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Historical Amusement

This southern belle of a resort boasts history — and an amusement park — right outside its gate

Want a mix of serious and fun for your next getaway? Check out this resort with history — and an amusement park — outside its gate.

Where: Kingsmill Resort & Spa. 1010 Kingsmill Rd., Williamsburg, VA. 800-832-5665 or www.kingsmill.com

What’s special: Nestled on the banks of the James River, Kingsmill offers a playground of activities on-site and beyond. The centerpiece of the resort is its three championship courses, including the premier River Course, home of many PGA and LPGA tournaments. Golf Digest recently named Kingsmill in their list of “The 75 Golf Resorts in North America.” In addition, there’s a golf academy and the par-3 Bray Links where you can play night golf. The never-ending amenities continue with children’s programs, pools, tennis, biking, sports center, luxury spa, boating, fishing and the marina. Guests have a choice of accommodations and dining options. And right outside the gate is Busch Gardens and a few miles away is Colonial Williamsburg.

The deal: Stay-and-play package includes two nights’ lodging, $30 to play the Plantation Course after 1 p.m. (normally after 2 p.m. it's $65), free use of paddle boats and kayaks, and breakfast for two. This package is for families of up to four. The price for the package is $469; Hudson Valley Magazine readers receive an additional $50 credit for any purchases or services at the resort. To book, enter promo code WASH2010.

When: Now through Labor Day

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