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Glen Burnie, Maryland
November 3, 2004
From journal Williamsburg Return-Halloween Weekend
Kings Park, New York
September 5, 2005
The resort is 5 minutes to Yorktown/Jamestown Settlement; about 15 minutes to Busch Gardens, which is great; and minutes from Historic Williamsburg. We did the Walking Ghost Tour, which we didn't really like. The kids, and us, thought it would be ghost stories, but it turned out to be more historic storytelling, with one very long ghost story in the first hour. The kids lost interest fast, so we had to leave the tour early. It was a waste of money, but if your kids are older, you may like it.
The resort has a home-away-from-home feel, which was nice. We liked it.
From journal Greensprings Plantation
August 14, 2003
Colonial Williamsburg, the Yorktown Visitor's Center, the Yorktown Victory Center, and the Jamestown Settlement, situated along the James River.
There is a Super Target, as well as a supermarket, fairly close to the resort.
The Berkeley Plantation, Virginia's oldest plantation -- built in 1726. This is just 1/4 mile from where the first Thanksgiving was held in December 1619, on the shore of the James River.Best Things About the Resort:It was a beautifully appointed, fully equipped timeshare! It was spacious, and really had a "grand" feeling to it. We felt fortunate to have a first floor unit, too.
We loved the master bedroom and bathroom. The Jacuzzi was perfect, after doing a lot of walking during the day. . .
It was nice having a television set in the master bedroom, as well as the living room.
We liked the entire unit floor plan very much. We liked the deck off the back, looking out on tall trees and woodlands. There was a table and four chairs on the deck, too.
The second bedroom and bathroom were fine, too. And it's always nice when there's a washer and dryer! Here, those were enclosed behind a door. . .hidden, which made it nice! Detergent was provided for laundry, as well as at the kitchen sink and for the dishwasher. The kitchen was very well supplied.
Also, it took two doors to get into the unit. The outer one was an entrance to two units, and then each of those units had its own door. The entranceway was also well lighted.
The living room and dining room were just wonderful! There was a VCR, too, which we really appreciated. We were glad we could tape our favorite soap opera, and watch it when we wanted to.
Resort Experience:Greensprings Plantation was just the greatest! We felt fortunate to get a discount on tickets in the Activities Center to Colonial Williamsburg, and we also made reservations here for the "Haunts & History" Candlelight Tour.
We enjoyed the outdoor swimming pool several times, it was one of the BEST pools we'd ever seen! Nice to have a "falls" at the head of it! That adds a special touch! Everyone was having a great time!
Walking to and from the pool was nice, too. Just the right distance for a walk!
The weight room was another thing that was appreciated. In fact, this was the first time I've ever spent any time getting acquainted with "weights"! And I'm sure glad I did!
There was not computer use available at the resort. It is available at Greenspring's sister resort, Powhatan, just a couple of miles away. You are supposed to have your ID card from Greensprings when you go there.
The resort does not host any activities or socials, other than the complimentary breakfast one morning--which is delicious--the "catch" is, you're required to listen to what amounts to a sales talk. It took quite a bit of our time, but it was rather enjoyable --and we felt that we learned something that day!
From journal A Lovely Week In Williamsburg, VA -- USA
June 2, 2002
I hated this hotel!!! It was SO LOUD. I think it was used as a prostitution hotel. There were people coming and going at all hours and shouting in the hall.
The rooms were about as big as a postage stamp and very muggy.
The bathrooms were nice though.
Pick a different hotel in Milan if you can.
From journal Italy - First Time Visitor
New York, New York
April 4, 2002
From journal French Polynesia (2001) - Bora Bora
London, United Kingdom
January 16, 2003
Life seems to slow down at Ilha Grande's only hostel. They say the island is 100% stress free and here you can kick back and watch hummingbirds buzz around the flowers and fruit ripen slowly on the trees.
For a small price you can buy a little time in this paradise. The hostel is one of the best deals in Agraao, and if you don't fancy one of the plentiful pousadas on the island, then this is a good option. It consists of a main building containing three dorms and six cabanas scattered around the garden. It is the last building before the jungle-covered mountain backing onto Agraao and some of the rainforest seeps into the hostel (see photo). The buildings blend with the slope of the mountain including a huge great boulder poking through the veranda of the main structure. The veranda itself is made of teakwood, hung with hammocks, and lined with bookcases and writing tables. From here, the garden flows down a slope and incorporates natural elements--huge banana trees, lianas, shrubs, and brightly-colored flowers.
The hostel is owned by an islander called Jorge. This silver-haired saint looks after all the guests' needs and is joined by a boisterous cocker spaniel. If he knows you are coming, then he will meet the ferry and lead you personally to the hostel. The accommodation is top notch, including a segregated dorms with clean bathrooms and singular cabanas dotted around the gardens. The cabanas are of a reasonable size and contain their own bathrooms. The dorms cost 15 reals per night, and the cabanas 30--breakfast included. This spread is exceptional. You can sit outside on a huge table and devour rolls, ham, and cheese washed down with fresh guava juice. And I will never get used to the Brazilian habit of having cake for breakfast.
