- The Washington Times - Friday, March 19, 2010

The snow piles blanketing the District this winter may have prompted some people to dream of escaping to the beach, but others in the area reveled in the snow and turned their thoughts to owning a vacation home at a nearby ski resort.

At Wintergreen, about three hours from the District on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia, visitors and residents can enjoy skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing in the winter along with an array of activities in warmer months.

This 11,000-acre resort includes walking trails, streams, forests, mountains and lakes, so a variety of sports can be accommodated with ease. Two golf courses offer 45 holes of golf, and the resort also offers tennis, swimming pools, fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking and a fully equipped spa. A wide range of restaurants are part of the resort, which has a lodge, shops and many housing options, including condominiums, villas and single-family homes.

While Wintergreen has plenty to offer in terms of physical activities, many residents appreciate even more the sheer beauty of the mountains and the solitude they can find even in the midst of a full-service resort. In addition, there are plenty of planned programs and activities for children and adults to stay as occupied as they want to be.

Nearly every weekend at Wintergreen, visitors and residents can participate in special activities on the ski slopes and at the lodge. Tennis clinics, golf clinics and ski lessons, beginner through expert, are available.

Assuming that everyone still has energy after the day’s activities, Wintergreen’s casual dining spot, the Edge, offers live music on most weekend evenings.

While homes at Wintergreen are available in almost any price range and can accommodate singles, couples and families of every size, one luxurious single-family home on the market boasts six bedrooms, so family members and guests can enjoy their privacy.

Listed at $579,000, the home at 78 Split Rock Trail was marketed in 2009 for $695,000. The property, which is being sold fully furnished, typically earns between $48,000 and $60,000 each year in rental income.

This three-story chalet-style home fits beautifully into its mountain setting. Resting on a cul-de-sac, the home features views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding woods from every window. The home has nearly 4,300 finished square feet of living space on a lot of .37 acres.

In warm weather, residents and guests can relax on the covered porch, which offers plenty of space for dining and seating areas. Other outdoor spaces include a balcony, a deck and a landscaped yard.

The focal point for this home is the great room, which has a stone fireplace and one of the home’s eight flat-screen televisions. The great room is the perfect place for gathering with friends and family after a day of skiing, hiking, tennis or exploring the resort. The home has hardwood flooring, a media room and a separate dining room.

The kitchen features granite counters, recessed lighting, a pantry and a breakfast bar.

The home’s six bedrooms include several with two double beds to accommodate a household full of guests. The home has four full baths and a powder room.

For more information about this home, other properties at Wintergreen or the resort, contact Realtor Thomasina Shealey at 703/328-8680 or visit www.wintergreenresort.com.

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