Tag Archives: condos

Day 9…. the Manor House and a goose free resort change.

 

Sunday dawned bright and sunny and our visitors wanted to check out the Manor House at the Historic Powhatan Resort.

 

IMG_0068

 

The smallest of our group thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

IMG_1329

 

Especially when she found a pint sized door just her size.

 

IMG_1336

 

Shame it wouldn’t open.

 

IMG_1335

 

IMG_1326

 

But the game room was a good second choice.

 

IMG_1330

 

IMG_1331

 

I had occasion to use the rest room this trip….

 

IMG_1328

 

And immediately fell in love with a sink.

Is that wrong?

 

IMG_1337

 

Sadly, it was Sunday….. and that meant it was time to change resorts.

When we time share travel and I’ve never been to the area? I usually choose 2 different resorts for our 2 week stays in case one of them is a dud. Of course we adored this first place and hated to leave….especially when Gracie found this under the bed when we were packing up.

 

IMG_1524

 

Proof positive there were no dust bunnies.

But, ever onward.

I was slightly appeased when we drove across town, found the road that led to the new resort and saw this on the corner.

 

IMG_1495

 

Ample tequila in walking distance is never a bad thing.

The Wyndham Kingsgate actually got higher reviews than the Powhatan we’d just left, so I was expecting something special.

On first glance?

 

IMG_1528

 

It looked like a school.

 

IMG_1527

 

And their pond was totally goose-less.

Strike one.

 

IMG_1526

 

The closest thing they had to a Manor House was the activities center which consisted of a few pools, a gym, and numerous video game machines.

Strike two.

 

IMG_1357

 

The buildings were much closer together with more units per building and though it was empty in this picture…. the parking lots were filled to capacity the whole time we were there and didn’t have reserved spots. We circled and hunted for a place every damned night.

Strike three and we hadn’t even been inside yet.

 

IMG_1523

 

Thankfully the 2 bedroom/2 bath unit was pleasant…… albeit smaller than the first resort.

 

IMG_1339

 

But the furniture was nice quality….

 

IMG_1353

 

The kitchen well stocked….

 

IMG_1356

 

And though the balcony was the bare minimum….

 

IMG_1518

 

The king sized beds were comfortable.

 

IMG_1344

 

I did take issue with the fact the master bathroom was smaller was than the guest…..

 

IMG_1343

 

And while the shower was attractive it only had that one tiny shelf which barely fit a bar of soap. What’s a girl supposed to do with her shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, loofah, razor etc.?

Piss poor planning if you ask me.

 

IMG_1351

 

And while the guest bath was also attractive, there wasn’t a heck of a lot more room to move around.

 

IMG_1350

 

See?

There isn’t even an entire horse in the picture…. that’s small.

But we did get the second floor that my husband always has to have. Which Destiny was actively cursing when she offered to drag my suitcase up to it.

 

IMG_1519

 

I believe her grimace is in direct proportion to it’s weight.

 

IMG_1355

 

The girls relaxed while we put the food away…. and Gracie drew me something to put on the refrigerator.

 

IMG_1359

 

I was thinking something like this would be more appropriate….

 

61raOs0hoSL__AC_SL1019_

 

But yeah, whatever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The resort condo, the coffee shop, free chicken coffee…. and as always, geese.

 

After touring the Manor House of the Historic Powhatan Resort in Williamsburg, I knew our condo would be a bit of a letdown, but as timeshare units go…. it was quite decent.

 

IMG_0012

 

We requested a top floor, since the husband despises people tap dancing above him at 2:00am.

 

                   Our previous upstairs neighbors

 

It was a 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit…

 

IMG_9990

 

And like many of the newly renovated suites we’ve had lately….  heavily yellow and beige-d.

 

nifty-shades-of-beige_o_1799643

 

IMG_0002

 

But the king size bed was extremely comfortable….

 

IMG_9991

 

There was a working fireplace…

 

IMG_9989

 

A full kitchen with hardwood floors and granite countertops….

 

IMG_0006

 

Large bathrooms…

 

IMG_0003

 

A full size dining table….

 

IMG_9993

 

And a place for evening cocktails.

 

IMG_9994

 

The buildings were well spaced and far enough apart to limit noise, which is a plus for light sleepers like me.

 

IMG_0001

 

Heck, this condo was almost 1,400 square feet…. which is about 300 more than our first home, so I wasn’t complaining.

 

funny-meme-about-millennials-being-able-to-buy-houses-but-they-can-only-buy-small-houses

We unpacked, or rather I did. Husband just threw his suitcase on the bed and called it good. What is it with you men?

Then we decided to grab a quick bite at the on site coffee shop.

