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Kingsmill Resort

Williamsburg, Virginia

Steeped in southern hospitality, Kingsmill Resort’s rich history dates back to Colonial America. The resort still exudes Old World charm while seducing visitors with its 2 18-hole championship golf courses and luxuriously appointed rooms featuring envy-inducing views of the bucolic James River. Treat yourself to a decadent chocolate spa wrap, or settle in with a favorite book on trips around the property's lazy river. End the day with a toast to good taste at James Landing Grille, the only riverfront dining experience in Williamsburg, where southern favorites like pecan-dusted fried flounder and shrimp and grits await.


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