Member Monday: Reliving Precious Williamsburg Memories

Virginia’s former capital beckons history buffs throughout the year, but Williamsburg also drew in Global Discovery Vacations member John P. and his family. The Thanksgiving holiday was a perfect time to see three generations enjoy the historic sites of Colonial Williamsburg, all while staying at the Williamsburg Plantation. Tag along for this week’s Member Monday!

Where would you recommend a fellow member to go to…
Eat
There are a lot of quaint restaurants with outside dining and a variety of dietary options on the Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg. I would recommend Shields Tavern for a delightful Colonial Williamsburg dining experience. Being able to park the car for free and walk around to the various restaurants is a plus.

Shop
The shops in Colonial Williamsburg are excellent for finding souvenirs or keepsakes to take home or gifts for family and friends. If you are looking for bargains, the Premium Outlet shops at Ewell Station Shopping Center are convenient to Williamsburg Plantation condominiums.

Have fun/attractions
Colonial Williamsburg is a unique offering for vacationers and tourists. There is a lot to see and enjoy as a visitor, including free parking.  There is even more to see and enjoy with a pass, which provides access to the historical buildings and live performances. We really enjoyed the historical reminders of the colonial times as we toured the grounds.

What was your favorite…
Resort/Condo Amenity
Our favorite amenity was the craft time at the visitor registration center because our two-and-a-half-year-old grandson was with us and he got to make a suncatcher. The staff provided all of the supplies and was very helpful. He had a fantastic time. We also enjoyed Freedom Park, just a couple of miles down the road.  The hiking trails, playground and visitor center are worth checking out by adults and kids alike.

Presenting the Sun Catcher

Craft time at the resort with great results to go with it.

Why did you choose this destination? Were you traveling for a special occasion?
We chose Colonial Williamsburg because we wanted to be near our adult children and grandkids that live in Richmond. We were celebrating Thanksgiving with them, but also wanted to spend some time vacationing. Our grandson was able to spend a couple of days and nights with us, while still only minutes away from his mom and dad.

What was your favorite memory of your vacation?
Our favorite memory was revisiting Colonial Williamsburg. We had spent several vacations there about 15 years ago with our son and daughter. Now we were returning to the area with them and our grandkids.

Any tips for a traveler to this resort or destination? Anything you think they should bring? Be sure to have comfortable walking shoes. There are so many sites and places to tour.

About you

How long have you been a Global Discovery Vacations member?
We joined Global back in June, after several conversations with some friends who are members.

Why did you join the club?
We joined because we want to travel and prefer to stay in condos instead of hotels. My wife and I just started our retirement and are looking forward to having more time to travel. I was a mechanical engineer and she was a finance manager. We have friends that have been Global members for several years and both families recommend Global as a great way to travel economically and with flexibility.

How many trips have you taken using your membership?
We have already enjoyed two Global vacations and have two more planned for the coming months.

Why do you think traveling is important?
Now that we are retired, we will be able to visit the many places on our bucket list. I enjoy skiing out west and Global offers several options for skiing the Rocky Mountains. My wife prefers the warmer climates and the many options for traveling to Florida in the winter as a Global member is ideal. We both plan to play some winter golf next year.

Photos courtesy of member John P.

Ray originally hails from The Hague, Netherlands and one day showed up at Global Discovery Vacations’ doorstep. When he is not traveling or writing, you might find him engaged in playing ping pong, swimming or planting tulips.