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Our weekend in Williamsburg (May 28-31, 2004)Author: loriandwill83103
Date of Trip: May 2004
Here's a compilation of our opinions on our lodging, food and entertainment choices while on this quick weekend getaway.
Governor Spottswood Motel
Having been born a few decades too late for the Motor Courts and Mom & Pop motels, my husband and I make it a point to stay at a few of the remaining places when we travel. After having read the comments on this site and Trip Advisor, we felt confident in choosing the Governor Spottswood Motel. Despite a few negative remarks, the majority of the people that have stayed here and then reported back seemed to have liked it. I went with my gut feeling and booked our room for May 28-31, Memorial Day weekend. We requested a king size bed, but all they had at the time of booking was queens, which was fine. Upon checking in, we were upgraded to a king sized room.
Our room was very spacious and clean, with Thomasville furniture and a generous sized bathroom as well. The closet space was ample, the room had a mini fridge and the air conditioner was cold. I believe the bathroom had original tiles still (blue green & black) and the bathtub was a decent size with a shower as well.
Housekeeping did an excellent job replacing the linens daily, and when we had a small issue with the hot water (or lack thereof as the case was) the staff promptly fixed the boiler. We had hot water again within an hour. We saw no security issues as the door had 3 locks from what I can remember.
My husband and I are very unpretentious people and simple accommodations suit us fine. Being a military family, we're forced to travel on a budget most of the time. Staying at places like the Governor Spottswood affords us the opportunity to do more while on vacation. We were quite pleased with our room and the location in proximity to everything else was wonderful. For $58.00 a night, even during a holiday weekend, you can't beat that. We really appreciated having a quiet, clean room and friendly staff, which is something that often times is lacking at larger chain hotels. We would certainly recommend this motel to anyone and would stay there again should the need arise.
Water Country USA
On Saturday, May 29, my husband and I headed off to Water Country USA. We checked prior to leaving SC to see about military discounted tickets, but we were told that we could only buy a discounted ticket on base, and they weren't even sure which bases had tickets. Obviously, the base here in Charleston, SC doesn't have tickets for a water park in Virginia.
We arrived at the ticketing booths around 10:30am where the lines were already forming. We waited about 15 minutes to purchase our tickets and then headed off to the locker rooms to change into our swimsuits. Locker rentals run roughly $10/day. Just thought I'd throw that in there.
The morning started off rather chilly, at least by my standards. I didn't want to ride any slides right away, so we headed off to the Hubba Hubba Highway. This really was a lot of fun...just floating along. We rode a few slides afterwards and then had a ridiculously overpriced lunch of hotdogs and fries. Add in a drink and the total was somewhere around $14. Typical of theme parks, I know, but I still find it atrocious to pay so much for mediocre food at best.
We had a rather pleasant day, and this was a decent water park. It is certainly not a Blizzard Beach a la Disney by any means, but a good quality place anyhow.
Pirates Cove Mini-Golf
After checking into our hotel, Willand I headed off to Pirates Cove to play some mini-golf. It's located close to the Big K-Mart on the right side of the road as you come into town.
We found our way to the entrance, decided on which course we would play and headed off. This course is new and everything was in great condition. We played through a cave, under a waterfall, over a bridge. Very interesting course and if we had time, we would've played the other side as well.
Will and I make it a point to play mini-golf on all of our vacations. It's a good way to spend an hour or so before or after dinner. They didn't offer any sort of discount in the tourist magazines and we asked about a military discount at the counter, but they don't offer that either. It's kind of a habit to ask when we go to attractions, as I try to let other military families know of discounts when we find one. We enjoyed ourselves at Pirates Cove and would play here again!
Mini Golf America
After dinner at Captain George's, we went to Mini Golf America to work off some of that weight we'd just gained. This mini-golf was on the way back to the hotel, and we weren't ready to turn in for the night just yet. I can't remember exactly how much the tickets were, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't over $6 per adult. The have a coupon that's good before 6pm, but we couldn't use that since it was 8:30pm when we arrived.
This course is rather dated, in my opinion, but still a decent place to play. It isn't filled with the usual things you find at a mini-golf place. It was a simple design, but the holes were still challenging. It was rather crowded, but I guess that's to be expected since it was a Saturday night. The grounds were nicely landscaped and during the day you can see all of the turtles swimming around and sunning themselves. If you go at night, I highly suggest taking a can of Off! because the mosquitos were horrible. This mini-golf is kind of tucked away in the woods, so you can imagine the bugs we encountered. All in all, not a bad place to play... just wish we'd gone during the day.
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