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MEK
10-03-2011, 07:08 AM
Welcome to my newest, and perhaps most eclectic, trip report. Usually I start my trip reports AFTER the trip is over, but I am going to try something different this time around. I am actually going to start this trip report BEFORE my trip(s). Notice I said trip(s)! That’s right – I am about to write about not one, not two, but three trips – all in the same report.

But Wait! I know what you’re thinking! I only have two tickers going. Where’s the third trip?

Answer – I am going to modify the trip report etiquette a wee little bit and write about a recent trip I took to Williamsburg. Although Williamsburg is technically not a Disney trip, I approached it with the same sense of adventure and planning that I do with all my Disney trips. And I discovered that Williamsburg, in many ways, is like a Disney trip. There is so much to do and see, so many great places to eat and shop. There’s the thrill factor and the educational factor. There’s the ability to play on the land and the sea. So, if you will indulge me, I would love to be your host on a 3 day tour of Williamsburg and the surrounding areas. Yeah – I know I could put this on the community boards, but how would that allow me to simultaneously write about my actual Disney trips. It really wouldn’t, would it????? KWIM!

So what Disney trips do I have in my actual queue?
Well, if you are anything at all like me, and I know I a lot of you are, you probably have trouble coming home from a Disney trip without another trip in the works. I have been fortunate enough to belong to the Disney Vacation Club for several years and it has afforded me the luxury of being to preplan trips and not wait for codes and special offers. When I came home from my May girl’s trip I already had two trips waiting for me in my queue.

Disney Trip #1: (10/23 – 10/28) In less than 3 weeks I have another girl’s trip planned. This one isn’t to Disneyworld in Orlando, but it is to a very special Disney property – Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort! Again – I know I could write about this on the DVC board, but I don’t think that would be nearly as fun as writing about it here. I figured if you are like me (and you know you are), you are always looking for a vacation with a variation on the traditional Disney theme. A Disney vacation with a twist, so to speak. And that’s exactly what this vacation is! It’s akin to a Disney cruise or perhaps a visit to Vero Beach. I have heard so many wonderful things about Disney’s HHI resort, how can I NOT write a TR about it. Plus I got a killer deal there which will surprise and amaze you!

Disney Trip #2: (12/14 – 12/19) Woo Hoo!!!! Going back to the world as we all know it! My DH, Denny, and DS, Nicholas, will be joining me and we will be staying for 5 nights at OKW! I have heard so many wonderful things about OKW since I booked this trip, that I am super excited to stay there!!!!! There are also a few other DISers spending time at the world while I’m there – Kara (karajeboo ) and Dawn (DizneyDawn). There may also be some others that I don’t even know about. So, if you are going to be in the world the same time as I am, give me a shout out!

So why not a pretrip report?????

I considered writing this as a pretrip report for my December Disney trip. But, I finally settled on this format.
I do enjoy PTR’s. I really do. Some DISers are REALLY good at writing PTRs. You know who you are! You share your planning decisions, change your resort 5 or 6 times, change your ADRs even more, make fabulously elaborate planning lists and spread sheets, calculate out the useable space in your luggage, and some of you even devise creative ways to surprise your kids. I am so bad at that kind of stuff. With DVC there isn’t a lot of resort shuffling, I don’t spend hours obsessing over ADRs, and I am terrible at lists. And to surprise anyone – well that would probably be literally impossible for me since I am such a blabber mouth. I’m also not really good at creative games and top tens! I love you guys who are, but I’m just not.

I like to put my energy into the post trip report. That’s where I shine. Although I am not the most entertaining writer, I really love, love, LOVE to take pictures and share them with you. I much prefer to write about the trip after the fact. And I like to share my photography with you. I’m not perfect, but I am getting steadily better with the camera. So - That’s just me!

I think this will work! So please join me for the next several months as we explore W-burg, Hilton Head, and then the ever fabulous Disney World at Christmas time!

TanzUnited99
10-03-2011, 07:48 AM
Joining and am I first? Going back to read!

Edit: Looking forward to hearing all about Williamsburg and than all your Disney adventures Mary Ellen!! :cool1:

I love your writing style and pictures and can't wait to read/see more! :goodvibes

MEK
10-03-2011, 08:07 AM
TRIP REPORT LINKS

1. So How did these trips all happen? (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=42838024) Added 10/3/2011
2. That Trip That Almost Wasn't (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=42868640) 10/6/2011
3. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=42871071)
4. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=42871282)
5. Got Electricity? (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=42917152) 10/11/2011
6. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=42918023)
7. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=42918312)
8. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=42918528)
9. T Minus 8 to Hilton Head (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=42956015) 10/15/2011
10. Got Ghosts? (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=42989248) 10/18/2011
11. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=42989416)
12. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=42989584)
13. Got Ghosts? Part II (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43009464)10/20/2011
14. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43009490)
15. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43009625)
16. The Other Dark Side (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43026743) 10/22/2011
17. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43026751)
18. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43026887)
19. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43027030)
20. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43027226)
21. Not Enough Hours in the Day (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43115483) 10/31/2011
22. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43115696)
23. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43115869)
24. From VA Beach to Hilton Head Island (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43143459)11/3/2011
25. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43143657)
26. Going South of the Border (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43144050)11/3/2011
27. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43144173)
28. Oops, I Did It Again! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43169489) 11/6/2011
29. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43169694)
30. Frequent Fliers and There Really is a Shadow! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43209544)11/10/2011
31. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43209650)
32. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43209936)
33. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43210019)
34. Beaches and Beautiful Sunsets (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43235626)11/13/2011
35. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43235803)
36. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43235989)
37. Georgia Peaches (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43288621)11/19/2011
38. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43288783)
39. Spending Time with the Spirits (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43323258) 11/23/2011
40. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43323395)
41. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43323543)
42. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43323700)
43. December Trip Plans...Ho Ho Ho! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43337420) 11/26/2011
44. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43337424)
45. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43337666)
46. Don't Rock the Boat Baby (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43373006)11/30/3011
47. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43373134)
48. Honey, I Just Bought a Yacht (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43391957)12/3/2011
49. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43392034)
50. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43392125)
51. Charleston - The Prettiest City in the USA (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43437526) 12/9/2011
52. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43437680)
53. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43437804)
54. More Charleston (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43456015)12/12/2011
55. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43456208)
56. Bye to HHI (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43538864)12/26/2011
57. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43538902)
58. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43539008)

Our Christmas Quickie Begins

1. D Day.....Disney Departure Day That is! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43570843) 12/29/2011
2. Storming the Castle (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43596958)1/1/2012
3. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43597146)
4. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43597358)
5. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43597622)
6. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43597715)
7. Doh and a DISmeet (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43671302) 1/8/2012
8. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43671786)
9. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43671975)
10. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43671993)
11. You and Everyone Else (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43720899)1/13/2012
12. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43720953)
13. Delaware DIS Meet (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43812700) 1/22/2012
14. TSM Out the Whazoo! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43828606) 1/23/2012
15. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43828855)
16. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43828988)
17. 2 Tours = 2X the Fun (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43870329)1/27/2012
18. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43870473)
19. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43870609)
20. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43870713)
21. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43870745)
22. A DIS Meet or Not? (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43908018) 2/1/2012
23. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43908229)
24. A Grand Evening (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43933261)2/4/2012
25. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43933413)
26. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43933656)
27. Wishes From High in the Sky (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43965079) 2/8/2012
28. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43965090)
30. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=43965100)
31. All the Single Riders (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44007841) 2/12/2012
32. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44007846)
33. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44008020)
34. Lunch With a Yeti (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44050938)2/16/2012
35. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44051222)
36. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44051402)
37. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44097615)2/21/2012
38. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44097655)
39. June News - We're Flying! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44139514) 2/25/2012
40. A Jammin' Jungle Christmas Parade (http://www.disboards.com/ahowthread.php?do=newreply&p=44147677)2/26/2012
41. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44147781)
42. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44147921)
43. Is It Dark Out Yet? (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44196056) 3/1/2012
44. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44196134)
45. Long Island Wineries & a DIS meet (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44223151) 3/4/2012
46. 120 Minutes to Soarin' (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44245671) 3/6/12
47. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44245678)
48. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44245907)
49. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44245985)
50. An Epcot First (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44291039)3/11/2012
51. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44291215)
52. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44291277)
53. Great News, A Turtle Crawl, and Lights! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44343951) 3/16/2012
54. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44343998)
55. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44344069)
56. Shopping and Dinner (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44380467) 3/20/2012
57. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44380784)
58. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44380840)
59. Goodbye to OKW (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44432415) 3/26/2012
60. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44432568)
61. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44432793)
62. Circling the Showcase (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44472518) 3/31/2012
63. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44472570)
64. The American Adventure (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44578825) 4/12/2012
65. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44578889)
66. Bonsai (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44621976) 4/17/2012
67. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthead.php?do=newreply&p=44622372)
68. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44622608)
69. Firsts and Favorites Part I (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44723604) 4/27/2012
70. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44723618)
71. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44723825)
72. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44723922)
73. Firsts & Favorites Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44751294) 4/30/2012
74. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44761485)5/1/2012
75. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44761734)
76. What Would You Do? (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44761801) 5/1/2012
77. Another Trip to Williamsburg (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44796837)5/4/2012
78. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44797370)
79. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44797380)
80. Return to Williamsburg Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44842916) 5/9/2012
81. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44843143)
82. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44843662)
83. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44843991)
84. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44844327)
85. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44844345)
86. Final Thoughts & More (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44906065) 5/16/2012
87. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44906263)
88. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44906495)
89. Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44906567)
90. June Trip Plans (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=44973217)5/23/2012
91. The End & The Rest of the Queuehttp://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=450600486/2/12

SoonerGirl
10-03-2011, 08:10 AM
I'm here Mary Ellen, thanks for the heads up!!

I'm excited to hear about your trips! And, yes, I know I still owe you Charleston pictures, I'll get them posted before I leave for WDW, I promise!! (See now that I put that promise in writing, I HAVE to get it done ;) )

MEK
10-03-2011, 08:10 AM
Joining and am I first? Going back to read!




Yes - you are! :woohoo: Welcome!!!!

Edit: Looking forward to hearing all about Williamsburg and than all your Disney adventures Mary Ellen!! :cool1:

I love your writing style and pictures and can't wait to read/see more! :goodvibes

I am a little nervous about this TR since its not the "usual" format, but we'll see how it goes.

I am actually looking forward to writing about Williamsburg since it was a really fun trip!

And then HHI - watch out. It's going to be the most detailed HHI TR ever. I want to explore every inch on that place.

DisMomAmy
10-03-2011, 08:11 AM
Page one!! :cool1:

MEK
10-03-2011, 08:16 AM
Page one!! :cool1:

:wave2:Welcome Amy!
I'm glad you are here since you were my inspiration for a mini-August trip. I really lucked out that we ended up in Williamsburg instead of the White Mountains. But I will get to those White Mountains - darn it!!!!

tinacaplan
10-03-2011, 08:24 AM
So happy that there's another round, Mary Ellen. And your pictures are gorgeous and your writing is pretty good, too! :goodvibes Looking forward to sharing this journey with you.

jeremysdisneymom
10-03-2011, 08:33 AM
I am here Mary Ellen!! :yay: Looking forward to reading all about it!

KatMark
10-03-2011, 08:41 AM
I'm here, MaryEllen and will catch up when I get back from our trip.

DisMomAmy
10-03-2011, 09:08 AM
:wave2:Welcome Amy!
I'm glad you are here since you were my inspiration for a mini-August trip. I really lucked out that we ended up in Williamsburg instead of the White Mountains. But I will get to those White Mountains - darn it!!!!

Awww... you're so sweet! :goodvibes I'm glad you went to Williamsburg instead too!

MEK
10-03-2011, 10:31 AM
I'm here Mary Ellen, thanks for the heads up!!



Welcome Michelle!!!!!

I'm excited to hear about your trips! And, yes, I know I still owe you Charleston pictures, I'll get them posted before I leave for WDW, I promise!! (See now that I put that promise in writing, I HAVE to get it done ;) )

I really DO want to hear about your Charleston trip. We have decided to stop there on our way home (Friday) and spend the day there. Then we are going to drive north a bit further and spend the night. That way we don't have to leave HH for the day. Can't wait to see your pictures!

So happy that there's another round, Mary Ellen. And your pictures are gorgeous and your writing is pretty good, too! :goodvibes Looking forward to sharing this journey with you.

Welcome
Tina!

This is very unusual for me to go from one TR straight to the next, but I really wanted to post Williamsburg pictures and I didn't want to do it on a group TR. Thanks so much for joining in!


I am here Mary Ellen!! :yay: Looking forward to reading all about it!

Welcome Erika! So happy to have you join in!

I'm here, MaryEllen and will catch up when I get back from our trip.

Welcome Kathy! I hope you are wrapping up an absolutely fantastic trip. Judging by your FB pictures you definitely are!


Awww... you're so sweet! :goodvibes I'm glad you went to Williamsburg instead too!

It's strange, because I was super excited to go to New England and I would have gotten there before the storm, but who knows when I would have gotten home again. It would have been absolutely no fun to be there in all that rain. As it turns out the W-burg trip got pushed back several days, but turned out perfect.


:cheer2:Thanks Everyone for Joining in!....to my somewhat atypical Disney TR!

dawnbu40
10-03-2011, 10:37 AM
I'm here! Thanks for letting me know you'd started! :)

How lucky you are to have so many trips in the works! I'm so jealous! The next year is going to be expensive so we won't be back to Disney (or anywhere else for that matter) until the wedding so I'll live vicariously through your adventures :goodvibes

MEK
10-03-2011, 10:51 AM
I'm here! Thanks for letting me know you'd started! :)



Welcome Dawn!!!!! I am so glad to have you here!

How lucky you are to have so many trips in the works! I'm so jealous! The next year is going to be expensive so we won't be back to Disney (or anywhere else for that matter) until the wedding so I'll live vicariously through your adventures :goodvibes

I feel very fortunate to have so many trips planned over the next year! I am going to get a new AP in December and that will tide me over straight through next October. I was already pricing out my points for October 2012. Yes - I am sure your expensive are adding up, but how much fun to be able to plan a dream wedding in the world. Dale just looked so happy in the last set of pictures Caitlin posted! :goodvibes It was so cute!

Mndisneygirl
10-03-2011, 12:41 PM
Oh, it's gonna be close - can I make page 1?? (YES!!)
I'm totally on board for another TR Mary Ellen!!!

MEK
10-03-2011, 12:50 PM
Oh, it's gonna be close - can I make page 1?? (YES!!)
I'm totally on board for another TR Mary Ellen!!!

Welcome Sheree!!!!I am so excited that you are here and I'm almost ready to get started with my first real update!

jenjolt
10-03-2011, 01:23 PM
I'm here!! Can't wait to hear all about your trips!!!!

brookelizabeth
10-03-2011, 01:27 PM
I'm here! I need to read yet though.:goodvibes

mickeysmyboy
10-03-2011, 01:44 PM
Here, here, here!! I have to go back and read the intro but I'm here!!!

Wicket's Mom
10-03-2011, 01:52 PM
Wow! Page two already! I need to start reading. Just got an IPhone & have been playing with that!

I gotta get busy.:laughing:

amazingact21
10-03-2011, 01:55 PM
I'm joining in! This sounds like it's going to be a great TR(s):thumbsup2

Moira222
10-03-2011, 03:20 PM
Hi MEK - glad I found this at the beginning or I'd never be able to keep up. I'm looking forward to your tripping :lmao: esp Williamsburg, as its high on my "to do " list - but not sure my 8 YO is ready for it.

MEN :goodvibes

DMGeurts
10-03-2011, 05:18 PM
This looks like it's going to be a fun TR... Hope you don't mind if I tag along. :thumbsup2

D~

mickeysmyboy
10-03-2011, 06:22 PM
I read the intro! I think this will be fabulous!! :cool1: I can't wait to hear all about Williamsburg, HHI and your trip in Dec!!

2xcited2sleep
10-03-2011, 06:34 PM
Can't wait to hear about your adventures! popcorn::

Stringbean&Wingnut
10-03-2011, 06:39 PM
I'm here!!!! Can't wait to read more!! :yay:

saintstickets
10-03-2011, 07:43 PM
You knew I'd be here! :thumbsup2

Don't know about this though. Since DW and I will be at HHI the same time you and your girlfriends are there, does this mean we become part of the TR or does what happens in HHI....stay in HHI? :rotfl2:

MEK
10-03-2011, 08:24 PM
I'm here!! Can't wait to hear all about your trips!!!!
Welcome Jen!!!!So happy to have you here because hopefully we are sharing a visit at some trips further down in the queue! :rotfl:

I'm here! I need to read yet though.:goodvibes

Welcome Brook!Thanks so much for stopping by! So four months until your next trip? Nice!

Here, here, here!! I have to go back and read the intro but I'm here!!!
Welcome Melissa! I am so glad you stopped by and I even happier that you are back on the boards after being MIA for the summer! :rolleyes1
I wish our December trips overlapped. Almost!

[/COLOR]Wow! Page two already! I need to start reading. Just got an IPhone & have been playing with that!

I gotta get busy.:laughing:
Welcome Doris! I'm so glad you stopped by. Did you start your TR yet???? I didn't miss the start, did I?

Do you love your iphone? Isn't it great! Enjoy!

I'm joining in! This sounds like it's going to be a great TR(s):thumbsup2
Welcome amazingact! Thanks so much for joining in! I see you have another trip coming up in a couple weeks, too.

Hi MEK - glad I found this at the beginning or I'd never be able to keep up. I'm looking forward to your tripping :lmao: esp Williamsburg, as its high on my "to do " list - but not sure my 8 YO is ready for it.

MEN :goodvibes

From one Mary Ellen to another.....Welcome! Thanks so much for joining in. I know what you mean about having to get in on the beginning. That's I am with alot of trip reports. If its too far gone I'll never catch up.

MEK
10-03-2011, 08:41 PM
This looks like it's going to be a fun TR... Hope you don't mind if I tag along. :thumbsup2

D~

Welcome DMGeurts!Do I mind if you tag along - heck I am thrilled you are here!!! Thanks for joining in!


I read the intro! I think this will be fabulous!! :cool1: I can't wait to hear all about Williamsburg, HHI and your trip in Dec!!

I'm glad you liked the intro. I still can't believe our timing is off and we won't see each other. But you know what I always say - FOOD & WINE 2012!!!!! :woohoo::woohoo:

Can't wait to hear about your adventures! popcorn::
Welcome C!!! I'm so glad to have you joining in! Just like Melissa, I'm disappointed I won't see you this October but ......NEXT YEAR!!!!!!:woohoo:

I'm here!!!! Can't wait to read more!! :yay:

Welcome Stringbean! It's definitely NOT a trip report without you here! :thumbsup2


You knew I'd be here! :thumbsup2

Don't know about this though. Since DW and I will be at HHI the same time you and your girlfriends are there, does this mean we become part of the TR or does what happens in HHI....stay in HHI? :rotfl2:
Welcome Bill! So happy to have you join in! In response to your question......:rotfl2:! You know there has to be a token picture. But only with your approval. I still have to get approval from my GF's to post their pictures. They are not well versed in DIS culture, so I need to break them in slowly. KWIM? :laughing:

MEK
10-03-2011, 09:10 PM
The Williamsburg trip was actually the last trip placed in the queue, even though it was the first one to happen. So – I’ll get to the twist and turns of that one in a minute.

But First……The HHI Trip……..

Beginning about 18 months ago I had told 3 of my GF’s that I wanted to do a girl’s trip in honor of our boys graduating highschool. Since all four of our boys went to school together (and have been together for quite a while), I thought it would be fun for all four moms to get together. Well, I could never get one mom to completely commit to a girl’s trip, but the other two moms were in.

Our original plan – May 2011! Let me say that again only louder – MAY 2011! Of course, that obviously didn’t happen. One mom said she couldn’t possible miss her son running track in the state meet and we could never quite negotiate a replacement date. So, I suggested we plan for fall of 2011 when the boys would (hopefully) all be away at college. Yes – we have other kids at home, but just getting my first one off to college is a big deal for me. I pray every day that he does well in his studies, because he certainly loves being there.

So, once we agreed on a time frame, we needed to agree on a location. At the time I hadn’t purchased a second DVC contract so my available points were limited. I offered the ladies 3 nights in a studio at OKW or standard view AKL. I figured two studios would work out well if all four of us were traveling. I really didn’t have enough points for a 2BR and I thought a 1 BR would be awkward. My plan was to stay at a regular resort for another couple of days.

As an alternate, I suggested we do 2 studios at Vero Beach for 3 nights and do a night at Disney at the beginning and the end of the trip. We wouldn’t need a park ticket, but we could purchase a hard ticket to the Halloween party and maybe go see La Nouba.

My last suggestion (and the one I was least interested in at the time) was Hilton Head. I told them I could cover two nights in a 2BR but we would have to split the balance.

Well, my GF’s said they wanted the cheapest trip, so Hilton Head was the winner. When I started fooling around with Hilton Head dates and rates I found out the it was 36 points a night midweek through the whole month of October. However, I found a killer expedia rate of $188/night/plus tax for the last week of October starting 10/24. Seriously??? WOW!!!!!

So I called member services to find out what the member rate was for those same nights. And are you ready for this?????? $150/night/plus tax. Say what? Even the cast member couldn’t believe it. So, I paid for the first night (the higher rate night) with points and paid for the second night in cash (no brainer) and the balance is due on check-in. My GF’s are basically getting the stay for $150/night plus tax. I know – I know – what a great friend I am!

As HHI looms on the horizon I am getting very excited about it. I’ve never driven south of North Carolina and never stepped foot in SC or Georgia, so this is going to be a new experience for me. We have plans for a side trip to Savannah and a return trip through Charleston. Southern Belle cities – Here I come!

Plus, I recently found out Bill (saintstickets) and his wife will also be at HHI the last week of October. :woohoo:

Williamsburg Trip……

My DH, Denny, has been working crazy hours all summer long. Sometimes he just works from home. When I leave, he is on his work computer. When I get home, he is still on the computer. Then at 6pm – conference calls. He originally said he would be completely unable to take any type of summer vacation, but as August rolled around he decided that he would have enough free time to at least take a long weekend. And that long weekend would coincide with the first weekend Brian would be in college, or so we thought. But more on that later. :rolleyes1

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Here's Denny in May 2010 when we stayed at Villas of Wilderness Lodge. He is on my right.

Anyway - I got the idea of going to New Hampshire, specifically the White Mountains, after I read about DIS Mom Amy’s visit there. Amy lives close enough to the White Mountains to make it a fun day trip. I live, oh at least 8 1/2 hours and 400 plus miles away. That doesn’t sound bad except that if you have ever driven there, or looked at a map, you will see that NH is missing a major east-west route. You either have to drive on slow mountain roads or practically drive to Boston before turning north. It’s not a direct route.

Despite that, I made a reservation. The White Mountains reminds me of my childhood because of all the summer vacations we had there. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that 3 nights in the White Mountains was not going to be enough time. I needed a longer trip and we just didn’t have the time . We had planned to take Nick and his GF with us and Nick would already miss two days of preseason soccer to go away for a long weekend. That, alone, is a major high school sports NO-NO.

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(Here's Nick and his younger cousin, LJ, during our 2009 trip to Disney world) But I didn’t care about Nick missing pre season. We didn’t have a summer vacation and I wanted Nick with us. However, I started to think that I needed to shave a couple hundred miles off that route. That’s when I decided Williamsburg would be a nice alternative. There’s plenty to do there, its only 200 plus miles, and I can travel right past Salisbury, Maryland (where Brian goes to school) if need be. Always thinking, I am. Denny was less than thrilled with the Williamsburg idea, but he finally consented. And I found a killer VRBO rental for $360 for 3 nights in a 2BR condo. So it was settled – Williamsburg it was…..Or would Hurricane Irene have other plans????????

Up Next - Hurricane Irene almost puts the kabash on Williamsburg.

IheartDDuck
10-03-2011, 09:31 PM
I'm joining! I would love to hear about HHI. It's one of the DVC locations we haven't made it to yet.

brookelizabeth
10-03-2011, 09:48 PM
Looking forward to reading it all! How wonderful to have TWO trips, almost back to back, to look forward to! I am really curious about your HHI trip, I don't know anything at all about that resort....what a steal, $150 a night!

Charleston Princess
10-04-2011, 04:35 AM
Here, Mary Ellen!!! :woohoo:

DMGeurts
10-04-2011, 05:20 AM
Lovin' your update so far... Your girls trip sounds so awesome! What a perfect idea - and the timing sounds right too. I might have to steal that idea, in about 5 years. :thumbsup2 Hopefully I make it that far - dds are in middle school now - talk about drama. :eek:

D~

Stringbean&Wingnut
10-04-2011, 05:24 AM
You have definitely been keeping yourself busy with various trip planning!!! :laughing: All of your plans sound great - I'm hoping the hurricane hadn't ruined your Williamsburg plans! Silly weather, always keeping us on our toes!

MEK
10-04-2011, 08:34 AM
I'm joining! I would love to hear about HHI. It's one of the DVC locations we haven't made it to yet.

Welcome IheartDDuck Thanks for joining in. I am really looking forward to HHI for exactly that reason. I want to focus on the Disney aspects of the resort. I've heard nothing but good about the resort, but I don't know any specifics.


Looking forward to reading it all! How wonderful to have TWO trips, almost back to back, to look forward to! I am really curious about your HHI trip, I don't know anything at all about that resort....what a steal, $150 a night!


It really makes fall into winter much more pleasant with two trips in the queue! :laughing: I promise to take lots of notes and pictures for you incase you need client information. Plus - who knows - you may want to visit sometime with the family. I couldn't believe the jaw dropping member price. So excited about that! :woohoo:

Here, Mary Ellen!!! :woohoo:

Welcome Jackie!!! I have all my charleston notes in my notebook. I am really looking forward to exploring the "low country". I wanted to go disney, but I am not at all disappointed about seeing a new part of the country. Hard to believe I have never set foot in SC or Georgia! :woohoo:

Lovin' your update so far... Your girls trip sounds so awesome! What a perfect idea - and the timing sounds right too. I might have to steal that idea, in about 5 years. :thumbsup2 Hopefully I make it that far - dds are in middle school now - talk about drama. :eek:

D~

Middle school? Oh - I am afraid you have years worth of drama left! :rotfl: I think it really is a great location for a girl's trip. I am keeping my fingers crossed for warm days and cool nights and lots of fun! If I love it I will go back with my DH in a couple years!

You have definitely been keeping yourself busy with various trip planning!!! :laughing: All of your plans sound great - I'm hoping the hurricane hadn't ruined your Williamsburg plans! Silly weather, always keeping us on our toes!

Sara - I was actually so freaking lucky on the weather thing (as you will see soon0. Yes - there were a few bumps in the road, but if I had picked some of the other locations I was considering there would have been NO trip! :rolleyes1 Stayed tuned for williamsburg part 1. I will be writing that soon!

Lady Lallie
10-04-2011, 09:38 AM
I'm here, I feel like a terrible slacker due to the fact that I'm on Pg. 3 but at least I'm here now!!! :banana:

eandesmom
10-04-2011, 11:40 AM
calculate out the useable space in your luggage

:rotfl:

that's a riot, I SHOULD do that.

I'm here and love the intro! Bring on Williamsburg!

glennbo123
10-04-2011, 11:52 AM
I'm reporting for duty MEK. Can't wait to hear about HHI and Williamsburg.

MEK
10-04-2011, 01:54 PM
I'm here, I feel like a terrible slacker due to the fact that I'm on Pg. 3 but at least I'm here now!!! :banana:

WOO HOO! Welcome Leslie! So glad you are joining in for this one! :thumbsup2 I missed ya! :hug:

:rotfl:

that's a riot, I SHOULD do that.

I'm here and love the intro! Bring on Williamsburg!

Wait - I thought you DID do that! :rotfl:

Welcome Cynthia my former & future roomie!
Actually - wait - I think your bag is so magical that it calculates the usuable space FOR You! Right! ;)

Thanks for joining in! I will start posting W-burg pics very soon!

I'm reporting for duty MEK. Can't wait to hear about HHI and Williamsburg.

Welcome Glenn
Thanks for joining in! We really had a great time in Williamsburg. It was a blast. I just regret the trip wasn't longer, but I am definitely going back!

And I am really looking forward to HHI! I promise to take lots of pics!

Wicket's Mom
10-04-2011, 02:25 PM
I'm anxious to read your Williamsburg report to see what you thought of the place. The 'Burg is one of our favorite places & we are due to go back soon. It is so much fun to talk with the people that work there. We do the same sorts of things in our local area.

I'm fairly knowledgeable about historical clothing, so really like those exhibits. My proudest moment was to be invited to cook in the Randolph House kitchen. I wasn't able to go, but I loved being invited!

Mndisneygirl
10-04-2011, 03:53 PM
Oh, this is going to be fun, I can already tell! We love Williamsburg and that whole area. DH's family (well some of them) are down there and we visit every so often.
I'm really excited to hear about HHI - as we hope to get there one of these years!

You are just the queen of scoring good rates!!:worship:

Queenofallthings
10-04-2011, 05:40 PM
:woohoo::woohoo:So excited that you started!! I have to go back and read but I am here!!

eandesmom
10-04-2011, 05:49 PM
WOO HOO! Welcome Leslie!
Welcome Cynthia my former & future roomie!
Actually - wait - I think your bag is so magical that it calculates the usuable space FOR You! Right! ;)

Thanks for joining in! I will start posting W-burg pics very soon!



