My family had the privilege of taking one last summer get-away before I started teaching and Mia started school. We decided to get away to Virginia to take in the Shenandoah Valley and all of the famous caverns. When researching, I came across the Massanutten Resort. What a gem nestled in the beautiful mountains! It was such a fun and family environment. I reached out to them and they accommodated my family in return that I share my stay and all of the fun family events with the Sister and Mister Community. It was about a 6.5 hour drive for us from Stark County, Ohio. That was including a lunch stop and a restroom stop – so it’s a very “doable” trip! All of the pictures and opinions are my own.
Day 1 Check-in at 5 pm
The Massanutten Resort is home to many different accommodations. They have hotel, time-share, condo and even a gated condominium accommodations. Our stay was in the gated condominium, Regal Vistas. Although the name is grand, it still underestimates the views that surround you. You’ll see our unit pictured – stunning. Almost on cue within two hours of being there, a doe and her fawn were right out our back window!
As you can see from my pictures above, the condominium was beautiful with high-end finishes. I took many pictures of the master bathroom and kitchen in hopes that one day, I could do something similar (I’m thinking in 25 years, when the girls should be married and through college). This unit was a two bedroom, two bath unit with a master king suite (pictured above) with a second queen room and a queen sofa sleeper. It also had a washer/dryer and garage that was long enough to fit our SUV.
To keep true to my nature, we packed cereal, snacks, peanut butter, pasta and sauce. The unit had everything I needed to feel at home to prepare meals. Our first night I was exhausted, so we ordered a Hawaiian pizza from the resort Woodstone Deli. It was so large (and tasty) that it served as lunch to Jim and I the next day as well.
All communities have access to pools on the resort. However, the Regal Vista community had their own. It was very family-friendly for little ones. The deepest section was 4 ft. We spent Saturday night here swimming with some other families. Meanwhile, Jim worked out in the adjoining fitness room. (Yep, really worked out on a vacation).
We headed over to one of the playgrounds that are open to any resort members to let the girls stretch their legs. We saw a couple on our drive. We stopped at the James E. Lambert Park. It was beautifully maintained, clean and had very safe features.
On our first day was spent at the Massanutten Water Park. I wasn’t sure how much Meghan would be able to do since she was under the 42″ requirement to participate in all of the park, but she was able to enjoy 90% of the park. She couldn’t do three tubing slides, three body slides and one outdoor slide. In fact, there are quite a few areas tailored to the younger child. This indoor/outdoor water park was HUGE! It offered 9 larger water/body/tubing slides indoors, 4 small slides, adult and kid pools, a pipeline and a toddler spray pool and slide (more indoor information HERE). Outdoors featured a large slide, a basketball pool area, wave pool, children’s obstacle course and spray pad (more outdoor information HERE). We spent from 10-2 there and then headed home for lunch.
After lunch, went for an afternoon ice cream social. I was pleasantly surprised at how many people showed. Mia and Meg’s bellies were popping out because they had two large sundaes! While there, they had two contests. One was an ice cream eating contest without utensils and another was a sundae concoction eating contest. These poor souls ate ice cream with mayonnaise, horseradish, blue cheese, Sriracha sauce, sardines, paprika, pepper, garlic and more. I was so disgusted. About 8 participated in it though!
We then headed back to the water park for the evening. We enjoyed Diamond Jim’s Arcade on the second floor for a short bit. My husband was stoked because there was a PacMan and Galaga game. The girls and I played a fun game of air hockey and ski ball. It was a really large arcade with a ton of old school and newer games.
After getting the girls thoroughly exhausted for the evening, we opted to eat on-premise at the Blue Ridge Buffet. This buffet did not disappoint. It had a very large selection that was both appealing to adults and kids. I loved the pasta station. I had a seafood pasta made up with crab and shrimp – delish! I’m not sure why I make a plate for Meghan, she always eats off of mine anyways.
Saturday morning was a rainy day, so I decided to cash in on a mini massage and facial at the Spa at Massanutten.
Wow, what a beautiful place overlooking the Shenadoah Valley! It was my first time having a male masseuse (not that I get treated to these all that often). Let me tell you, it’s a good thing that I don’t live close to this place. Between Joseph’s accent and strong hands…… LOL! The weather cleared up in the afternoon, so we headed down to the Massanutten Resort Family Adventure Park. The bounce houses were down due to the rain in the morning. However, we had a lot of fun with summer tubing and watching Mia do the children’s ropes course and zipline.
Summer tubing uses the ski slopes, and NO you don’t have to walk all the way up there The girls would tether their tubes onto ours and down we’d go. I really had a lot of fun and enjoyed watching my girls’ faces! Meghan’s is priceless, right?
Mia did the ropes course. She started off good, but then lost her confidence. She just froze and started the girly blubber cry that only a mom can understand I felt awful for her because we were restricted from getting to her. I asked a guide to come and help and that was all she needed to get moving. She loved the zipline portion. I thought it was a pretty difficult course, so I was really proud of her.
Back to task! They offer a canopy and adult zipline as well. It went through the trees and down the hill. We would have loved to have done the canopy zipline tour, but who would watch the kids??
We barely scratched the surface of activities that are available. There is a very LENGTHY Summer catalog of all of the activities to take advantage of. If we had more time we would have done a few more activities such as horseback riding, canoeing, visited the petting zoo, fishing, hiking, putt-putt, bungy dome or some of the kid crafts. With any resort, many of the activities have costs associated with them. So it could get expensive. If you’re going for experiences and memories though, Massanutten Resort offers both! I don’t think I mentioned this, but they have childcare services EVERY day and night that is set up with themes. My girls would have loved this. Meg was just shy by half of a year to participate. Children must be five years of age. I wouldn’t have done it anyways, being that we were there for only 2 1/2 days Nice to have that option though, especially if they are bickering!
Our family is not at a stage for skiing yet, but I bet it would be breathtaking to ski down the beautiful mountains of the Shenandoah Valley! While in Virginia, we also visited the Harrisonburg Children’s Museum (FUN), Luray Caverns, Shenandoah Caverns and Skyline Caverns, and stopped at a few of the Civil War sites.
If you’re looking for a weekend or short get-away I would highly suggest Massanutten Resort. We really had a fabulous time.
A special thank you to Sarah and her team for the beautiful accommodations and fun experiences!
I know a few of you emailed to say that you’ve visited Massanutten as well. What did you like most about Massanutten Resort?