The Kingsmill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg, Va., offers “relaxation, recreation” and “one incredible vacation” opportunity, according to its Web site.
The resort features four championship golf courses with “fairways and greens for as long as there’s light to see.” Tennis buffs will find “15 clay and hard tennis courts,” while others might enjoy the spa, “indoor pool, fitness center, racquetball, game room and more.”
When you’re ready to wind down after a long day of activity, the resort features “six distinct fine and casual restaurants,” which offer dining experiences that are “events in and of themselves.”
Meanwhile, at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., guests can avail themselves of 10 restaurants, three championship golf courses, a half-dozen tennis courts, a spa and recreational opportunities that include fly-fishing, mountain biking, bowling and billiards. The Homestead is one “of the most celebrated and storied Virginia resorts.”
Thank goodness both resorts are within reasonable driving time of Washington, D.C. Because in recent weeks, each has hosted a political retreat for either bigwig Democrats or Republicans.
Last Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other congressional Democrats fled the Beltway for the comfortable confines of the Kingsmill Resort & Spa.
The previous weekend, congressional Republicans enjoyed a few days at the Homestead.
Of course, it was also last week that populist members of both parties made a federal case out of bonus checks for Wall Street workers — many of whom performed well in their jobs despite the travails of some banks and brokerage houses — and cheered as President Obama signed an order limiting executive compensation at firms that receive bailout money.
At the same time, Wells Fargo was being pilloried for planning to go ahead with a Las Vegas retreat for some of its employees. “How dare the bank spend such sums during this time of economic upheaval?” congressional critics screamed.
Apparently, members of Congress don’t apply the same standard to themselves.
But we already knew that, didn’t we?
“Having a retreat can be a reasonably good thing,” Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told Politico.com, “and members aren’t going to stay at the Motel 6. Nevertheless, under these economic circumstances, they shouldn’t be at overly expensive resorts.”
Wall Street executives out of touch? Perhaps. But they have plenty of company in our nation’s capital.