Thanks to a great deal on Groupon, Kris and I spent last weekend in historic Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. We stayed at the Powhatan Resort for two nights/days for about half the price you would normally pay, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I wanted to try something different that felt like we were getting away, but without too much travel. I was somewhat hesitant to book, after I read some reviews on Yelp about the resort being a bit dated, having old tvs, etc. Well, for one, the place was extremely clean, it was spacious, the beds were so comfortable we slept like bricks, and there was some updating already done, and what might have needed to be done was mostly superficial. Kris can be kind of picky too, with regards to where we stay, and she loved it there, which says a lot.
I had also read about how they try and get you to go to a time share meeting when checking in, and in turn, try to get you to buy into one. They weren't too pushy, and quite friendly, to be honest, and when asked to go to the concierge desk to pick up our special package, a simple friendly "no thanks" sufficed, and that was that. The truth was, we just wanted to get away for a weekend to celebrate our five years of being married without any hassle and anyone bothering us. The condo we got was perfect for this, as we didn't have to deal with hearing loud, inconsiderate guests carrying on in a hotel lobby at two in the morning, which seems to happen more often than not. The grounds were beautiful as well, and I witnessed turtles, a Great Blue Heron, and a swan during our brief stay. Unfortunately, two days wasn't nearly enough time, as we were hoping to walk the trails more, try some mini golf, go swimming and hang out on the back porch.
During our second day, we decided to try a casual visit to Colonial Williamsburg, which was no more than ten minutes away. I slightly recall being through the area en route to Busch Gardens as a kid, which was my only experience with the place. Kris, who is from Trinidad originally, was completely in love with it all. The ideal weather didn't hurt either. It was fun walking around, taking in some American history and simply exploring the town. Of course it was cool seeing folks dressed in Colonial garb and reenacting what life was like during those times, and there was plenty of amazing architecture to see, preserved as if it hardly changed since the town was built in the 18th century. There were some incredibly cool old trees throughout the town as well, which made for great photographic subject matter, as well as for drawing and sketching. Neither of us are much for guided tours, so this approach worked best for us. Maybe next visit we'll stay longer and get more of an educational lowdown on the place.
The one place we paid for was a visit to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, which cost less than thirty bucks for the two of us. It was definitely worth a gander, but my only wish was that there was more art work and less emphasis on craft, as amazing as some of it was to see. Sometimes, with a lot of early American folk art, the lines can be blurred with regards to art and craft, but in a lot of cases, it was pretty clear which was which. What's good about the place is that exhibits change, so a second visit might be in store next time. In the meantime, I took some pics of some of the art (below).
For both Kris and I, our stay at Colonial Williamsburg and the Powhatan Resort was a delightful win. Only a three hour drive from Loudoun County, VA, time slows down and the pace of life is far more laid back. The great thing is, there were plenty of things to do and places to go in the surrounding suburbs, including a winery, a variety of restaurants and grocery stores, a book store and more. Looking forward to our next visit!