I wish! I had challenges with it last weekend, it's really not nearly as magical if you have to pack boots. Definitely constrains the number of shoes it can hold.

:rotfl:

SoonerGirl
10-04-2011, 09:36 PM
Score on the HHI rate - that's awesome!! :woohoo:

Looking forward to hearing about Williamsburg since I've never been there and I love historical places, which is probably why I enjoyed Charleston so much.

Pinkocto
10-05-2011, 10:09 AM
I'm joining in for the adventure :) I know what you mean about needing another vacation in the queue, it makes it much easier to come back home knowing there's another one on the horizon. I joined DVC this year and it seems to have upped my vacation obsession ten fold. I have to admit I haven't done any research on HHI, looking forward to hearing about it.

-Pam

Captain_Oblivious
10-05-2011, 11:03 AM
I'm here. Figured I'd get in on the ground floor of your TR this time!

TanzUnited99
10-05-2011, 12:29 PM
:woohoo: on the HHI nightly rate!! That is awesome! :cool1:

Looking forward to hearing more about Williamsburg.

Moira222
10-05-2011, 01:38 PM
I love how your mind works...is it the name? Your GF weekend plans progress the way a lot of my trips go - you just never know where you're going to end up when you get started:lmao: Keeps life interesting right?

Mind you, I am reading DIS while working, popping in and out as files save & update. so I read, popped off, popped back in, scrolled up thinking "White mountains? they are no where near Williamsburg. She did say Williamsburg, right?":rotfl::rotfl:

Can't wait to see how it rolls out!!

MEK
10-05-2011, 02:04 PM
I'm anxious to read your Williamsburg report to see what you thought of the place. The 'Burg is one of our favorite places & we are due to go back soon. It is so much fun to talk with the people that work there. We do the same sorts of things in our local area.



I was really hoping to start today, but it seems that the day has gotten ahead of me. I always think I can do 100 things on one of my days off, but it never happens. I'm lucky if I do 5 or 6. :rotfl:

Well - as you know - I picked a day at Busch Gardens over doing the History stuff. It was weird because I didn't think I wanted to go there, but then the idea of being in a theme park on a fabulous day with no lines was just more than I can resist. :rotfl:



I'm fairly knowledgeable about historical clothing, so really like those exhibits. My proudest moment was to be invited to cook in the Randolph House kitchen. I wasn't able to go, but I loved being invited!

That is so cool! When I go back I am definitely spending two full days in the historic district. I am going to tour anything and everything I can. I think I would like to head down there again around the same time next summer. The week before labor day is a fabulous time to travel. If I could figure out a way to go back sooner, I would.

Oh, this is going to be fun, I can already tell! We love Williamsburg and that whole area. DH's family (well some of them) are down there and we visit every so often.



Williamsburg was wonderful. I could easily spend a week there. You should have seen all the agendas I found on the internet (for longer trips) and I would have loved to do each one of them. So - 3 nights was not nearly enough, but I definitely want to go back next summer in late August of early September.


I'm really excited to hear about HHI - as we hope to get there one of these years!



I actually tried to book my very first DVC trip there, but it was summer and there were no 1 bedrooms at 7 months out. Apparently the resort is very heavy with two bedrooms, which makes sense considering its a "beach" vacation. I am really looking forward to it and I hope that I want to go back with Denny the fall that Nick goes away to school. It will be a nice vacation for our first "empty nest" vacation. :laughing:



You are just the queen of scoring good rates!!:worship:

I got that rate right at 7 months, so I think that's the key! Just remember - the rates drop the last week of October, but the points dont!!!!!

:woohoo::woohoo:So excited that you started!! I have to go back and read but I am here!!

Welcome Jacquie!!!! I am so glad you are here to go in!!!! Now go back and catch up. You haven't missed any "good" stuff yet! ;)


I wish! I had challenges with it last weekend, it's really not nearly as magical if you have to pack boots. Definitely constrains the number of shoes it can hold.

:rotfl:

Are you saying that if you put a pair of boots in there you can NOT pack 8 more pairs of shoes????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! :rotfl2:

Score on the HHI rate - that's awesome!! :woohoo:



Seriously - that WAS a major score! I'm thrilled about it because it leaves me more points for Disney world. Sometimes its good to use your points and other times - not so much! I am learning that too as I look at some of the RCI trades. Many of them just don't seem worth it. It's cheaper just to pay cash!


Looking forward to hearing about Williamsburg since I've never been there and I love historical places, which is probably why I enjoyed Charleston so much.

Then I think you would really like Williamsburg. I seriously can't wait to go back. It was a really fun place with so much to see and do in the town itself as well as the neighboring towns.

[/COLOR]I'm joining in for the adventure :) I know what you mean about needing another vacation in the queue, it makes it much easier to come back home knowing there's another one on the horizon. I joined DVC this year and it seems to have upped my vacation obsession ten fold. I have to admit I haven't done any research on HHI, looking forward to hearing about it.

-Pam
Welcome Pam!!!! Thanks for joining in. I hope you love DVC as much as I need. Yup - it definitely makes you obsess over vacations and point charts and square footage and off season rates and how many people can travel with you, ect. ect.

It's a lot harder to do research on HHI because there isn't as much stuff out there, but the overall consensus is that everyone who visits the resort loves it. Hands down! I hope to have that same experience. I'll let you know soon enough!

I'm here. Figured I'd get in on the ground floor of your TR this time!

Welcome Mark,my Delaware compadre! Thanks for joining in!!!! Have you and your family road tripped it to Williamsburg yet? Stay tuned!

:woohoo: on the HHI nightly rate!! That is awesome! :cool1:



Isn't it great???? I was so happy about that because I really wanted to treat my friends to a longer stay, but since they are only each paying $150 night I think they will be very happy when they see the resort.


Looking forward to hearing more about Williamsburg.

I know I keep saying this, but I really AM going to start soon.

I love how your mind works...is it the name? Your GF weekend plans progress the way a lot of my trips go - you just never know where you're going to end up when you get started:lmao: Keeps life interesting right?



So true, so true. I had a terrible time decided where I wanted to go on this mini-vacation. Disney is easy compared to how much time I spent plotting this adventure. :rotfl:


Mind you, I am reading DIS while working, popping in and out as files save & update. so I read, popped off, popped back in, scrolled up thinking "White mountains? they are no where near Williamsburg. She did say Williamsburg, right?":rotfl::rotfl:

Can't wait to see how it rolls out!!

You are definitely reading correctly. I started out with my heart set on a 3 night trip to the White Mountains of NH, but I realized it was going to be too much travel time and not enough play time. 2 of the days would be devoted to travel. So that was the biggest reason I switched to Williamsburg. That, and we had just dropped my son off at college in the opposite direction of the White Mountains. I was afraid to be 10 plus hours away from him if something went terribly wrong that first weekend.

Hopefully I roll it out a little clearer with my next update!

MEK
10-05-2011, 02:11 PM
So I promised an update and I really hope I can get to it today. I had the day off, but sometimes those days are the busiest. Of course, Nick has an afternoon soccer game which is way closer to my place of work then it is to home and I'll be leaving in a few to go there.

Figures I have to drive all the way to Wilmington on my day off. ARGH! :headache: I could miss it, but I'll be missing a game or two for HHI so I need to get my you know what in gear and get moving.

Tonight I have a guitar lesson. Yeah Yeah - I know what you are thinking. Why am I, someone who is almost a senior citizen, taking guitar lessons? Well - Nick has this fab instructor, but if you don't start with him right at the beginning of the year, forget it - no lesson. Nick wants to start back up AFTER soccer, so I offered to take his lesson for two months. It's not as terrible as it sounds though. I do play the guitar, just not at a level past basic open chords. So I am learning to play bar chords and I hoping to learn a little bit of classical picking. I really want to learn Jesus Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach), but I think its WAY outside of my technical zone. We'll see tonight.

So - if I don't get to my first W-burg update, please don't hate me. I'll get it started tomorrow.

Pinkocto
10-05-2011, 02:52 PM
Yup - it definitely makes you obsess over vacations and point charts and square footage and off season rates and how many people can travel with you, ect. ect.

Exactly! I've poured over the points charts, and then even though they're memorized go over them again, thinking, if I go to this one then I'll use less points so I can use them on this other trip, and if I go at this time I'll save even more points for next time, ect. ect. And then wondering, who is deserving to go with me, who will appreciate the savings as much as I do? answer, no one. I'll take them anyway, but they just don't understand :rotfl: And then, figuring out my choice, back up choice, and second back up choice call and none are available so have to go with one that wasn't even in the running because it would use up too many points! Oh well, that was only once out of three already planned trips, I've already learned, if you want something, the only guarantee that you're going to get it is if it's at your home resort and only if you call at 9 am. Other than that it's up for grabs!

Sorry, I tend to go on and on. Hope you have a fun guitar lesson :)

MEK
10-05-2011, 08:10 PM
Exactly! I've poured over the points charts, and then even though they're memorized go over them again, thinking, if I go to this one then I'll use less points so I can use them on this other trip, and if I go at this time I'll save even more points for next time, ect. ect. And then wondering, who is deserving to go with me, who will appreciate the savings as much as I do? answer, no one. I'll take them anyway, but they just don't understand :rotfl: And then, figuring out my choice, back up choice, and second back up choice call and none are available so have to go with one that wasn't even in the running because it would use up too many points! Oh well, that was only once out of three already planned trips, I've already learned, if you want something, the only guarantee that you're going to get it is if it's at your home resort and only if you call at 9 am. Other than that it's up for grabs!



You sound exactly like me. For December I was originally going to stay at VWL, but I had to change my dates so all that was available for 5 consecutive nights was OKW. All I could think of was how many points I would save. :laughing:

I see you have SSR coming up for a December weekend. That was probably the weekend I had originally picked, but had to change. Anyway - I hope you like SSR. It's one of my home resorts and I think its such a pretty place. I look forward to staying there again.

I do have the whole 7 month thing at exactly 9am down to a science. I have been successful everytime! :thumbsup2


Sorry, I tend to go on and on. Hope you have a fun guitar lesson :)

I actually hate going so late at night. I am old and I don't concentrate on new things that well after 7pm. :rotfl:

mickeysmyboy
10-05-2011, 08:15 PM
Can't wait to hear about Williamsburg MEK! Sorry you had to cancel your plans for NH! You know, you could have drive up to Long Island, visited me, taken the ferry from here to CT and then driven up to NH! It would have have cut your trip up nicely and made it that much better ;)

Charleston Princess
10-06-2011, 06:09 AM
Hope you had fun at the soccer game and your guitar lesson!

Stringbean&Wingnut
10-06-2011, 06:15 AM
Hope you enjoy your guitar lesson!!

DWGal210
10-06-2011, 08:40 AM
Hi hi!! I'm here & can't wait to hear all about it. Your trips sound GREAT!!! so fun!!

chloe770
10-06-2011, 08:56 AM
Thanks for the heads up about your new TR. I'm so far behind on the DIS. I still need to finish your last TR.:sad2:

I'm curious what your opinion of HHI is. We have done a few trips to Myrtle Beach and I have vowed NEVER to go back. DH is a big golfer. It would be nice to find a place where he can golf. He hasn't golfed Disney yet. I keep telling him to let me book a round for him, but I think he feels guilty about it. Silly Boy. Next time I'm going to surprise him with it.

Pinkocto
10-06-2011, 09:08 AM
I see you have SSR coming up for a December weekend. That was probably the weekend I had originally picked, but had to change. Anyway - I hope you like SSR. It's one of my home resorts and I think its such a pretty place. I look forward to staying there again.

I do have the whole 7 month thing at exactly 9am down to a science. I have been successful everytime! :thumbsup2

Yep, that's the trip I had to settle for what they had. I did call at four months, so knew there might be little available, but I didn't think there would only be one option for two consecutive nights. But, after extensive research I know we're going to love SSR. I am now glad I got 'stuck' with it. I had to bite the bullet and rent ten points, oh I didn't like to do that, but I only had enough points for two nights and after realizing how much Christmas stuff there is to see I knew we needed more time, so when I called back and they had the room available another night I just grabbed it.

I've got the 11 month down pat, now I must perfect my 7 month strategy :)

MEK
10-06-2011, 09:34 AM
Can't wait to hear about Williamsburg MEK! Sorry you had to cancel your plans for NH! You know, you could have drive up to Long Island, visited me, taken the ferry from here to CT and then driven up to NH! It would have have cut your trip up nicely and made it that much better ;)

Melissa - what a fabulous idea! I am seriously going to do that they next time I go to New England. I am actually so glad that we didn't go to NH. DISmomAmy said that area got hit pretty hard with rain and flooding. It would NOT have been a fun trip.

I am definitely posting on Williamsburg tonight. I need to get going before I forget the names of everything!


Hope you had fun at the soccer game and your guitar lesson!

Soccer game - YES - they won and it was a beautiful day and a great day for pictures.

Guitar lesson - I struggle and once you get started 1/2hr lesson feels like its over in 10 minutes. Plus - its at 8pm and I am just so tired by then that my brain is so slow. :rotfl:

Hope you enjoy your guitar lesson!!

It's very humbling to sound like you can't play at all. I sound great witht he open chords because I have been doing those for years, but it sounds like beginner 101 when I get to those bar chords. At least I have to give myself props for getting humbled and embarrassed that I sound so bad.

Lady Lallie
10-06-2011, 09:45 AM
Oh and when you are planning your trip to NH, just remember I live in Massachusetts so I am just a hop, skip and a jump from there. :goodvibes :rolleyes1

MEK
10-06-2011, 10:31 AM
Hi hi!! I'm here & can't wait to hear all about it. Your trips sound GREAT!!! so fun!!


Welcome Katie! Thanks so much for joining in. My W-burg trip was a blast and I am really looking forward to HHI!!!! Lots of pictures will be taken, I am sure.


Thanks for the heads up about your new TR. I'm so far behind on the DIS. I still need to finish your last TR.:sad2:




Welcome Dawn!

Thanks for joining in. Of course you are behind, you've barely been back - what- a week?

I'm curious what your opinion of HHI is. We have done a few trips to Myrtle Beach and I have vowed NEVER to go back. DH is a big golfer. It would be nice to find a place where he can golf. He hasn't golfed Disney yet. I keep telling him to let me book a round for him, but I think he feels guilty about it. Silly Boy. Next time I'm going to surprise him with it.

So what didn't you like about Myrtle Beach? Too commercial? I've never been so I have no idea, but I understand there's a lot of stuff to do there. Overkill, I'm sure.

HHI is supposed to be great for golf. Booking a round for your husband would be a nice surprise. If I was a golfer I would totally want to do Disney golf.

I will give you a little sneak preview and tell you that we stopped in Virginia Beach on the way home and it was fabulous. I so want to go there now!

Yep, that's the trip I had to settle for what they had. I did call at four months, so knew there might be little available, but I didn't think there would only be one option for two consecutive nights. But, after extensive research I know we're going to love SSR. I am now glad I got 'stuck' with it. I had to bite the bullet and rent ten points, oh I didn't like to do that, but I only had enough points for two nights and after realizing how much Christmas stuff there is to see I knew we needed more time, so when I called back and they had the room available another night I just grabbed it.



It is really hard to get anything during the first two weeks of December so I'm glad you got two nights consecutively. I stayed there during Christmas a few years ago and it is decorated really nicely. Not over the top, just tasteful with poinsettias everywhere. It's really such a pretty resort the way it is layed out. Everytime I go to DTD and see it, I miss it. But lately I have been on the rounds to try to stay everywhere on property! :laughing:

I've got the 11 month down pat, now I must perfect my 7 month strategy :)


Yes - 7months - 9am - that's the strategy!

MEK
10-06-2011, 10:35 AM
Oh and when you are planning your trip to NH, just remember I live in Massachusetts so I am just a hop, skip and a jump from there. :goodvibes :rolleyes1

I would totally love to do that!!!! There are so many places in New England I want to see, not just the White Mountains. And I haven't been to Boston since I did a bike ride across Massachuesetts....and that was a LONG time ago. :rotfl: Such a pretty ride! I also want to visit the coast of Maine, so you would be a perfect stop!

Lady Lallie
10-06-2011, 11:04 AM
I would totally love to do that!!!! There are so many places in New England I want to see, not just the White Mountains. And I haven't been to Boston since I did a bike ride across Massachuesetts....and that was a LONG time ago. :rotfl: Such a pretty ride! I also want to visit the coast of Maine, so you would be a perfect stop!

I will be your tourguide for the coast of Maine. Seriously beautiful, I miss Maine so much. I know I'm not far but I never end up doing everything I want too during the summers. Oh and when you come up, we MUST eat lobster rolls. I insist. :rotfl2:

Pinkocto
10-06-2011, 11:42 AM
It is really hard to get anything during the first two weeks of December so I'm glad you got two nights consecutively.

Is that because of the low points needed? Then I am super glad I was able to add a third night even though I had to rent some points to do it. I won't make that a habit, but it's a nice thing to be able to do when you have some points left but not enough for a whole night. Yep, it's also on my wish list to try all the resorts I can. Anyway, sorry to be talking so much about DVC, didn't mean to take over. :) Can't wait to hear more about your vacation!

Moira222
10-06-2011, 11:47 AM
... Nick wants to start back up AFTER soccer, so I offered to take his lesson for two months. It's not as terrible as it sounds though. I do play the guitar, just not at a level past basic open chords. So I am learning to play bar chords and I hoping to learn a little bit of classical picking. I really want to learn Jesus Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach), but I think its WAY outside of my technical zone. We'll see tonight.

So - if I don't get to my first W-burg update, please don't hate me. I'll get it started tomorrow.
I love the idea of filling in for Nick's guitar lessons. plus you get to hold that over him later (oh, its not that hard, I've done it....). MUAAHAHAHAHA:rolleyes1

MEK
10-06-2011, 12:17 PM
I love the idea of filling in for Nick's guitar lessons. plus you get to hold that over him later (oh, its not that hard, I've done it....). MUAAHAHAHAHA:rolleyes1


Yes - I am definitely the senior citizen of all the guitar students! Truth be told, he is much better at the bar chords then I will ever be. Kids - they learn things so easily! I'm surprised he isn't laughing at me.


LL & Pinkocto - I did not see your posts until just a few minutes ago. Sorry. Not very observant, I'm afraid! Not sure why - anyway - see replies below!!!!!!

MEK
10-06-2011, 04:53 PM
I seriously feel like it should be Friday night, but it's only Thursday. One more work day this week.

Sorry, I digress.

So when I left off I had explained that our little mini August vacation was originally planned for the White Mountains, NH. But something or someone kept whispering in my ear saying, "not a good idea". Before I finally settled on Williamsburg as our final destination, I had explored several other locations. I considered Vermont, the coast of Maine, Rhode Island, Mystic Connecticut, and even Front Royal, Virginia (Shenandoah Valley). I was literally all over the map searching for places within an 8 hour drive and I spent FAR too much time selecting my final destination.

I finally chose Williamsburg based on convenience of drive, location, distance, and, of course, the all important PRICE! This WAS supposed to be a budget friendly trip. All summer long I felt like I was forking over more money on something else Brian needed for college - new computer, new phone, new bedding, new towels, new clothes, new supplies....well - you get the idea.

So we were set. I rented 3 nights at the Powhatan Resort through a Diamond Resort owner. I found him on VRBO and he must have enough points to rent out the better part of a year. My original 3 nights were 8/27 - 8/30. I rented a two bedroom for $360. Absolute best deal I could find. No brainer.

So the plan was to drop Brian at college (Salisbury University), which is about 2 hours from our house, on Thursday August 25th. Friday would be a packing and shopping day. Being a budget friendly trip, I had planned to bring food for breakfast and lunch. Departure day was Saturday August 27th at 0700 sharp. We invited Nick's GF to go with us and I already warned her we would be leaving early.

Well, no sooner had we set our plans in stone when we got the first inkling that Hurricane Irene might be a bit of a problem. I seriously wasn't that worried. No reason to panic prematurely, I thought. I figured I was going to Williamsburg come rain or shine. so I started googling "things to do in Williamsburg on a rainy day". And - indeed I found plenty of indoor activities.

Well, by Wednesday, pre Irene, we were starting to get nervous. It did not look good at all. I contacted the gentleman I rented from to find out if would be possible to postpone or change things around, but I couldn't get a straight answer from him. His advice - Go inland, wait out the storm, then drive into Williamsburg. I toyed with the idea of leaving Friday night to do just that.

On Thursday am we left to take Brian to school. It was a strange and emotional journey. Half way there Brian got very teary eyed. No - not because he was leaving us, but because this girl that he has had a crush on forever (which I didn't know) blew him off on the evening before he was supposed to leave. Brian, player that he is, really never let on that he was so attached to this one particular girl. I really felt terribly bad for him and was really at a loss for words on how to comfort him. He finally got himself together and said, "this is something I need to do and going away will be good for me".

So - on this beautiful late summer day, as we finally pulled into the parking lot of SU to unload, we were informed by a security guard that all activities were canceled for the weekend and classes would not start until at least Wednesday. We were advised to check the website to see if students could return to campus on Monday. :scared1: Can you say stunned and shocked????? We were allowed to unload, but after that they basically wanted to clear the campus for the approach of Irene.

It made sense - the campus is literally 30 mins/miles inland from Ocean City, Md. And the look on Brian's face was one of relief.

So we went to work unloading and I did my mom thing trying to make his dorm organized and attractive. I never did take a picture of it because, just as I finished putting everything away, his roommate and parents arrived. By this time Brian was out meeting and socializing with people. He came back to help his roommate move in and then we left. Well, we went out to lunch and then drove home to wait out the next 36 hours until Irene arrived.

I think this little set back worked in Brian's favor. I think he immediately felt comfortable there, so I knew his return in a few days would be less traumatic. I was bummed because I knew it would be another couple nights of him hanging out with his friends who had not left home for college. I wanted him to break free of that gang.

Well - you all know the tale of Irene, but you don't know what happened with my reservation.

I have to take a break now to go to a friends, but I will pick up right where I left off later tonight - with pictures!

dawnbu40
10-06-2011, 06:23 PM
It sounded like such a hassle to take Brian and then find out he couldn't stay. I'm glad it ended up working out well for him. :)

Looking forward to hearing more and seeing the pictures!

MEK
10-06-2011, 08:17 PM
It sounded like such a hassle to take Brian and then find out he couldn't stay. I'm glad it ended up working out well for him. :)



It was a drag, but it was so much easier to drop him off when he finally did go back. And - it made me realize that there were a couple things he needed for his dorm room.



Looking forward to hearing more and seeing the pictures!

I am getting to pictures now!!!!! Finally!

Roxychica7
10-06-2011, 08:21 PM
Hi MEK! I followed you over from Jenjolt, Jackie and LL's previous trips! Love your 3 in one trip report! We've been down to Disney every December since 2005 and this year we'll be there 12-12 to 12-18! :thumbsup2

MEK
10-06-2011, 09:09 PM
Continued......

On our way home after NOT dropping Brian off I sent an email to the gentleman I rented my W-burg reservation from and told him there was no way we would be able to arrive on Saturday. I tried to find out again if we were going to be completely out of the money or if we could reschedule. He just replied, "I'll work with you". The next day I even called the resort to see if they had any suggestions. They said the ressie would be fine if the gentleman I rented from had their trip insurance plan. I tried to email him to find out, but again I couldn't get a straight answer.

So Irene came and went and my reservation was still in limbo. Fortunately, we never lost power, cable, internet, phone, nothing. And we had no flooding. By Sunday afternoon the worst was over and I tried to reach my VRBO gentleman telling him that I wanted to leave for W-burg the next day and I tried to find out if he was able to reschedule for me. Just when I had given up on him, I got an email stating that he could reschedule for me, but I needed to call the next morning to see if the resort had its power restored.

But prior to that we needed to make another executive decision. If we left on Monday, Nick was going to miss more pre season that originally planned. He point blank told me he no longer wanted to go. And you know what - with the reservation being up in the air and not being 100% sure where we were even going to sleep, I completely understood his position. What if we got down there and I had to rent two hotel rooms for all of us to sleep? My budget friendly vacation would no longer be budget friendly.

Denny & I finally decided that IF my VRBO man came through with a new reservation AND the power was restored, we would just go ourselves. It's not like me to leave Nick home alone, but I felt marginally confident about it because (1) he is very responsible and (2) my neighbor (who was supposed to feed the cats) said she would call him daily and come over to house to check on things. I also gave her a replica of his schedule so she could anticipate his comings and goings.

So on Sunday August 28th I went to bed without packing for the trip. I just couldn't make myself do it when I knew there might not be a trip. To make maters worse, Brian went to spend the evening with one of his friends (who happens to be a girl, but not a GF). When I texted him at 10:30pm he never responded and when he still hadn't responded 90 minutes later, I went to look for him. Fortunately, I found his car there, but I couldn't believe he would do that on the evening before he left for school. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep that night and was up at the brink of dawn. I drove back over to his friend's house, knocked on the door at 6:30am, and woke everyone up to make sure he was OK. I guess they all thought I was crazy, but I didn't care. When I saw how upset he got on the day we originally left for school, I got worried that he was going to chicken out or that he was really depressed or something. I guess my mind just started to go into its worry mode.

So, back to the story. I called the Powhatan resort at 8am Monday morning and they confirmed power. It was then that I finally started to pack. I'm sure the three of us didn't get in the car until close to 10 am. On the way down to Salisbury I called my VRBO man and told him we were going. He finally gave me a confirmation number. He actually told me the reservation was for 4 nights, but unfortunately we could only stay three.

Here's a picture I tried to take from the back seat of the car as we were entering the campus:

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Dropping Brian back at school was a breeze since everyone was already moved in. We brought back a rug and a table for the TV. After we walked that into the dorm we said our good-byes and left.

I had Denny take a quick cell phone picture before we went into the dorm.

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You can tell I was really tired because I couldn't even quite manage a smile. The whole weekend and the two trips to school and the evening stalking my son and the vacation drama had taken its toll.

Once we said our goodbyes I grabbed my camera from the back seat and decided I could at least take 5 minutes to take some pictures of the campus.

Brian's dorm is the one on the left (2nd floor, corner room)

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Here are some more campus shots:

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These pictures were all taken right near that parking lot you saw in the first pictures. In other words, I didn't walk too far in any direction. I knew Denny would not have been happy if I disappeared to take pictures, plus I wanted to free up our parking space and I was seriously ready for our mini vacation to start.

Bye Salisbury

Next Stop - Random Md Visitor's Center before entering Virginia. I wasn't about to start looking for a bathroom on campus. This was much easier.

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I put the camera away until we were almost at the Bay Bridge tunnel. If you have ever driven down Rt 13 on the Delmarva Peninsula you know there isn't really much to look at.

I did think this house was picture worthy.....

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We did stop for groceries and booze to break up the monotony of Rt 13. And you know I am a sucker for grocery stores that sell wine and beer since that doesn't happen in the tri-state area where I live.

Finally.....

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If you have never had the pleasure of crossing the CBBT (Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel) then here is some info you might enjoy reading:
http://www.cbbt.com/facts.html

It's 20 miles long and claims to be an engineering marvel, which indeed it is. It is mostly bridge, but has two distinct tunnels.

Here are a few of my pictures:

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Tunnel # 1
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Continued in Next Post.......

MEK
10-06-2011, 09:33 PM
Continued......

Tunnel # 2

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The end in sight

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Boats near Virginia Beach

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Hampton, VA

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Finally a road sign for our final destination

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We finally arrived to the Powhatan Resort around 5pm or so....... with about a gagillion other people who were all checking in at the same time.

Bad Cell Phone Picture

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I was in line for at least a 1/2 hour, but I can't complain. Everyone was patient and the people working there were very nice. I managed to get through the line and escape the concierge desk, where I think they hit you up with the timeshare speech in exchange for free tickets or other perks.

Denny and I had a 2BR condo on the ground floor with an in room hot tub. Score! We also found out that the reservation was good until a Saturday check-in. OMG, how hard it was going to be to leave on Thursday.

Here are some pictures of the condo

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I know these pictures are not awesome because I was just too lazy to change my lens. sorry!

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View from the back deck

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Outside

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Close up of living room picture

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I am going to have to stop here because I can't get the rest of my cell phone pics to upload directly to photobucket. Too late in the evening to start trouble shooting.

When I continue I actually have some dinner pics on my phone, so stay tuned for our first dinner in W-burg and our next really cool, fun day.

MEK
10-06-2011, 09:37 PM
Hi MEK! I followed you over from Jenjolt, Jackie and LL's previous trips! Love your 3 in one trip report! We've been down to Disney every December since 2005 and this year we'll be there 12-12 to 12-18! :thumbsup2

Welcome Roxychica7! Thanks so much for joining in. Looks like our September trips overlap. Very Cool! How great to be able to travel to disney every December. This will be my second December trip and I think its a fabulous time of year for a visit!

Not only will we be at the world at the same time, but how funny that you posted just as I was writing about the Eastern Shore of MD!

MEK
10-06-2011, 09:42 PM
I will be your tourguide for the coast of Maine. Seriously beautiful, I miss Maine so much. I know I'm not far but I never end up doing everything I want too during the summers. Oh and when you come up, we MUST eat lobster rolls. I insist. :rotfl2:

I don't know how I missed this post! DOH! That sounds so wonderful!!!! I would love a tour guide. Oh yeah - I remember looking at Portsmouth NH as a possible destination. I tell you, I really was all over the map!

Didn't you used to live in Maine? I think the coastline of Maine is spectacular and I have really only seen the southern tip. Some day I am going up to Acadia and I would love to keep going right to Nova Scotia.