The hostel is situated at the back of Agraao and is a little tricky to find. From the ferry pier, head west and walk past the main praca. Head inland for ten minutes until you reach a white church, turn right, head uphill, bend left into the jungle, and cross a small bridge. The cracked track will continue until you take the left, turning to the hostel. It's a long walk with heavy luggage. It is also a good idea to memorize the route when you go back into town. After a couple of Brahma beers at the 'Verdinho da Ilha,' and a little bit of dancing to 'Bossa Nova' finding your way back in the dark can be an adventure to say the very least.
From journal Ilha Grande - Tropical paradise with an eerie past
Grand Ledge, Michigan
August 3, 2005
This was not the typical Gold Crown resort that we have experienced over the last 10 years that we have used time shares. The landscaping could use some serious weeding around the units. Upon entering our unit, it was not clean and several items were missing in our unit. There were several other problems and after two days, management fixed all and did try and make amends by waiving several fees and offering items. This resort has the potential to truly be a Gold Crown Resort but I feel that they still need to work on things. They also had a huge family of field mice (nest underground) outside our first floor unit. They didn't come in our unit and our kids enjoyed watching them but again not Gold Crown standards.
They really need to have someone on staff that is familiar with restaurants and the area. Several times, I asked questions/recommendations on restaurants (particularly on the Historic Taverns) and area attractions but the reply was always I don't know you should call around to find out.
They also have baby items available for rent (crib, high chair) but they need to place these items in the unit when they are requested. I found it ridiculous that we had to go to the front desk several hours after we checked in (at 9:30pm)to pick up these items and that we were not told this upon check in. We have NEVER had to get these items at any other resort we have stayed at including resorts that don't have Gold Crown/Resort of International Distinction ratings, particularly if we are paying for them.
The unit layout is very nice and spacious. It is very nice to have the washer/dryer in a walk in closet area with storage space for your luggage and coolers if you have one. Good selection of DVDs and VCR tapes if you want to rent one and it is also nice to have the mini golf course outside the clubhouse for the kids to play.
From journal Family Vacation
Sayreville, New Jersey
February 4, 2004
The unit . . . "Oh my goodness!" is all I can say! It was BEAUTIFUL! The bedrooms are on opposite sides of the unit, so there is plenty of privacy. The master bath has a great whirlpool tub, a separate shower, and two sinks! It lacked nothing!! The kitchen was fully stocked with all of the appliances and gadgets you would need. It was just GREAT!
From journal Short Getaway in Virginia
by I.V. Williams
January 6, 2004
Busch Gardens is a beautiful amusement park. Lots to do for people of all ages. We were there before Halloween, so the evening theme focused around that, but it was not too scary for young children, just fun. Then there is Jamestown, Yorktown, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Washington DC is only a couple hours away.Best Things About the Resort:The resort was spotless outside and inside. We were there shortly after the hurricane, and were amazed at how quickly the resort and Williamsburg cleaned up. There were still many uprooted and downed trees in the forests, but all the roads were clean and neat. This resort is quite large and spread out over a large area, backed up to a golf course. The units are all two-bedroom, two-bath. The unit overall was quite large. The large master bath had a large jacuzzi tub and shower. The other bathroom was standard but had a steam bath. The staff was friendly and helpful if you had a question, otherwise they did not bother us.Resort Experience:Greensprings Plantation is clean, modern, large, and close to many attractions. The buildings are set amongst beautifully landscaped grounds. Williamsburg is really a well-taken-care-of community. The resort has a very attractive swimming pool, but since it was October we did not use it. There is a game room that my son and husband took advantage of, while I planned the next day's outings.
From journal Williamsburg Virginia in the Fall
June 14, 2004
The pool area is quite nice with a fairly large pool. There is also an indoor pool, which, funnily enough, was closed during the one day it rained because of a potential lightning storm. Isn't that why you have an indoor pool. . . to get out of the weather? Also the outdoor hot tub was not working and wasn't repaired all week even though we were told it would be fixed the next day. There is a tiki bar at the pool, but bring your cash because they haven't figured out how to charge drinks to your room yet. There were minimal activities at the resort. The basketball tournament we signed up for didn't happen. Oh well, we were there just to relax anyway. The golf course on site is a nice track. You get a discount if you stay here. Unfortunately for us, it rained on the day we golfed, but that was not their fault.
The staff was fairly friendly but didn't always have the answers to our questions. It seemed they didn't know what was going on at the resort (repairs to hot tub, activity schedules, and the towel sign-out method changed daily).
I would go back, but I think I would try one of the other Williamsburg RCI resorts first.
From journal Williamsburg Getaway