Vacation Like a President in Williamsburg, Virginia

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A long winding road shaded by canopy of trees leads you to an expansive resort in the woods. You pass by homes of all sizes, lush golf courses, manicured tennis courts and natural ponds, arriving at a 7,000-square-foot private estate with panoramic views of the James River, where notable individuals such as President Barack Obama, President George H.W Bush, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have previously stayed.

This 4 bedroom estate has housed America’s Presidents!

The Estate at Kingsmill

Formally known as Pettus House, Kingsmill Resort has gated, manicured, residential grounds. It was the private mansion for the Busch family, who is known for Budweiser Beer and Busch Gardens.

Hire a private chef to cook in this kitchen for $4,000+ per night.

After a $3 million worth of renovations, – featuring beautiful interiors transformed with distinctive furnishings, lighting, textiles and décor from RH, Restoration Hardware – the Estate at Kingsmill looks like a modern villa with high ceilings, teardrop glass chandeliers, luxurious bathrooms (bigger than some of your lofts), distinctive art, gilded mirrors, retractable glass and floor to ceiling windows. A private terrace overlooks an infinity pool, hot tub, and perfect sunrise and sunsets over the James River. And if self pampering is your style, bring your private chef along or hire a butler to cook meals for your family in this state of the art kitchen.

While you can rent this four-bedroom Estate for your next vacation, small wedding, a milestone birthday getaway, or a corporate retreat, there are other more affordable accommodations on the property at well.

Old world charm and modern amenities are available at the condos.

The Resort

I stayed at one of the condo style accommodations at Kingsmill Resort. My private unit had parking directly in front of the building. In addition, it did not have hotel hallways or corridors. The entrance truly made me feel like I am walking into my private apartment. Inside, there was a spacious living room with fireplace and television, a dining room, full kitchen, laundry, separate king bedroom, bath, and a balcony overlooking the river. As the units were well spaced out and there were hardly any guests at the resort, it was peaceful and quiet. I mostly watched ducks, rabbits and deer enjoying the vast green spaces while sipping wine from my patio.

Spend the summer with your family at a cottage by the river.

A few people decided to rent Cottages at the James for a long term stay during COVID-19. Surrounded by mature trees, wildlife, water and cooler temperatures, Kingsmill Resort has 3,000 acres. Also, it is the perfect escape from busy and cramped city spaces. Pets are also allowed!

Kingsmill Resort also offers onsite amenities such as golf, tennis, spa treatments, yoga and Pilates classes, two luxury SUVs, customized golf carts, private jet skis, personal shoppers, laundry service, and personalized menus and music selections. There are four restaurants on site. However, dining services have been modified and there’s to-go menu only through Kingsmill Express.

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Enthusiastic from around east coast come to play at one of the best golf courses in Virginia.

Championship Golf

Kingsmill Resort is Virginia’s Only AAA Four Diamond condominium resort. Moreover, it features two renowned 18-hole golf courses, a celebrated golf academy and year-round golf instruction. There’s a good chance that your fellow celebrity guests and diplomats have practiced their swings at the River Course, rated one of the best golf courses in Virginia.

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Spend the day on the river boating, fishing or jet skiing.

Water Activities

One of Kingsmill’s popular activities include the marina located on the scenic James River, which begins in the Appalachian Mountains and flows 348 miles to the Chesapeake Bay. While you can sit on the deck or beach and enjoy water views, you can also kick up your adrenaline on a jet ski, kayak or paddle board. Boat and pontoon rentals, as well as fishing equipped is available just a few feet from your room. Enjoy summer with a dip in the outdoor swimming pool or slide along the lazy river.

Historic Williamsburg

Williamsburg was the capital of the Virginia Colony from 1699 to 1780 and played a significant role in the American Revolution. It forms the “Historic Triangle” together with Jamestown and Yorktown. It is noted that the British settlers first arrived in the Williamsburg area in 1607. This is also where Pocahontas once walked and where America was born.

