No Shirt? No Jeans? No Problem!

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Super top-secret stories and information from the desk of the pool manager that we are now telling you so that makes them declassified. . . . . . . . . And other helpful tips

First, welcome to my first blog post! My name is Ruby and I am the Sports and Aquatics Manager at Wilderness Presidential Resort. I’ve worked with WPR since I was a junior in high school in 2010. Fun fact: it was my first job! I started in the Recreation department before moving over to Aquatics. I also manage and train the guides at the Adventure Park, so it is safe to say my job is fun! In February 2017 I was awarded the Dr. Frank Pia Lifesaving Award for a deep water rescue I had performed and sustained a life for in August of 2016. Well, enough about me, and more about outside clothing in the pool—yippee!

How many times have you packed up the car with screaming kids and you can’t wait to let them burnout all their energy at the pool, only to be told you can’t get in the water because of your t-shirt? If this has happened to you at a pool then keep reading, it will be worth it…….I hope. Unfortunately I will come off as the villain in this story because I have been that lifeguard that tells you “you can’t get in with that” but hopefully I can change your mind in just a few short paragraphs.

The “no outside clothing” rule isn’t just a rule to annoy and make your life harder. In fact, its sole role is to make life easier! Clothing that is not swimwear can cause an imbalance in water chemical levels, create a cloudy pool, transport water/airborne pathogens, and even harm pool filtration equipment, YIKES!!How is that possible you ask? Excellent question. Absorbent material can break down in the water and the fibers can clog equipment. Clothing that has been dyed like t-shirts, jeans or other apparel can bleed into the water and make the chemical levels drop. Chlorine has a tough job to disinfect and sanitize bacteria and other various wastes in the pool, so adding in dyes from clothing and fibers from broken down shirts just make for a world of trouble.

Now I know what you’re thinking, how can my t-shirt disrupt so much and destroy pool equipment when I’m only swimming for a couple of hours? It’s true, if we only had ONE person a day get in the pool with a cotton t-shirt life wouldn’t be so hard. However, it’s the dozens of people every few hours trying to get in the pool with unauthorized clothing that make things a little difficult. Don’t worry, I’ve brought proof. Below are pictures of only 1 month of filtration on a pool. What you see are those broken down fibers of absorbent clothing and denim. It took a group of 4 people 3-hours to completely clean these filters. Yes, we can’t catch all offenders of this rule however we can do our best to try and minimize and hopefully eliminate this contamination.


I’ll leave you with some helpful info so you and your friends and family know what is considered “swimwear”. Nylon and lycra are the best options for swimming in and is what most swimwear is made out of. The following items might cause a lifeguard to tell you to change or remove before swimming/are not considered approved swimwear: denim, cotton, bike or other compression and sport bottoms, leotards, male/female undergarments, sporting apparel, t-shirts, polos, regular diapers, etc. If you or someone in your group are susceptible to sunburn or has had issues with skin cancer in the past— I understand and most definitely take that into consideration. Please wear an appropriate non-absorbent t-shirt to swim in (they even make some that have SPF in them!) and please apply sunscreen every day.

Thank you for reading and hopefully learning. Continue to follow me every Tuesday for more helpful tips, info and stories on how to make for a safe and fun life around water.


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Things to do Before the Kids Go Back to School

Are you looking for something fun to do while staying at the resort? Do you live locally and need some fun ideas for the kids just for the day? We've got you covered!


ALL NEW! Knockerball®

Knockerball® is an all-encompassing, protective, safe, single chambered ball of air with inner handles and shoulder straps that enables you to almost literally defy gravity. Warning: Two or more will make you laugh till your sore! 

Contact the Gym to make a reservation to GET IN THE BALL! (540) 972-7433 ext. 8

Bonfire Nights - Every Friday through September 8, then Saturdays through October 21!


Join us by the Lower Lake Marina each Friday during the summer for a FREE bonfire activity! We will even provide the  marshmallows for roasting - just bring your own roasting stick. Bonfires start around dusk. 



Adventure Park - Climbing Wall and Aerial Ropes Course

Great for ages 5 & up! Get geared up and get ready to embark on an exciting adventure while you soar through the trees! We host Night Tours each month so you can try the Course in the dead of night. 

