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The 5 Best Ways to Stay Active at Wintergreen Resort This Winter

Whether you have made New Year’s resolutions to get in shape or just want to make the most of your winter vacation, there are dozens of activities you can enjoy at Wintergreen Resort. This mountain paradise encompasses 11,000 acres of nature trails, golf course fairways, a world-class terrain park, award-winning spa and fitness center, and other enjoyable amenities. Here’s how you can enjoy the best activities this resort has to offer.

1. Go Skiing or Snowboarding

skiier on a mountain

Wintergreen Resort’s signature feature is its incredible ski slopes. For years, it has received awards for “Best Terrain Park,” “Best Ski Resort,” and “Best Snow Skiing Spot” from publications such as Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Blue Ridge Country Magazine, and the Washington Post. Ski season is officially underway — enjoy!

If you love to spend time on the slopes and are considering buying a vacation home, why not consider one of these walk-to-ski units or ski-front condos for sale?

2. Exercise at the Aquatics & Fitness Center

resort visitor at fitness class

Cardio, weightlifting, and swimming are activities you can enjoy at Wintergreen’s excellent fitness center. Fitness programs, such as yoga and water aerobics, are also available for resort visitors and vacation home owners.

If you want to be close to the spa and fitness center, consider a condo at Highlands, North Ridge, Stone Ridge, or Trillium Place.

3. Play Tennis, Even When It’s Snowing

tennis ball and racquet

With 19 outdoor courts and 3 indoor courts available at Wintergreen Resort, you can play tennis any time of year, even when it’s snowing. The indoor tennis courts are located at the Devils Knob tennis facility, which is where you’ll also find the Wintergreen Tennis Academy.

4. Golf at the Stoney Creek Course

older man and little kid playing golf

Wintergreen’s mountaintop golf course, Devils Knob, may be closed for the season, but its sister golf course is playable year round. Since the Stoney Creek Golf Course is located in the beautiful Rockfish River valley, the weather around this course is typically several degrees warmer than the Devils Knob course, allowing you to go skiing on the mountain in the morning and golfing in valley in the afternoon.

5. Go Ice Skating at Shamokin Ice

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Strap on your skates and hit the ice — Wintergreen Resort’s Shamokin Ice is one of the best ways to stay active and make the most of your winter vacation. This winter amenity is popular among guests and property owners, so make sure you reserve your tickets early.

Choose a Vacation Home at Wintergreen

With these and more year-round activities available to resort visitors and property owners, it’s no wonder that Wintergreen Resort has received many accolades for its amenities! If you’re looking for a winter (or year-round!) vacation destination like no other, consider purchasing a condominium close to your favorite Wintergreen Resort activities.

Call us at (877) 296-9860 or start searching for available properties to see what else Wintergreen Resort has to offer.

Invest and Buy a Home (or Two) ~ Wintergreen Resort

GREEN-COINS

Invest and buy a home …or two

Three years ago, John Paulson gave a keynote address at the CNBC/Institutional Investor Conference. In his speech, he told those in attendance that he believes housing will continue its strong recovery for the next 4 to 7 years, saying that:

“The housing market has bottomed. It’s not too late to get involved. I still think buying a home is the best investment any individual can make. Affordability is still at an all-time high.”

When asked how the average person could take advantage of the current real estate market and invest at the time, Paulson said:

“Invest and Buy a home and, if you can, buy a second home.”

Two years ago, Paulson reiterated his statement, saying:

“I still think, from an individual perspective, the best deal investment you can make is to buy a primary residence that you’re the owner-occupier of.”

Who is John Paulson and why should you listen to him?

Paulson is the person who, back in 2005 & 2006, made a fortune betting that the subprime mortgage mess would cause the real estate market to collapse. He understands how the housing market works and knows when to buy and when to sell.

What do others think of Paulson?

According to Forbes, John Paulson is:

“A multibillionaire hedge fund operator and the investment genius.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, Paulson is:

“A hedge fund tycoon who made his name, and a fortune, betting against subprime mortgages when no one else even knew what they were.” 

So… Is what he said still true? Should we invest?

The core reasons behind Paulson’s statements still ring true today! invest!  Why does he believe homeownership is such a great investment?

Paulson broke down the math of homeownership as an investment:

1. “Today financing costs are extraordinarily low.”

The latest numbers from Freddie Mac show us that you can still get a 30-year mortgage at historically low rates of under 4%.

2. “And if you put down, let’s say, 10 percent and the house is up 5 percent,” as many experts predict, “then you would be up 50 percent on your investment.”

How many are seeing a 50% return on a cash investment right now?

