Saturday, September 24, 2011

Budgeting for Williamsburg

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In case anyone would like to visit the places we’re going, I’m including blogs about our expenses for each stop.

When planning our trip to Williamsburg, I researched online for hotel deals.  We have happily used Priceline in the past so I searched there, as well.  I found lots of 3 star hotels in the Colonial Triangle priced between $90 and $300 a night.  However, the best bang for your buck deal I found was on the official Colonial Williamsburg website.  Colonial Williamsburg operates six hotels within walking distance/shuttle service to the historic section.  The hotels vary from the luxurious Williamsburg Inn and Spa to the economical Governor’s Inn. 

We chose the family friendly Williamsburg Woodlands Motel and Suites which offered the Autumn Stories Package.  For a total (including taxes and fees) of $524, we received 2 nights’ accommodations, length of stay admission to Colonial Williamsburg exhibits and museums, Tavern Ghost Tour tickets, daily deluxe (hot food, too!) continental breakfast and $100 Colonial Williamsburg gift card.   For our family of five, we slept, ate huge breakfasts, toured all of historic Williamsburg, enjoyed a fabulous meal at one of the taverns with our $100 gift card and had a spooky nighttime tour of several taverns all for around $100 each.  When you take into account that a 3-day ticket for the exhibits is $46/adult and $23/kid, the package was a very good deal.  We also had the luxury of staying on the Colonial property so we didn’t have to get back in our car for the entire stay.

We visited the historic area all three days and made reservations for taverns both nights during our stay.  The taverns were expensive, but dinner included entertainment, as well, with traveling actors speaking with you at your table and colonial musicians.  Authentic colonial adult meals ran around $30-35; luckily all our kids are 12 and under so they could order off the kids’ menu which ran between $6-11 and offered authentic colonial meals, too.

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