I love lobster rolls! YUM!!!!


Is that because of the low points needed? Then I am super glad I was able to add a third night even though I had to rent some points to do it. I won't make that a habit, but it's a nice thing to be able to do when you have some points left but not enough for a whole night. Yep, it's also on my wish list to try all the resorts I can. Anyway, sorry to be talking so much about DVC, didn't mean to take over. :) Can't wait to hear more about your vacation!

Sorry - I missed this post too. Double DOH!

Yes - I think its because its low point season coupled with a fact that the parks are decorated for Christmas and the weather is cool.

I love to talk DVC, so talk away. I am far from an expert, but I am a huge fan. It definitely adds to the enjoyment of a vacation.

Anyway - finally got a real update with pictures in!

Stringbean&Wingnut
10-07-2011, 05:26 AM
I definitely felt like yesterday should have been Friday too! I'm sitting here like...but why isn't it Saturday? It really should be...:laughing:

Wow, that definitely sounds like you had quite a few things going on during that hurricane weekend! I'm glad that Brian got moved in and settled eventually, how is he enjoying it there now? It looks like a nice campus (at least, from that parking lot :laughing:)

I'm so happy that you guys did make it to Williamsburg!!! :cool1: That must have been driving you nuts to not know until the very last minute! I can't wait to see more pics! :goodvibes

SoonerGirl
10-07-2011, 07:21 AM
The campus at Salisbury looks lovely! I just can't imagine at this point leaving my son at college, but I know I need to start preparing for it because I'm sure these next few years are going to fly by. We are actually within commuting distance to Oklahoma University, maybe he'll just go there and stay at home - fingers crossed!

Glad you finally made it to Williamsburg! Your condo looks lovely!

MEK
10-07-2011, 08:50 AM
I definitely felt like yesterday should have been Friday too! I'm sitting here like...but why isn't it Saturday? It really should be...:laughing:



I honestly kept thinking yesterday was Friday night and then I had to remember - DRAT - its only Thursday! :headache: Oh well - at least tonight IS finally Friday night! :cool1:


Wow, that definitely sounds like you had quite a few things going on during that hurricane weekend! I'm glad that Brian got moved in and settled eventually, how is he enjoying it there now? It looks like a nice campus (at least, from that parking lot :laughing:)



Within 6 hours of arriving there he texted me to say "I love college". :rotfl2: I texted back, "I bet you do since your classes havent even started yet". But seriously, he really loves the school. He was hesistant at first because a couple people told him he wouldn't like it there. But I have honestly only heard good things about the school. It's only about 8500 students, so its not huge, nor is it small. I think its the perfect size for him. I hope he does OK academically. We set a minimum GPA for him and told him we can't pay if he doesn't meet that. We'll see!

I'm so happy that you guys did make it to Williamsburg!!! :cool1: That must have been driving you nuts to not know until the very last minute! I can't wait to see more pics! :goodvibes

Until I had that confirmation number in my hand I was very unsettled, but at that point I was willing to just rent a cheap room somewhere. That's how bad I wanted/needed this break.

The campus at Salisbury looks lovely! I just can't imagine at this point leaving my son at college, but I know I need to start preparing for it because I'm sure these next few years are going to fly by. We are actually within commuting distance to Oklahoma University, maybe he'll just go there and stay at home - fingers crossed!



It is a very pretty campus. I didn't walk around enough to get pictures of the "real" buildings. But its compact and very esthetically pleasing.

Yes - the 4 years of high school fly. We knew Brian couldn't stay home though. We had some issues with him over the past 18months and it wouldn't have been the right thing. For his own maturity, I think he needs this experience of living outside of the home.

When Nick leaves (two years) that is going to be VERY strange. I need to start preparing myself for that!


Glad you finally made it to Williamsburg! Your condo looks lovely!

I was so relieved to get there. The condo was very nice. I think we had a remodeled one. It's no Disney, but the price was certainly right!:thumbsup2

Lady Lallie
10-07-2011, 10:04 AM
I don't know how I missed this post! DOH! That sounds so wonderful!!!! I would love a tour guide. Oh yeah - I remember looking at Portsmouth NH as a possible destination. I tell you, I really was all over the map!

Didn't you used to live in Maine? I think the coastline of Maine is spectacular and I have really only seen the southern tip. Some day I am going up to Acadia and I would love to keep going right to Nova Scotia.

I love lobster rolls! YUM!!!!



I grew up in Maine. In Kittery actually which is right across from Portsmouth, NH. Marc & I actually were married in Portsmouth. Acadia is gorgeous, simply stunning, especially at this time of year with the leaves changing colors. :goodvibes I miss living in Maine, someday I am going to move back.

I am so jealous you went to Williamsburg, Marc and I have been talking about going there for the last two years but we have just not found the time or money to go. I'm really looking forward to your pictures and hearing on how you liked it.

Pinkocto
10-07-2011, 10:22 AM
What a pain in the rear that Irene caused! So sorry about the stress with the reservations. But what a nice outcome that you got some alone time with the hubbie!

LilAnn
10-07-2011, 10:45 AM
I'm here, a little late, but here! I am excited to read your TR because I grew up in the Northern VA area so you have already started talking about places I know. Hurricane Irene sure caused a lot of traffic/vacation issues. We had an unexpectedly longer stay in Florida due to Irene and were worried our Labor Day plans in Ocean City, MD might be cancelled due to hurricane damage.

Excited to see what you end up doing in Williamsburg. I always found Colonial Williamsburg fun, but I totally love history things like that.

Um, and the drive to the White Mountains can be killer - since we did that this summer. I can only imagine it would feel so long after driving 6 hours to get up to MA/NH.

Captain_Oblivious
10-07-2011, 11:57 AM
Lots of drama to start the trip. I remember the University of Delaware announcing they were starting the semester late as well and trying to keep students from moving in. Just a strange set of events. Anyway, I hope it worked out the best for your son!

To answer your question from earlier, we haven't been to Williamsburg yet...been waiting for the kids to get a little older so they can understand what's going on. But I'll be interested to see what you think of it!

MEK
10-07-2011, 11:59 AM
I grew up in Maine. In Kittery actually which is right across from Portsmouth, NH. Marc & I actually were married in Portsmouth. Acadia is gorgeous, simply stunning, especially at this time of year with the leaves changing colors. :goodvibes I miss living in Maine, someday I am going to move back.



Really? How cool. Portsmouth looks like a really cool town. I have often said that if I could have my dream locations it would be Maine in the summer and Florida in the winter.

I am somewhat curious about the new Disney cruise that is going to sail up to Nova Scotia next summer. I think they have some stops in Maine, if I'm not mistaken.

Wouldn't it be great to take a vacation every 2 months??? So many great places to visit.

I am so jealous you went to Williamsburg, Marc and I have been talking about going there for the last two years but we have just not found the time or money to go. I'm really looking forward to your pictures and hearing on how you liked it.

I know you like history attractions, so you would probably love Williamsburg. It's rather daunting because there is Colonial williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, the battlefields, and the victory center. Then there's Norfolk and Hampton VA within close proximity. Richmond is also close. There's the touristy section of williamsburg, William & Mary, the pottery, the outlets, Busch Gardens and its water park. And I'm sure I am forgetting things. It's a lot to wrap your head around, which is why I think you need a week and its also why I would like to return next summer.


What a pain in the rear that Irene caused! So sorry about the stress with the reservations. But what a nice outcome that you got some alone time with the hubbie!

It really did all work out in the end. I felt the worst about inviting Nick's GF to go with us and then having to cancel. I really would have liked to go with Nick and his GF. She's a lovely girl and it would have been fun for everyone. But, I am certainly not complaining about having some alone time with Denny. That rarely happens.

I'm here, a little late, but here! I am excited to read your TR because I grew up in the Northern VA area so you have already started talking about places I know. Hurricane Irene sure caused a lot of traffic/vacation issues. We had an unexpectedly longer stay in Florida due to Irene and were worried our Labor Day plans in Ocean City, MD might be cancelled due to hurricane damage.



Welcome LilAnn! Thanks so much for joining in. I did not realize you were from Va. I guess you really can't complain about staying in Florida longer, right! :rotfl: That worked in your favor! Glad you were able to visit OC,MD without any problems! :thumbsup2


Excited to see what you end up doing in Williamsburg. I always found Colonial Williamsburg fun, but I totally love history things like that.



It really is a fabulous place. I enjoyed it more than ever this time because I am such a better planner than I used to be, so I knew what I wanted to do. Like I said, my only regret was that we couldn't stay longer.


Um, and the drive to the White Mountains can be killer - since we did that this summer. I can only imagine it would feel so long after driving 6 hours to get up to MA/NH.

Exactly - the beginning of the trip is easy but if you go up the highway between NH & VT then you have to spend your last 1 1/2 hours going through the mountains. Pretty - yes - but all you want to do is get there. :sad2:

MEK
10-07-2011, 12:15 PM
Lots of drama to start the trip. I remember the University of Delaware announcing they were starting the semester late as well and trying to keep students from moving in. Just a strange set of events. Anyway, I hope it worked out the best for your son!



Yeah - UD didn't even let anyone move in. I think their move in day must have been Friday, maybe?? Salisbury must have decided that Thursday morning because no one knew about it. Or at least most people didn't until they got there. Still - it was good to get everything moved in. What a community effort they had going on there. Very well organized. I was just happy that we didn't have a 6:30am move in time. I would not have wanted to spend the money to stay down there and then bring my son home.


To answer your question from earlier, we haven't been to Williamsburg yet...been waiting for the kids to get a little older so they can understand what's going on. But I'll be interested to see what you think of it!

We took my boys when they were going into 2nd and 4th grade. We did the BG park and water park thing. We also took them to the VA air and space museum. We had dinner in colonial Williamsburg and we visited Jamestown. I didn't take them on any of the tours in historic W-burg because I didn't think they would love it, but we did go up there and walk around at night and during the day. It is free to just walk up there, but you pay to actually go in the houses.

It really is a great trip and the location from where we live can't be beat!

Mndisneygirl
10-07-2011, 12:30 PM
Wow - what a chaotic mess that Irene caused!
Did you ever figure out why Brian was out of touch that night?

I recognize a lot of the roads and highway signs you took, that bridge/tunnel makes me so nervous! We've done it a few times. My relatives (well, DH's actually) live near Hampton and in Williamsburg. I love going only for the fun of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown!! Their tiny town is not much for visiting. Busch Gardens is fun too. It's no WDW, but it will do in a pinch!

Looks like a nice condo you got!

mickeysmyboy
10-07-2011, 12:38 PM
I thought for sure I commented on your first update last night!!! :confused3

What a pain to take Brian to school to find out he couldn't stay!

It seems everything worked out well though! Even though it sounds like an adventurous few days!

Woo hoo for finally making it to Williamsburg!!! Your room looks lovely! Almost DVC-ish!!

Can't wait to hear about your Williamsburg fun!

DisMomAmy
10-07-2011, 12:49 PM
What a crazy start to your vacation!!! :faint:

jenjolt
10-07-2011, 12:52 PM
What gorgeous pictures...but you always take amazing pictures!!! Glad you were able to go on your trip and YAY for Brian making it to school!!! Salisbury looks like a great school!!!!!!

Captain_Oblivious
10-07-2011, 12:56 PM
That US 13 drive to the bridge-tunnel is AWFUL. Nearly 3 hours of nothing. At least the bridge is interesting once you get there!

DWGal210
10-07-2011, 01:32 PM
Wow! What a start to your trip!!

The campus looks just beautiful - gorgeous! I hope he has a great year.

Your condo in Williamsburg looks VERY nice! I'm glad they were able to work with you on the reservation.

glennbo123
10-07-2011, 03:55 PM
Can you believe I somehow lost my subscription to this baby? Good thing I figured it out before you got too far along.

Hey, I thought the pictures of your resort looked familiar and I realized that I've stayed at that resort too! A number of years ago...I talked my parents into going with us to Williamsburg and we got some big ol' suite. It was nice.

Queenofallthings
10-07-2011, 06:46 PM
I have to say that I had a tear when you were talking about the girl that snubbed him....as mom's we always want to shield them from that pain don't we?

Beautiful pictures of the campus.....and that house...that is my dream house that you took a picture of:lmao:

MEK
10-07-2011, 07:28 PM
Wow - what a chaotic mess that Irene caused!
Did you ever figure out why Brian was out of touch that night?



You know - Irene could have been soooooooo much worse. The anticipation and the overreaction was the worst part.

Brian actually fell asleep at his friend's house. I guess he must have gone to sleep around 10pm, which is really odd for him. That's why he never answered his texts, but I just got weirdly worried about him. He was so emotional the first time we took him to school and he has had some behavioral problems so I got scared that maybe...... I don't know....... I don't like to think about it. But I just had this weird fear that I was going to be one of those parents who suddenly finds out their kid is so depressed that........OK - enough of that. I am going to a dark place.

He is actually doing well at school. I think he desperately needed this chance at independence and I am encouraged that he will be OK when all this teenage angst is over.


I recognize a lot of the roads and highway signs you took, that bridge/tunnel makes me so nervous! We've done it a few times. My relatives (well, DH's actually) live near Hampton and in Williamsburg. I love going only for the fun of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown!! Their tiny town is not much for visiting. Busch Gardens is fun too. It's no WDW, but it will do in a pinch!



So you have probably done everything we did and much, much more. It is a very cool area.

The first time I went through the tunnel I was a little weirded out, but this time I was fine. Probably because we have been on that road at least 3 times in the last few years. Having the camera helps.

BG was a lot of fun. I didn't intend to go there, but once I saw the signs I really got the theme park itch! :rotfl:


Looks like a nice condo you got!

For $120 a night it was wonderful! ;)

I thought for sure I commented on your first update last night!!! :confused3

What a pain to take Brian to school to find out he couldn't stay!



It was pretty crazy. They had all types of events planned for their first weekend including a really interesting speaker. All that stuff got canceled. It's a shame they got the abbreviated version of their orientation weekend.



It seems everything worked out well though! Even though it sounds like an adventurous few days!

Woo hoo for finally making it to Williamsburg!!! Your room looks lovely! Almost DVC-ish!!



It did work out much better than I could have ever anticipated. And our room was lovely and quite big. I will definitely rent points from this guy next time. He was really legit. He point blank told me that he wants return renters, so once he realized this hurricane was the "real deal" he did what he had to do to get me a new reservation.

Funny you should say DVCish because the whole time I was there I kept thinking that DVC should build a resort there, but then I realized - DOH - its never going to happen because of Busch Gardens.


What a crazy start to your vacation!!! :faint:

Where IS that smilie????? I need it!

Amy - I am just so glad I didn't go to New England. I think the outcome would have been so much worse!

That US 13 drive to the bridge-tunnel is AWFUL. Nearly 3 hours of nothing. At least the bridge is interesting once you get there!

You are not kidding! It's painful! And even though its getting more developed along that route, all that does is make the lights longer. :rotfl: That's why we decided to stop at a Food Lion somewhere in the "middle of nowhere" Virginia. We needed a break. It was the most disgusting store, too. Very run down and flies everywhere. Yuck!

The bridge is totally cool. I agree. I like to stop at the gift shop and go out on the pier, but we were already running so late.

Wow! What a start to your trip!!



Seriously. It was definitely a weird start. I was starting to go stir crazy by Sunday. I would definitely be the first one kicked off the island. :rotfl:



The campus looks just beautiful - gorgeous! I hope he has a great year.



The campus is very pretty. Its a small campus compare to University of Delaware, but it is also a national arboretum.


Your condo in Williamsburg looks VERY nice! I'm glad they were able to work with you on the reservation.

The gentleman I rented points from ended up being awesome. I will definitely rent from him again. That resort was SOOOOOOOO much better than staying in a hotel room. I really enjoyed it.

Can you believe I somehow lost my subscription to this baby? Good thing I figured it out before you got too far along.



Thank goodness. I didn't want to lose you! :rotfl: I want to get through Williamsburg before we leave for Hilton Head!!!! So I am going to move it along!


Hey, I thought the pictures of your resort looked familiar and I realized that I've stayed at that resort too! A number of years ago...I talked my parents into going with us to Williamsburg and we got some big ol' suite. It was nice.

The Historic Powhatan Resort. I never did figure out the right pronunciation. The resort got very mixed reviews on trip advisor, but like I said, I was totally going budget on this trip so for $360 I knew it might be bad. But it was actually very nice. No complaints except the TV's were definitely in need of an upgrade.

I have to say that I had a tear when you were talking about the girl that snubbed him....as mom's we always want to shield them from that pain don't we?


:hug: I know. It really was very sad. He dated this girl several years ago and I know they remained friends, but Brian is friends with everyone. I seriously had no idea that he still had a thing for her. He never let on. As rough as Brian is on the exterior, I think he is really a sensitive kid. It's a painful lesson and I hope he forgets about this girl and moves on. At least he has the insight to know he needs to move on. I basically told him to just make himself unavailable - permanently.



Beautiful pictures of the campus.....and that house...that is my dream house that you took a picture of:lmao:

The campus is very pretty. In fact, we are going tomorrow for a visit.

Isn't that house lovely. Its out in the middle of nowhere, but lovely all the same.

Wicket's Mom
10-07-2011, 07:45 PM
The campus looked lovely. I think that it is better if children go away to college. Gives them a chance to grow up with still some supervision. The hardest for me was leaving after we took our one son to college in Butte, Mt. That was 2000 miles from home! :scared1:

If you go back to Williamsburg do the W&M college tour. Thta place is so historic. Also, did you go to both Jamestowns? The fake one is fun, but the real one is so interesting. We stayed in the Market Square Tavern for our 3th anniversary. That was great staying in the heart of the historic district.

That tunnel under the bay is not for me, we crossed theJames river rather than go in the tunnel at Hampton. Hampton has a really beautiful restored carousel down by the waterfront.

MEK
10-07-2011, 08:36 PM
The campus looked lovely. I think that it is better if children go away to college. Gives them a chance to grow up with still some supervision. The hardest for me was leaving after we took our one son to college in Butte, Mt. That was 2000 miles from home! :scared1:



I agree - I think some kids really need to go away to college and experience the dorm life. Especially if they are dependent on their parents for too many things.

Honestly - I can't imagine one of my sons going to school 2000 miles away. WOW! That's pretty huge! I think I am realizing that there are so many good school choices within an 8 hour radius that its easiest to start the search there.


If you go back to Williamsburg do the W&M college tour. Thta place is so historic. Also, did you go to both Jamestowns? The fake one is fun, but the real one is so interesting. We stayed in the Market Square Tavern for our 3th anniversary. That was great staying in the heart of the historic district.



I would love to take the W&M tour. Again - just not enough time.

We only went to Yorktown, not Jamestown. That is why I need to go back. I want to tour both battlefields. It was just impossible to do everything I wanted to do once we made the decision to visit BG.

The Market Street Tavern sound very cool. I would love that!


That tunnel under the bay is not for me, we crossed theJames river rather than go in the tunnel at Hampton. Hampton has a really beautiful restored carousel down by the waterfront.

We actually went to Hampton and saw the carousel. I really wanted to do the naval base tour and I knew Denny would love that. It turned out to be a fabulous tour and really well worth the money. I will write about that soon!

TanzUnited99
10-08-2011, 07:39 AM
Oh no on Brian being heartbroken - I hope college life has made him feel better.

I love the campus and condo pics. I'm glad you still decided to go with everything that was happening :thumbsup2

Looking forward to reading more.

DisMomAmy
10-08-2011, 08:47 AM
Where IS that smilie????? I need it!

Amy - I am just so glad I didn't go to New England. I think the outcome would have been so much worse!


That smilie :faint: is faint with colons on both sides. :thumbsup2

New England wasn't meant to be this year... but you'll get there.

I Believe In Magic
10-08-2011, 09:29 AM
I'm here!!!! I am so busy with school and work, and it's Homecoming weekend here and well, mother's of daughters know only too well what that means. lol Plus my kids are all here at the same time so we usually get the picture of all of us that ends up going in my Christmas cards. lol

LOVE your Williamsburg pics! My best friend moved to Virginia Beach a couple years ago, I really need to go visit her and see all of that.

Aww your post about him getting upset made me almost cry. My son is 20 and if he did that my heart would just break. I hope college is going well for him too, his school is absolutely gorgeous. I love campuses that have character.

Ok back to learning all the bones of the body. Oh wait I would rather do my hair. lol (pictures later......where are my priorities!!!)

norybell
10-08-2011, 06:21 PM
I'm in! I've never been to Williamsburg...interested to hear all about it!

MEK
10-09-2011, 08:56 PM
Oh no on Brian being heartbroken - I hope college life has made him feel better.

I love the campus and condo pics. I'm glad you still decided to go with everything that was happening :thumbsup2

Looking forward to reading more.


We just saw Brian yesterday. It was parent's day. Now we probably won't see him again until Thanksgiving. It's hard to get a sense of how he's doing. I think OK, but I'm not completely sure. He knows he has to maintain a certain GPA to stay and if he doesn't we won't continue to pay, so hopefully he can do it.

I hope to get to a real W-burg update soon. This weekend just really got away from me.


That smilie :faint: is faint with colons on both sides. :thumbsup2

New England wasn't meant to be this year... but you'll get there.

I need to try that :faint: :worship: Who Hoo - It worked!!!!! Thanks!

Yes - there will be another time for New England! :thumbsup2


I'm here!!!! I am so busy with school and work, and it's Homecoming weekend here and well, mother's of daughters know only too well what that means. lol Plus my kids are all here at the same time so we usually get the picture of all of us that ends up going in my Christmas cards. lol

LOVE your Williamsburg pics! My best friend moved to Virginia Beach a couple years ago, I really need to go visit her and see all of that.


Welcome Sam!!!!! Our homecoming is next weekend and Nick is actually the junior class prince so we spent this evening making sure he has a jacket that still fits and the right shirt and ties! But girls - much, much more labor intensive. :rotfl:

Virginia Beach is very cool. Not to spoil anything - but we did stop there on the way home and I have some pics. Great location. You would love it!



Aww your post about him getting upset made me almost cry. My son is 20 and if he did that my heart would just break. I hope college is going well for him too, his school is absolutely gorgeous. I love campuses that have character.



We went to see him yesterday for parent's weekend. I hope he is doing OK academically. He also has some ADD issues which make it hard for him to focus, so I'm really not sure how its going. But it was nice to have lunch with him and walk around the campus. And. of course, take more pictures!:goodvibes


Ok back to learning all the bones of the body. Oh wait I would rather do my hair. lol (pictures later......where are my priorities!!!)

Ugggh! Good luck with that - all 200 plus! :rotfl:


I'm in! I've never been to Williamsburg...interested to hear all about it!
Welcome norybell! Thanks so much for joining in! W-burg coming soon!!!!!

MEK
10-09-2011, 09:13 PM
A Couple New Updates:

Since this TR includes several of my upcoming trips, I feel obliged to keep you updated on those happenings.

FIRST - I bought one park ticket for December. Of course, it will be upgraded to an AP, but I had an AAA rebate certificate that was about to expire. I basically bought a 4 day base ticket with all rebate certificates. Total expenditure $3.50

Second - I was able to rebook our return flights for December, earning $69 in SWA credit. :woohoo:

Third - My SIL confirmed that she will be joining us in June 2012 in a treehouse villa. That will be my Brother/SIL and their four boys. Watch out!

KatMark
10-09-2011, 09:19 PM
Love the campus photos and the Williamsburg photos thus far (the condo looks really nice).

Score on the airlinje credit.

Stringbean&Wingnut
10-10-2011, 05:55 AM
I must say, I'm very impressed with your $3.50 4 day pass!! Good for you! :thumbsup2

Roxychica7
10-10-2011, 11:17 AM
Poor Brian! I graduated from Salisbury in 2006! The campus has expanded so much in the last few years, but tell him I said good luck and definitely do lots of activities on campus! I was part of Saferide, and worked at the Gulls Nest/Cool Beans..take advantage of the movie nights and comedians, it's free!! And the commons, especially the Bistro at night for dinner and the brunch on the weekends are DELICIOUS! Especially the belgian waffle stations!
Irene was definitely no fun...in Baltimore we got lucky, with the amount of rain we ended up getting!

Queenofallthings
10-10-2011, 12:51 PM
How amazing is all of that? A credit with SWA...score....and $3.50 for a park pass...where do I sign up:lmao: I am so happy for you...and a treehouse villa stay is in your future....could this get anymore exciting...I think not my friend:woohoo:

TanzUnited99
10-10-2011, 01:04 PM
:woohoo: on getting a 4 day park ticket for $3.50 and the SWA credit!!

I'm also happy to read that your SIL and family will be joining you in June 2012 - should be different experience with 4 boys! :laughing:

littlezar
10-10-2011, 04:18 PM
Joining in ~ thanks for the invite from the "Happy" trip report!

I'm currently in VB and love the CBBT ~ except the price! We're originally from NJ so that's the way home for us ~ 13 to 1 to 95/NJ Turnpike!

Crazy start to your Williamsburg trip! Glad everything worked out and can't wait to read more!

Nermel9
10-10-2011, 06:33 PM
I'm here! This TR is going to be so interesting, I can't wait to hear about all of these different trips! :cool1:

Glad you got your son moved in, ugh, I pretty much blocked that hurricane from my mind already, it was such a pain! :laughing:

I love Williamsburg, VA, I went there so many times with my family growing up. We always did Busch Gardens, but we did the historic stuff too, I absolutely love American history, I seriously wish I majored in history in college so I could be a history teacher!

I'm so afraid of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge! :eek: We went over it once or twice on the drive to VA when I was little and I didn't think anything of it then, because I was a kid, but now...I'd just rather take the long way around it! :laughing:

MEK
10-10-2011, 07:47 PM
Love the campus photos and the Williamsburg photos thus far (the condo looks really nice).


The condo was really nice. I really enjoyed my stay there. More pics soon!




Score on the airline credit.


Even $69 is a score as far as I a concerned! :woohoo::woohoo:

I must say, I'm very impressed with your $3.50 4 day pass!! Good for you! :thumbsup2


I had $400 dollars in my AAA rebates, so I used $250 on that ticket! I still have $150 left, but I figured I would wait until closer to the trip to see if I get another $50 certificate. Then I am going to transition over to the Disney Visa because I really won't need the AAA certificates for awhile.

Poor Brian! I graduated from Salisbury in 2006! The campus has expanded so much in the last few years, but tell him I said good luck and definitely do lots of activities on campus! I was part of Saferide, and worked at the Gulls Nest/Cool Beans..take advantage of the movie nights and comedians, it's free!!

Wow - that's so cool. I never expected you to say you graduated from Salisbury! He is a business major and I just toured the Frank Perdue school of business on Saturday and it is amazing with a capital AAAAAAA! Not only is it so visually pleasing, but it is so technologically advanced. OMG, I don't know what you major was, but this building is off the chain (that's kid speak :rotfl:). It has several $35,000 100 inch flat screen TV's in several of the classroom and state of the art computers and screens in many of the others. All I can say is WOW. I also took a bunch more pictures of the campus and they just opened 600 more upper classman beds.

We live in Delaware so Brian pays triple the Md rate for tuition. It's funny because we live so close to parts of Maryland. I am trying to figure out how he can become a Maryland resident. :laughing: He is involved in intramurals, but I will ask him about other activities. I would like to see him get more involved. He really does love the school so far!

And the commons, especially the Bistro at night for dinner and the brunch on the weekends are DELICIOUS! Especially the belgian waffle stations!
Irene was definitely no fun...in Baltimore we got lucky, with the amount of rain we ended up getting!

Is the Bistro the name of their main dining hall - I forget???? All I know is he has already spent half of his extra dining dollars. The belgian waffles sound so wonderful.

I hear ya about Irene. We totally lucked out too, but Williamsburg - not so much!!!!

How amazing is all of that? A credit with SWA...score....and $3.50 for a park pass...where do I sign up:lmao: I am so happy for you...and a treehouse villa stay is in your future....could this get anymore exciting...I think not my friend:woohoo:

Jacquie - there is no doubt about it, I am very fortunate to have all these wonderful trips in my future. I am so appreciative.

I belong to AAA so we get our 2% back in their rebate certificates. Since I had so many I was literally able to pay for almost the entire ticket. :yay: I have $150 in rebates saved towards the next ticket and then I have a single one day ticket saved from when Denny and I went in 2009.

I just signed up for the Disney Visa, but their return is only 1%. That's fine - I will use my rewards in June.

:woohoo: on getting a 4 day park ticket for $3.50 and the SWA credit!!

:

I am all about saving $, so I am pretty excited on both fronts!!!! I Just had a bunch of AAA certificates, so I decided to use 5 of them on the park pass. figured, why not!


I'm also happy to read that your SIL and family will be joining you in June 2012 - should be different experience with 4 boys! :laughing:

You are DO right - 4 boys and Disney will be a totally different experience. I know the older two boys will love it. It should be interesting with the younger two, because the youngest is only 5.

podsnel
10-10-2011, 07:59 PM
I am sooooooo late, but I am here! You are going to love HHI- such a beautiful island- you are going to LOVE all the paths everywhere for bike riding/running. It's heavenly. Ok- going back to read...I only just finished the BIG one, now on to this new one.....

Wicket's Mom
10-10-2011, 08:25 PM
MEK, you should have no problem with the five year old. My youngest GD is five & she was no problem (well some , but that is for my TR), she liked to ride most everything.