Paulson goes on to compare the long term financial benefits of owning versus renting:

3. “And you’ve locked in the cost over the next 30 years. And today the cost of owning is somewhat less than the cost of renting. And if you rent, the rent goes up every year. But if you buy a 30-year mortgage, the cost is fixed.”

Bottom Line

Whenever a billionaire gives investment advice, people usually clamor to hear it. This billionaire gave simple advice – if you don’t yet live in your own home, go buy one! 

Wintergreen Resort is the east coasts premier four season resort. Check out their recent accolades. If you would like to discuss property ownership options at Wintergreen for vacation, investment, or even full time living Contact Us. We are your complete Wintergreen real estate resource.

Lake Monocan for cool Summer Fun

fun at Lake Monocan

Fun at lake Monocan

Lake Monocan for Cool Summer Fun

Lake Monocan is a gorgeous 20 acre lake located in the valley community of Stoney Creek,VA. Aside from being a beautiful lake it is also the center for many cool summer activities. These include family activities such as;

  • swimming
  • kayaking
  • fishing
  • sand volleyball
  • walking /biking
  • a sandy beach
  • lounge chairs
  • and picnicing areas with charcoal grills.

Family dogs can also cool off in the lake in the “non-swimming” designated areas. Lake Monocan is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. It has Life Guards on duty daily during this period. Fees are charged for certain rentals and bookings, so always call first or CHECK HERE.

Lake Monocan

Lake Monocan

Not Just for The Kids.

Lake Monocan offers the family many additional water activitiy choices. These are usually available for rent. Choose from the following;

  • Canoe
  • Paddle Boat
  • Aqua Cycle
  • and Paddle Boarding.

What’s not to love! There is ample entertainment for the whole family including the family dog.

Getting Hungry?

Lake Monocan offers six picnic areas which can be reserved for a fee. Each picnic area has an eight foot long table, charcoal grill and trash can. Reservations can be made by calling 434-325-8180, or emailing: lakemonocan@wintergreenresort.com. Of course, in case you do not feel like cooking, there is a full service Snack Bar. It offers;

  • cheeseburgers
  • hot dogs
  • chicken nuggets
  • mini pizzas
  • candy
  • novelty ice creams
  • and smoothies.

It’s A Great Place to call Home!

Check out the Stoney Creek Homes for Sale.  Brian Chase and The Chase Team look forward to getting you acquainted with all that Wintergreen has to offer. As a Wintergreen property owner and member, Brian knows what it means to live and breath in the fresh air of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

Let Brian and The Chase Team be your Wintergreen Real Estate Resource. Call  TODAY at (877) 296-9860.

Until next time.

Wintergreen Labor Day Weekend Festivities

Contact ~ BRIAN CHASE ~ your Wintergreen VA Real Estate Resource

Wintergreen Labor Day Weekend Festivities

Wintergreen Labor Day Weekend Festivities

Do not miss the Wintergreen Labor Day Weekend Festivities. School has restarted and it seems that summer is coming to a very quick close. However, it does not go quietly at Wintergreen Labor Day Weekend Festivities. There is a huge Festival at Wintergreen Resort. It is an extraordinary compilation of events and entertainment for all the family. The Wintergreen Labor Day weekend starts on Friday evening and  continues through Monday. Be sure to check out all the information for this amazing weekend.  Also be sure to check out Wintergreen Resorts Events calendar weekly.

A brief summary of events includes:

  • live entertainment at the edge
  • the summer’s end mountain bike race (registration required)
  • an amazing arts and craft showcase
  • the summer’s end trail run (registration required)
  • bonfire stories, block parties and a tree house children program
  • an all american breakfast buffet at the Copper Mine Restaurant
  • outdoor movies
  • a summer’s end music festival

and if all that was not enough, Wintergreen Labor Day Weekend Festivities conclude on Monday with

This features Beach Olympics, including blind water balloon toss, hula hoop contest, sand castle building contest and much more!  All at Lake Monocan. For complete information on this amazing weekend please check out the days, times, and pre-registration requirements.

Wintergreen Resort

There is always something to do at Wintergreen Resort. Award winning events are held all year long.  Everything from Skiing or snow tubing in the winter, awesome autumn and spring hiking, and a wonderful Spring Nature Symposium, to tennis, golf and water activities in the summer.

Real Estate at Wintergreen Resort

It is not hard to understand why many people have chosen to own real estate at Wintergreen. There is everything from Wintergreen Mountain Homes to Stoney Creek Valley Villas to choose from. Wintergreen Resort’s real estate office is Wintergreen Resort Premier Properties and it is the Official Real Estate Company of Wintergreen Resort. Brian Chase and The Chase Team look forward to getting you acquainted with all that Wintergreen has to offer.

