3. Kingsmill Resort & Spa, Williamsburg, VA
On sunny days, an abundance of activities -- from soccer to swimming, craft-making to fishing -- engages 5- to 12-year-olds in Kingsmill Resort & Spa's Kids Kamp. But when the weather doesn't cooperate, the creativity of the camp's counselors -- one for every four kids -- really shines, says Kate Mearns, director of sports and spa. "Recently, we had each child make a building out of a big box and put them all together to form a city street for a movie set," recalls Mearns. "Then we invited the parents for a performance." Another forward-thinking activity that takes place indoors: a 90-minute evening spa camp for girls ages 5 to 12. The camp includes plush spa robes, nail-painting, and a mini footbath.
Three-floor condos in villa-like clusters along the banks of the James River feature 375-sq.-ft. guest rooms and one- to three-bedroom suites, starting at 820 sq. ft., with kitchens and laundry facilities; all 425 rooms were renovated in 2004 and offer a patio or balcony
Seasonal kids' camp all day; evening kids' programs; private babysitting with screened sitters; indoor and outdoor pools plus baby pool with fountain, all staffed by lifeguards; dive-in movies; playground; kids' menu at all eateries; free shuttles to Busch Gardens, Water Country, and Colonial Williamsburg, all nearby
Championship golf courses; spa with "Sampler Massage," combining classic Swedish, hot stone, aromatherapy, and other techniques; fitness center with 30 cardio stations
- Features a marina with fishing equipment, kayaks, and paddle boats available to rent; a small, sandy beach along the marina is a perfect spot for picnics and shell-collecting
- Offers golf for families with kids as young as 5 on the nine-hole, par-3 Bray Link; at night, families can play with glow-in-the-dark balls
- Allows kids to roll dough for their own pizzas, either in the Kids' Evening Out program or at Regatta's restaurant, one of six on-site eateries