Yeah, 2000 miles was a long way, I really hated driving away from the school with my son standing there without us. :sad1:

The next one went to a school that was only 75 miles away. At least he could get home most holidays.

tinacaplan
10-10-2011, 08:51 PM
Wow...I thought I had just saved a ton of money..you got tickets for less than five bucks! :lmao:

Should you ever journey back up to New England, I should point out that I live right off I-91, so you'll have to stop and say hi to me, too. :goodvibes

I have to say, much as I love Connecticut, you might have been a bit bored in Mystic unless you enjoy casinos. I always forget they're out there.

I'm glad to hear that your son is getting off to a good start at college. In some ways, that day seems so far off for Max, yet I know it will go all too quickly.

Looking forward to the rest of the report. I haven't been to Williamsburg since I was in highschool, as part of our class trip to D.C.. Your condo looks lovely, too.

MEK
10-11-2011, 07:56 AM
Joining in ~ thanks for the invite from the "Happy" trip report!



Welcome again littlezar! I tried to welcome you last night but my computer got all jammed up after my first set of replies. I gave up. Unfortunately, this computer is not much better.


I'm currently in VB and love the CBBT ~ except the price! We're originally from NJ so that's the way home for us ~ 13 to 1 to 95/NJ Turnpike!

Crazy start to your Williamsburg trip! Glad everything worked out and can't wait to read more!

So you are originally for Jersey and live in Vero Beach now? Did I read that right? If so - lucky you!

Yes - the W-burg trip started off quite strangely, but it gets better - trust me!

MEK
10-11-2011, 08:43 AM
I'm here! This TR is going to be so interesting, I can't wait to hear about all of these different trips! :cool1:



Welcome Jen!!!!
So glad you are here to join in the fun!

Glad you got your son moved in, ugh, I pretty much blocked that hurricane from my mind already, it was such a pain! :laughing:



It really was a pain and I was very thankful that his eventual move-in did coincide with the rescheduling of our trip! Very happy about that indeed!

I love Williamsburg, VA, I went there so many times with my family growing up. We always did Busch Gardens, but we did the historic stuff too, I absolutely love American history, I seriously wish I majored in history in college so I could be a history teacher!




That's why I need to go back. I need to do more history. Of course, my brain is mush so I never remember things very long, but I find old buildings and the interactiveness of Williamsburg so very cool.

I'm so afraid of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge! :eek: We went over it once or twice on the drive to VA when I was little and I didn't think anything of it then, because I was a kid, but now...I'd just rather take the long way around it! :laughing:

:rotfl: Oh No! Actually - mile wise I think it is shorter to go down 95, but that traffic around DC is crazy, so I prefer the solitude of Rt 13, even though it can be painful!

I am sooooooo late, but I am here! You are going to love HHI- such a beautiful island- you are going to LOVE all the paths everywhere for bike riding/running. It's heavenly. Ok- going back to read...I only just finished the BIG one, now on to this new one.....

Welcome Ellen!!!!!
Thanks for joining in! Any suggestions you have for HH would be greatly appreciated.

I would like to do the kayak tour they offer at the resort. I also want to do the nature tour with the naturalist. Restaurants suggestions would also be helpful!!!!!

MEK, you should have no problem with the five year old. My youngest GD is five & she was no problem (well some , but that is for my TR), she liked to ride most everything.



Well, I do know that a 5 year old boy can be a little bit more difficult than a 5 year old girl! :laughing: Just sayin! Seriously - this kid is the youngest and he totally uses it to his advantage. I'm sure he will be fine, though. I think its the number of kids that intimidate me, not so many his age! :rotfl:

Yeah, 2000 miles was a long way, I really hated driving away from the school with my son standing there without us. :sad1:

The next one went to a school that was only 75 miles away. At least he could get home most holidays.

I bet. That must have been some of the saddest drives home. Now 75 miles, on the other hand, that's nice. Brian is about 90miles which really isn't bad. I think anything longer would start to feel far.

Wow...I thought I had just saved a ton of money..you got tickets for less than five bucks! :lmao:



It was actually only one ticket. I wish it was multiples. Denny keeps telling me that we didn't really save any money since our rewards ARE money, but I disagree. I really can only use the rewards at AAA and since I never book packages through them anymore, I need to buy tickets. I have $150 saved up for the next ticket, which I will buy right before we leave. Then we have a 1 day pass from 2009 that we will upgrade for the third ticket!

Should you ever journey back up to New England, I should point out that I live right off I-91, so you'll have to stop and say hi to me, too. :goodvibes

I have to say, much as I love Connecticut, you might have been a bit bored in Mystic unless you enjoy casinos. I always forget they're out there.



Well, Tina, if I ever do get back up to NE I am definitely up for a DIS meet at your house! :thumbsup2 Good to know! ;)

I didn't realize Mystic was all casinos. Interesting!

I'm glad to hear that your son is getting off to a good start at college. In some ways, that day seems so far off for Max, yet I know it will go all too quickly.



I really hope things continue to go well for him. He has a tendency to be unpredictable, so anything could happen.

Yes - unfortunately , Max's high school and college years will be here before you know it! It really DOES go that fast!

MEK
10-11-2011, 08:45 AM
I am definitely updating tonight!!!!! :woohoo:

manntra
10-11-2011, 09:15 AM
Sorry I am late but I am here now :flower3:

Pinkocto
10-11-2011, 11:00 AM
I am in awe of the park ticket! Of course it is savings! The 1% on the Disney Visa isn't much, but it does add up which is nice. I'm constantly checking SWA to see if the prices drop. So glad you were able to switch to a lower price, they are so easy. So awesome about staying in the treehouse, that is on our bucket list.

podsnel
10-11-2011, 01:07 PM
There are soooo many fantastic restaurants on HHI- Two inexpensive ones are Roastfish & Cornbread (this was really, really good- the chef used to work at the Seashack) and Dye's Gullah Fixin's (which Miss Dye is a character, but I don't know if she still has arestaurant or opened more of a take-out place). Her food is like going to your Southern Grandma's house for dinner. Those two are probably my favorites, because they are so unique.

Hudson's is very good, they have really great hushpuppies- what is nice for you is that it won't be crowded while you're there, so you won't have to wait too long. We waited almost 2 hours, I think, in August one year!

The Studio was very good, very high-end. The Black Marlin was nice to eat outside and reasonable. OO Factory I have been told serves frozen seafood- I would double-check going there with some locals. We did try Wiseguys for cocktails and small plates (Dottie & I) and I REALLY enjoyed it and would want to goi back for more. The Old Fort Pub is very nice, but I liked the food at these other places more- we both felt like it was over-rated (but it is in a gorgeous setting).

We did enjoy Redfish. Not crazy about Bistro 17. I have heard the Ritas are good at San Miguels just over the bridge, but we never made it there- we were always busy with our kids. :goodvibes Ocean Grille was good, but $$.

OMG, there are SOOOO many great restaurants down there- ask Dottie in the mercantile which ones she likes lately- she has excellent taste, and you are going to ADORE her- she is a former DISser, who stopped DISing when she became a CM at HHI- please give her a HUGE hug from me, I really do miss her!!

Oh! And great choice on the kayaking and nature walk- you are going to go NUTS taking photos of all the wildlife, it's SPECTACULAR!!!! I am so jealous!!!

MEK
10-11-2011, 06:42 PM
Got Electricity?

I know I have some replies to do, but I hope you guys will forgive me if I do an update first.

Denny & I had just arrived at our Williamsburg condo. We took our time getting settled in and freshened up. I packed lunch, so we ate and snacked on the drive. We weren't particularly hungry, but it was dinner time, so we thought we better set off in search of food. But first I called home to check in on Nick.

My original plan was a much earlier arrival to Williamsburg and a visit to Busch Gardens. I didn't have a replacement plan, so I had no clue where we might eat.

It looks like I am having photobucket issues and I can't get my pictures to load. I am going to try to reboot my computer and see if it helps. All I can say is - figures!

Ok - 10 minutes later and I can finally access my pictures.

I took some cell phone pictures of our condo that I would like to post. I used these to upload to trip advisor.

Here goes:

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The wall around the fireplace

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Hot tub (which we use later in the evening)

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Bathroom

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Bathroom picture

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Close up

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Kitchen

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Second bedroom

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Shortly after 7pm we set out to find food. We passed an large outlet center first. We thought it was odd that all the shops were already closed and the parking lot was empty.

In the corner of the outlet center was a restaurant called Oceans and Ale. Hmmm - Interesting, I thought. Fish and Beer. Ok - I'm game. There were lights on. It looked open, so we drove over and walked to the front door. We were greeted by a staff a member who told us the electricity had just been restored and they would be opening at 8pm. We asked if we could sit at the bar and drink until then, but were politely told no.

So - that explained why the outlets were all closed. No Power.

We decided to drive around and see what else we could find. It immediately became clear that a great deal of Williamsburg was still powerless. Then suddenly we got to the "main drag" where restaurants were a dime a dozen. We saw a Chili's that looked open. Normally I don't want to go to a chain restaurant on vacation, but at this point I was just looking for a restaurant that was (1) open and (2) did not have a line of people waiting outside. Unfortunately, but the time we turned around and tried to park, the line which was non existent, had swelled to about 10 or 12 people. Forget it. We drove on.

It suddenly looked like everyone who had arrived and checked in around the same time as us were now out looking for a place to eat. We kept driving and ended up by William and Mary. We passed a couple of very upscale restaurants that looked busy. We were not dressed for that.

So, our search for food turned into a scenic tour of Williamsburg. By this time it was almost 8pm, so we decided to get on back to Oceans and Ale. It ended up being a good choice. We were one of the first customers and it was definitely more of a locals place. Score!

They had some very interesting beers here. Denny had an IPA and I ended up with a beer called Hoptober. Loved it!

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Denny ordered the crab cake sandwich

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I had the steak and shrimp fajitas

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They were quite good.

Our waitress was quite persuasive in getting us to order this dessert (which is half eaten in this picture)

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I have no idea what it was called, but it was deep fried and stuffed with this yummy whipped cheese and berry puree. It was quite good. It would have been wonderful for breakfast.

So we were please with our dinner choice. Fat and happy we drove back to the condo and took a little dip in the hot tub.

Continued next post

MEK
10-11-2011, 08:08 PM
Got Electricity? (continued)......

On our first full day we woke up to what shaped up to be a beautiful day. Our original trip included a plan to spend some time on the water. Originally I had really wanted to take a sunset schooner cruise, but being that this was a budget friendly trip, I opted for a cheaper option. I found this great deal on a Norfolk naval base cruise. It was 2 1/2hrs long and only $18 with a coupon. Can you say bargain???? I knew Denny would like it.

We originally had it scheduled for Sunday afternoon. So when we got up on Tuesday morning I told Denny I was going to call and see if they were going out at 10am. When I called they were more then willing to take my reservation. They said there were only 4 people with reservations and they needed at least 12 to take the boat out. The young lady reassured me by saying, "Don't worry. We haven't had to cancel yet". So we decided we would go for it.

But I'll get to that in a moment. Earlier that morning I went out and ran around the property. I took a few cell phone pictures:

Even at 7am there were men out cleaning up from the ravages of Irene:

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Here is a big tree that was literally uprooted. This seemed to be a common site.

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This is the original historic building on the site where the resort was built:

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The registration building

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Restaurant on property (obviously not opened yet since the hurricane)

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I'm done with the cell phone pictures now.

We left the condo in plenty of time to get to the cruise by its 10am departure time.

When we arrived in Hampton, VA we parked in a FREE parking garage directly across from the Virginia Air & Space Museum

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Our vessel

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The rest of the marina

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The dock

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Hampton University (across from the marina)

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Fortunately, a large group of people walked up to the cruise registration and we ended up with just enough people! Yeah!

My obsession with flags (the one on the back of the boat)

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Our cruise director

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The gentleman was amazing. He narrated through the entire cruise. He had a fabulous speaking voice and was so knowledgeable.

Our first mate and cook

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Time to set sail

Fishing boat

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Continued......

Roxychica7
10-11-2011, 08:12 PM
I was a biology major and they had JUST opened the new Henson science school when I started in 2002. It was amazing at the time because all the equipment was brand new!! I lived in Choptank my freshman year, St. Martins for Sophomore and then University Park my junior and senior. I live in St. Michaels now and work in Easton, so we get to drive down every once in a while to visit and stop for brunch! :thumbsup2 I haven't seen the new university square, but I saw a picture of it in my alumni book and HOLY CRAP! The campus was so small when I was there, plus they have that parking garage and teachers school now. Frank Perdue was always a big supporter of Salisbury, but when he died a few years ago, he left a HUGE grant to the school for business, I haven't been in it since it opened, but it sounds amazing!

The Bistro is part of the Commons, its the inside part thats only open for lunch and dinner, so they have "fancier" food like ribs and bbq chicken and hand scooped ice cream sundaes that I must admit I had several nights a week :rotfl:...if they still do Lobster night on campus, tell him to definitely do that! But Saferide is a great way to meet people, they have a bowling league, some of the school clubs for each major are great, and like I said..the movie nights, the comedians, they did orioles games plus trips to Boston, NYC, the Inner Harbor...all at really cheap prices. Just tell him to keep his eyes peeled..ah, getting excited about SU all over again!! :goodvibes And man oh man, I know how you feel. When I had to take a class at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, I had just moved from maryland and lived in Virginia for 6 months, but they didn't consider it virginia residency yet, so they still charged me the out of state tutition which was 3 times the amount! Ridiculous! But I hope he has a great rest of the semester, it really is a great school!

I must go read your post now! Sorry for the rant! ;) :goodvibes

MEK
10-11-2011, 08:33 PM
Continued.......

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Hampton U

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Approaching open water

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Our cruise director told us that most of the big vessels and subs had gone out to sea during the hurricane. He really wasn't sure how many would be back at the naval base. This was the first time they had been out since the hurricane.

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As it turns out, there were very few boats back in dock. The ones that were left were probably boats that were under maintenance.

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Cool stuff in the air

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While the docks at the naval base were pretty bare, we did have the opportunity to watch the air craft carrier, the Enterprise, come back in from sea.

Here she comes

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We spent a long time just watching her come in to dock and pass us. We were actually required to be 500 feet away from her and the shipping canal at all time. this is a requirement that was implemented after 9/11.

As you can see, the coast guards bringing her in meant business. Check out the machine gun at the front of the boat.

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I, personally, found that a little unnerving!

When she got right beside us I had to photograph her in sections

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shudder....

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As she passed us I decided to go for the artsy shot

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Continued......

MEK
10-11-2011, 08:52 PM
Continued.....

Check out the size of her anchor

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We saw pleasure boats out as well

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Our Next stop was here, Fort Wool:

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We circled around and were hoping to get off and tour the fort

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A few of the fort's inhabitants

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Notice the small tear in the flag

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We tied up to this

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.....but our captain and crew went out to inspect things, then told us that there had been some structural damage from the hurricane and they could not allow us to get off. Bummer.

I took a few more pics

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The water here had gotten suddenly choppy. I had to put my camera away for a bit. I did take a picture of this boat. Check out the buoys on the side

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Next we pass Fort Monroe. This was actually actually still an operational area until recently. It allows visitors to tour for free.

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Not sure what this place is

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This unbelievable cool building is the Chamberline Hotel. After 9/11 it had to close to occupants because it is within 500 feet of Fort Monroe. It remained unoccupied for a while, but is now being used as a retirement home.

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Well, that's all for tonight folks. The cruise is about to come to an end, but the rest of my pictures aren't on photobucket yet.

All in all, I thought it was a fabulously informative cruise. Where can you get a 2 1/2 cruise with a live narrator for $18. You can't. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend it. One family that was on the cruise made reservations to go back at the end of the week so they could actually see more boats at the naval base.

Up Next......

Yorktown and......no electricity means no ghost tour!







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MEK
10-11-2011, 08:57 PM
Disclaimer: I promise to get to replies tomorrow and I know that so many people have updated their TR's recently. I promise to catch up on all of them. Just a little behind right now and I HAVE to practice the guitar for my lesson tomorrow!

Stringbean&Wingnut
10-12-2011, 06:14 AM
The boat tour looks like it was a lot of fun! It's too bad there was structural damage and you couldn't get off at the island. Hopefully the hurricane didn't impact too much more of your trip!

I love your pics of the buildings, they're all so pretty and historic-looking!

dawnbu40
10-12-2011, 06:21 AM
The boat tour sounds great and what a bargain :thumbsup2

Of course all your pictures are wonderful but I love the ones of the flag :)

littlezar
10-12-2011, 07:24 AM
Welcome again littlezar!
So you are originally for Jersey and live in Vero Beach now? Did I read that right? If so - lucky you!

VB = Virginia Beach
CBBT = Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

We've been here since June '08 and my husband's been deployed for most of the time, to include currently being gone since March on the USS Bataan. Even with my nothing special Panasonic Lumix, I was able to take a couple of neat pics when the ship left. I went to the beach on the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story and took pics of the ship crossing the CBBT. Also got one fantastic pic of my 5 year old standing on the beach with the ship in the background. Wish I would've thought to just pay the $12 to go on the CBBT and take pics from the pier! Of course, they don't compare to your pics! I just LOVE :love: looking at all your pictures!!

Captain_Oblivious
10-12-2011, 08:12 AM
Any condo with a hot tub is a good condo! :thumbsup2

The boat tour looks like you got to see quite a bit, and seems like a really good deal. I'm going to have to write that one down. I think it must have been really cool to see an aircraft carrier actually coming in from sea! I don't think I've ever seen one that wasn't docked.

jeremysdisneymom
10-12-2011, 09:26 AM
Wow, Mary Ellen. Williamsburg is very pretty. Loved the resort you stayed at. I would have loved the naval boat tour. My whole family loves historical things so that would have been great.

Okay, your adventure getting there sounds a lot like one we took years ago. We stopped off in Myrtle Beach for a few nights on the way to a work conference for me in Charleston, SC. The last night we were in MB, Tropical Storm Gaston blew in. We never lost power at the resort but we would look out the balcony and instantly trees would just fall over. It was scary! Late Sunday morning, they cleared for people to be out and about. It was a long drive to Charleston to get there and find that there was no power. We had to drive a long way to get dinner. The hotel was running on generator. Several rooms were closed off as the winds had actually blown out the glass in windows. It got better as the week went on.

So glad your son got to college okay. Too funny about checking on him at 6:30 in the morning. That would be me!!!

Can't wait to read more!

MEK
10-12-2011, 10:56 AM
Sorry I am late but I am here now :flower3:


Welcome Tracy!!!! So glad you made it with only days to go before your next adventure! :thumbsup2

I am in awe of the park ticket! Of course it is savings! The 1% on the Disney Visa isn't much, but it does add up which is nice. I'm constantly checking SWA to see if the prices drop. So glad you were able to switch to a lower price, they are so easy. So awesome about staying in the treehouse, that is on our bucket list.

Yeah - Denny was less than thrilled with the 1%, but they were offering a $100 gift card to DVC members after the first $50 purchase. I am hoping to have that gift card in hand for December. I figure I will only use the Visa for certain purchases like Walmarts and BJ's. They are usually $100 - $200 bills so it should add up by next June. I tried to explain to Denny I can only use so many AAA rebates. I want some Disney money!

I used to be a huge SWA stalker, but I've short of backed off. So glad I found that price drop.

I am really looking forward to the treehouse - one big advantage to being an SSR owner.

MEK
10-12-2011, 11:07 AM
There are soooo many fantastic restaurants on HHI- Two inexpensive ones are Roastfish & Cornbread (this was really, really good- the chef used to work at the Seashack) and Dye's Gullah Fixin's (which Miss Dye is a character, but I don't know if she still has arestaurant or opened more of a take-out place). Her food is like going to your Southern Grandma's house for dinner. Those two are probably my favorites, because they are so unique.

Hudson's is very good, they have really great hushpuppies- what is nice for you is that it won't be crowded while you're there, so you won't have to wait too long. We waited almost 2 hours, I think, in August one year!

The Studio was very good, very high-end. The Black Marlin was nice to eat outside and reasonable. OO Factory I have been told serves frozen seafood- I would double-check going there with some locals. We did try Wiseguys for cocktails and small plates (Dottie & I) and I REALLY enjoyed it and would want to goi back for more. The Old Fort Pub is very nice, but I liked the food at these other places more- we both felt like it was over-rated (but it is in a gorgeous setting).

We did enjoy Redfish. Not crazy about Bistro 17. I have heard the Ritas are good at San Miguels just over the bridge, but we never made it there- we were always busy with our kids. :goodvibes Ocean Grille was good, but $$.

OMG, there are SOOOO many great restaurants down there- ask Dottie in the mercantile which ones she likes lately- she has excellent taste, and you are going to ADORE her- she is a former DISser, who stopped DISing when she became a CM at HHI- please give her a HUGE hug from me, I really do miss her!!



Ellen - Thank you so much for all these wonderful suggestions. I think there might be a gift card on restaurant.com for the Studio. I am going to check that out and put all the others on our list. I figure we will probably have 3 dinners there because one day we will be in Savannah and the other night we will have arrived after driving all day. Probably will just want to get in and settled.

I will definitely say Hi to Dottie. I am sure she will know exactly who you are, too! That's awesome. Can't wait!

Oh! And great choice on the kayaking and nature walk- you are going to go NUTS taking photos of all the wildlife, it's SPECTACULAR!!!! I am so jealous!!!

I know. I know. I can't wait. I am going to crash my hard drive for sure. I have to clear out some memory cards and back up my computer again. I really can't wait to see this place. As much as I wanted to go to F&W I am definitely psyched to be seeing HHI for the first time. I know I will want to be a regular!!!!!

Thanks for your help!

Pinkocto
10-12-2011, 12:05 PM
What lovely pictures of your resort! Even your phone takes really good pictures. And that boat tour looked like so much fun! Too bad you couldn't explore the fort, I love to do that sort of thing, thankfully you got to see tons of other cool stuff. That air craft carrier must have been even more impressive being right next to it.

No Ghost Tour :( that sounds like it would be super fun too!

MEK
10-12-2011, 12:22 PM
I was a biology major and they had JUST opened the new Henson science school when I started in 2002. It was amazing at the time because all the equipment was brand new!! I lived in Choptank my freshman year, St. Martins for Sophomore and then University Park my junior and senior. I live in St. Michaels now and work in Easton, so we get to drive down every once in a while to visit and stop for brunch! :thumbsup2 I haven't seen the new university square, but I saw a picture of it in my alumni book and HOLY CRAP! The campus was so small when I was there, plus they have that parking garage and teachers school now. Frank Perdue was always a big supporter of Salisbury, but when he died a few years ago, he left a HUGE grant to the school for business, I haven't been in it since it opened, but it sounds amazing!



Brian lives in Severn. I know they are really pushing University Park and Seagull Square for next year.

The Perdue building is UNBELIEVABLE! Even the chairs/desks are super modern and cool. They also have all these little study rooms with a big table that seats 6 people and a big monitor that you can attach your computer to. There is a giant stock ticker in the entrance way. They actually have one room for the finance course where the student manage a real portfolio. The computers are actually dual computers. Even the regular computer lab is stunning and anyone can use it. They also have framed posters with Frank Perdue's motto (Ethical Will) hanging all over the place. I took a cell picture of it. I'll upload and post it. It's really well written and inspriring.

They have outside corperations that are now holding conferences in the building - the auditorium is THAT nice with its two giant 100ft flat screen monitors.


The Bistro is part of the Commons, its the inside part thats only open for lunch and dinner, so they have "fancier" food like ribs and bbq chicken and hand scooped ice cream sundaes that I must admit I had several nights a week :rotfl:...if they still do Lobster night on campus, tell him to definitely do that! But Saferide is a great way to meet people, they have a bowling league, some of the school clubs for each major are great, and like I said..the movie nights, the comedians, they did orioles games plus trips to Boston, NYC, the Inner Harbor...all at really cheap prices. Just tell him to keep his eyes peeled..ah, getting excited about SU all over again!! :goodvibes And man oh man, I know how you feel. When I had to take a class at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, I had just moved from maryland and lived in Virginia for 6 months, but they didn't consider it virginia residency yet, so they still charged me the out of state tutition which was 3 times the amount! Ridiculous! But I hope he has a great rest of the semester, it really is a great school!

I must go read your post now! Sorry for the rant! ;) :goodvibes

Thanks for all the information. I hope that Brian is getting involved in more than just intramurals. But Brian is a different bird. He is not a super involved, self motivated type of kid. He needs a lot of prompting. But he does realize he was very lucky to be accepted there. and I have heard nothing but good about that school.

Don't worry about ranting. I want to hear everything you can tell me. :thumbsup2

The boat tour looks like it was a lot of fun! It's too bad there was structural damage and you couldn't get off at the island. Hopefully the hurricane didn't impact too much more of your trip!

I love your pics of the buildings, they're all so pretty and historic-looking!

The boat tour was really fun and even though we couldn't get off the boat, it really didn't detract from the tour. Our tour director was so full on information that he easily filled the extra time with questions and answers.

The main building on the property was so pretty. I'm so glad they didn't tear it down when they build the resort. It really was eye catching.

The boat tour sounds great and what a bargain :thumbsup2



They boat tour was SO worth the money and watching the Enterprise come back to dock was truly a sight. According to our cruise director, we really lucked out. It was very cool.


Of course all your pictures are wonderful but I love the ones of the flag :)

I have a thing for flags, especially the American flag. I never tire of taking its picture! And I think because we traveled several weeks before the 9/11 anniversary I couldn't help but notice every flag around me!

MEK
10-12-2011, 12:37 PM
VB = Virginia Beach
CBBT = Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel



Doh!!!! forgive me for being a little slow. :rotfl: Well then Va Beach girl, I may have been right near your house on our way back because we actually stopped at the beach! It was lovely. Nice set up. :thumbsup2


We've been here since June '08 and my husband's been deployed for most of the time, to include currently being gone since March on the USS Bataan. Even with my nothing special Panasonic Lumix, I was able to take a couple of neat pics when the ship left. I went to the beach on the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story and took pics of the ship crossing the CBBT. Also got one fantastic pic of my 5 year old standing on the beach with the ship in the background. Wish I would've thought to just pay the $12 to go on the CBBT and take pics from the pier! Of course, they don't compare to your pics! I just LOVE :love: looking at all your pictures!!


Wow - that must be hard having him gone so much and so long. However, how wonderful that you were able to take pictures of the boat leaving and to be able to include your son. That is very cool!

I really did want to stop at the Pier. I've stopped on it once. But because we were running so late heading down (and then heading back), we decided to skip it. Next time for sure!

Any condo with a hot tub is a good condo! :thumbsup2



That hot tub was such a bonus. I knew some of the condos had a hot tub, but I didn't know we would be lucky enough to get one. Definite bonus!



The boat tour looks like you got to see quite a bit, and seems like a really good deal. I'm going to have to write that one down. I think it must have been really cool to see an aircraft carrier actually coming in from sea! I don't think I've ever seen one that wasn't docked.


It was awesome seeing the Enterprise come in. Apparently it is quite uncommon, so it was our lucky day. Our tour guide was very enthusiastic about it. But seeing those coast guards with the machine guns. WOW! Definitely a big deal!

If you ever visit, I highly recommend the tour and your kids would love the Air & Space Museum which is a block away.

TanzUnited99
10-12-2011, 02:17 PM
Love the photos of the condo - it looks nice and relaxing! :thumbsup2

What a shame about the fish place having no power but am glad you decided to return after taking the scenic route of Williamsburg! :lmao:

I like the look of your steak and shrimp fajitas.

I'm glad you were still able to do the cruise. The pictures from that look amazing - wow at the machine gun! :eek:

DisMomAmy
10-12-2011, 04:37 PM
Very cool cruise!! What a bargain! :thumbsup2

And I'm super impressed with your Southwest credit-finding skills! :goodvibes

eandesmom
10-12-2011, 07:01 PM
Continued......

It's not like me to leave Nick home alone, but I felt marginally confident about it because (1) he is very responsible and (2) my neighbor (who was supposed to feed the cats) said she would call him daily and come over to house to check on things. I also gave her a replica of his schedule so she could anticipate his comings and goings.

UGH, what a pain to have to shuffle everything around but I can see his point and we'd have likely made the same call.

So on Sunday August 28th I went to bed without packing for the trip. I just couldn't make myself do it when I knew there might not be a trip. To make maters worse, Brian went to spend the evening with one of his friends (who happens to be a girl, but not a GF). When I texted him at 10:30pm he never responded and when he still hadn't responded 90 minutes later, I went to look for him. Fortunately, I found his car there, but I couldn't believe he would do that on the evening before he left for school. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep that night and was up at the brink of dawn. I drove back over to his friend's house, knocked on the door at 6:30am, and woke everyone up to make sure he was OK. I guess they all thought I was crazy, but I didn't care. When I saw how upset he got on the day we originally left for school, I got worried that he was going to chicken out or that he was really depressed or something. I guess my mind just started to go into its worry mode.

:hug: you poor thing, that sounds like an awful night for you. I remember how stressed we were on decision day!

Pretty campus! Looks huge next to Tay's school, but they are only half has big.

We just saw Brian yesterday. It was parent's day. Now we probably won't see him again until Thanksgiving. It's hard to get a sense of how he's doing. I think OK, but I'm not completely sure. He knows he has to maintain a certain GPA to stay and if he doesn't we won't continue to pay, so hopefully he can do it.

Supposedly Jeff and the ex are doing the same thing but I haven't gotten a straight answer. I think it's a fair deal and they are old enough to deliver. At least you knew when parents night was, we get NO info from Tay other than "I need a tux", "Is my camera in the garage" and "I lost my cell phone, I'm borrowing an XXX...do you have a charger that works with that?"