Contact us today and be a proud part of Wintergreen’s future!

 

 

Wintergreen Jubilee ~ 4th July Fireworks

Wintergreen Jubilee Fireworks

Wintergreen Jubilee Fireworks

Wintergreen Jubilee Firework Display

The Wintergreen Jubilee to celebrate the 4th July is not to be missed. It is a full three day birthday celebration with numerous activities for everyone. There will be music, a block party, a movie under the stars, chairlift rides, games for the entire family and of course, FIREWORKS!  Check out the complete activities here.

The Founders Overlook is the Place to Be

The Wintergreen Jubilee Fireworks can be viewed from the mountain top or from below. Almost anywhere will let you enjoy a fabulous display.  However, viewing them from the Founders Overlook is a special treat!  Be warned however visitors and residents alike set up deck-chairs and picnic blankets at this famous overlook from early morning as the sight of the fireworks from there is so spectacular. You will witness the most awesome firework display ever.  The Overlook lines up with the top height of the fireworks. They are set off below and therefore when you sit at the Overlook to watch they seem to be coming right towards you at eye level. It’s as if you are part of the fireworks themselves as they burst into a plethora of colors and shapes. This is a uniquely spectacular sight.

Your Wintergreen Resort Real Estate HQ

If you are thinking of buying a vacation mountain home, a mountain condo, or a property for investment work with Wintergreen Resort’s official real estate company, Wintergreen Resort Premier Properties.  We hope you will make Wintergreen your home away from home.  There is always something to enjoy.

Brian Chase ~ your Wintergreen VA Real Estate Resource

Brian Chase and The Chase Team look forward to getting you acquainted with all that Wintergreen Resort has to offer. Let experts show you why this is the premier four seasons resort of the Mid Atlantic. And remember, when you buy or sell with Wintergreen Resort Premier Properties, you are investing in Wintergreen’s future – contact us today.

 

 

 

 

Wildlife at Wintergreen Resort, VA

Wildlife in the Mountains

Chipmont are fun to watch

Chipmonk relaxing in the sunshine.

Wintergreen Resort is a wonderful place to live. Not only is the wild and untamed beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains awesome but the wildlife is fascinating. It is a Nature Lover’s paradise. One could watch numerous bird species from Hummingbirds to Golden Eagles, and animal species from Chipmonks to Raccoons, and Bobcats to Black Bears. Looking out of the window of a mountain home you may often see wild turkeys, deer and black bears wandering past if you are lucky.

Are there Wild Animals In Wintergreen?

There certainly are a lot of wild animals who live in mountain areas,  One of the tasks of the Wintergreen Nature Center is the observation and detailing of the wildlife seen in the area. Residents would often report on what animal they happened to come across on hikes and may even bring photographs, taken at a safe distance of course. Sightings of wildlife are usually timed and dated as to when and where the particular animal was seen. This list is usually on display at the Nature Center and updated daily. The Nature Center holds new resident orientation talks on many of these subjects. They introduce subjects such as Wintergreen wildlife along with the conservation of the land itself. The TWNF teaches ways to react and behave around these animals should hikers/walkers meet any wildlife on the trails. There are always knowledgable staff and volunteers willing to advise. The volunteer naturalists and professional staff of the The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen manage the 6,000 acres of wilderness to ensure Wintergreen remains a beautiful, popular place. And, it really is. Watch for the next post on Black Bears

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Wildlife at Wintergreen A Hawk watching for breakfast

Why People Love Wintergreen.

If you are interested in finding a home in this wonderful place just call Brian Chase and The Chase Team, your complete Wintergreen real estate resource.  As a Wintergreen property owner and Member I’m ready to share my experience with you.

Call Brian Chase today.

 

Wintergreen Resort is a Winter Paradise

Winter Mountaintop Fun at Wintergreen Resort

Wintergreen Mountain HomeIf you haven’t experienced wintertime in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’re missing out on a delightful winter retreat. Wintergreen is a resort paradise chock full of indoor and outdoor fun for all ages, nestled in one of the most scenic areas in the state of Virginia.

The beautiful resort has more to offer than just amazing skiing, snowboarding, and tubing on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sip hot cocoa fireside and enjoy the stunning views, spend a day pampering yourself at the spa, catch a freestyle winter sport competition, or enjoy a cool round of golf at Stoney Creek Golf Club (winter temperatures  in are typically in the 50s!).

No matter what your idea of a cold weather escape, Wintergreen Resort has you covered. And with a convenient location only 1.5 hours from Richmond and under 3 hours from Washington, D.C., your winter getaway is only a short drive away.

