Hotel at a Glance: Founders Inn and Spa
With its orderly rows of windows and symmetrical chimneys, the stately exterior of Founders Inn and Spa pays homage to Georgian architecture, a style named after the four Georges who ruled England during the 18th century. But the 4-star resort’s interior is a tribute to one of the biggest thorns in the side of King George III—colonial America. Oil paintings of the Founding Fathers peer out from gilded frames, and colonial-era furnishings sit around roaring fireplaces. Appropriately, the resort puts you within driving distance of important sites in colonial America: Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown.
- Where you’ll stay: The historical theme extends to guest accommodations, where you’ll find traditional furnishings and colonial-style bedding and decor. Some rooms overlook carefully manicured English gardens.
- Pamper yourself: at Flowering Almond Spa, which administers pedicures, wraps, facials, and massages. Other spa amenities include a fitness center.
- Take a refreshing dip in the indoor saltwater pool, which also features a hot tub.
- Savor gourmet fare like bouillabaisse, lamb ragout, and other upscale dishes at the award-winning Swan Terrace Grill, one of two on-site restaurants. The other is the Hunt Room, a casual bar with pool tables, burgers, and brick-oven pizzas.
Virginia Beach, Virginia: Award-Winning Boardwalk and Seaside Museums
English settlers from the Virginia Company of London first stepped foot onto American soil in what is now Virginia Beach, Virginia. They would go on to found Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement, along the James River. But before they left the shoreline, they erected a cross on the spot where they had disembarked. Today, the First Landing Cross commemorates this momentous event. Needless to say, a lot has changed in Virginia Beach since the 1600s. The seaside town has become a family-friendly destination known for supersize beaches and a 3-mile-long boardwalk dubbed one of America’s best by Travel + Leisure.