In fact, we found that a smaller resort is preferred for my family’s once-per-season ski trip.
We recently discovered Wintergreen Resort. It’s a true vacation destination, combining skiing with the laid-back relaxation and hospitality of the South.
We left the foothills and drove two-and-a-half hours north to the town of Roseland, Virginia, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We wound our way up the mountain through loops and S-Turns, following the creek and admiring the beautiful views.
This mountain was the highest elevation we have been since moving here. The stick trees against the red Virginia dirt and rust colored foilage were admired even by the children.
Then we saw the sign for Wintergreen Resort.
- A hike on one of Wintergreen’s well-marked nature trails, which features a portion of the original Appalachian Trail;
- A spin on Shamokin Ice, the resort’s popular outdoor ice rink, which has rental skates and welcomes skaters of all ages and abilities;
- A ride down the signature Plunge, which seats riders in big, comfy inner tubes for a swift trip down a snowy hill.
We drove a short distance to the Wintergreen Condos where we would be calling home for the duration of our stay.
Accommodations at Wintergreen Resort are family-focused, with 230 villa-style condominiums and rental homes, from studio suites to nine-bedroom homes, each offering a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable living area, most with fireplaces and a balcony or deck.
As we stepped through the door, we all just stood in amazement at the spectacular view through the window-lined wall.
We took a tour of the condo. The decor and attention to detail made our home away from home a true extension of mountain lodging.
Then the kiddos whined they were getting hungry so we headed to The Edge for eats!
The Edge is a casual and family-friendly with a rustic mountain flare, located right on the Wintergreen slopes. At lunch and dinner, savor a complete menu.
We started with a duo of tempting appetizers.
The Loggers Tortilla Spring Rolls. Created with chicken, pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, chili peppers, black beans, spinach, corn, cilantro, garlic, salsa, and sour cream.
We also tried the Crab Dip served with hot Pita chips.
The Edge features seasonal salads, flavorful sandwiches, and hearty entrees; all served with the best view of the mountain.
There is also an energetic bar which is the place to be when the sun sets with live music offered seasonally.
The burgers are excellent.
The kiddos loved the sundaes best!
William was a fun of the signature Black Rock Sundae with Hot Fudge brownie, chocolate Ice cream, whipped cream, toasted almonds,
chocolate sauce, topped with a cherry!
After dinner, the children wanted to play in the snow and immediately started making snow angels.