Exciting Winter Sports at Wintergreen Resort

The slopes at Wintergreen Resort are a snowy playground for winter sports, and the resort provides high quality, easy to use rental equipment for your enjoyment. Wintergreen has 32 trails in varying difficulty levels available for skiing and snowboarding, and nearly half of these trails are open for night skiing/snowboarding.

The patient and passionate instructors at Wintergreen Resort offer ski and snowboarding instruction for all ages and abilities. The resort has everything from children’s and college programs to women’s clinics and private and group lessons. Hone your skills in a comfortable setting.

Wintergreen Resort is home to The Plunge, Virginia’s largest tubing park. Fly down the 900 ft. snow tubing hill, reaching speeds of 30mph.  Enjoy the thrills of winter sports without spills. There are 12 tubing lanes to keep lines to a minimum, and a conveyor lift to conveniently carry you and your tube to the top for another ride.

The excitement at Terrain Park never ends. Here, skiers and snowboarders will find a progression of features such as jibs, rails, tabletops, and spines designed to accommodate a variety of skill levels. The layout of Terrain Park is frequently changed to keep things interesting, and allows riders to truly hone their freestyle skills. Wintergreen also hosts the Winter Terrain Park Series, including three Rail Jams, two Slopestyles, and several Freestyle Double Cross Events. These competitive events are open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages, and prizes are awarded to winners throughout the season.

Other Refreshing Outdoor Activities

Located in the heart of the mountain village, Shamokin Ice offers ice skating fun for the whole family. Just off the Blue Ridge Terrace, the neighborhood pond is convenient to The Edge, Copper Mine Bistro and Pryor’s Cafeteria.

In the winter months, temperatures in Stoney Creek Valley are typically in the 50s – perfect for a refreshing round of 9 or 18 holes at Stoney Creek Golf Club.

Stay warm with an enthusiastic round of tennis or bundle up and explore the many trails Wintergreen has to offer.

For the Younger Set

Children Skiing Wintergreen ResortYour little (and not-so-little) ones will always have a blast at Wintergreen Resort. From community events and holiday get-togethers, there will always be something to do.

The Treehouse offers ski lessons and full and half-day ski programs for kids of all ages and abilities.

Ridgely’s Fun Park, open winter weekends and holidays, offers a gentle hill for tubing, tunnels, bear paw snow shoes, a mini-tubing carousel, and much more. The park is a prime destination for winter fun for the young and the young at heart.

Wintergreen Restaurants: Dining Options for Every Taste

Wintergreen Resort has a variety of seasonal dining options for every palate and occasion. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you can find it at one of Wintergreen’s fine eateries. During the winter months, visit Pryor’s Cafeteria, Blue Ridge Terrace Grille, Checkerberry Cabin, Chili Depot or BBQ Junction.

At The Copper Mine Bistro, enjoy a relaxed, comfortable dining experience – perfect for before or after a day on the links, courts, or slopes. The bistro serves a traditional breakfast and an innovative Mediterranean dinner menu. Lunch is served on weekends and holidays during the winter months.

Devils Grill is an exclusive dining establishment on Devils Knob Golf Course, featuring a cozy bar and upscale menu specializing in American Cuisine. Admittance is limited to registered resort guests, members, and members’ guests.

The Edge is a casual neighborhood eatery with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Mingle with great food and great people at this popular hangout. Catch a breathtaking sunset over the mountain and enjoy an energetic bar scene.

Wintergreen Nightlife: Live Music at The Edge

After hours, The Edge transforms from a casual eatery to the best place for live, mountainside music. There is a diverse late night menu available after 10pm, and the Nachos Grande are to die for.

On weekends from November-March, live music begins at 9pm. The line-up includes local and nationally-recognized artists playing everything from jazz and rock to country and reggae.

The Spa at Wintergreen Resort

Spa at WintergreenAll of the outdoor activities at Wintergreen can be exhausting. Start or end your day pampering yourself at the Spa at Wintergreen, a full-service, destination spa. Rejuvenate your body and mind with everything from massages and skin care treatments to body wraps and couples retreats.

With pampering packages and seasonal treatments like the Hot Chocolate Indulgence, you may never want to leave. The exfoliating rich cocoa sugar scrub will smell good enough to eat, and your body will thank you after the full body chocolate essential oil application. Warm stones complete the indulgence.

You can even save 20% on overnight lodging when you book certain pampering packages. Treat yourself. You deserve it!

Interested in a Wintergreen Vacation Home?