Sigh. I don't even know if we will see him at Thanksgiving!

[COLOR="Red"][SIZE="5"]Welcome Sam!!!!! Our homecoming is next weekend and Nick is actually the junior class prince so we spent this evening making sure he has a jacket that still fits and the right shirt and ties! But girls - much, much more labor intensive. :rotfl:

Pictures, must see pictures!


They had some very interesting beers here. Denny had an IPA and I ended up with a beer called Hoptober. Loved it!

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I know those beers! :rotfl:

Ranger is pretty well distributed around here (the IPA), it's a NW beer. Sounds like a great dinner, my kind of place and food!

The condo looks great and what a wonderful wonderful tour!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll have to keep this in mind should we ever make it out there. How great you were able to make it all work out.

Nermel9
10-12-2011, 07:33 PM
Your condo looked so nice, love that you had a hot tub! :thumbsup2

Even though you didn't know where to eat, it looks like you ended up somewhere good, everything looked yummy!

The cruise looks like fun, I would never think to do that! Those machine guns are a little strange, though! :confused3

Poolrat
10-12-2011, 08:50 PM
Gee I am back here on Page 4 trying to catch up. Now the Dis is being apain and is not wanting to load pages quick enough and keeps timing out.


I am slowly catching up and looking forward to waiting in the queue. :goodvibes

ETA: All caught up now. What an adventure to say the least. Glad everything worked out in the end. What a lovely cruise.

I know how you feel with your son. That sounds like my daughter. She is doing well but I stay worried waiting for something else to blindside me. :laughing:

My son will be fine. He just needs to get on with picking a school and all that goes along with that.

Wicket's Mom
10-12-2011, 09:20 PM
We did that cruise, also. We got to see one of the nuclear subs & a carrier. Our cruise stopped at the fort, so we got to look around. There wasn't much to see since it had not been used for years.

My DH likes a restaurant in Yorktown that is before you cross the bridge over the York River. It is on the riverfront. It has great sandwiches.

KatMark
10-12-2011, 09:25 PM
What a nice cruise (and cheap too) and great pictures as always.

MEK
10-12-2011, 09:32 PM
Wow, Mary Ellen. Williamsburg is very pretty. Loved the resort you stayed at. I would have loved the naval boat tour. My whole family loves historical things so that would have been great.



The resort was very nice, for a non-Disney resort! ;) The naval boat tour was very fun. I really enjoyed it and having the live narrator made it that much better!


Okay, your adventure getting there sounds a lot like one we took years ago. We stopped off in Myrtle Beach for a few nights on the way to a work conference for me in Charleston, SC. The last night we were in MB, Tropical Storm Gaston blew in. We never lost power at the resort but we would look out the balcony and instantly trees would just fall over. It was scary! Late Sunday morning, they cleared for people to be out and about. It was a long drive to Charleston to get there and find that there was no power. We had to drive a long way to get dinner. The hotel was running on generator. Several rooms were closed off as the winds had actually blown out the glass in windows. It got better as the week went on.



That does sound scary! :scared1: I can't imagine just sitting there watching trees blow over. Yikes! And then to have to drive to Charleston and not be able to find food.


So glad your son got to college okay. Too funny about checking on him at 6:30 in the morning. That would be me!!!

Can't wait to read more!

I'm sure he didn't think it was too funny, but I was just as one of those points were I didn't care. :rolleyes1

More coming soon.

What lovely pictures of your resort! Even your phone takes really good pictures. And that boat tour looked like so much fun! Too bad you couldn't explore the fort, I love to do that sort of thing, thankfully you got to see tons of other cool stuff. That air craft carrier must have been even more impressive being right next to it.


My phone pictures are inconsistent at best. Some times I get really good ones and other times - not so much! :laughing:

The fort did look cool, but the whole island was so small that we probably didn't miss anything earth shattering. It was a great tour and I highly recommend to anyone in the area.

Being next to the air craft carrier was very, very cool. Probably a once in a lifetime event.



No Ghost Tour :( that sounds like it would be super fun too!

Yeah - I'll get to that! It was a bummer!

Love the photos of the condo - it looks nice and relaxing! :thumbsup2



It was a nice place. I would definitely go back next year and rent from the same guy. He turned out to be very reliable.



What a shame about the fish place having no power but am glad you decided to return after taking the scenic route of Williamsburg! :lmao:

I like the look of your steak and shrimp fajitas.



I'm glad we ended up returning to Oceans and Ale. It was the right choice. I really did not want to stand outside and wait to be seated somewhere. Better to be waiting while driving around in the car.

The fajitas were very good. I don't think I had any left overs! :laughing:


I'm glad you were still able to do the cruise. The pictures from that look amazing - wow at the machine gun! :eek:

The cruise was great. The machine guns were very intimidating, but our cruise director kept reminding us that is was a post-911 world and that machine gun was certainly proof of it!

MEK
10-12-2011, 09:33 PM
More replies tomorrow. Sorry I am so slow getting them done!

Roxychica7
10-13-2011, 09:44 AM
You are so sweet! I would love to help if there's anything you all need information about reguarding SU! :thumbsup2

My fiance is from Newport News and we just moved from Virginia Beach, so I have had LOTS of experience crossing the Hampton Roads Bridge tunnel. If you get a chance to go back, you should definitely go to Water Country USA in Williamsburg. It is a BLAST! It's neat seeing your pictures up close, I've only ever seen them from afar!

I'd love to do a Dismeet with you in December! :thumbsup2

MEK
10-13-2011, 10:15 PM
Hi friends -

Sorry I am getting behind in my replies, but I have read them all. Soccer season is in full swing and I am trying to take pics for the team. I am officially 3 games behind (after tonight) in getting them posted. This game went to OT so I got home late and then did all my chores.

Tomorrow night is a quick ladies happy hour and then I am going to see Nick at the football game since he is the junior homecoming prince. Hopefully I will get replies soon and another update is in the works!!!!!

Roxychica - YES on the DIS meet!!!!:thumbsup2

MEK
10-14-2011, 10:09 PM
All I want to say is I HATE getting this far behind on my DIS'ing. So NOT COOL!


Very cool cruise!! What a bargain! :thumbsup2



The cruise was so much fun! I'm so glad we decided to do it. I know Denny probably liked even more than I did because he LOVES that kind of stuff!



And I'm super impressed with your Southwest credit-finding skills! :goodvibes

Ahhhhh........Thank you! Considering you ARE the master! :worship:

UGH, what a pain to have to shuffle everything around but I can see his point and we'd have likely made the same call.

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It was a pain, but definitely worth it in the end. I was SO glad the vacation, as short as it was, came through! Really needed it!



:hug: you poor thing, that sounds like an awful night for you. I remember how stressed we were on decision day!



Not my finest hour - that's for sure! :laughing:


Pretty campus! Looks huge next to Tay's school, but they are only half has big.





It's actually nice and compact and easy to negotiate. It looks SO small compared to UD, but it has so many nice features that make it so much more personal.


Supposedly Jeff and the ex are doing the same thing but I haven't gotten a straight answer. I think it's a fair deal and they are old enough to deliver. At least you knew when parents night was, we get NO info from Tay other than "I need a tux", "Is my camera in the garage" and "I lost my cell phone, I'm borrowing an XXX...do you have a charger that works with that?"

Sigh. I don't even know if we will see him at Thanksgiving!



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Salisbury is very good about sending stuff home to the parents. I appreciate that or we wouldn't know a thing. Well - I check the website alot , so that helps. I get the same stuff from Brian. In fact, he texted me last night and said most of his floor was going home this weekend, could I come get him. And I did. 45 minutes home from work then 2hrs down and 2 hrs back. ughhhh! And I'll probably only see him for 5 minutes this weekend! :sad2:

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I know those beers! :rotfl:

Ranger is pretty well distributed around here (the IPA), it's a NW beer. Sounds like a great dinner, my kind of place and food!



I enjoyed my Hoptober quite a bit! It was a fun beer and I like the oversized bottles! ;)


The condo looks great and what a wonderful wonderful tour!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll have to keep this in mind should we ever make it out there. How great you were able to make it all work out.

The condo was wonderful - beats a hotel room any day. Definitely worth a visit to the area when you get to the East Coast. Very fun! I can't wait to go back!

Your condo looked so nice, love that you had a hot tub! :thumbsup2



The condo was great and the hot tub was absolutely a bonus! I loved it! :thumbsup2


Even though you didn't know where to eat, it looks like you ended up somewhere good, everything looked yummy!



It all boiled down to liking the name and the presence of electricity, of course! :laughing:



The cruise looks like fun, I would never think to do that! Those machine guns are a little strange, though! :confused3

The cruise was very fun. The machine guns - unnerving, but apparently required in a post 911 world!

Gee I am back here on Page 4 trying to catch up. Now the Dis is being apain and is not wanting to load pages quick enough and keeps timing out.




I thought I was the only one who was having trouble with the loading pages. I blamed it on my overly full hard drive. :laughing: I keep having to delete extra photos and back them up to make room for the new ones.

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I am slowly catching up and looking forward to waiting in the queue. :goodvibes

ETA: All caught up now. What an adventure to say the least. Glad everything worked out in the end. What a lovely cruise.



Thanks for waiting in the queue!!!!! :rotfl: I need to get on with this TR because my queue is getting backed up!

Getting to W-burg was an adventure and I am so thankful it worked out! I needed that trip. The cruise was very fun and informative!


I know how you feel with your son. That sounds like my daughter. She is doing well but I stay worried waiting for something else to blindside me. :laughing:

My son will be fine. He just needs to get on with picking a school and all that goes along with that.

Getting blindsided - I know ALL about that! I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop. He's so unpredictable. sometimes I am certain he is turning the corner and finally growing up and other times - forget about it! :sad2: He is a work in progress - that's for sure!

My younger son is fine. Totally different. Has his act together.

Is Chris a senior this year? My younger son, Nick, is a junior so I get a little breathing room right now. But since Nick is a stronger student I think he has more options open to him and then, it and of itself, makes the process harder. Should he go for the better school?, the one that's closest and gives him the most money?, or should he try to play soccer at a D3 school? He is going to have to make a lot of decisions in the next year.

We did that cruise, also. We got to see one of the nuclear subs & a carrier. Our cruise stopped at the fort, so we got to look around. There wasn't much to see since it had not been used for years.



Doris - I should have know you would know all about the cruise. You could probably be a Williamsburg and vicinity tour guide. I would have loved to see a nuclear sub. Yup - that fort was very small. I didn't mind just sitting on the boat while he talked about it. :laughing:


My DH likes a restaurant in Yorktown that is before you cross the bridge over the York River. It is on the riverfront. It has great sandwiches.

I think I know exactly what restaurant you mean, except I can't remember the name of it. It had a nice outside deck.

What a nice cruise (and cheap too) and great pictures as always.

Thanks Kathy. It was a very fun cruise and since this was an economy trip I was all about saving some $ on that cruise. ;)

DisneyDoc5
10-15-2011, 07:22 AM
Hello there! Just subbing in a little late, popped over here from Cdotla's TR. I was looking for a new TR to follow and this looks perfect! Lots in common with the kiddos and sports, etc. Thanks a bunch:thumbsup2 - back to catching up! Erin

Queenofallthings
10-15-2011, 07:49 AM
I am behind this week....this work thing is really getting in the way of my Dis-ing the past little while!

Great updates and I have to say that condo is just gorgeous! My dream trip is to one day hit the eastern seaboard and drive the whole way down to FL, stopping whereever we want and staying as long as we want. I think a lottery win will have to happen for our trip to happen tho:rotfl2:

MEK
10-15-2011, 10:04 AM
Hello there! Just subbing in a little late, popped over here from Cdotla's TR. I was looking for a new TR to follow and this looks perfect! Lots in common with the kiddos and sports, etc. Thanks a bunch:thumbsup2 - back to catching up! Erin

Welcome DisneyDoc 5 Erin! So great to have a brand new reader. :cool1: Thanks so much for dropping by!!!! I hope you don't mind waiting a couple months until we get to the real Disney world stuff! In the mean time I will be posting Williamsburg and HHI pictures (just in case you ever want to go to Disney's HHI Resort). Lots of pre-trip stuff too!

I am behind this week....this work thing is really getting in the way of my Dis-ing the past little while!



Tell Me About It! :laughing: Plus I'm crippled by the fact that when I do check the DIS at work I can't see a blessed picture. Some TR's I read twice - once without pics and then again with pics! :rotfl: Some I just wait on and then I run the risk of forgetting and missing the whole update. :headache: I need a better system. :idea:


Great updates and I have to say that condo is just gorgeous! My dream trip is to one day hit the eastern seaboard and drive the whole way down to FL, stopping whereever we want and staying as long as we want. I think a lottery win will have to happen for our trip to happen tho:rotfl2:

That sounds lovely. I dream of doing that from here to Florida. Even when I plan a two week trip in my head, I completely run out of days.

But - if you ever do drive the Eastern seaboard you absolutely MUST stop and stay here for several days because I am seriously in the best location for so many places - 2 hrs to NYC, 1 hr to Philadelphia, 1.5 to Baltimore, 2 to Washington DC, close to all the midatlantic beaches (the closest be a little over an hour). I am literally minutes off of I-95 the major north/south route. We could go touring together, because you know people are always bad at touring what's in their own backyard.

MEK
10-15-2011, 06:59 PM
Since my HHI Head trip is almost a week away I thought I should post a little bit about it. Planning HHI is a little bit more difficult than Disney world. I KNOW Disney world. That makes planning a snap. But HH - I know nothing, nada, and there really isn't that much on the boards or the net that talks about the specifics of Disney's HHI resort.

So Hilton Head



http://i564.photobucket.com/albums/ss89/curiosity_was_framed/Hilton%20Head/100_0182.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c179/Fumbler814/Hilton%20Head/HiltonHeadSunrise.jpg



http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f143/swopetn/hiltonheadcrowneplaza.jpg

All of these photos courtesy of photobucket's public photos!

The gals
See the gals in the front (in the black) and the other in the pink. they are my traveling buddies. I know I had a better shot of just the 3 of us, but I can not find it on photobucket. :headache:

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee279/mekopp/Outer%20Bank/IMG_7515.jpg

Here we are - now in brown, black, and I'm in the dress

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee279/mekopp/Outer%20Bank/IMG_7594.jpg

Until I have their permission, I will refer to my friends as P and L. We have been friends for quite while. I've known P since our oldest boys were in preschool together. Our boys graduated high school this past spring and this trip is for US! Because we deserve it.

So here' the itinerary. It's rather loose. But I keep it all here, in this handy, dandy binder:

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee279/mekopp/1a389667.jpg

Of course, I decided to redecorate my binder for this trip. Check it out!

This is for my DIS friends who are all enjoying F&W right now. :rolleyes1

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee279/mekopp/50161ef2.jpg

Sunday October 23:

The plan is to be on the road by 0600! Actually, we should be picking up L by 6am, so I really need to be out the door by 5:30am. I hate getting up early. I actually do it all the time, but when I feel the pressure to get up early I can't sleep. On one particular trip with an 8am flight I ended up staying up all night. I never book morning flights anymore.

According to mapquest we have to drive 11 hrs 21 mins or 694.36 miles! Yeah - it's gonna be rough. We drove 777 miles to Nashville last summer, but we broke it up (mostly because we left in the afternoon). 12 hours of driving - NOT looking forward to it!

I'm sure our Sunday evening will consist of getting settled and getting some type of light dinner. It would be nice to check out the resort a bit, too.

Monday October 24th

This is a resort day. Of course it is after all that driving. Some of the things I would like to do at the resort include kayaking, biking, taking a tour or more with the naturalist. I would also like to venture off property to take a dolphin cruise. I did my research and I found a 90 minute tour for around $20. :thumbsup2 Actually, I just checked my notes and its $16 with a coupon. Works for me!!!!

We are hoping to have 3 resort days with side trips in the various sites on Hilton Head Island. I have had several suggestions for dining and they include:

Sea Shack CP told me about this place. It doesn't look like much, but the seafood is supposed to be fabulous. Looks like a real down home place.

Roastfish & Cornbread - Ellen (Podsnel) gave me this suggestion and all the ones that follow. Another real downhome type place which has a lot of organic dishes.

Check out this menu:

CHEF DAVID'S SIGNATURE DISHES

Whole Roasted Flounder $19.99
(Seasoned with Chef’s house seasoning, gently rubbed with olive oil and Roasted until flaky and tender) Served with a Savory Mango, Onion and Mushroom Chutney, Collard Greens & Sweet Potato Cornbread

Whole-Roasted Tilapia $14.75
(Whole Tilapia marinated in olive oil, lemon and lime juice and seasoned with Dchef’s house seasoning) Served with a Savory Mango, Onion and Mushroom Chutney, Collard Greens & Sweet Potato Cornbread

Sautéed Vegetables over Brown & Wild Rice Pilaf $10.50
Chef’s choice of Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Onions, Baby Bellas, Broccoli, Asparagus & Spinach kissed with Acai Pomegranate Vinaigrette


All-Natural Certified Angus Beef Brisket $15.99
Slow Roasted & Seasoned to Perfection!
Served with Potato Medley, Sweet Potato Cornbread & Collard Greens


You can't tell me that doesn't sound delish!

Hudson's - this looks like a pretty standard menu but they have something called Dinner on the Deck on 10/27 with the LowCountry Boil Bluegrass Band. Tempting! I love bluegrass and if its warm enough to sit on a deck then I'm a happy girl.

Wiseguys - this is basically a wine bar with small plates but they also have a price fix early dinner for $15 a person.

Check out this menu:

APPETIZER (Choose One)
House Made PiMento CHeese diP - Tillamook Cheddar - Smoked Gouda - Fire Roasted Sweet
Peppers - Mediterranean Olives - Panzanella Crackers
BaBa GHanousH - Fire Roasted Sweet Peppers - Feta Crumbles - Seasoned Pita Chips
edaMaMe HuMMus - Wonton Crisps
House Made Potato CHiPs - Gorgonzola - Chives
antiPasto tastinG - Genoa Salami - Mediterranean Olives - Fire Roasted Sweet Peppers -
Imported Cheese - Grissini Bread Sticks

SOUP & SALAD (Choose One)
souP oF tHe daY
Vine RiPened toMato salad - House Made Mozzarella - Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Sea Salt -
Garden Basil
CaesaR - House Greens - Creamy Avocado Caesar Dressing - Manchego Cheese -
Crispy Polenta Croutons
BaBY sPinaCH salad - Fresh Baby Spinach - Bermuda Onions - Tomatoes - Goat Cheese -
Honey Roasted Pine Nut Vinaigrette
Wise GuYs House salad - House Greens - Candied Pecans - Apples - Sundried Cranberries -
Gorgonzola - Balsamic Dressing

ENTREE (Choose One)
FResH CatCH - Daily Feature Fish - Grilled Asparagus - Goat Cheese Whipped Potatoes -
Citrus Splash
GRilled laMB CHoPs - Savory Herb and Garlic Marinade - Goat Cheese Whipped Potatoes -
Grilled Asparagus
CedaR Plank Roasted salMon - Sweet Bourbon Soy Glaze - Goat Cheese Whipped Potatoes -
Grilled Asparagus
BRaised sHoRt RiB Pot Roast - Tender Short Rib of Beef - Caramelized Root Vegetable Demi -
Creamy Horseradish Sauce - Crispy Parsnips - Grilled Asparagus - Goat Cheese Whipped Potatoes
Roasted CHiCken CRePe - Tender White Meat Chicken - Wild Mushrooms - Parmesan Cheese
Sauce - Grilled Asparagus - Goat Cheese Whipped Potatoes
sautéed sHRiMP oR CHiCken anGel HaiR Pasta - Asparagus - Toasted Pine Nuts -
Goat Cheese - Sundried Tomatoes
BRonzed sHRiMP ‘n GRits - Wilted Arugula - Smoked Gouda Grits - Creole BBQ Sauce
neW YoRk stRiP steak - Grilled Asparagus - Goat Cheese Whipped Potatoes -
Caramelized Root Vegetable Demi
BBQ BaBY BaCk RiBs - Tender Slow Cooked Ribs - Napa Slaw - Goat Cheese Whipped Potatoes
Add a Glass of House Wine – $3.25
1513 Main Street - Hilton Head Island
843.842.8866 - www.wiseguyshhi.com


YUM - MEEEEEEEEE!!!!! It's just getting there by 5:30 which might be the problem, but I'd like to talk the ladies into it.

Ellen also mentioned a place called the Old Fort Pub. She said she's had better food, but the view is amazing. Check out their website. I am definitely intrigued.

http://www.oldfortpub.com/

The Old Fort Pub does have a happy hour from 5 - 7pm Gotta love that.

Tuesday October 25 - Thursday October 27th:

One of these days will be a trip to Savannah. I think Tuesday would be good but I will let the gals decide if its Tuesday or Wednesday. I suggested taking a boat there from HHI ($50 RT), but my one friend didn't want to do it. She said she heard it wasn't very good and the boat was dirty or yucky or something. So, we will drive. Our plan right now is to spend the day touring via the Old Town Trolley

http://www.trolleytours.com/savannah/

The Historic Trolley tour is $26. It's a few dollars cheaper if I buy it online, but I think I will just wait. It starts running at 9am and makes a 90 minute loop with multiple stops. I think we could probably spend the whole day doing this. There are some combo tours where we could also do a boat tour. You know I have a thing about boat tours, but we'll see what the ladies want to do. As far as dining - the trolley provides a map with tons of restaurants, so we'll just pick a place for lunch. There is one particular restaurant down by the waterfront that is supposed to be haunted and have more paranormal activity than any place in the country. Interesting, huh? When I come across the name again I will post it.

I did find a place called Segway of Savannah. It's $50 with an online coupon. I mentioned it to one of my friends, but I think she's skeptical (like all of you were when I told you about my segway tour last September). Needless to say, I think I would love this. We'll see.

I forgot to mention that during one of our "resort days" I would really like to check out Beaufort South Carolina. This looks like such a cool little waterfront town.

Friday October 28th - we check out of Hilton Head. Boo! We are planning to get on the road early because we are going to Charleston!!!!! :woohoo: We decided to do this on the way home because, well, it IS on the way home. We are going to spend the day there touring the Boone Hall Plantation. Charleston Princess (Jackie) also suggested we take a tour through the historic district on the Old South Carriage Company. For lunch she suggested Hyman's Seafood and for dessert she recommend Kaminisky's. Wow - they have some amazing looking desserts.

http://www.hymanseafood.com/

http://www.kaminskys.com/

I'm honestly not sure whether we will make it to dessert. We are going to leave Charleston late afternoon and drive to Fayetteville, NC. It's about a 4 hour drive. We thought that would be a good spot to spend the night so we have a shorter trip home on Saturday. Nick has a soccer game Sat night and I really want to get to it. I will be missing two while I am away.

So those are the basic HHI plans. Please note that I have never drive south of North Carolina, so this is actually an adventure for me. I have never stepped foot in South Carolina or Georgia, so I am pretty psyched.

So to end this update, I did manage to find a few pictures of Disney's HHI Resort!

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww99/barbieddoll/Hilton%20Head%20Trip/HiltonHead-12-08119-1.jpg

http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/axshon/Disney%202011/01%20Hilton%20Head%202011/HiltonHeadandAnimalKingdom005.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz252/price0522/Disney%20Hilton%20Head%20Island%20Resort/IMG_1541.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz252/price0522/Disney%20Hilton%20Head%20Island%20Resort/IMG_1536.jpg

Again - credit goes to photobucket for these shots!

Up Next - No Ghosts in Williamsburg!

MEK
10-15-2011, 07:03 PM
I almost forgot - I already got my $100 giftcard today from Disney Visa for my first purchase last week. How Great is That????? Cali Grill - here I come in December!!!!!!

KatMark
10-15-2011, 07:29 PM
MEK, the plans sound great and it looks like a relaxing, yet fun trip as well. That restaurant where you posted the menu sounds so yummy.

tinacaplan
10-15-2011, 08:01 PM
I'm behind, too... oh well. Life is just like that sometimes! :goodvibes The cruise sounds really cool. I'm sure Williamsburg is a trip we'll take at some point; I love history and we have family in the great D.C. area.

Your plans for Hilton Head sound great, as well. I've never been in the South before, aside from a trip to Atlanta a year ago, which I loved. I really would enjoy driving down there and seeing some sights, especially Savannah and Charleston. And the resort itself looks like beautiful, too. Your dining options sound fantastic. I love Southern food, as it is still a relatively rare thing up here in New England.

MEK
10-16-2011, 05:50 AM
MEK, the plans sound great and it looks like a relaxing, yet fun trip as well. That restaurant where you posted the menu sounds so yummy.

I think it will be very relaxing. Well, except for the drive. That is going to stink, but what can ya do? :confused3

So many of those restaurants' menus looked delish. Ellen gave me a bunch of other names too. Its going to be a hard choice.


I'm behind, too... oh well. Life is just like that sometimes! :goodvibes The cruise sounds really cool. I'm sure Williamsburg is a trip we'll take at some point; I love history and we have family in the great D.C. area.



You are not behind. This is a sloooooow moving TR. Well, actually I hope to pick up the pace a bit this week and add more w-burg stuff.

You would love W-burg. It's chocked full of history and other fun things to do. I can't wait to go back!



Your plans for Hilton Head sound great, as well. I've never been in the South before, aside from a trip to Atlanta a year ago, which I loved. I really would enjoy driving down there and seeing some sights, especially Savannah and Charleston. And the resort itself looks like beautiful, too. Your dining options sound fantastic. I love Southern food, as it is still a relatively rare thing up here in New England.

The resort is supposed to be fabulous. That's why I wanted to post about it on the regular trip report boards. I want to make it informative for other DISers who may want to go there. I am really looking forward to seeing Savannah & Charleston. I have heard nothing but good about Charleston and knowing me, I will probably want to move there. I am dying to relocated further south. Too chilly and damp here in the winters. Brrrrr!

Stringbean&Wingnut
10-16-2011, 06:34 AM
Your HHI plans sound like so much fun!! I wouldn't be looking forward to the long drive either, but it'll definitely be worth it!! Those menus sound so good!

DisMomAmy
10-16-2011, 06:37 AM
Your HHI plans sound like a lot of fun! That is a long drive though...

Lady Lallie
10-16-2011, 06:45 AM
Your plans sound really great. Sounds like a trip I would like to take very much someday. :thumbsup2

dawnbu40
10-16-2011, 06:50 AM
I'm not much for long car rides so I don't envy you that but the rest of the trip sounds wonderful! :goodvibes

Nermel9
10-16-2011, 07:25 AM
Sounds like it's going to be a great trip! I'd love to go to HHI someday, and also Savannah, it looks like such a beautiful city! :thumbsup2

Charleston Princess
10-16-2011, 08:04 AM
Love your Lowcountry vacation plans! (Of course, I do! :laughing:) If you don't have time, just pick up your Kaminsky's desserts to go -- you won't be sorry! Also, if you want a truly unique souvenir, get a sweetgrass basket at either Boone Hall or downtown in the market. They are pricey, but oh-so-Charleston. They are made by women who have been taught by their mothers and so on. They sit there, weaving their baskets, while they are selling the others. I am trying to remember if there is anything else I should tell you not-to-miss...I'll let you know if I think of anything.

Oh, if you need groceries for the villa, shop at the Piggly Wiggly which is near the entrance of Shelter Cove -- then, you can say you have shopped at a Piggly Wiggly. LOL!

Moira222
10-16-2011, 09:43 AM
A Couple New Updates:

Since this TR includes several of my upcoming trips, I feel obliged to keep you updated on those happenings.

FIRST - I bought one park ticket for December. Of course, it will be upgraded to an AP, but I had an AAA rebate certificate that was about to expire. I basically bought a 4 day base ticket with all rebate certificates. Total expenditure $3.50

Second - I was able to rebook our return flights for December, earning $69 in SWA credit. :woohoo:

Third - My SIL confirmed that she will be joining us in June 2012 in a treehouse villa. That will be my Brother/SIL and their four boys. Watch out!


Mary Ellen -- just caught up ...the campus looks really nice. I hope your son settles in, first year can be a challenge but the change of scenery can do worlds of good!

Your photos and updates are great. LOVE the cruise pics - I'll have to take a few notes for future trips.

AAA discounts, eh? from the AAA visa card? I've been cutting those u p& chucking them but maybe I should look in to that. AWESOME discounts!

gotta go get dressed for a field hockey game.

Pinkocto
10-16-2011, 10:04 AM
7 Days to Vacation!!! :banana::banana::banana: I'm sure you're super excited!

All those menus sound delicious, I don't know how you'll choose, but then again you won't go wrong.

Love that picture of the DVC sign :) Can't wait to see more of the resort when you get back, I definitely wasn't giving it much credit.

Wicket's Mom
10-16-2011, 12:02 PM
Savannah is one place that I want to visit. I tried to get my DH to stop there when we were driving to Florida. He wouldn't, thinks that he has to make it to where he is going without sightseeing along the way. ARRGG!

South Carolina is a very pretty state to travel through. The last time that we drove through all of the overpasses had Christmas wreaths on them. That was so cool!

We drove through Georgia enough times last year to keep me satisfied for a long time! I did love buying peaches & pecans though.

podsnel
10-16-2011, 12:42 PM
It IS a long drive, but sooo worth it. Interested to hear how the Sea Shack is- we have never gone because the lines are crazy long in the summer-

Your friends look like a lot of fun! You''l have a blast, I'm sure!

podsnel
10-16-2011, 02:10 PM
Sooooo pretty there....