In Loving Memory

Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and family members of Becky Mays, a long time member at Wilderness Presidential Resort. She is survived by her husband, Randy and son, Brian. The Mays family was known for their festive decorations for Best Decorated Site and Golf Cart in last year's Fourth of July Weekend and again this Memorial Day Weekend. 

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Mays family. 

Becky Mays

ReBlog: Volvo Cars Fredericksburg - 10th Annual Car and Bike Show

Reblog from Volvo Cars Fredericksburg - thanks a bunch for your support! Check our their website and great savings on Volvo cars today!

Don’t Miss the 10th Annual Car and Bike Show at the Wilderness Presidential Resort

Published on: May 24th, 2017

Visit Volvo Cars Fredericksburg for more information!

Visit Volvo Cars Fredericksburg for more information!

What do bikes, cars, and wilderness have in common? They are all coming together for the 10thAnnual Car and Bike Show at the Wilderness Presidential Resort. The event will take place on June 3rd, and it will contain hours of fun for the entire family. As an added bonus, the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. It’s always nice when you can have fun and help a good cause at the same time.

The Scoop on the Event

Basically, people can fill out a registration form, pay $10, and enter their bike or car into the show. Spectators can come to the resort and view all of the vehicles for a mere $2. You won’t just be there to look around, though. You’re going to be a judge, too. That’s right. This event has spectator judging, which is a cool twist. The top 5 bikes and 15 cars will win trophies, so give it some thought before you cast your ballot. You just might be the tiebreaker.

There will be more than just cars at this show. There will be a 50/50 raffle, so buy a ticket to try to win the prize. There will also be refreshments and a DJ at the event. There won’t be any alcohol, though. This is a family-friendly event, so you don’t have to worry about alcohol ruining it for everyone.

The Resort

Since the event is going to take place at the Wilderness Presidential Resort, you might want to check it out as well. Consider staying the night so you can get the full experience. The cabins are really cool. They look like rustic log cabins from the outside but expect to be surprised when you open the doors. Each cabin has all of the finer comforts you expect when you stay at a resort, including Wi-Fi. Oh, and there is also a fireplace inside of the cabins, so that is a great touch.

This place is also home to some fun outdoor activities, especially hiking and fishing. It’s so peaceful and quiet out there that you can get lost in your thoughts while casting your line or hiking along the trails. If you just need some time to get away from it all, you will love it at this secluded resort.

You are going to see some cool cars at the car show, but that isn’t the only place around that has exciting vehicles. Volvo Cars of Fredericksburg in Fredericksburg, Virginia, also has a ton of top-notch choices. Stop by the dealership before the car show and pick out your own best in show. Then, you will look like a million bucks when you go to the car show.

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Camping Specials and Discounts

Did you know you can stay in a Camp Cottage (formerly known as a Park Model RV) for as little as $109 for THREE NIGHTS? Now you can!

We are offering great deals on these units now through the end of Summer! Members pay $109 for Cobra models and $159 for Quailridge models. Non-members pay $159 for Cobra models and $199 for Quailridge models. 

Check out some of our other great deals!

Quailridge Weekly Special (7 nights): $349.00 (Non-Member) / $299.00 (Member)

Cobra Weekly Special (7 nights): $249.00 (Non-Member) / $199.00 (Member)

Cabin Weekly Special (7 nights): $999.00 (Non-Member) / $749.00 (Member)

Call us at (540) 972-7433 ext. 1 today to book your stay!

Camp Cottages do not come with linens (sheets, pillows, towels, blankets, etc.) so guests must bring their own OR rent a basic linens pack for an additional fee. Inquire for details. Specials are not valid on holidays/holiday weekends.  

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New Wilderness Website

It's a new year, a new season and that means it's time to shake things up at Wilderness Presidential Resort! We have unveiled our brand new website to better serve our members and guests. The new website is easy to navigate, mobile friendly and showcases all the fun times to be had at the Resort!

We hope you find everything you need on our new website and please contact us at with any questions or concerns regarding the new site. We are here to help make your family's experience a relaxing and memorable one. 

We will use this blog to post about improvements at the resort, keep you up to date on upcoming activities, recommend local attractions and provide cool information about things that interest our guests such as camping, adventure seekers guides, safety tips for families and so much more! 

Stay tuned for more!