If you want a place of your own to experience everything that Wintergreen Resort has to offer, we’re here to help. We have vacation homes in the Blue Ridge Mountain community for every taste – golf course homesski front condos, walk to ski condos, and many more. Contact us and let the Chase Team, the source for all of your Wintergreen real estate needs, help you find your piece of paradise!

If you’re considering selling your Wintergreen property, find out the value of your property and list with the Chase Team today.

Until next time,

Brian

 

How to Spend Your Christmas at Wintergreen

Wintergreen Mountain HomeIt’s the most wonderful time of year – Christmas is almost here! We hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving festivities, but the fun is far from over. The holiday season at Wintergreen Resort is filled with merrymaking of all kinds and for all ages. The slopes are open daily from 9am to 10pm, with the exception of Christmas Day – they will open an hour late (at 10am) to give Wintergreen staff the chance to unwrap gifts with their family. We wanted to share a few of our favorite Christmastime events at Wintergreen for in between all of the skiing, snowboarding and tubing.

Holiday Events at Wintergreen Resort

Holiday Concert and Sing-a-long
December 20 at 6pm
Belt your favorite holiday tunes along with friends, family and storyteller/folk musician Bill Wellington in the Gristmill at the Mountain Inn.

Family Holiday Fun
December 21 at 7pm
Decorate cookies and listen to holiday stories read by Mrs. Claus and Santa’s Elves with your loved ones in the Crawford Room.

Santa on the Slopes - photo courtesy of Wintergreen Resort
Santa on the Slopes! Photo courtesy of Wintergreen Resort.

Santa on the Slopes
December 24, Noon-2pm
Spend Christmas Eve on the slopes with Santa himself – rumor has it, he will have candy!

Candlelight Christmas Eve Buffet
December 24, 5-9pm
Be sure to make reservations for this tasty, all-you-can-eat holiday buffet at the Copper Mine Bistro.


Cardboard Classic Vehicle Race

December 26, 7pm
Race your cardboard vehicle made at the workshop earlier in the day, or cheer on your favorite family in Ridgely’s Fun Park. The fastest, most creative, and best designed vehicles will receive prizes. Refreshments and campfires provided!

For more holiday events and information, view the Wintergreen holiday schedule. Stay tuned for a list of New Year’s Events!

Vacation Homes in Wintergreen

The Wintergreen community is a great place area for families and people of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a mountaintop retreat or a fun getaway, Wintergreen has something for everybody in all seasons. View our available listings or let us know what you’re looking for, and the Chase Team will help you find it.

The Glory of Wintergreen Resort

Putting for the BirdieFounded in the late 1960s, Wintergreen Resort has become the realized plan of an early group of investors that saw the great potential for the area. Nestled serenely in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Resort has slowly developed into a haven for those looking to escape the ills of city life. It’s development over time has been nothing short of phenomenal.

With eight ski slopes and many chair lifts already in operation, the Wintergreen Development Inc. was founded in 1975 and shortly afterwards in 1976 began the construction of the famed Devil’s Knob Golf Course. With the renowned Ellis and Dan Maples responsible for the design and build of the Course, it was destined for greatness.

In 1978, the Mountain Tennis Center followed with the Mountain Inn and Conference Center on its heels in 1980. The year 1984 saw the Wintergarden spa open its doors for the first time. A year later the Wildflower Park was given tribute by the former first lady Lady Bird Johnson to preserve the native plants and then came 1988. That’s the year all 18 holes of gorgeous Stoney Creek were unveiled. Designed by the incomparable Rees “Open Doctor” Jones, this Course was built to spoil all comers.

The World Knows This Is the Place To Be

With so much beauty and fun to be had here at Wintergreen Resort, it’s no wonder it has become and has seemingly always been one of the more coveted places in the world to be. As more and more discover the luxuries here, the awards and renowned events continue to flood in. Here are just a few at a glance:

Awards Won: 

  • Rated four stars by Golf Digest – Best Places to Play 
  • Best Golf Resort (Platinum) – Blue Ridge Country Magazine (2013)
  • Named runner-up for Best New Resort Courses – Golf Digest (1990) 
  • Awarded Best Golf Courses in the Mid Atlantic – Washington Post 
  • Ranked #9 – Best Course Near You by Golf Magazine (2008)

Key Events Held: 

  • Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship (2003-04)
  • Virginia State Junior Amateur Championship (2006) 
  • Virginia Women Team Matches (2008) 
  • Virginia Mid-Amateur Championships (2008)
  • Women’s Eastern Amateur Championship (2009) 
  • VSGA Amateur Championship Qualifier (2011)

If you haven’t yet experienced all that Wintergreen Resort has to offer, it is definitely time you treat yourself to its spoils. After all, you deserve it, right?

Until next time,

Brian