 

IMG_0064

 

It was next to the Manor House, and attractive in it’s own right.

 

IMG_0028

 

With a large outdoor seating area….

 

IMG_0030

 

And a view of the ever present geese.

 

IMG_0031

 

Unfortunately…

 

IMG_0035

 

It also had a big fat closed sign next to it’s front door.

 

IMG_0026

 

First the bad restaurant, then the shut up tight coffee shop. Clearly it wasn’t our day for eating out.

So we ended our first day in Williamsburg at the grocery store, stocking up for the 2 weeks ahead and wondering why no one was taking advantage of the free chicken coffee.

 

IMG_0087

 

Buy 2, get 3 free?

I don’t drink the stuff… but geesh.

How bad can it be to still be filling the shelves? The packaging alone should be worth the price of two.

 

funny-cat-fluffy-bird-fabulous

 

 

 

White Mountains trip…. last night, last day, last post in the series.

 

A full day of resort hopping on day 7 made us hungry so we stopped at an inn near our resort that had a well recommended British pub/restaurant.

 

IMG_8326

 

The Jolly Drayman seemed inviting enough.

 

IMG_8336

 

And though it was a very small place with limited seating…

 

IMG_8328

 

I was willing to like it.

It’s a shame I couldn’t.

 

IMG_8332

 

What English pub worth it’s salt only has 1 British beer on tap? Where was the Harp? The Smithwicks? The Old Speckled Hen? Yes, there was Guinness thank God….

But Pabst Blue Ribbon? Come on!

It went downhill from there.

 

IMG_8327

 

A limited menu.

A disinterested, unfriendly server.

Uncomfortable seats.

 

IMG_8334

 

And the worst beef Wellington I’ve ever had.

 

IMG_8335

 

The husband had a not nearly hot enough beef stew ( with mashed potatoes?)  that must have weighed 12 pounds…  served in a fish bowl.

 

IMG_8330

 

Framed fart humor not withstanding….

I wouldn’t go back.

Day 8…. the departure.

One more breakfast under the canoe.

 

IMG_8249

 

And beside the twig lights.

 

IMG_8248

 

We checked out and said goodbye to the dangerous looking ski motif rocking chairs…

 

IMG_8337

 

And laughed at the resort’s wedding advertisement for the last time.

 

IMG_8247

 

Heck, that’s as good a reason as any… right?

 

IMG_8299

 

Through one more covered bridge…

 

IMG_8245

 

And because you know my husband can’t drive past an antique store.

 

IMG_8243

 

Funny part is, I went outside to wait for him because the owner was a crotchety old man I didn’t like the look of.

A few minutes later the husband comes out and I can hear that old man screeching his lungs out like a lunatic, cursing my husband from here to next Sunday.

Apparently husband had the audacity to take an old magazine out of it’s plastic sleeve and flip through it. Guess that’s a no no in the mountains.

Anyway, vacation over.

Home safe and sound with…. how shall we say?

 

IMG_8340

 

Some coffee and a few beauty products for my cabinets.

Hey, if they’re going to charge an extra $25 resort fee per day for that lousy condo?

I’m going to fill my suitcase on the way out.

 

 

The end.

(You may now officially breathe that sigh of relief you’ve been holding.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a deal!

 

As many of you know, we have a timeshare.

And no, I don’t want to sell it it you.

 

129051253300493310

 

But timeshares aren’t what they used to be, and we aren’t stuck with just one week in Boca for the rest of our lives.

 

123erfghj

 

We travel when we want, where we want, for as long as we want and we’re loving it. When we no longer love it, we’ll give it to someone else so they can love it too.

 

h6A000099

 

Last year when we were vacationing in the Berkshires, we ran into a veteran and his wife at our resort in the mountains. Naturally, the men spotted each other’s Marine Corps hats and began an hour long conversation detailing where they were stationed and when. Fascinating as that was, I struck up a conversation with the wife and asked how she liked the condo. She said she loved it and you couldn’t beat the deals they get with AFVC.  ( Armed Forces Vacation Club )  7 nights in a 1 bedroom unit for $349.  (Turns out I could beat it with our timeshare last call program, 7 nights in a bigger 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit for $299… but I kept that to myself.)

But the idea intrigued me, so when we got home I joined. For free.

It’s open to:

mhfewyu
Not usually…
But this time, yes.
AFVC constantly sends me emails with promotions and so called deals.
Like this recent one:
09876tghj
Am I reading this correctly?
I’ll pay $349 for the normal 7 night stay….
But only stay 2 or 3 nights?
g1351798677223035265
In what universe is that considered a deal?
Get half as much, but pay the same price.
I may not be the brightest bulb in the pack, but even I’ll pass on that one.