Living at Wintergreen
Located in the heart of Nelson County Virginia, just 35 miles from Charlottesville, Wintergreen offers breathtaking mountain scenery and recreational opportunities for all four seasons of the year. Championship golf, award winning tennis, year round spa, fly fishing, skiing or simply enjoying a walk on one of the many trails-it’s all right here! Homes, condominiums and homesites are available in a wide price range for creating a mountain retreat for your family or a primary home for year round living.
Two distinct locations make it possible to play golf all year! The Devil’s Knob course on the Mountain, open April through October, is the highest course in Virginia at just under 4,000 feet. Known for cool summer temperatures and spectacular mountain scenery, this Ellis Maples designed course offers a stimulating challenge for golfers of all ability levels. Play all year at the Stoney Creek Golf Course, designed by Rees Jones, offering 27 holes of championship golf in the Valley at a lower elevation of 600 feet. Golf Digest has rated Stoney Creek as the #34th best resort course in the U.S. Both courses are very accessible, and offer fine instruction with experienced PGA instructors. With 45 holes of challenging golf to play within a breathtaking natural backdrop of mountain scenery, brooks and lakes, the variety ensures you will enjoy playing here for years to come, whether you are a beginner or scratch golfer.
With a new computerized snow making system, Wintergreen offers the best skiing and snowboarding in the Mid-Atlantic! With 24 challenging trails, 13 of which are lighted for night skiing, the area enjoys 125 skiable acres, 5 lifts, including 2 six-person high-speed lifts, a longest run of 1.4 miles, 1,003 feet of vertical drop and 100% snowmaking capacity. Rentals and lessons are available to get you started, as well as a tubing park for fun in the snow for non-skiers. Advanced new technology for snow making has made it possible to extend the ski season, often well into March.
The tennis program at Wintergreen has consistently won top ratings by Tennis magazine and TennisResortsOnline for outstanding instruction and programming. Recognized as one of the “Top 5” for families in the U.S. by Tennis magazine, Wintergreen has held a place in the top 50 programs nationally for the past 17 years. It is the only resort in the country ranked in the Top 10 for both academies and overall programs by TennisResortsOnline. Facilities include 15 clay courts for cool summertime play on the Mountain, an indoor facility with 3 deco-turf courts, and 4 poolside courts in the valley with Blue Ridge Mountain views.
Spa and Fitness
The recently expanded Wintergarden Spa is home to a cardiovascular and strength training center, indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas, spa treatments including massage, body wraps and treatments, skin care and nail care. It’s a great place to relax after a hike or a round of golf or skiing!
Wintergreen offers over 25 miles of marked trails to enjoy the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If this is not enough, there is convenient access to the Appalachian Trail. Bordered on two sides by the National Forest, with over 6,000 acres of open space, the community offers an opportunity to take memorable hikes with your family. One of our favorites is the hike along Stoney Creek to lower Shamokin Falls. The Wintergreen Nature Foundation offers regular field trips and guided hikes for all ages.
Entertainment and Culture
The Wintergreen Performing Arts concert series brings nationally recognized artists to perform with Wintergreen’s resident orchestra each summer. Nearby Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia, offers a vibrant mix of activities year round from chamber music to theater, as well as University sports events. Blackfriars Playhouse, in Staunton, is the world’s only re-creation of William Shakespeare’s original theatre. Fresh and entertaining performances make Shakespeare accessible to all ages.
The area near Wintergreen in Nelson County has attracted wine makers from around the world, and it is possible to tour a number of world-class vineyards within a few minutes drive of the resort. Many encourage their guests to bring a picnic and relax and enjoy a glass of wine from the deck looking over the fields to the mountains beyond.
Pristine mountain streams, ponds in the community, and rivers offer diverse fishing opportunities, both for stocked fish and native trout.
There are five restaurants within the Wintergreen Resort including fine dining at the Coppermine and Devil’s Grill, more casual fare at the Edge, or Stoney Creek Bar and Grill in the Valley. Pryor’s Porch offers convenient casual dining during the ski season. Nellysford offers additional dining choices from the recently opened Thai Dutch exchange , Italian fine dining at D’Ambola’s , authentic barbecue at the Blue Ridge Pig, and French country dining at Basic Necessities.
Wintergreen residents bring their interests, talents and energy with them, and find here a wonderfully diverse fabric of activities for their involvement. Volunteer opportunities with the Wintergreen Performing Arts, the Rescue Squad, Habitat for Humanity, the Nelson County Schools, and the Nature Foundation are just a few. There are groups which meet regularly to knit, quilt, discuss books, read Shakespeare, play Mahjong and poker, race model sailboats to name just a few. If there is not a group for your interest here already, just found one!