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg113/podsnel/Hilton%20Head%2008/2008_073106summer0103.jpg

TanzUnited99
10-16-2011, 04:02 PM
Wow the photos of Hilton Head look so good! :thumbsup2 I hope you and your friends have a great time Mary Ellen!

Love the planning binder.

Eek at having to get up so early and the drive! Hopefully it'll be worth it once you get to your destination.

Great plans and the menu had me drooling!!

Yay on the giftcard and going to Cali grill - can't wait to see what you get.

MEK
10-16-2011, 09:37 PM
Your HHI plans sound like so much fun!! I wouldn't be looking forward to the long drive either, but it'll definitely be worth it!! Those menus sound so good!

I'm sure it will be worth it! I am really looking forward to it. I guess I'll be on facebook a lot during the drive so I can pass the time. Fortunately, I am not the main driver!

Your HHI plans sound like a lot of fun! That is a long drive though...


I am really looking forward to HHI! Too bad I can't just snap my fingers and be there. So much easier to get on a plane!

Your plans sound really great. Sounds like a trip I would like to take very much someday. :thumbsup2

Thanks! I have a feeling that HHI is going to be something that every DISer should do. I think everyone needs a beach vacation with a Disney flare! :thumbsup2

I'm not much for long car rides so I don't envy you that but the rest of the trip sounds wonderful! :goodvibes

Believe me Dawn, I know what you mean. I think my ADD kicks in big time when I am in the car too long. 8 hours is my limit. It's gonna be tough and I hear that I95 gets to be pretty boring.

Sounds like it's going to be a great trip! I'd love to go to HHI someday, and also Savannah, it looks like such a beautiful city! :thumbsup2

I am really looking forward to seeing this part of the country. I am sure I will absolutely adore Savannah and Charleston. I have never heard anyone say they don't like Charleston.

Love your Lowcountry vacation plans! (Of course, I do! :laughing:) If you don't have time, just pick up your Kaminsky's desserts to go -- you won't be sorry!

I really appreciate all your suggestions. I have a master page with everything written down including phone numbers and addresses. Getting dessert to go is a wonderful idea!!!! Yeah!

Also, if you want a truly unique souvenir, get a sweetgrass basket at either Boone Hall or downtown in the market. They are pricey, but oh-so-Charleston. They are made by women who have been taught by their mothers and so on. They sit there, weaving their baskets, while they are selling the others. I am trying to remember if there is anything else I should tell you not-to-miss...I'll let you know if I think of anything.



Every since I told my friend, L, about the baskets she has said that is the one thing she really wants. I can't wait to see Charleston. I know I am going to want to relocate there. It sounds like the perfect city. I'll never be able to talk Denny into Florida, but perhaps this is a good compromise.

Yes - if you think of anything else, PLEASE let me know. :goodvibes



Oh, if you need groceries for the villa, shop at the Piggly Wiggly which is near the entrance of Shelter Cove -- then, you can say you have shopped at a Piggly Wiggly. LOL!

I have heard of Piggly Wiggly, but I have never shopped in one. I am sure we will need a grocery run, although we are trying to pack a cooler with a few staples. We are trying to eat breakfast and lunch at the condo and have dinner out.

Mary Ellen -- just caught up ...the campus looks really nice. I hope your son settles in, first year can be a challenge but the change of scenery can do worlds of good!



That is what I am hoping - that a change of scenery will be good for him. He was home this weekend and as soon as he gets around his old friends (the dirt ball ones), thing go down hill. I don't think he should come home again until Thanksgiving.



Your photos and updates are great. LOVE the cruise pics - I'll have to take a few notes for future trips.



Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed the updates. Stay tune - I will definitely try to update at least twice before I leave. I do have a couple soccer games this week and tons of soccer pictures to post, but I promise to DIS too! :laughing:



AAA discounts, eh? from the AAA visa card? I've been cutting those u p& chucking them but maybe I should look in to that. AWESOME discounts!



It give 2% back to your account on gas and I think you get 2% towards the rebate certificates. They send them to you when you earn $50. You can use them on just about everything AAA sells including any park ticket. You can also send them directly to agent to use towards trips. They really do defray the cost of a park ticket and then I just upgrade the ticket to an AP when I get there. So my DH is not thrilled with the Disney Visa because its only 1%, but I want the $100 gift card and I would like to have a few disney dollars saved for next June! KWIM!



gotta go get dressed for a field hockey game.

Gotta love the fall sports!


7 Days to Vacation!!! :banana::banana::banana: I'm sure you're super excited!



I really am. It's going to be a busy week, but I really feel like I need a vacation. Can't come soon enough!


All those menus sound delicious, I don't know how you'll choose, but then again you won't go wrong.



I know Ellen knows her food, so whatever she recommends is a keeper. So many places. So little time!!!!! :laughing:



Love that picture of the DVC sign :) Can't wait to see more of the resort when you get back, I definitely wasn't giving it much credit.

From the little I know about it, its supposed to be fantastic. I hope to like it a lot because I'd really like to go back there with my DH, Denny, if I do. I can definitely see him liking it. He's not a "lay on the beach" type person, but he loves the outdoors.

No worries - I will take LOTS of pictures! Always do! ;)

Savannah is one place that I want to visit. I tried to get my DH to stop there when we were driving to Florida. He wouldn't, thinks that he has to make it to where he is going without sightseeing along the way. ARRGG!



Oh No! Well, maybe next time you can convince him. I love to sight see. There are so many great places in this country. I appreciate every new place to get to see. Discovery new places is so much fun!


South Carolina is a very pretty state to travel through. The last time that we drove through all of the overpasses had Christmas wreaths on them. That was so cool!



Really? Now that is cool! What a nice touch!



We drove through Georgia enough times last year to keep me satisfied for a long time! I did love buying peaches & pecans though.

That boring, eh? :rotfl: Though peaches and pecans sound like a bonus!

MEK
10-16-2011, 09:50 PM
It IS a long drive, but sooo worth it. Interested to hear how the Sea Shack is- we have never gone because the lines are crazy long in the summer-



I know it will be worth it. I have heard enough about the place from you that I KNOW I will love it. I really appreciate all your wonderful dining suggestions. They all sound fabulous. After I looked through the first third I found so many that looked appealing that I stopped. Just shows I will need multiple trips to HH!!!!


Your friends look like a lot of fun! You''l have a blast, I'm sure!

My friends are both very sweet, low maintenance type girls. We had a really nice time together in the OBX last summer. I am sure we will have a good time here, too!

Sooooo pretty there....

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg113/podsnel/Hilton%20Head%2008/2008_073106summer0103.jpg


I'm going to need more memory cards, aren't I? :rotfl:

That is a stunning picture. So serene! I hope the sunsets are still pretty in late October!

Wow the photos of Hilton Head look so good! :thumbsup2 I hope you and your friends have a great time Mary Ellen!

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Thanks. Did you see Ellen's? I really want to see a beautiful sunset like that. I really think its going to be a fun trip!


Love the planning binder.



I had an NP student who gave me that Mickey card last year, so I just cut it up and decided to make a front for my binder. I couldn't bear the thought of throwing anything out with Mickey on it. :laughing: Now Mickey has cocktails in each hand... :rolleyes1


Eek at having to get up so early and the drive! Hopefully it'll be worth it once you get to your destination.



Well, I'm sure when you fly from England to Orlando its no picnic either. But at least you get to stay two weeks. The drive is going to stink, but we'll make it!



Great plans and the menu had me drooling!!



some of those menus look so delish. I love seafood. I could eat it everyday. Plus I love all types of vegetables. All that stuff is right up my alley.



Yay on the giftcard and going to Cali grill - can't wait to see what you get.

We originally thought we were going to do the DxDP for a few days, but they nixed that. It's back to either getting it for the whole stay or not at all. There is no way I want it for 5 days. It's just way too much food. So I am going to get the TIW card, but it's nice to have the gift card to defray food costs. I really want to try the sushi there. I ate there once several years ago, but it was during my pre-sushi days. Must try the sushi this time.

tinacaplan
10-16-2011, 11:37 PM
You are not behind. This is a sloooooow moving TR. Well, actually I hope to pick up the pace a bit this week and add more w-burg stuff.

You would love W-burg. It's chocked full of history and other fun things to do. I can't wait to go back!

The resort is supposed to be fabulous. That's why I wanted to post about it on the regular trip report boards. I want to make it informative for other DISers who may want to go there. I am really looking forward to seeing Savannah & Charleston. I have heard nothing but good about Charleston and knowing me, I will probably want to move there. I am dying to relocated further south. Too chilly and damp here in the winters. Brrrrr!

I haven't been down to Williamsburg since I was a junior in highschool and I certainly enjoyed it then.

I'm glad you're posting on here about Hilton Head. Who knows? That could be on the horizon, too.

And I'm with you on the whole moving South thing. I would love to. Would love to go all the way down to the Sarasota/Ft. Myer's area in Florida, but I don't see that happening for a loooong time. Oh, welll...guess Connecticut isn't that bad! :rotfl:

MEK
10-17-2011, 01:36 PM
I haven't been down to Williamsburg since I was a junior in highschool and I certainly enjoyed it then.

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We stopped there right after we got married, many years ago and then we went back when the kids were in grade school. But this time I really noticed so much more and it seems like a lot of areas (like Yorktown) have changed since we last visited.

I'm glad you're posting on here about Hilton Head. Who knows? That could be on the horizon, too.



I know I keep saying this, but its supposed to be wonderful. I can't wait to see just how wonderful it is for myself. I sort of wish I was going with my DH because our darn August trip was too short and Denny is super easy to travel with, but I'm surely not complaining about a girl's trip!!!!

Ind I'm with you on the whole moving South thing. I would love to. Would love to go all the way down to the Sarasota/Ft. Myer's area in Florida, but I don't see that happening for a loooong time. Oh, welll...guess Connecticut isn't that bad! :rotfl:

Denny says he wants to move north! :scared1: I think he's out of his mind. My motivation is that everyone who moves south ends up loving it. How can I possibly go wrong by moving south! Right! :rotfl:

Wicket's Mom
10-17-2011, 06:22 PM
I can't get Bob to move to Florida either. We are going to put the house up for sale in a year or so, bet I can't get him to decide on a place to move! I want warm winters, so maybe N.Carolina would be nice. He likes it there, especially the Smokies. He wants to stay close to the kids, but if we moved to Florida we would probably see them more often!:)

Maybe we will go to Savannah next Sept. It would be pushing things to go to WDW next year. So I'm shooting for 2013, unless I can go on a girl's trip.

saintstickets
10-17-2011, 07:13 PM
My motivation is that everyone who moves south ends up loving it. How can I possibly go wrong by moving south! Right! :rotfl:

Sho 'nuf! Come on down, ya heah?

ABBSBTGOG! :thumbsup2

Queenofallthings
10-17-2011, 08:01 PM
Mary Ellen, your plans sound wonderful! I am a little envious, but then when I thought about all the great stories and pictures you'll be sharing with us, I was ok;)

When, not if, we do our eastern seaboard trip, we will definitely be planning on staying several days touring with you:banana: The thought of it makes me over the moon happy....we would have a ball! We could always end the trip with a few days in Disney:confused3what do you think??

MEK
10-18-2011, 08:03 AM
I can't get Bob to move to Florida either. We are going to put the house up for sale in a year or so, bet I can't get him to decide on a place to move! I want warm winters, so maybe N.Carolina would be nice. He likes it there, especially the Smokies. He wants to stay close to the kids, but if we moved to Florida we would probably see them more often!:)



Oh - the Smokies are beautiful. I think I would be happy in North Carolina. Any place south of Delaware sounds good to me!!! :rotfl:

Maybe we will go to Savannah next Sept. It would be pushing things to go to WDW next year. So I'm shooting for 2013, unless I can go on a girl's trip.

Well - I'm sure there are going to be plenty of girls at F&W 2013!!!!! I know I am in and rooming with Cynthia again. Maybe you could sneak away for that. :rolleyes1

Sho 'nuf! Come on down, ya heah?

ABBSBTGOG! :thumbsup2

:rotfl2: So sorry you won't be making it to HHI. Any bites on your reservation yet? Such a bummer you have to cancel. :sad2:

Mary Ellen, your plans sound wonderful! I am a little envious, but then when I thought about all the great stories and pictures you'll be sharing with us, I was ok;)



You know I love details, so this WILL be a comprehensive report on HHI. :thumbsup2 No worries there. I just need to get more written about Williamsburg. I have stuff to do every night this week, except for Thursday. Still, I want to get something done tonight, even if its just a short update.

When, not if, we do our eastern seaboard trip, we will definitely be planning on staying several days touring with you:banana: The thought of it makes me over the moon happy....we would have a ball! We could always end the trip with a few days in Disney:confused3what do you think??

That would be so totally cool! I would absolutely love that, especially capped off with a trip to Disney! :goodvibes

DWGal210
10-18-2011, 08:27 AM
Your HHI plans look divine! What a great girls trip!! I'll be excited to hear your impressions of the resort. Have a safe drive - sounds like an adventure!

jeremysdisneymom
10-18-2011, 08:35 AM
Mary Ellen--I am sooo jealous! Your trip looks like so much fun. I have never been to Hilton Head but it is on my vacation bucket list.

You will :love: Savannah! We were there a few summers ago and visited for a long weekend on our way to Myrtle Beach. I also :love: the Old Town Trolley Tours. I wanted to give you a few tips. If you start the tour at a stop other than stop 1, when you get to stop 1, you have to get off the trolley and board again. That is where the welcome center and railroad roundhouse is. Jeremy used to and still loves trains. He loved the roundhouse. I don't remember which stop it is, but the Williams house (I don't think that is the name but Jim Williams is who lived there--I think it is Mercer House) from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil used to not show on the Old Time Trolley Map. There is a stop near it. I can't think of the name of it but check out that home. It is very beautiful. BTW, I don't know if you like to read or not but I read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and was glad I did before I went. There is a lot in that town you will see/learn from the movie. Okay, I am rambling. Can you tell Savannah is my 2nd favorite place to visit other than Disney!!! :rotfl2:

One last thing, not sure what time you are leaving Savannah but we did Old Town Trolley's Ghost Tour. It was hilarious!!! Lots of fun. Not sure I would do it again as at one point it liked to scared me to death! :scared1:

I can't wait to see all you fabulous pictures.

Mndisneygirl
10-18-2011, 09:58 AM
I've been reading, but I don't think I've commented on your HHI trip plans yet. It looks like you are going to have a great time! It's on my bucket list as well - and hopefully we'll do it at the DVC HHI!! My SIL used to own a condo there and I wish we'd been able to go before she sold it, but no.
What a gorgeous sunset picture! I love sunrise and sunset pictures. I could decorate a whole house with them!

I'm planning/expecting to be at WDW for F&W 2012 (with my family) and will definitely be wanting some DISmeets!!! Hopefully the dates will coordinate with others.

saintstickets
10-18-2011, 10:30 AM
So sorry you won't be making it to HHI. Any bites on your reservation yet? Such a bummer you have to cancel. :sad2:

No bites....just a few nibbles. :lmao: The points will go into a holding account. They were under two separate UY's so part of them will expire at the end of February, 2012 and the balance will expire at the end of July, 2012. I will try to use those that expire in July to add another day to our May, 2012 trip if anything is available at the 60 day window. Otherwise, C'est la vie, que sera sera and s**t happens! :sad1: We sure were looking forward to meeting y'all. Maybe at WDW sometime in the future. Y'all have fun. It sounds like you have a great trip planned. BTW, the certificate is in the mail.

eandesmom
10-18-2011, 12:27 PM
mnn, Hilton Head and Low Country food. Doesn't get better than that!

MEK
10-18-2011, 08:10 PM
Will you guys hate me if I do replies tomorrow and try to start an update tonight?????

Roxychica7
10-18-2011, 08:31 PM
Oh Mary Ellen, you plans sound AMAZING!! Hilton Head, AND Savannah AND Charleston?!!? :lovestruc

And the food choices look delicious! Such fantastic options to choose from! Hve you ever seen $40 a day with Rachael Ray? There's an episode I remember of hers of a breakfast spot that always looked good to me..Signe's: Heaven Bound Bakery and Cafe. If I ever get a chance to visit, I've always wanted to stop there and try the blackberry french toast that they spotlight!
http://www.foodnetwork.com/40-a-day/hilton-head-sc/index.html

Roxychica7
10-18-2011, 08:32 PM
Will you guys hate me if I do replies tomorrow and try to start an update tonight?????
Update sounds great to me!! :thumbsup2

Pinkocto
10-18-2011, 08:44 PM
We are your loyal supporters and will be ok with anything you do :)

tinacaplan
10-18-2011, 08:53 PM
Denny says he wants to move north! :scared1: I think he's out of his mind. My motivation is that everyone who moves south ends up loving it. How can I possibly go wrong by moving south! Right! :rotfl:

NORTH??? That's crazy! :lmao: I'm from the Northeast and lived here my whole life...we are rude people, the winters suck, and its expensive. So, what's not to love, right? :rotfl: Maybe if the economy ever improves I'll think more seriously about it. Who knows? :confused3 Sometimes I think I'm so far along in life and then I realize that I still have Max at home for another fourteen years. Then I think about what I was doing fourteen years ago...well, you get the picture. :rotfl:

Will you guys hate me if I do replies tomorrow and try to start an update tonight?????

Yes, Mary Ellen. Very much. :lmao: Kidding, of course...update away!

MEK
10-18-2011, 08:58 PM
Got Ghosts? Part I

Here's a few Salisbury pictures I took during parent's weekend:

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OK - I digress. Back to Williamsburg. Well, actually back to the end of our boat ride on the Miss Hampton II.

I took a few pictures on my new memory card as we headed back to the dock.

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At least this coast guard boat didn't have a machine gun on front

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Cute tip box on board.

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Bye Miss Hampton

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After we got back on land I acted on something I had been thinking about for awhile. Ever since we got to the Williamsburg area I started getting the urge to visit Busch Gardens. I guess I am just a sucker for amusement parks, but I started thinking

(1) It shouldn't be crowded.

(2) It would be fun to hit a few thrill rides

(3) the weather is gorgeous

(4) the park is very pretty.

So I went into the small visitor center and asked the gentleman behind the counter if he knew where the closet AAA office was. He found me an address and actually gave me a map (which turned out to be unnecessary since Denny insisted on using the gps)

Walking back to the car I took a picture of this guy

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then Denny and I decided to duck into the air and space museum. They were running a special on their Imax films. I think they were charging something like $5 an Imax. We picked out a movie and as we were getting ready to pay, they lady behind the counter informed us that the Imax part of the film was broken. Well, never mind then. I didn't really want to see the film without the Imax working. Apparently Hurricane Irene had somehow knocked out the Imax. go figure!

So we passed on the movie and went to the car. By now it was close to 1pm and we were getting hungry. Being that this was STILL a budget friendly trip, I packed lunch. I was originally hoping to take lunch over to Yorktown to eat, but I decided not to wait. So - we ate in the parking garage. I know, I know - real high class. But it really was a NICE parking garage.

Then Denny insisted we follow the gps (instead of the map) over to the closest AAA which ended up being literally a 1/2 mile off of 64. I went in to purchase us 2 single day tickets to BG. I think I saved about $8. I know its not much, but with the AAA office being that convenient, why the heck not? I think our tickets were $116 total.

BTW - if you are planning a trip to W-burg next summer, check out the Prince George county website Till August 15th they sold a very inexpensive one day ticket to BG that was good until the end of the season. AND - you didn't have to be a VA resident to purchase one. Great deal. But you had to buy the voucher in person. No online orders.

After hitting the local AAA we set our sights on Yorktown. Our first stop was the Yorktown battlefield visitor center. I didn't take any pics in there because the sole purpose of my visit was a bio break. Although - I was quite tempted to buy a 7 day visitors pass for $10. It was good for both Yorktown and Jamestown battlefields. I just didn't think we would make it over to Jamestown the next day because we were now going to BG. And truth be told, at that point I was more interested in seeing the actual town, then the battlefield. Just another reason I want to go back. I want to tour both battlefields on a future trip.

Continued.......

Roxychica7
10-18-2011, 09:10 PM
SALISBURY!!! :banana::banana:

I love it!! The tulips in front of Fulton are SO pretty in the springtime! And MAN OH MAN, look at the Seagull Square! We're talking about visiting SU this weekend, I have to go check it out and get my fill of commons food :goodvibes

Busch Gardens definitely is fun..but Water Country is better! Glad you could at least get some type of discount! As a VA resident we had passes last year and they really are a great value especially with the price of parking, one visit pays for itself! Hoping the park wasn't too crowded!

MEK
10-18-2011, 09:13 PM
Here is the Prince George County website if you are interested:
http://www.princegeorgeva.org/

Yorktown has a very pretty little beach area along the river

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There were actually quite a few people on the beach. It really was a perfect late summer day.

This path was beside the beach and the river

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I read in trip advisor that this "biker bar" was supposed to have good food. Believe me, I was tempted to pop in there for a beer, but I really wanted to see the water front

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Another interesting looking restaurant complete with a distant relative of Captain Jack

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A bit of Yorktown history

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How pretty is this house?

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With this view

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I wasn't sure if the sidewalk was torn up because of the storm or if they hadn't completed installing it. I think it was the former and Denny was sure it was the later.

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I thought this was a cool gate

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This building is an ice cream shop.

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You can see how few people were visiting Yorktown today.

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Cute restaurant right on the water. Doris - Is this the one your husband likes?

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Who is shocked that I had to take about 10 pictures of the bridge?

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Definitely the best angle

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Continued.......

KatMark
10-18-2011, 09:15 PM
MaryEllen, your photos of Salisbury are great -- they shows the viewer a beautiful campus.

Glad you were able to get a discount on the tickets for Busch Gardens, but sorry the Imax film was not working.

Yorktown is very pretty.

MEK
10-18-2011, 09:30 PM
Continued

Here is the Schooner the Alliance.

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While originally planning this trip I had considered a sunset set cruise on the Alliance but I nixed it to save money and because I didn't think Denny would be impressed. You have to know that Denny has spent time sailing on a 42ft sailboat, so I didn't think he care one way or another. But when he saw the boat he actually said he would have liked to do one of the cruises. Oh well - next time.

An old boat on display

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We passed the Yorktown Segway Tours

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which was

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I bet we could have walked right in and gotten a tour. This place was dead.

I forgot to mention that this whole area was called

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I stopped in this store

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but they had signs posted everywhere - No Pictures. Really?

OK you history buffs....who knows who the guys in these statues?

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The Yorktown trolley coming

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and going

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I really did enjoy our walk though Yorktown. What a cute little town. For a hot minute we considered going back to the battlefield and catching the trolley so we could do a tour of the whole town. But I gotta tell you - I was getting hot and tired and I thought a little pool time would be in order.

So we walked back to find the car and head back to the resort.

I took this picture because I've never so many people and critters on a car before

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That's one big family.

On our way back to the Powhatan I called one of the several numbers I had to inquire about doing a ghost tour that evening and you know what.......The power was STILL out in Historic Williamsburg. The tour leader I spoke to was not going out, but she did offer to call another guide for me. He wasn't going out either. They offered me a reservation for the next night, but since I knew we would be spending the day at BG, I declined.

Bummer - I was really looking forward to hearing about ghosts and seeing some supernatural stuff.

Up Next.....Did I see a ghost after all in Got Ghosts? PartII

Roxychica7
10-18-2011, 09:46 PM
Oh it's so fun seeing all these updates of familiar things! That is one BIG family..too bad they all don't have the Disney ears on!

If you ever get a chance to go back to Yorktown, the Riverwalk Restaurant there is amazing! Great authentic MD style crabcakes, we ate there for Blake's sister's rehearsal dinner last year. And there's a great wine store..let me google it for you...called the River Fruit Wine Company..and they have the BEST homemade wine. Like Pineapple, Watermelon wine, YUM!

IheartDDuck
10-18-2011, 10:01 PM
I have always wanted to go to Williamsburg. We actually had a trip lined up to go there several years ago, but a hurricane came through hitting Virginia directly, so in two days time, we had to change our plans and ending up going to WDW.

Everything just looks so beautiful! I can't wait to see about your trip to Busch Gardens! That's the one place that I wanted to visit for sure when we were there.

KatMark
10-18-2011, 10:02 PM
That ice cream shop building is so cute...love it.

dawnbu40
10-19-2011, 05:58 AM
Your pictures are beautiful! The campus looks lovely and Yorktown looks like a fun place to explore :)

Stringbean&Wingnut
10-19-2011, 06:00 AM
That stinks that the power affected so many parts of your trip!! Hopefully everything at BG was up and running!

Wow...that is one huge window decal family!

MEK
10-19-2011, 07:45 AM
Your HHI plans look divine! What a great girls trip!! I'll be excited to hear your impressions of the resort. Have a safe drive - sounds like an adventure!

I am really looking forward to it - big time. Well, everything but the drive, but I'll make the best out of it. I am just very excited to see the south in real life. I have seen so many gorgeous pictures that I know I am going to :love: it.

Mary Ellen--I am sooo jealous! Your trip looks like so much fun. I have never been to Hilton Head but it is on my vacation bucket list.



Well, don't worry - I will take lots of pictures for you. Hopefully I will be able to fully inform you about the DVC resort there. I think that's probably a great option for everyone in terms of a great place to stay. And judging by the rate I got, killer rates are possible. :thumbsup2

You will :love: Savannah! We were there a few summers ago and visited for a long weekend on our way to Myrtle Beach. I also :love: the Old Town Trolley Tours. I wanted to give you a few tips. If you start the tour at a stop other than stop 1, when you get to stop 1, you have to get off the trolley and board again. That is where the welcome center and railroad roundhouse is. Jeremy used to and still loves trains. He loved the roundhouse. I don't remember which stop it is, but the Williams house (I don't think that is the name but Jim Williams is who lived there--I think it is Mercer House) from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil used to not show on the Old Time Trolley Map. There is a stop near it. I can't think of the name of it but check out that home. It is very beautiful. BTW, I don't know if you like to read or not but I read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and was glad I did before I went. There is a lot in that town you will see/learn from the movie. Okay, I am rambling. Can you tell Savannah is my 2nd favorite place to visit other than Disney!!! :rotfl2:

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Great tips! I wonder if I have time to run and get the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I definitely could use some reading material for the trip. Happy to hear your endorsement of Savannah - it sounds like a wonderful city!

One last thing, not sure what time you are leaving Savannah but we did Old Town Trolley's Ghost Tour. It was hilarious!!! Lots of fun. Not sure I would do it again as at one point it liked to scared me to death! :scared1:

I can't wait to see all you fabulous pictures.

I'm not sure how late will we stay there since I know we plan to arrive early in the day. I know they have a combo ghost ticket for the trolley. Really - was it really that scary? It sounds great. You are definitely making me very interested, particularly since I never got to do the ghost tour in W-burg.

Thanks again for all the info!!!!:goodvibes

I've been reading, but I don't think I've commented on your HHI trip plans yet. It looks like you are going to have a great time! It's on my bucket list as well - and hopefully we'll do it at the DVC HHI!! My SIL used to own a condo there and I wish we'd been able to go before she sold it, but no.
What a gorgeous sunset picture! I love sunrise and sunset pictures. I could decorate a whole house with them!



Tell me about it - I love sunrise and sunset pictures as well. I hope I am able to get a few myself. ;) Can't wait to photograph the scenery! I'm very excited about that.

I think I am going to love the DVC resort and seriously, how could I go wrong with $150/night. My understanding is that the resort is mostly 2 BR units, hence the great deal. They are probably more difficult to book. But can you imagine paying that rate for a couples trip - $75 a night per couple. Freaking awesome!

I'm planning/expecting to be at WDW for F&W 2012 (with my family) and will definitely be wanting some DISmeets!!! Hopefully the dates will coordinate with others.

I am tentatively thinking about arriving the 16th of 17th of October and staying for 6 nights. I thought a midweek arrival might be good and something different.

No bites....just a few nibbles. :lmao: The points will go into a holding account. They were under two separate UY's so part of them will expire at the end of February, 2012 and the balance will expire at the end of July, 2012. I will try to use those that expire in July to add another day to our May, 2012 trip if anything is available at the 60 day window. Otherwise, C'est la vie, que sera sera and s**t happens! :sad1: We sure were looking forward to meeting y'all. Maybe at WDW sometime in the future. Y'all have fun. It sounds like you have a great trip planned. BTW, the certificate is in the mail.

:rotfl2: Love the quote! Great attitude to take. Still a bummer, but I hope you can use the July points for May. I haven't had to put anything in a holding account yet. I think I am going to add their insurance to my 2012 reservations because I have a lot of points tied up in the treehouse. And then I will have another reservation in October.

Sorry we won't be meeting in person. Thank you so much for the certificate!

mnn, Hilton Head and Low Country food. Doesn't get better than that!

I can't wait to try some of this food. The only problem is there are WAY too many choices!!!!! Thank goodness my GF's are not picky eaters!

Oh Mary Ellen, you plans sound AMAZING!! Hilton Head, AND Savannah AND Charleston?!!? :lovestruc



It's the perfect trifecta of southern hospitality. :thumbsup2

And the food choices look delicious! Such fantastic options to choose from! Hve you ever seen $40 a day with Rachael Ray? There's an episode I remember of hers of a breakfast spot that always looked good to me..Signe's: Heaven Bound Bakery and Cafe. If I ever get a chance to visit, I've always wanted to stop there and try the blackberry french toast that they spotlight!
http://www.foodnetwork.com/40-a-day/hilton-head-sc/index.html

Wow - I checked this website out last night and it sounds and looks marvelous. thanks for the info. I will add it to my list! I do love that $40 a day show. Always interesting places with interesting food!

