Sometimes preparing for a vacation is almost as stressful as going on vacation. When you want to get out of town, but not that far out of town, consider Lansdowne Resort. Located  just 45 minutes from downtown D.C. in the lush area around a Virginia bend of the Potomac River, this vacation spot may be your best bet.

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Package Your Plans
Check out Lansdowne’s travel packages to find bundled plans so you don’t have to map out individual activities. It’s the best way for parent’s to not have to think after they show up and not be hit with additional fees. Bonus: When you bundle you don’t have to pay the resort fee. Check out their options for including an in-room movie nightly and fireside SMORES kits!

Keep ‘em Fed
Food is never a concern on the property. Three dining options from pub food to fancy farm to fork options are at your finger tips. In the summer, the Resort offers Kids Eat Free meal plans. Two kids must have a paying adult but additional kids can be added when making your stay reservations. Make it special with extra dessert or SWAG bag perks.

Cool Down
If one pool isn’t enough, Lansdowne has five for kids to splash around in. The no-entry pool is perfect for the little ones who can’t yet swim, but are ready for the water. A waterslide and dancing fountains team with beating rhythms of a live DJ for a family-friendly spring break atmosphere. And if the weather turns sour, never fear. Just head inside to the indoor pool!

Summer Camps

Did Someone Say, “Camp”?
Want your kids to get the resort experience without the stay? Day camps run from 8:45 am to 4 pm, Monday through Thursday with prices starting at $125 for a four-day series. Budding golfers, naturists or tennis players will feel like they are at the perfect summer training school, of course with pool time each day.

Mommy and Me
Take out some special time for the girls with a spa get away. Onsite is the relaxing and friendly Spa Minérale. The staff is not only attentive but fun, quickly finding the special way to add to your getaway. Saturdays in the summer are great for wedding watching at the spa. Safely tucked behind privacy glass, you can oohh and aahh at couples tying the knot.


Gone Glamping
A glamorous take on the sleep over and camping trip starts at the Lansdowne Luxury Suites. The Suite Connectors are doubles with balcony views of the property. Have a larger brood? Go Big with a Deluxe Suite with a master bedroom, a spacious living room and dining quarters with table and chairs, a convenient wet bar with sink, counter-space and a fully stocked refrigerator.

Quiet Time for Mom and Dad
The family can get away for weekend quality time, but sometimes the ‘rents need a break too. Sign the kids up for their own Night Out ($40). While you recharge, the kids will enjoy crafts followed by dinner and a movie. Cost is $40 per child.

Have you been to Lansdowne? Tell us your favorite part about the resort in the comments below.

44050 Woodridge Pkwy (Leesburg, Va)

–Sonya Gavankar

Photos: Lansdowne Resort