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Last month, my family and I took advantage of the discounts for homeschoolers at Colonial Williamsburg (and the Historic Triangle) and went to visit for a long weekend. It had been 5 years since we were there, so it was high time! We did not make any arrangements to participate in the actual homeschool events at Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, or Yorktown. That turned out to have been a good decision, as I was limping around on a very-sprained ankle, and may not have been able to keep up with a time schedule. As a result, this trip was pretty laid back and unplanned.
We left home in two cars and made the drive to Williamsburg. When we finally got to the Williamsburg Woodlands, our room wasn’t ready, so we decided to head out.
Our first stop was to the winery. I had drug Brian to the winery years ago because I wanted the collectible wine glasses. He was not so enthusiastic about the tour though! This time, I knew that Ashley would enjoy the tour with me. We decided on the Sweet Wine Tasting. Out of the 5 wines we tried, we both agreed that the Governor’s White was the best, so we bought a bottle to bring home.
Yankee Candle Flagship Store
From there, we decided to head to the Yankee Candle Flagship Store. We had plans to meet up with dear friends there. And, bad blogger that I am, I didn’t get any pictures! But, we had a WONDERFUL time strolling through the “store” (which would better be referred to as a mall because it’s SO huge and filled with a bunch of smaller sections/stores). Our favorite section was definitely the Christmas section, complete with falling snow!
Ashley bought a candle or two, and we were ready for dinner.
Ashley was only able to join us for the weekend, and one of the things on our To-Do List was to eat at IHOP. We had never eaten at an IHOP before (that any of us can remember). Quite honestly, I am NOT a fan of pancakes, so a restaurant named for them really has no appeal to me. But, they had been advertising this “double dipped french toast” on TV, and both Ashley and I thought it was worth trying.
So, lucky for us, our friends agreed to join us for supper. We had a great time eating, chatting, laughing, and catching up. I’m so glad they were willing to spend some time with us. And our supper was amazing. Not only was the french toast delicious, but it was served with your choice of breakfast PLATTERS, so it was a TON of food. While I forgot to grab a picture for Favorite Food Friday, I would definitely recommend it. And we will be going back to IHOP when given the chance! We all really enjoyed it. (Of course, part of the fun was the company!)
By the time we left supper and grabbed a few needed things at Walmart, we were all tired and ready to check into our room. We were impressed by the lobby and front desk workers at the Woodlands (they were all extremely friendly and helpful). Our room was ready so we headed up to check it out and get ready for a good night’s sleep so we’d be refreshed for a full day at Colonial Williamsburg the next day.
It was a typical hotel room, with some nice extras (like the pull-out chair, which made it a comfortable room for 5). It was nice and clean, which is always a positive!
We were awakened in the middle of the night by what turned out to be our next-door neighbors (and a bunch of their friends). Yelling, swearing, pounding, running up and down the halls, etc. and it went on for at least 1/2 an hour. It stopped for a bit; so that I almost got back to sleep, when I heard the adjoining door of our rooms trying to be opened – followed by more loud voices and noises. Finally, I got up and called the front desk to complain.
I was hoping it was just a one-night thing, but no such luck.
I didn’t wait long or put up with nearly as much of it before calling the front desk on night #2. They assured me that they’d call and tell them to be quiet. After listening for a bit longer, the noise did seem to subside that night and I actually slept. But, I have to say that I’m disappointed with the hotel for not moving them to another room. When we came out of our room that first morning, we saw damage in the hallway that they had caused during the night. Honestly, if I were in charge, I’d have kicked them out. Ridiculous behavior!
The hotel was very busy. They have a lovely breakfast buffet with all sorts of food offerings, but it’s so crowded that you can barely get through to get food; and then, when you do, you can’t find a place to sit. The first morning, we found ourselves outside, sitting on a bench across from the hotel. I’m guessing there were a lot of homeschoolers taking advantage of the discount room rates; and there seemed to be some big local events happening at the hotel throughout the weekend also. Good for business! But, I’ve never seen a hotel with that much breakfast seating and then to have it totally full really shocked me!
I’ll be sharing about our day at Colonial Williamsburg next Tuesday. Hope you’ll stop back!