Update sounds great to me!! :thumbsup2

So happy I got one done last night!!!!

We are your loyal supporters and will be ok with anything you do :)

:hug: Gee thanks!

NORTH??? That's crazy! :lmao: I'm from the Northeast and lived here my whole life...we are rude people, the winters suck, and its expensive. So, what's not to love, right? :rotfl: Maybe if the economy ever improves I'll think more seriously about it. Who knows? :confused3 Sometimes I think I'm so far along in life and then I realize that I still have Max at home for another fourteen years. Then I think about what I was doing fourteen years ago...well, you get the picture. :rotfl:




:rotfl2: That's exactly how I feel about it here. I think we are incredibly rude and terrible, self entitled drivers! I'm sure its more expensive to live in Conn then here, but nothings cheap anymore.

Those 14 years will go fast. I know mine sure did. The best memories I have are of all the vacations with the kids. Otherwise it just seems like a blur of work and school. :headache:

Yes, Mary Ellen. Very much. :lmao: Kidding, of course...update away!


glad I got the update in. I would like to do 2 more before I leave, so stay tuned!

MEK
10-19-2011, 07:50 AM
SALISBURY!!! :banana::banana:

I love it!! The tulips in front of Fulton are SO pretty in the springtime! And MAN OH MAN, look at the Seagull Square! We're talking about visiting SU this weekend, I have to go check it out and get my fill of commons food :goodvibes




We had some extra time when we first arrived to go exploring, and I had my camera for a soccer game that night, so taking pictures seemed in order. I posted them just for you! :thumbsup2 Seagull Square does look very cool. They had a dedication ceremony in the afternoon, but I missed it because we took Brian out to get a few nice shirts at the mall. He said he wanted to look "nice" when he had to stand up to do a presentation. Shocking, I know! :rotfl:

Enjoy your visit this weekend. I do wish they would paint that trellis though. It looks a little beat up. I didn't take any pictures of it this time.

Busch Gardens definitely is fun..but Water Country is better! Glad you could at least get some type of discount! As a VA resident we had passes last year and they really are a great value especially with the price of parking, one visit pays for itself! Hoping the park wasn't too crowded!

The park was awesomely uncrowded, but we will get to that soon enough. I visited water country when we took the kids and it really was a fun park. I would rate it equivalent to the disney waterparks!

MaryEllen, your photos of Salisbury are great -- they shows the viewer a beautiful campus.



It is a very pretty campus and I'm glad I had more time to look around this visit!

Glad you were able to get a discount on the tickets for Busch Gardens, but sorry the Imax film was not working.

Yorktown is very pretty.

I do love Imax films, but honestly, there are so many hours in the day, so it worked out fine. But the time we finally did get back to the resort we didn't get to the pool until about 4:30pm.

Yorktown was lovely.

DWGal210
10-19-2011, 08:03 AM
What lovely pictures!!! It looks just gorgeous there. I would live to make it to that part of the country.

jeremysdisneymom
10-19-2011, 10:40 AM
What a beautiful college campus!

Love all your pictures of Yorktown. We need to get to Williamsburg and the area some time. We would love it.

I forgot to mention to you in my long post about Savannah. There is an "official" bookstore in Savannah regarding Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. They sell the book there however the "autograph" copy is a label the author signed they stuck in the book. However, if you want some ghost experiences of Savannah go there without doing the night tour. The woman who runs the shops is a ghost fanatic and is sure the shop is haunted. She will do things the entire time to get you to start talking ghosts with her. For instance, I did buy the "autograph" book and when she rang it up she said, "Boy the spirits must be happy today, they usually ring this book up as Paula Deen's cookbook." I never said a word as I had enough ghosts the night before. She did this to everyone and it was quite comical.

glennbo123
10-19-2011, 10:59 AM
Beautiful pictures as always MEK.

I'll be interested to read what you thought about Busch Gardens, I haven't been there in about a decade. We thought it was okay, but we kept thinking "nice try, but you're no 'Disney'".

Mndisneygirl
10-19-2011, 11:05 AM
OOOOH I know who is in that statue!! It's Washington and the French commander de Grasse!!! It was after their victory over Cornwallis which led to the end of the revolutionary war!!!

Okay, I cheated a little. I knew it was Washington and a French leader. I looked up the rest. ;)

We LOVE Yorktown too - it's so cute! We've been on that beach, on that sidewalk, in the Stars and Stripes store, eaten ice cream from that shop, I think we ate lunch at that pub too. They do have cute shops there. We've toured the battlefields and went to the Victory Center (which is where I learned all that history!!).

I have driven/ridden across that bridge many times. It's the main way from my SIL's to all the fun stuff!

Love your Salisbury pictures - what a pretty campus! The water pictures are cool!

So what do you do with all these gorgeous photos you take? You must have 100GB on hard drives somewhere or lots of albums!! They are often frame-worthy, and the flower ones make me think they belong on a calendar or in a magazine! You should submit some!

Captain_Oblivious
10-19-2011, 12:19 PM
Fantastic pictures! I don't have time to comment on everything since I'm woefully behind on everyone's TR's and need to update my own, but I really love the shots you took. Looks like you got to see quite a bit in all of your tours.

MEK
10-19-2011, 12:37 PM
Oh it's so fun seeing all these updates of familiar things! That is one BIG family..too bad they all don't have the Disney ears on!



It is cool to see pictures of places you know well.

Yeah - that family cracked me up. I was thinking...where's the 9 passenager van?

If you ever get a chance to go back to Yorktown, the Riverwalk Restaurant there is amazing! Great authentic MD style crabcakes, we ate there for Blake's sister's rehearsal dinner last year. And there's a great wine store..let me google it for you...called the River Fruit Wine Company..and they have the BEST homemade wine. Like Pineapple, Watermelon wine, YUM!

Actually, we walked right by it and don't think I didn't consider going in there for an adult beverage. I actually thought about eating there one evening, but it just didn't coincide with our visit time. Plus - it got very mixed reviews on trip advisor, which goes to prove that you shouldn't always pay attention to what people write.

I saw the Wine complany and I considered going in there. In fact, if I had known the store was there ahead of time I would have planned a wine tasting visit. It looked interesting. The whole town was dead. I wasn't even sure if it was open.

I have always wanted to go to Williamsburg. We actually had a trip lined up to go there several years ago, but a hurricane came through hitting Virginia directly, so in two days time, we had to change our plans and ending up going to WDW.



Well - I know all too well that a hurricane can really screw up plans! :rotfl: I guess you can't be too upset about missing Williamsburg for WDW.

It is a very fun place to visit. I definitely hope you get the chance soon.

Everything just looks so beautiful! I can't wait to see about your trip to Busch Gardens! That's the one place that I wanted to visit for sure when we were there.

There were just so many things to photograph. I must have been getting a tad tired by the time we got to Yorktown because I usually take more pictures than that.

Not to get ahead of myself, but I really did enjoy this visit to BG much better than my last one. Not surprising, since this visit was late August and the last one was a weekend in June.

It is a gorgeous park in terms of landscaping. Nothing compares with Disney parks, but this really was a nice alternative. And if you like coasters, well they have some great ones! Super clean. Easy to negotiate and the lockers with cheap - $1 I think! The customer service people were very nice as well.

That ice cream shop building is so cute...love it.

It was and I kept wishing I was hungry. That's what happens when you pack your own lunch and you bring the WHOLE bag of cookies instead of just a few! :rotfl:

Your pictures are beautiful! The campus looks lovely and Yorktown looks like a fun place to explore :)

Thanks Dawn. The campus is very pretty. Compact, but lovely. I took about 20 pictures of just the water fountain. I'm like that, you know! ;) Yorktown was a cool town, for sure!

That stinks that the power affected so many parts of your trip!! Hopefully everything at BG was up and running!


The thing I was most bummed about was the ghost tour. I really, REALLY wanted to do one. I couldn't understand why you can't have a ghost tour with no lights???? :confused3 I thought it would make it more authentic.

The power was back on in BG on Sunday, actually. I bet they get that park up and running ASAP!

Wow...that is one huge window decal family!

Definitely must be a record. Well, at least until Kate plus 8 or that other family with 19 kids put decals on their windows! :laughing:

MEK
10-19-2011, 12:58 PM
What lovely pictures!!! It looks just gorgeous there. I would live to make it to that part of the country.

Thank you! I actually really liked that part of Virginia. I liked all the residental areas. The thing I liked best - no or very few strip malls. The bigger shopper centers were surrounded by shrubs and very aestheically pleasing. Everything looked nice, neat, and manicured.

What a beautiful college campus!



It's a small campus, but it really has so lovely features and landscaping.

Love all your pictures of Yorktown. We need to get to Williamsburg and the area some time. We would love it.



Well, I hope by the time I am done I will have given you enough information to start planning a trip. You can get some great deals and lodging and if you want the name of the gentleman I used, just pm me anytime!

Williamsburg and the area some time. We would love it.

I forgot to mention to you in my long post about Savannah. There is an "official" bookstore in Savannah regarding Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. They sell the book there however the "autograph" copy is a label the author signed they stuck in the book. However, if you want some ghost experiences of Savannah go there without doing the night tour. The woman who runs the shops is a ghost fanatic and is sure the shop is haunted. She will do things the entire time to get you to start talking ghosts with her. For instance, I did buy the "autograph" book and when she rang it up she said, "Boy the spirits must be happy today, they usually ring this book up as Paula Deen's cookbook." I never said a word as I had enough ghosts the night before. She did this to everyone and it was quite comical.

Wow - that's great information. Is the bookstore on the trolley tour? I know they give you a map and there's a ton of stops. If its on the tour I will definitely stop. I love ghost stories. Sounds like a hoot!

Beautiful pictures as always MEK.



Thanks Glenn!

I'll be interested to read what you thought about Busch Gardens, I haven't been there in about a decade. We thought it was okay, but we kept thinking "nice try, but you're no 'Disney'".

I actually had a really good time in the park and I will do a good update on it. We stayed from park open to close. I didn't bring my camera in initially and just relied on cell phone pictures, but around 4pm I went out to get it and then I looped the whole park again taking pictures.

My first impression when I took the boys (and this was probably in 2003) was that it was no Disney and I didn't like the way the queued their lines. Well, actually they didn't queue them at all. But going there with minimal wait times, low crowds, and on a gorgeous day proved to be a far better experience.

As far as I'm concerned there are no parks like Disney. Even Universal falls a bit short in some aspects. But compared to our local parks like Dorney and Hershey Park, this was WAY better. I've also been to Kings Dominion and BG was much better.

OOOOH I know who is in that statue!! It's Washington and the French commander de Grasse!!! It was after their victory over Cornwallis which led to the end of the revolutionary war!!!

Okay, I cheated a little. I knew it was Washington and a French leader. I looked up the rest. ;)



:worship: You go girl :worship: I really wasn't sure who was with Washington, so I was going to look it up! Thanks - now I don't have to!!!!


We LOVE Yorktown too - it's so cute! We've been on that beach, on that sidewalk, in the Stars and Stripes store, eaten ice cream from that shop, I think we ate lunch at that pub too. They do have cute shops there. We've toured the battlefields and went to the Victory Center (which is where I learned all that history!!).

I have driven/ridden across that bridge many times. It's the main way from my SIL's to all the fun stuff!



I didn't even mention the Victory Centers because, again, I knew we couldn't even consider those. That is why I absolutely have to go back for a longer trip. I need to tour both battlefields and both Victory Centers. Two full days was not enough. I need at least 4 real days there!!!!

Such a pretty bridge.

Love your Salisbury pictures - what a pretty campus! The water pictures are cool!

So what do you do with all these gorgeous photos you take? You must have 100GB on hard drives somewhere or lots of albums!! They are often frame-worthy, and the flower ones make me think they belong on a calendar or in a magazine! You should submit some!

Thank you!

At this point I have most of my pictures in photobucket. I also have a good number backed up on an external hard drive. Soon I will have to start deleting them out of my iphoto. I will start by deleting the soccer pictures because they are all on photobucket. But I like to keep my Disney and my scenery pictures accessible for when I make videos. So - yeah - I am always on the edge of filling my hard drive to capacity and I'm always doing the photo shuffle to make more room. I am seriously worried for the amount of photos I could potentially take next week. :rolleyes1

Fantastic pictures! I don't have time to comment on everything since I'm woefully behind on everyone's TR's and need to update my own, but I really love the shots you took. Looks like you got to see quite a bit in all of your tours.

Thank you! We really did have a wonderful first full day and there's more!!!!!

I am trying to update a lot this week before I go to HHI, so I am afraid I am going to get behind on everyone's TRs too. I am off from work tomorrow, so I am going to try to catch up!

DisMomAmy
10-19-2011, 01:25 PM
Amazing pictures Mary Ellen!! I'd love to take up photography when my kids get a little bigger & I can take my eyes off them for more than two seconds!

MEK
10-19-2011, 01:37 PM
Amazing pictures Mary Ellen!! I'd love to take up photography when my kids get a little bigger & I can take my eyes off them for more than two seconds!

:rotfl: Good point! I didn't go anywhere near a camera when my kids were that age. Denny was always taking pictures, but they were usually of me chasing a kid! :rotfl: It is a fun hobby. I love it.

I saw this tour you can take in Hilton Head with a nature photographer. You go and shot together. It's like $90 for a 2 hour tour (group tour) and $200 plus if you go out by yourself. A bit pricey, but probably worth it.

Nermel9
10-19-2011, 02:33 PM
Great update, amazing pictures! You're really making me want to take a trip to Virginia again, I haven't been there in years! I can't wait to hear about BG!

Oh, and guess what I'm doing this Saturday? A ghost tour in Boston! :banana: I'll keep an eye out for some ghosts for you, maybe I can get a picture of one or two! :laughing:

TanzUnited99
10-19-2011, 04:29 PM
Wow what awesome pics! :thumbsup2

Love getting to see Salisbury and Williamsburg from my own living room! :laughing:

It's strange to hear about how much of an impact Hurricane Irene actually had - I wouldn't imagine it affecting Imax.

Queenofallthings
10-19-2011, 07:00 PM
I actually went back 4 times to look at all the pictures....wow....I don't know what else to say! I'm beginning to realize there are so many places to visit besides WDW:lmao: Jasmine is trying to talk me into a winter vacation to Atlantis in the Bahamas to which I replied with a big ol :lmao::lmao::lmao:

Wicket's Mom
10-19-2011, 07:30 PM
Mary Ellen, that was not the place. Where we go is before you cross the bridge. It is near the Victory Center & past the old part of Yorktown. There is an old house there with a brick wall around it. It is open for visitation.

Jamestown has two places, one is a recreated village sort of like Plymouth Plantation. It was built in 1959 for an anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. The other site is the original Jamestown which has outlines of where the original buildings stood. They have a archeology center there.

As always great photos.

MEK
10-20-2011, 06:59 AM
Great update, amazing pictures! You're really making me want to take a trip to Virginia again, I haven't been there in years! I can't wait to hear about BG!



Do it! Just do it! :rotfl: I'm glad you are enjoying the pictures. I just finished editing my BG pictures so I can post those before I leave. :thumbsup2


Oh, and guess what I'm doing this Saturday? A ghost tour in Boston! :banana: I'll keep an eye out for some ghosts for you, maybe I can get a picture of one or two! :laughing:

Cool! I bet Boston is a great place for ghosts! That sounds like a lot of fun. Enjoy!

Wow what awesome pics! :thumbsup2

Love getting to see Salisbury and Williamsburg from my own living room! :laughing:


Isn't that one of the things that is so great about the DIS. You get to see other places you would normally not get a chance to visit. And I think because there is commentary you end up learning a little bit more. The pictures leave a greater impression.



It's strange to hear about how much of an impact Hurricane Irene actually had - I wouldn't imagine it affecting Imax.

I guess it had something to do with the electricity going out. It probably didn't reset correctly, but what do I know? :confused3:laughing:

I actually went back 4 times to look at all the pictures....wow....I don't know what else to say! I'm beginning to realize there are so many places to visit besides WDW:lmao: Jasmine is trying to talk me into a winter vacation to Atlantis in the Bahamas to which I replied with a big ol :lmao::lmao::lmao:

So glad you are enjoying the pictures!!!!

Atlantis sounds wonderful. Do you think you can swing it? That resort looks/sounds amazing.

I agree, there are tons of places to see and my bucket list gets bigger (instead of smaller) all the time. :laughing:

Mary Ellen, that was not the place. Where we go is before you cross the bridge. It is near the Victory Center & past the old part of Yorktown. There is an old house there with a brick wall around it. It is open for visitation.



Hmmmm - we did pass the victory center, but :confused3 Sounds pretty cool. Just one more reason to go back.


Jamestown has two places, one is a recreated village sort of like Plymouth Plantation. It was built in 1959 for an anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. The other site is the original Jamestown which has outlines of where the original buildings stood. They have a archeology center there.



And then there's the battlefield, too?

I have to admit, I found reading about the different attractions very confusing. I know its just something I have to experience for myself. I haven't been to Jamestown since the early 1990's and I don't remember having to pay for each attraction. I remember most things as being free.

If I go back I want to do the battlefields, tour everything at Jamestown and hit the Yorktown Victory center (if time permits). I like to take a day for Jamestown, one for Yorktown, on for Williamsburg, and still get my thrill ride fix. That's why I need a week!

LilAnn
10-20-2011, 08:07 AM
I finally got caught up, but now have forgotten most of what I wanted to say. Figures.

Loved the photos of the area - so pretty. I remember when I went to visit a friend at William & Mary, he took me to one of those "fancy" restaurants for dinner the night I arrived, and I was not dressed appropriately. Oops. Good food, though.

I remember visiting the battlefields with another friend back in college too, he was big on battlefields. I do remember that after a day of it, I was like, there are only so many canons I can see in a field before I get bored. But I love the history and character of the area and Colonial Williamsburg.

I remember going to BG as a kid - can't wait to see how much has changed since then. I remember them having some pretty awesome roller coasters back in the day and that they didn't last 45 seconds either!

Can't wait to hear about HHI. I've always wanted to go there and your teaser pics are definitly cementing that thought.

Lady Lallie
10-20-2011, 09:30 AM
I want to go to Yorktown! It looks beautiful and I really want to see the historic sights, I just love that history geek stuff! :thumbsup2

Mndisneygirl
10-20-2011, 01:22 PM
We've enjoyed Busch Gardens a few times when we visit the in-laws. It's been a while, but I actually rode the Loch Ness a number of years ago. I think it was before Paige was born, so 9 years? Gave me such a headache, I was spent for the rest of the day. That's the last "big" coaster I've been on. It is a really pretty park - not too big either.

MEK
10-20-2011, 04:54 PM
I finally got caught up, but now have forgotten most of what I wanted to say. Figures.


:laughing: I do that ALL the time! :laughing:



Loved the photos of the area - so pretty. I remember when I went to visit a friend at William & Mary, he took me to one of those "fancy" restaurants for dinner the night I arrived, and I was not dressed appropriately. Oops. Good food, though.



I saw a couple of those "fancy" places. We did not eat there, but I did find a really good casual place that I would highly recommend - coming up!



I remember visiting the battlefields with another friend back in college too, he was big on battlefields. I do remember that after a day of it, I was like, there are only so many canons I can see in a field before I get bored. But I love the history and character of the area and Colonial Williamsburg.



I am the SAME way. I can only take so many factoids and then I go in overload. Denny loves that stuff and could listen for hours, but not me. That may have been why I didn't want to tour the battlefield at Yorktown. I had just listened to 2 plus hours of naval information.


I remember going to BG as a kid - can't wait to see how much has changed since then. I remember them having some pretty awesome roller coasters back in the day and that they didn't last 45 seconds either!



The first time I was there (20 yrs ago) there were only two coasters. When I went with the kids in 03 or 04 there were 4. Since then they changed out the big bad wolf and built the griffon. I loved the big bad wolf and was sorry to see if go. I think they are probably building some kind of crazy launch coaster in its place. :scared1:


Can't wait to hear about HHI. I've always wanted to go there and your teaser pics are definitly cementing that thought.

Well, I hope my real pictures will increase your desire even more. I just hope my hard drive will hold all the new ones! ;)

I want to go to Yorktown! It looks beautiful and I really want to see the historic sights, I just love that history geek stuff! :thumbsup2

You would love the whole area. There is so much history to see!!!! Can't wait to go back!

We've enjoyed Busch Gardens a few times when we visit the in-laws. It's been a while, but I actually rode the Loch Ness a number of years ago. I think it was before Paige was born, so 9 years? Gave me such a headache, I was spent for the rest of the day. That's the last "big" coaster I've been on. It is a really pretty park - not too big either.

Well - here's a spoiler - I did NOT ride the Loch Ness Monster for exactly that reason. The other coasters are so much smoother. I almost did go over there and I think one of the cast members (or whatever they are called) talked me out of it, reminding me it was way too jerky!

The park does have excellent landscaping. Really lovely!

tinacaplan
10-20-2011, 06:12 PM
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Those 14 years will go fast. I know mine sure did. The best memories I have are of all the vacations with the kids. Otherwise it just seems like a blur of work and school. :headache:

All the more reason to go to Disney! :thumbsup2 Beautiful pictures of Yorktown. You really do take gorgeous pictures.

MEK
10-20-2011, 06:19 PM
All the more reason to go to Disney! :thumbsup2

Absolutely! My only regret is that I didn't take my kids sooner. I think they would have really enjoyed it when they were preschool age. I thought they would have been too young. I was so wrong.

Beautiful pictures of Yorktown. You really do take gorgeous pictures.

Thank you! I owe a lot of it to obsessive editing! :laughing:

Wicket's Mom
10-20-2011, 06:37 PM
ME, I don't believe that there is a battlefield at Jamestown. The one house that is really cool was closed a couple of years ago. It was the Carter mansion, Williamsburg owns it & closed it down due to monetary problems. It is fully furnished. There is also a site of an early massacre of settlers, museum & graves of said victims. All of these items were found on the estate. Tis a pity that it has been closed.
Jamestown the recreation has an entry fee, but the actual site doesn't. It may since it has been a few years since we've been there. Also, there is the site of the earliest glass factory in the colonies. They still blow the glass there & sell it. Makes for a lovely souvenier.

MEK
10-20-2011, 06:52 PM
So here goes - I'm being ambitious and updating again about Williamsburg because I really want to get this TR done before we leave for HHI. It's not going to happen, but I still want to see how far I can get by Saturday night.

I'm a little upset, though, because my phone pictures are not uploading correctly into photobucket and I sure as heck don't want to put anymore pictures on my hard drive. Grrrrrrrh! Hope I can get my dinner pictures to upload.

So, when I left off we had just finished touring Yorktown and made the unpleasant discovery that there would be NO Ghost tours in historic Williamsburg that evening because of a lack of electricity. I mean, who knew that a power outage would be responsible for canceling ghost tours. In our opinion, no power would only add to the authenticity of the tour. I suppose its another case of Safety First.

WE got back to the condo shortly after 4pm. When we got out of the car we could hear music coming from the pool area......and......then......the sounds of Karaoke! But not good karaoke - BAD karaoke! I am very sensitive to people singing out of tune and this was just abrasive. We ran inside, slamming the door behind us. There we checked the resort schedule. Sure enough - pool party with karaoke until 4:30. OK then. What to do? Well, you guessed it - time for an adult beverage and THEN the pool. We timed it just as the last singer (who happened to be a child) was up. Who can be annoyed by a child's singing. Not even super critical me!

No one checked our cards as we went it. We grabbed a couple towels and found a couple chairs by the adult pool. That's right - an ADULT pool! The other pool was the family pool. Gotta love that!

Ahhhhhhhh......Even my short, stubby, seriously in need of a pedicure, feet were happy!

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I was in full resting mode as I took pictures FROM my chair.

Here's the pool without my feet.

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And another angle

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And the entrance way

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After Chillin' and swimming, I set off to take a few more pics.

The multipurpose (aka family) pool

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Fountains

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The ever essential pool bar

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A few more views

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A view of the grounds from the edge of the fence

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We spent about an hour or so at the pool. I would have liked to stay longer, but there was the all important decision of food looming ahead of us. The one thing I did not want was to wait in a restaurant line. That alone was motivation to get my a$$ in gear and up off the chaise. I thought if we could at least be seated somewhere by 6:45 or 7pm, we would not be gracing the front stoop of a restaurant for any appreciable length of time.

So we went back to the condo to shower, change, and peruse Williamsburg tourist books looking for a place to eat.

And there among the chain restaurants, barbecue joints, and Italian mom and pop places, was divine inspiration in the form of Food For Thought.

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I remember passing this place the previous evening and I liked the name. Well, I would probably like any name with "food" in it, so that's not surprising. I did a quick search on trip advisor and found that is was rated #3 out of 180 Williamsburg restaurants. Well - all righty then - it was a go! The only thing I didn't do in my haste was try to find a %10 off coupon in one of those touristy books. I know they exist. How do I know? Well, I over heard our waitress apply it to another customer's bill. That was after she handed him her business card and struck up a lengthy conversation while flaunting her culinary attributes. Yes - you guessed it - she was studying to be a chef and the patron was in from Denver on business and ...yada...yada.....yada.....I heard her tell him she would apply the coupon (which he didn't have) in an attempt to earn herself some brownie points.

Ok - enough about her. Seriously, over hearing all that was probably the only unpleasant thing that happened during the meal. This place was freaking fantastic at a very reasonable price.

So we started with a microbrew..... (cell phone picture alert.......)

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I don't know which one, but here's what the menu says about the microbrews:

We were proudly the first non-smoking restaurant in Williamsburg and have a wonderful bar area serving draft microbrews from Williamsburg Alewerks and Dogfishhead; along with other seasonal drafts.



I'm thinking I either went with the Alewerks or something seasonal. Doesn't really matter - it was good.

And, in case you don't remember the name of the restaurant, why here it is on the glass.....

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Here is a lovely bartender serving up the good stuff


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For dinner I had the beet salad

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It doesn't look all that pretty, but it was darn good and had plenty of beets!

My entree was the crab-a-bella

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I can't copy the menu description, but here's my version - yummy crabcake, covered with provolone, sitting in a portabella mushroom served over jasmine rice and bruschetta tomatoes

This was seriously heaven on a plate. I feel pretty certain I had some leftovers.

Here's Denny's meal

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I think he must have had some type of flounder or tilapia special. It had a nice whole wheat type breading and note the mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus. Denny probably didn't love his meal as much as I loved mine, but he never does. I always ask the waitress or waiter which I should pick. I usually give them two or three choices and I always go with what they recommend. Denny just picks the special. I don't think he tries hard enough!

We skipped dessert or maybe he got some cheesecake or something. I know I was way too full and I needed to go walk off dinner.

I highly recommend this place if you ever visit W-burg. The only things that made it less than a perfect experience where (1) the waitress trying to network at the table next to ours which was literally 8 inches away, and (2) the manager coming over to ask how everything was with the expressed intention of clearing off our plates and bringing our check in 20 seconds flat. It just felt a little forced/rushed.

But I suspect that they are used to crowds and they need to keep it moving. Just as well, because I really did want to take a walk through Williamsburg in the dark.

Continued.........

MEK
10-20-2011, 06:55 PM
Continued.......

We drove over to colonial Williamsburg and found a convenient public parking lot on Gloucester Street (which is where the Ghost tours normally meet).

I decided that even though it was pretty darn dark, I would just "try" to take a few pictures starting with this one.....

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We were right next to the William & Mary bookstore so we went inside. They obviously had electricity. This was more like a public bookstore than a college bookstore, but perhaps a lot of the bigger university bookstores are like that. The actual coursework books were way in the back of the store. In the front of the store were gads and gads of W&M clothes and other articles.

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The merchandise was displayed so nicely that I really had to fight the urge to buy something. I thought about getting something for Nicholas, but decided it was best to buy him college stuff when he actually went to tour colleges.

I mean - really - doesn't this window just make you want to shop there?

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For the younger W&M wannabe

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A whole display of Vera Bradley

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I'm sure there is no shortage of expendable income when it comes to W&M students, parents, and alum. Smart merchandising, if you ask me.

Right next door was a Christmas shop

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And a silver shop

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Jewelry anyone? Love this......

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Candy/peanut shop

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See - there really IS a little bit of Disney where ever you go

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Sunny Seed Drops????

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I had never heard of Nehi softdrinks, but apparently Denny had from when he was a kid

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The Cheese Shop was closed

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We went in one more shop where I actually tried to "shop" and I didn't take any pictures. While I looked around Denny went outside to call his brother. Denny's mom is in her early 90's and she has frequent bouts of congestive heart failure. I think she had just been in and out of the hospital.

I also paused at one point to call Nicholas. I made a point of calling him every morning and every evening to make sure he was home from evening soccer practice safely.

So what did I buy? Nothing! I guess I was taking the budget conscious thing too seriously. But, never fear - I did buy something the next day!

When we got outside I asked Denny if he would mind if we walked down Gloucester Street a bit.

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Needless to say, it was quite dark with just a few street lamps and I have no idea how they were lit.

Gotta love this saying......
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Can you believe that even in the poor light and despite the uneven sidewalks, we meandered straight to the end of Gloucester Street. I know doris will know which building is at the end of Gloucester Street. I'm too lazy to look it up right now. All I can tell you is that building looked "spooooook keeeeeeey" It was so dark I couldn't get a picture of it. All I could get was a picture of the outside gate

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On the way back I developed a fascination with taking pictures of the street lamps

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And these were seriously the only lighting around

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In looking at all these street lamps, I think perhaps the electricity had been restored. I see no other explanation.

