Royalty at the Kingsmill - My Family Travels

 The beach is loved for its silky sand and smooth, arching waves. Golf courses sport crisp green grass and rolling hills. Indoor pools have slippery water slides full of laughter and enjoyment. The list goes on, but what about a place that has everything above… and more!

During the spring break 2010, I celebrated my grandparent’s 50th anniversary at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg. The entire experience was exhilarating, and there were so many things to do that I barely found time to sit down. The indoor pool was gorgeous, especially to me since I usually need to get my fill of smooth water and chlorine-scented air at least once a week. There were 3 different water slides, and huge wave-generating pool, and other fun games like lily-pad hopping. There were also indoor and outdoor tennis courts… I played with my cousins so often the employees recognized me after the third day.

Between the delicious food at the numerous cafes and diners to the nostalgic and oh-so-familiar home-cooking from my grandma, the time went by much too fast. However, whenever the family needed time to settle down and enjoy the fresh air, there was always a side entrance to the suite, embracing us with a beautiful lakefront view from the patio.

However, the best part was definitely the amount of time we got to spend as a family, together. Just for the event, I tried baking a two layer red velvet cake. About an hour before the anniversary party, my cousins and I realized we had never ended up icing or actually decorating the cake. We set up complicated excuses to get our grandparents out of the suite, and finished a beautifully decorated cake in a matter of minutes. Alas, we forgot that the clean up would probably be just as intimidating as the creation; aka, we had to think FAST. After 3 minutes of bowls flying, spatulas being shoved into random cabinets, and a plethora of icing being wiped off the table, we had finally finished.

The entire family loved it, and the experience that I had making it with my cousins will definitely stay in my memory. However, as much as we all love family, certain games tend to be best played with competition. The best hang-out-until-you-drop spot had to be the game room at the Sports Club. There were all sorts of things to do, including a pool table and bowling lanes that I practically lived at.

The experience of not only the Kingsmill resort, but also the antique but still fascinating history of the entire colonial Williamsburg area helped contribute to my image of a quaint little oasis in which time slows down to walk, talk, and enjoy life with you.

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