There are numerous attractions located within minutes of the Kingsmill. You can learn about American history, taste some of the best pancakes in the country, and enjoy some thrilling rides. Further, plan to visit Colonial Williamsburg,  Jamestown Settlement, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, Historic Jamestown, Yorktown Battlefield, the Williamsburg Winery, and Busch Gardens – to name a few.

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Get this guide book to learn about the Historic Triangle.

Getting There

Kingsmill Resort is located on the James River off I‐64 between Richmond and Norfolk. You can fly in to either airport and rent a car or taxi to get to the resort. You can also do a road trip from Washington DC, while checking out other historic sites and Virginia beaches along the way.

Staying Safe

As destinations continue to reopen safely, please make sure to check out the local Williamsburg tourism website and Kingsmill Resort for updates on travel restrictions, social distancing and mandatary protocols. The state of Virginia requires everyone to wear a mask indoors in public places.

Continue learning about USA at home with this jigsaw puzzle appropriate for adults and kids.

SharedKey: Property Sharing Just Got Easier!

Are you in need of a weekend getaway but tired of arguing who gets to use the family cabin? Do you co-own a family rental, and you’re getting calls asking about which plumber to use, who booked the location for next month, or if there’s enough toilet paper? Luckily, SharedKey makes the nitty-gritty aspects of homeownership simpler to manage. While helping families in over 30 countries, this unique application takes the stress out of sharing a property.

“SharedKey has been developed as a private and secure solution for the millions of vacation property owners around the world. For owners of rental and home exchange properties, SharedKey is a great way to share all of the logistics, instructions and other details after a booking has been made.The result is an easy, positive and rich experience for all users,” says Mattea Spradling, Account Executive at Everything Branding

What Is SharedKey?

Anyone can try out SharedKey with a 30-day free trial

Chris and Eric Thrall vacationed at their grandparents’ log cabin in the Canadian Rockies for decades. As their families grew larger and the cabin became a shared property, scheduling and maintenance conflicts began to come up. With only virtual calendars as an option, the Thrall brothers created SharedKey

SharedKey is a centralized online system that provides a communication hub for co-owners. In addition, owners can post house rules, a schedule of occupants, a notice board for supplies and even recommendations for things to do in the area. By keeping everyone on track with lots of details, SharedKey promotes greater harmony between owners and family members. Also, sharing property among family, friends and guests is now simple and easy.

Make sure to get yourself a sturdy doormat as family members and guests enter your home!

How Do You Use SharedKey?

SharedKey promotes family harmony and fun vacations

With a 30-day free trial, SharedKey offers a $49 pricing plan for one property with unlimited members and guests. Anyone can sign up on the website link or download the mobile app for complete access while on the go. On the platform, users post reminders for maintenance work, cleaning requirements, and create an information book for any important contacts or emergency services. Also, users have access to their personal booking calendar, which helps avoid scheduling conflicts and manage event planning. In addition, SharedKey can even help you be the perfect host by providing customized directions, a personalized welcome message, a list of activities to enjoy in the area and a virtual guest book for visitors to sign.

Why You Should Use SharedKey

SharedKey helps take the stress out of co-managing a residence or planning a vacation at a family rental. The application is also useful for managing your own home and for times when you’re hosting a get-together. In addition, when signing up for SharedKey property information is only open to owners and their selected guests. Also, the program uses SSL certification to ensure an encrypted connection for each time you log in or record personal data, which makes SharedKey a secure system to use among friends and family. 

SharedKey can reinforce sanitation rules and correlate booking times to maintain adequate social distancing, which also helps keep COVID-19 regulations in mind. So try out this unique application for your next family vacation or trip. It makes communication much more efficient and easy to do.

~By Virtual Marketing & Communications Intern, Laura Vo. Laura’s a Public Relations Major at Kennesaw State University and has a passion for supporting great causes like Go Eat Give.

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