A couple things I noticed on Gloucester street:

1. There were TONS of W&M students using this road as a jogging path. I was shocked. But they just kept coming in pairs, triplets, and alone. And it was dark. I guess this must be a main night time jogging spot because of the lack of traffic. What a healthy bunch of students.

2. There was one large group on a tour. I asked Denny if we could just ease our way closer and closer until we could hear what they were saying. Of course, Mr "follow the rules at all times" wanted nothing to do with this strategy. My conclusion - I think this was a tour group from W&M, but I guess I will never know.

Continued........

MEK
10-20-2011, 07:08 PM
Continued......

Well, you all know how much I wanted to see a ghost or an orb or an aberration or something.

Check this out.......

Picture # 1

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Don't mind if I do, Josiah!

Picture # 2

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See it???? There in the tree??? That round, unnatural glow of light???? There were no lights in that tree.

Is it? Could it Be????? An Orb!!!!!!!:scared1:

The more I look at it, the more I think it is. Call me crazy! I looked at a bunch of orb pictures taken on ghost tours and it looks like the real deal to me.

Of course, Denny, being the pragmatist, said "no way". I suppose there could be some logical explanation, like my flash reflected off something in the tree. But for now, I am going by the opinion that this is an authentic orb. :rolleyes1

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I stand corrected - this street is actually Duke of Gloucester street, not Gloucester street!

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My bad!
And my last picture for the night.......ta da........

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the ever exciting price list for Colonial Williamsburg tickets. Just add a couple more dollars to those prices if you are planning to go in 2012!

It was close to 10pm by the time we finished our walk. Denny was really a good sport about it, since we walked much further than he wanted to.

When we got back to the condo we decided to use the hot tub again! ;) And then it was off to dream land.

Up Next - A Day at Busch Gardens!

MEK
10-20-2011, 07:17 PM
ME, I don't believe that there is a battlefield at Jamestown. The one house that is really cool was closed a couple of years ago. It was the Carter mansion, Williamsburg owns it & closed it down due to monetary problems. It is fully furnished. There is also a site of an early massacre of settlers, museum & graves of said victims. All of these items were found on the estate. Tis a pity that it has been closed.
Jamestown the recreation has an entry fee, but the actual site doesn't. It may since it has been a few years since we've been there. Also, there is the site of the earliest glass factory in the colonies. They still blow the glass there & sell it. Makes for a lovely souvenier.

I was so curious about it that I looked it up.

I originally read about it on this site http://www.nps.gov/york/planyourvisit/things2do.htm


COLONIAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK PASS
Fees
$10 - 7 Days Park Entrance
Details:
Children 15 and under are free.

The seven-day pass fee is per adult and allows unlimited admittance to all facilities and Ranger Guided or Living History public tours for seven consecutive days at both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield during regular operating hours.


I see now how I misread it thinking it said historic jamestown and yorktown battlefields when it really said Historic Jamestown AND Yorktown battlefield. Makes sense now. See - I told you I need to go back. I do remember seeing the glass blowing at Jamestown (years ago) and thought it was so cool. Children 16 ad under free - that's awesome!

The Carter Mansion sounds very cool. I do see your point about the theme park taking away some of the historic sites thunder. I think most people are like me - they like a little bit of history, but not history overload. I am one of those, so the theme park breaks it up for me because it requires no thought.

Doris - I think I need you to write an itinerary for my next visit because you really know your stuff! :worship:

Pinkocto
10-20-2011, 07:37 PM
Great update, as usual loving all the pictures! Love all the old signs and streetlamps!

Glad Denny was there to protect you from that orb!

Stringbean&Wingnut
10-20-2011, 07:38 PM
That is sort of funny that a lack of power would cancel a ghost tour. Boo.

(Pun intended. :upsidedow)

Speaking of ghosts, I totally believe that's a ghost in your picture! That doesn't look like one of those orbs that's just an amorphic smudge that also might be a smudge on your camera lens.

Not that that ever happened to me. :rolleyes1

Can't wait to see your Busch Gardens recap!

MEK
10-20-2011, 07:47 PM
Great update, as usual loving all the pictures! Love all the old signs and streetlamps!



Thanks! I did go a little crazy on the street lamps! :rolleyes1



Glad Denny was there to protect you from that orb!

:rotfl2: Yeah - he was a big comfort! :rotfl2:


That is sort of funny that a lack of power would cancel a ghost tour. Boo.


:laughing: Good one! :thumbsup2



Speaking of ghosts, I totally believe that's a ghost in your picture! That doesn't look like one of those orbs that's just an amorphic smudge that also might be a smudge on your camera lens.

Not that that ever happened to me. :rolleyes1



You're right - a lot of those orbs just look like smudges or water drops. This is a real glow! :goodvibes:



Can't wait to see your Busch Gardens recap!

I will definitely get it started before I go away!!!!!

tinacaplan
10-20-2011, 07:48 PM
Love all the W-burg pictures. So beautiful. Your dinner looks delicious and the resort looks like it was really, really nice, too.

MEK
10-20-2011, 07:53 PM
Love all the W-burg pictures. So beautiful. Your dinner looks delicious and the resort looks like it was really, really nice, too.

Thanks!

The resort was really nice. The pool area was lovely. I kept thinking how great it would be to have a Disney DVC resort there. Dinner was delish!!!!

saintstickets
10-20-2011, 08:16 PM
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I'm disappointed in you MEK. I was expecting a pic of you showing your noodle expertise learned earlier this year at SAB! :rotfl2:

IheartDDuck
10-20-2011, 09:28 PM
Those are some really great pictures. Very pretty. Definitely on my list of places to visit.

I'll have to keep the restaurant in mind then. I love microbrews and I love food, so it seems you can't go wrong there.

MEK
10-21-2011, 05:18 AM
I'm disappointed in you MEK. I was expecting a pic of you showing your noodle expertise learned earlier this year at SAB! :rotfl2:

:lmao: If I had a noodle I might have done just that! Come to think of it, no one had a noodle! Then again, I was trying to keep my hair from getting wet, so maybe not! :rotfl:

BTW - I got the restaurant.com certificate yesterday! I will most definitely have a rita for you. Are you on facebook? If so I will post a picture immediately!


Those are some really great pictures. Very pretty. Definitely on my list of places to visit.



It really was a fun place and I missed so much of this history stuff. I tentatively would like to return for a longer trip NEXT August. That last week of August is a perfect time to visit!




I'll have to keep the restaurant in mind then. I love microbrews and I love food, so it seems you can't go wrong there.

You got that right! :thumbsup2 Plus, just think food and the names just comes to you!

Lady Lallie
10-21-2011, 07:53 AM
That's it! You have settled it, I must go to Williamsburg. I am practically drooling over these pictures. And with that being said youa re going to have to come up to Concord, MA because we have a great historical area that I think you enjoy as well. :thumbsup2

jenjolt
10-21-2011, 08:10 AM
Love your pictures!! We so have to get back up to the Northeast soon!! There is so much to do there and so much you can see!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!

Definitely put it on my list of places to see!!!

feyrerm
10-21-2011, 10:10 AM
They "ORB" picture is pretty amazing. I don't know what it is, but it is about as bright as I've ever seen a invisible object show up on a picture.

I'm loving the TR Monica and I have been thinking of doing a Williamsburg trip for a while. This may just push us to book it. Where did you stay?

KatMark
10-21-2011, 10:10 AM
Great update, MEK! I love when a resort, hotel, whatever has a "family" pool and an "adult" pool -- makes it so much more relaxing for those not traveling with kids (don't get me wrong...I LOVE kids, e.g.--Cayley and Avery, but there are those times when a little peace and quiet makes the day just a tad better).

Your meals look very good. I love brewery type restaurants.

Your pictures as you took your walk are great. And I'll go with you--it's an Orb. :)

DWGal210
10-21-2011, 11:32 AM
You had a great night!! An awesome dinner AND a night time walking tour?! Cool!

I'm impressed those college students were all running, but it doesn't seem all that safe with no lights, does it??

littlezar
10-21-2011, 12:29 PM
Love all the pics and descriptions of everything. :goodvibes

Wicket's Mom
10-21-2011, 06:47 PM
Chowning Tavern si a fun place to be at night. They have tavern games & song to participate in. You are seated with other people, funway to meet new people. It's a blast!
The building at the end of DOG street is where the trials were held. I can't think of the name right now.

We love staying the houses & taverns, it's like staying on Disney property. Expensive, but th eambiance can't be beat! We would sit of an evening on a bench & people watch. There would be several tours going at a time.

All of the taverns are great for eating, but usually booked up. The Raleigh Tavern bake shop is good for a breakfast sandwich & yummy cakes & cookies.

The restaurant that you went to must be fairly new. It looks like a place that we would like. Love those artisan beers!!

eandesmom
10-21-2011, 08:20 PM
what a fun evening!!!!!!!!!!! Despite kicking it off running away from bad karoke, the rest sounds perfect and your entree...YUM!

MEK
10-21-2011, 08:31 PM
That's it! You have settled it, I must go to Williamsburg. I am practically drooling over these pictures. And with that being said youa re going to have to come up to Concord, MA because we have a great historical area that I think you enjoy as well. :thumbsup2

Well, the nice thing is you can drive there! Plus its very family friendly. While the baby is little take advantage of all the history touring. They won't know to be bored! :rotfl:

I went to Concord once, many years ago - pre Denny. I did a bike ride across Mass and we stopped there. It was so cool, but I never really liked touring in the middle of bike rides. I like to get the ride, then tour.

Love your pictures!! We so have to get back up to the Northeast soon!! There is so much to do there and so much you can see!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!



There really is a lot to do here. I am in an excellent location for doing all the touristy thing because DC and NYC are only two hours from me and Williamsburg is about 5. It's a very cool area.



Definitely put it on my list of places to see!!!

Do it! :goodvibes

They "ORB" picture is pretty amazing. I don't know what it is, but it is about as bright as I've ever seen a invisible object show up on a picture.


Welcome Feyrerm! This is your first visit here, I hope! If not, I am going to feel stupid!

There really were no lights in that tree. Everything was pitch black. If I hadn't taken two pictures of the same tree, I would have thought it was a light in the tree. But there were no lights in any of the trees. :confused3

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I'm loving the TR Monica and I have been thinking of doing a Williamsburg trip for a while. This may just push us to book it. Where did you stay?

I stayed at the Historic Powhatan Resort. I rented from a timeshare owner. If you want his contact info just send me a pm. I would not hesitate to rent from him again because he really did go out of his way to get me a new reservation. It's obvious (and he told me this) that he wants repeat customers. You can rent directly from the resort of through a vendor like expedia, but I think the owners get the nicer condos with the better locations.

Great update, MEK! I love when a resort, hotel, whatever has a "family" pool and an "adult" pool -- makes it so much more relaxing for those not traveling with kids (don't get me wrong...I LOVE kids, e.g.--Cayley and Avery, but there are those times when a little peace and quiet makes the day just a tad better).



Having the adult pool really was a bonus! I was happy for that. It really is a nice feature. If they are your kids you don't mind being in the pool with them, but other people's kids can be a tad annoying at times.


Your meals look very good. I love brewery type restaurants.



That food was really good! I'm so glad we ate there. It was a nice, casual, fun atmosphere with excellent food. I love microbrews. :thumbsup2



Your pictures as you took your walk are great. And I'll go with you--it's an Orb. :)

I'm glad that you agree its an orb. It makes me feel a little less crazy. I think those ghosts knew that I wanted to see one of them. ;)

You had a great night!! An awesome dinner AND a night time walking tour?! Cool!



It was a really nice evening. I loved the restaurant and the night time walk was really relaxing.


I'm impressed those college students were all running, but it doesn't seem all that safe with no lights, does it??

That's exactly what I thought. I didn't think it seemed safe at all, but perhaps it really is a safe area and they have no where else to run. It's just odd because this was between 9pm and 10pm.

Love all the pics and descriptions of everything. :goodvibes

Thanks. It's fun to write about unique places. I'm glad you're enjoying this part of the TR.

Chowning Tavern si a fun place to be at night. They have tavern games & song to participate in. You are seated with other people, funway to meet new people. It's a blast!
The building at the end of DOG street is where the trials were held. I can't think of the name right now.



That does sound like fun. I know when we took the kids years ago we ate in one of the taverns. I really enjoyed it. I didn't even mind walking outside and then into the basement to use the bathroom. :laughing:

I have a map. I should probably check it out because I am curious about that building.



We love staying the houses & taverns, it's like staying on Disney property. Expensive, but th eambiance can't be beat! We would sit of an evening on a bench & people watch. There would be several tours going at a time.

All of the taverns are great for eating, but usually booked up. The Raleigh Tavern bake shop is good for a breakfast sandwich & yummy cakes & cookies.



The last time we went we stayed at a hotel adjacent to the Visitor Center. That was great because every morning I ran into the historic district on the path. I loved that. It was so cool being there in the morning with no one around. I think it was called the Woodlands.

That bakery sounds yummy!


The restaurant that you went to must be fairly new. It looks like a place that we would like. Love those artisan beers!!


I bet the restaurant is new, but the building is old. When you visit again, I highly recommend you try it. Good stuff!

Poolrat
10-21-2011, 10:28 PM
Not sure how I got 6 pages behind. :scared1:
Love the pictures ... all of them.
You have a great eye for composition.

I was in Williamsburg back in 2002 I think. They cancelled the school trip to Williamsburg due to 9-11 so a bunch of us took the kids up ourselves.

I also saw lot of joggers late. I guess besides ghosts there is little traffic. They always seemes to be at least in groups of 2 so I figure they at least take safety seriously.


Yes that looks like an orb. I did do a ghost tour during that trip with the kids and it was pretty interesting.

Have a great trip to HHI. Waiting to see all those wonderful pics from the HHI beach.

Charleston Princess
10-22-2011, 07:47 AM
I am loving all your pictures! So pretty!

You leave tomorrow! You leave tomorrow!!! So exciting! If I am not on here again beforehand, have a GREAT trip!

Nermel9
10-22-2011, 08:36 AM
You are really, really making me want to take a trip to Williamsburg, those pictures are amazing! :) I love the VB window display, so pretty!

That orb picture is pretty cool...I wonder what it is? Probably a ghost! :thumbsup2

Queenofallthings
10-22-2011, 08:54 AM
Where do I start?

Love that they had an adult pool!! Your pictures once again are beautiful...some of the buildings reminded me of Liberty Square! Your dinner looked so good and I can only imagine how delicious having access to fresh seafood is...living on the prairie doesn't afford us that luxury:confused3

I am 100% with you on the ord sighting!! I was bummed you couldn't go on the ghost tour, that would be so cool! I can only imagine how spooky that house at the end of the street looked because the gate had an ominous look to it!!

MEK
10-22-2011, 01:18 PM
what a fun evening!!!!!!!!!!! Despite kicking it off running away from bad karoke, the rest sounds perfect and your entree...YUM!

Sorry Cynthia - I did not see this last night.

It really was a fun evening - the pool was great (when the karoke ended), the food and beer were great, and the guideless ghost tour was....well....FREE!

Not sure how I got 6 pages behind. :scared1:




Probably because I am updating at 3X my usual speed. Trying to get as much done as possible before I leave for HHI!


Love the pictures ... all of them.
You have a great eye for composition.



Thank you! :)



I was in Williamsburg back in 2002 I think. They cancelled the school trip to Williamsburg due to 9-11 so a bunch of us took the kids up ourselves.

I also saw lot of joggers late. I guess besides ghosts there is little traffic. They always seemes to be at least in groups of 2 so I figure they at least take safety seriously.




That's so good that you still went on the trip despite the cancellation. It is a area that's well worth seeing.

The whole jogger thing was weird. :confused3 I guess its a tradition - just something they do and I guess no one has ever been hurt doing it. I did see a couple girls running by themselves, but everyone else had at least one running buddy.


Yes that looks like an orb. I did do a ghost tour during that trip with the kids and it was pretty interesting.



I'm glad you think so.

I have heard mixed reviews about the ghost tours. some people complain that is too much history and not enough ghosts. Doh - Of course its going to be history. :laughing:




Have a great trip to HHI. Waiting to see all those wonderful pics from the HHI beach.

Thanks! I will do my best with the pictures!

I am loving all your pictures! So pretty!



Thank you!!!



You leave tomorrow! You leave tomorrow!!! So exciting! If I am not on here again beforehand, have a GREAT trip!

Thank you! I actually can't believe its here already. It seemed so far off for the longest time. I am very ready to see the south (and, of course, want to move there :rotfl:).

You are really, really making me want to take a trip to Williamsburg, those pictures are amazing! :) I love the VB window display, so pretty!



Do it!!!!!!!

Have you ever seen VB in a school bookstore before??? I mean, really, have you? Like I said, smart marketing! It's an adorable display.


That orb picture is pretty cool...I wonder what it is? Probably a ghost! :thumbsup2

I hope its a ghost. If it is, he or she probably got tired of seeing the flash on my camera. He was probably thinking - Enough Already! :rotfl: Sort of like using a flash on a non-flash ride at WDW. :laughing:

Where do I start?

Love that they had an adult pool!! Your pictures once again are beautiful...some of the buildings reminded me of Liberty Square! Your dinner looked so good and I can only imagine how delicious having access to fresh seafood is...living on the prairie doesn't afford us that luxury:confused3



The adult pool was great! Loved that!

Those historic buildings are sooooooo cool. I also took some day time pictures before we went home, so stay tuned.

Having access to fresh seafood is certainly a wonderful thing. I love it! :lovestruc



I am 100% with you on the ord sighting!! I was bummed you couldn't go on the ghost tour, that would be so cool! I can only imagine how spooky that house at the end of the street looked because the gate had an ominous look to it!!

That place looked sooooooo creepy. I've seen it in the daylight and it looks a little scary then, but at night - watch out. It was surrounded by a big brick wall and that gate. It was pitch black. I wanted to find an orb in that house, but I guess it followed me. :rotfl:

MEK
10-22-2011, 05:53 PM
Many Disers refer to Universal Studios as the "Dark Side". I really haven't heard any nicknames for the Busch Parks, so I think I will affectionately refer to Busch Gardens as the "other dark side". Except - it wasn't dark at all. It was a bright, pretty, and well landscaped park.

I found my receipt the other day and my ticket was $57.88 (AAA single day price). In case anyone is interested.

When I got up in the morning I felt like we had plenty of time because BG did not open until 10 am. I used this as an opportunity to take a few more pictures to see if the view from the back of the condo had changed.

Nope - Looks the same!

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Today I ran in a different part of the complex, just to get a feel for how big this place actually was. Pretty big! To stay in some parts you definitely need a car to get anywhere central in the resort.

It was shaping up to be another beautiful day!

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We left the condo around 9am, figuring it would give us plenty of time to get to BG.

This view can be seen entering the parking lot

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I think this picture makes the park look sooooooooooo empty.

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I don't remember exactly how much parking was. I'm sure it was at least $10, probably more. For another $10 upcharge you can get preferred parking. I figured with today's crowd level, that certainly wouldn't be necessary.

Better picture of the lift hill

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The main difference between the preferred parking and the regular parking is that you have to take the tram from the regular parking. Not so much because it isn't walkable, but because it would spend too much time figuring out exactly HOW to walk it. The regular parking requires you to somehow cross the main entrance road. I certainly wasn't going to figure that out, so we hopped on the tram.

Another view of Apollo's chariot from the parking lot

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Tram loading

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The tram actually took you away from the park, made a u-turn and headed back to the park. I am sure this is to pick up from even further areas of the parking lot. But those areas remained empty all day.

In no time we were getting ready to enter

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Now, it may surprise some of you, but I did not take my camera into the park. I left it in the car. I didn't even have to go through bag check. Shocking, I know. I had a water bottle and my ticket and my phone. I wasn't sure how I was going to store my camera for the coasters, so I decided to go without it.

But - never fear - I went back later in the afternoon to retrieve it!

So for now you will have to suffer through phone pictures.

Tram

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Pretty entrance area

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We stood just beyond here while they did their version of rope drop. Not sure what they did, but people just started moving. We hung a right and ended up here

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This attraction was called Europe in the Air. It was BG's version of Soarin, if you will. However, you are never in the air. Rather, you sit in a refurbed theatre and the seats vibrate or girate or something as the film changes scenes. The vibrating got old after about the first three scene changes, but it was not an entirely unpleasant attraction. The scenery was pretty, but the film quality was terrible. I don't get it - with all the digital technology out there, why did this video look circa 1970's?

My review - I certainly wouldn't wait in a long queue for this, but if its a hot summer day and you need a some AC then its worth a go. Don't expect to nap here. The moving seats will prevent that.

Our Next stop was

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I love this coaster because I am a sucker for hanging coasters with a good lift hill and loops. I'm pretty sure this is a B&M coaster which stands for bolliger and mabillard. They are extremely well known for designing many major theme park coasters, among them - the Incredible Hulk.

Here's a little wiki info if you like reading about coasters

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Perhaps your favorite is among the group

Obviously, this is themed after a ski resort

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Here's a few pics of the ride

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Before we got on the ride I suddenly got very nervous - no - not nervous to ride it, but I was afraid of losing my phone. I had flashbacks of Ellen (podsnel) losing her phone on Sum of All Thrills. Denny's pockets were the velcro type. Nope. I was going for a locker. And much to my happiness - the lockers at BG were only $1. That's right - one American dollar. Well, alrighty then, I could have brought my camera after all.

Phones, keys, wallets and change locked away, we took to the skies on Alpiengist. So fun. I think we may have ridden three times in a row just because we could (and we wanted to get our money's worth out of that locker). Then we went over to the little flume ride right around the corner. Nice little drop hill, otherwise just your typical flume ride.

When we returned to the locker we rode alpengiest one more time. I seriously don't remember if we rode three or four times, but it was just the right amount.

Moving on......

We past some cute shops (one with soccer stuff, the other with candy)

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We must have hit a german shop as well

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Continued.........

MEK
10-22-2011, 05:54 PM
Continued......

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Our next stop was the Curse of Dark Castle

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This is one of the indoor rides like SpiderMan at Universal. Let's see if I can find a description for you.

Deep in the snow covered hills of Bavaria stands a foreboding castle frozen under the spell of a centuries-old curse. The castle has been uninhabited for decades.

By the living, that is.

Literally frozen in time, these ancient castle walls ache to reveal the secrets they have held. To whisper a warning. To tell you, urge you, beg you to leave. Except it's too late.

What begins as an enchanted sleigh ride ends in a bone-chilling chase packed with dizzying drops, surprise twists, and such sensational 3-D visuals, you won't believe your eyes.




You know - one of THOSE rides. No wait, 3D glasses. It was fun although I had no idea what was going on.

Next stop - lunch -

We decided to eat at the German restaurant. We actually didn't eat anything too German as you can see here.

Boring people. We both had the turkey breast sandwich. I put chips on my sandwich, in case you were wondering what that foreign substance was.

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The best part of this sandwich - plenty of turkey!

While in Germany, we watched the German show

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Lots of music. Lots of dancing. At one point I got pulled up on stage to dance with one of the guys. Thank goodness we don't have any pictures of THAT. By the time Denny figured out how to take video on his phone, it was too late. See - there are some advantages to not having a technologically advanced DH.

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The music was good, the performers were just "eh", but they WERE really trying. I think a couple of the girls were new because they boys were whispering directions to them. I know - I was sitting as close to them as possible.

From Germany we headed over to Italy. We passed this

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In Italy we decided to watch their show. I loved this show. Probably because it was all music and these guys could play!!!!!!!!

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I only took one lousy picture, but if you go to BG and you enjoy instrumental music with a lot of action - see this!

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Our next stop was Apollo's chariot - the coaster you saw on the way in.

We paid for another $1 locker and off we went. I'm sure we rode it twice. It's possible we went one more time, but I can't remember.

Then we went over and rode the ride that's like Kali River Rapids. I actually like the BG one a little better. It is possible to get absolutely soaked on this ride - we DID not! Yeah. BTW - BG offers something called a family dryer. Its $5 and a whole family of four can step in there and get dried off.

From Italy we headed to Ireland.

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We were on a roll with the shows, so we decided to see the Celtic Frye show. This was the best of all of them. The singing, the dancing. The lead female and male singers had fabulous voices and I made sure to tell them so as we left the theatre. There's one thing I've noticed, no matter how good a singer is, they really appreciate getting positive feedback. I did not take any pictures in here. I might have tried but it was inside and dark and they wouldn't have turned out with my phone.

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Our next stop with the Irish bar where we decided to share a beer flight

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By now it was about 4pm. We had circled the park, seen all the shows, ridden two out of the four coasters, and done a couple other rides. At this point I asked Denny if he would mind if I went out and got my camera to do one more loop of the park.

He was cool with it, so off we went to catch the tram.

Entering back through England you can see that there are phone booths here, just like in Epcot

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Except that there are no phones in the booth! But it is a novel way to do a height check.

Oh - and in case you were wondering if you would ever see a picture of me during this trip. Well, this is about as good as it's going to get - my reflection in the phone booth.

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It's only 4:30 and the park doesn't close until 7pm

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I think Denny left his wallet or phone or something in the car, so he went all the way back to find it. I took more pictures while waiting.


I know you guys like food shots, so here you go

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While waiting for Denny I went for the floral shots

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I love white hydrangeas. They are actually my favorite flower and I have no idea why I love them so much

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MEK
10-22-2011, 06:15 PM
Continued.......

I took a lot of pictures of the Pompei ride. You can be certain I was not about to get drenched on this ride. I did it when we took the kids here and I walked around feeling like I was wearing a diaper for the rest of the day

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Pretty themeing

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Watch this

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POW!

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When Denny finally returned from his RETURN trip to the parking lot, we rode the sky way over to France. This worked great because it allowed me to take some great pictures of the Griffon, the coaster I did NOT go on.

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I'll admit. I chickened out of this one. The whole 90 degree angle drop and the 6 second hang looking straight down unnerved me. After all, I am not a spring chicken anymore. But, I after to admit. This ride DID look very cool and it we return next year I might, might, might be convinced to take the plunge.

Watch

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Ok - here's the sick part........they just HANG there.....for what probably seems like an eternity.

Hanging

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Hanging

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Go Time. Down and into the loop

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The whole ride is super short.

Like I said - maybe next year. I also skipped the Loch Ness. That is one of those original circa 1980 coasters that shakes your brain loose. I was heading over there and a ride attendant said -"Don't ride that. It's too jerky" and I though - you know what - he's probably right. Why bother?

We got off in France and took a few pictures

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The passed through native America

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We stopped in this coolio candle shop

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passed the Alpengiest again

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started heading back to DarkCastle

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MEK
10-22-2011, 06:39 PM
Continued.....

Time flies at an amusement park, doesn't it?

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There were actually a lot of people in the queue and we probably waited between 20 to 30 mins to get on. But once we were in there was no turning back.

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This is just before you load

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I took pictures on the ride. They are not that great because of all the movement, but I'll post the better ones anyway

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Watch how they start moving towards you

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Then in the center this head comes right at you. EEK!

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This reminds me of the haunted mansion

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This was gross. There was a snack coming out of his mouth

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Honestly, I did not understand the story line any better the second time, but maybe because I was trying to take pictures.

After Dark Castle I realized I was hungry and we stopped back in Germany and this time we had pizza. I know I know. Lame!

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But we did have it with German beer!

I think we just split a slice - something to tide me over till I got home to my left over crab a bella!

We walked from Germany back to Italy.

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MEK
10-22-2011, 07:02 PM
Continued.....

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We stopped in the gift shop in Italy. Isn't this the coolest mask?

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I finally found a souvie that was in line with our budget conscious trip. I found the coolest onion holder. It was in a pretty sunflower pattern and the best part - 75% off. So for $4.50 I managed to find a practical solution for onion storage (since Denny grows them and they are usually hanging upside down on my back porch). sorry - no pic, but it is cool and I love it.

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As we were walking by Apollo's chariot I realized we still had time to ride it. My onion holder fit right inside the locker and *BAM* we were on the coaster. In fact, we got to ride it twice before the park.....CLOSED!

Bummer. Couldn't it just stay open another hour?

Oh well - I got a few more pictures on the way out.

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Exit Time at BG

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Bye BG - We had a great day!

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I actually considered upgrading our one day ticket to a 2 year annual pass. I think they were just under $300 and they are good at all the A-Busch parks. It includes free parking, which is a nice perk. I figured we could go to seaworld in June and back to BG in August. But, I decided against it. I will wait to do an AP once Denny and I can take two week vacations. There are so many good promos out there that I figured I would just wait a year or two.

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The sky was beautiful this evening

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Here is the Historic Powhatan resort in the twilight.

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So DIS friends - tomorrow we are off to HHI! I won't be updating while we are away.

Next up - Our last day in Williamsburg - a quick visit to the historic district and Virginia Beach!

IheartDDuck
10-22-2011, 07:25 PM
Awesome! Thanks so much for posting all of that. I definitely want to go soon.

You impressed me with your B&M knowledge. I used to work for Six Flags, so I'm well versed in coaster. It's always nice to see someone who does. As a whole, B&M and Intamin are my favorites coasters normally. Smooth and consistent.

Looks like you guys had a great time.

Stringbean&Wingnut
10-22-2011, 07:50 PM
Looks like you guys had a great time at BG! That looks like a fun park to explore - too bad we're all used to Disney hours and parks being open earlier and later than that! :laughing:

Have a great time at HHI!! :goodvibes