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The doctor says, take a few days and call me after Kingsmill

By Philip Sokol
Director of Operations

Williamsburg, VA (Sports Network) - Golf, spa, food and family entertainment, what more could one ask for.

That's what you get, not necessarily in that order at Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Part of the Anheuser-Busch Companies, Kingsmill Resort and Spa is just what the doctor ordered. A fantastic vacation destination which runs the gamut, from children to adults, from luxurious accommodations to sensational dining.

Our trip begins with the ease of travel. Williamsburg, Virginia is just a few hours from New York and the Northeast corridor by car and less than two hours by air east of the Mississippi.

Upon arriving at the resort, you'll find a southern charm and ambience equaled only by a few. The staff at Kingsmill treat you like one of their own and family is what they are all about.

We have to start with the living arrangements. Recently renovated, the resort features over 400 guest rooms and suites, beautifully decorated with a private balcony or patio, some overlooking the historic James River. The two and three-bedroom suites come equipped with a full kitchen and fireplace, not to mention dining and living rooms and the ever popular, washer and dryer.

How about a little fun and games?

For the golfer, there are three championship courses at Kingsmill, highlighted by the River Course, designed by legendary architect Pete Dye. Originally the venue for the PGA Tour from 1981-2002, the River Course now hosts the LPGA's best and brightest at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill. The River Course is ranked as one of the top-10 courses in the state of Virginia.

The Woods Course is another gem created by Tom Clark and former U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange. Playing to a par of 72, the Woods Course, like the River, has been ranked in the top-10 in Virginia and when opened in 1995, was voted as one of the top-10 new public courses in the country.

Arnold Palmer's Plantation Course completes the trio of tracks. The easiest of the three, the Plantation Course is very user friendly with only three par fours over 400 yards from the gold tees. The Palmer course has been ranked as one of the Top-50 Courses for Women.

Not to be ignored is the nine-hole, par-3 Bray Links, overlooking the James River, a fun way to spend time with the family. The length of the holes range from 54 to 109 yards, culminating with the island green ninth hole.

If you need to work on your game, Kingsmill Resort features a year-round Golf Academy, with two- and three-day schools, as well as individual lessons from the talented Kingsmill professionals.

Beyond the golf, it's Busch Gardens Europe and Water Country USA. Voted the world's "Most Beautiful Theme Park" for 15 years running, Busch Gardens features more than 50 rides and attractions, including four world-class roller coasters. Water Country USA is just that, 35 slides and rides with just one aim in mind, getting you wet! Open May through September, Water Country USA is fun for the whole gang. A family of three can spend a whole day cruisin' down Hubba-Hubba Highway or sliding down Malibu Pipeline for around $100.

For the history buffs, it's Colonial Williamsburg, with 88 original structures from the 18th-century, houses, shops and more on over 300 acres of land. See how people lived back in the 1700s, as Williamsburg appeared on the eve of the American Revolution. Open year-round, Colonial Williamsburg features historical staff in full period costume detailing the past.

The newest addition to the resort is the full-service Spa at Kingsmill. Whatever your pleasure, the Spa is at your service. From full and half-day experiences for the ladies or massages designed specifically for the golfer, the Spa has it all. Even teens and mothers-to-be have specific treatments, from facials to pedicures, from manicures to body treatments. The word pampered never sounded so good.

Workout and fitness enthusiasts will love the Sports Club. In tuned with the needs of the health conscious, the Sports Club includes a 2,200-square foot fitness center, featuring 28 cardio stations, racquetball courts, fitness classes, free weights, indoor and outdoor pools and a professional staff to set you in the right direction.

But there's more. Tennis anyone? Ranked as one of the top-50 tennis resorts of the world, Kingsmill offers 15 clay and hard courts, two lighted for evening play and a camp with private and semi-private lessons for adults and juniors.

Let's not forget the Marina. Kayaks, paddle boats, Jon boats and tours along the James River or fishing from the pier is available. If you come by boat, just dock at one of the 70 marina slips. You even have access to room service on your boat! How about a weekly 'smores roast down by the shore?

The bicycle, walking and running trails meander throughout the residential area, so pick a cool evening and enjoy the scenery.

Another outstanding aspect of Kingsmill Resort and Spa is the Kid's Kamp. From ages 5-12, children participate in a fun-filled day of swimming, water games, beach activities, arts and crafts and playing in the game room. Best of all, the key ingredient is the interaction with and making of new friends.

We would be remiss if we didn't mention the outstanding fare at Kingsmill. From the culinary delight of Bray Bistro to the deep selections of meat at Eagles or the sports-theme thrill of Moody's Tavern. Can you imagine starting off with Chipotle-Apricot BBQ Shrimp, moving on to an Asian Spinach Salad and feasting on a Horseradish Crusted Pork Chop? A taste sensation to follow could be a Molten Lava Cake with Irish Creme Philly Ice or Mandarin Cheesecake with a Chilled Tropical Sabayon. Just some of the treats to thrill your senses.

Oh, there's more. Kingsmill is a dream for the business-minded company or the family hosting Dad's 80th birthday party. Conference facilities that can accommodate groups up to 500 with 16,000 square feet of meeting space. Two ballrooms, nine soundproof meeting rooms, 16 state-of-the-art conference meeting rooms and extensive audio-visual equipment. The resort event planner will organize and detail your program to your specific desires.

What makes Kingsmill Resort and Spa even more enticing are the amazing set of packages available. Golf or Spa packages from as low as $179 per night, or how about a family vacation package for four, including 4-days/3-nights for $999? That package alone gets you accommodations, unlimited admission to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, breakfast daily, one lunch or dinner at Busch Gardens per person, complimentary court fees at the Tennis Club, green fees at the Plantation Course and transportation to and from the parks. Those are just two of the many choices at Kingsmill. For more, go to http://kingsmill.com/rates/index.asp.

Perfect for the guys rite' of passage, breaking the ice on the golf season. The ladies will love the treatments at the Spa and the kids, well, plenty can be said for wearing a bathing suit all day. Best of all, you never have to leave the property!

Kingsmill Resort and Spa is the ultimate vacation spot on either coast. Forget about South Carolina and Florida in March, or Arizona and California in the winter, it's Kingsmill all-year round.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Philip Sokol at psokol@sportsnetwork.com.

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