Friday, June 24, 2011

Williamsburg Virginia, Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown SettlementSo I have a couple of cousins up in Williamsburg Virginia and my wife has some friends just a couple hours away from there and we decided it was high time to take a visit. So when we called them and asked them where a good place to rent a room was at if we wanted to hang out with them they offered to let us stay at there house… something I secretly and almost manipulatively hoped they would offer. I could just see them in the back of my mind scrambling to clean the house for our arrival as we boarded the plane, almost feeling guilty.

Anyway we landed on Tuesday morning around six and rented a Dodge Charger from Avis and made our way to their house. After a long night of flying and watching boring television reruns on the airplane the only thing my family was looking forward to was crashing. Well everyone that is except my one son that sleeps a total of four hours a day. At first I assumed it was for attention but now I know it’s just the ridiculous amounts of red bull and caffeine he consumes on a regular bases.

Anyway the women decided the next day which would be Wednesday that they wanted to go shopping and my cousin told me that we had to go take the kids to see the Jamestown settlement while we were in town. Best of all he said it would be pretty darn cheap for the seven of us to go. He even offered to pay for us but after that mental image of them cleaning passed through my mind I took the higher road and ended up paying for them as a thank you.

Jamestown Settlement is really cool; it’s what they call a “Living Museum.” They literally have soldiers in the streets and people going about their business like it is still the sixteen hundreds. In fact they even had replicas of the three original ships that brought the first European colonists to the states for you to explore. It’s practically an entire city replicated after Jamestown, where you feel like you have traveled back in time. If I told you everything there was to know I would be teaching you a history novel on the entire sixteenth century. But this place has so much entertainment and live demonstrations of how people of that era went about their daily work. It is definitely something I would like to do again, and my kids loved it!

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Golden Doodle

Our Future Golden Doodle
Now this is no new story to anyone. If you want a specific kind of dog and you don’t want to pay a ridiculous price you find a private breeder… that wasn’t plan on breeding his animal in the first place. Our old dog died a few months back, and my wife was looking to replace. We wanted a Golden Doodle… no I am not joking that was my wife’s choice. It’s a breed between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. All the fun of a Golden Retriever without any shedding, sounds great right?

Well it turns out this dog was two states away, so we needed to go pick it up. Luckily it was almost a thousand bucks cheaper than market value, so the drive would be well worth it. They had even set aside the animal we wanted and everything, so we were making our plans to drive over there. Now if you know anything about me you know that I use this blog… a lot. That’s because we don’t own a car, my family has seemed to do well without one, and whenever we go on a trip we just rent a vehicle. So that was the plan this time.

We use Rental Car Momma because we could always go around looking for the best deals, or just use their system and be done in seconds. I really mean it, just punch in your dates and information and the best deals just pop on your screen. I could work for these guys; I have used them more than enough to know their business inside and out.

Anyway we got lucky; Avis is having a sale where you can save up to 35% on a vehicle. I don’t think it’s ever been that good. So I am not complaining; we are going to get this dog for half the price most people will. With that I give Avis a big thumbs up and Rental Car Momma two thumbs up for saving me money on this mongrel! We will ship out in the morning to go meet the newest addition to the family, nothing like house breaking a dog… again.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

St. Regis San Francisco

My wife works for a high end law firm and she somehow acquired a lot of the traveling responsibilities around the office. Whenever there is a seminar or an important even that the office needs to be present for she ends up with the job of going. We never really complain because they usually set her up in fantastic hotels and resorts. Why its not a big deal is because I usually convince her into letting me tag along.

So when my wife was asked to go on a trip to Francisco she said “sure” as if she had a choice. So I asked when she was going and if they booked her flight already. We ended up flying on the same plane just different rows but we got there fine. When we got out of the plane and into the terminal we followed the signs to car rental and we were in an E-Z Rent a Car in like fifteen minutes. We got a Ford Escape, we weren’t being real picky because we were only going to be there a few days, so we just asked what was available and chose the one that interested us most.

The Saint Regis resort was incredible. We had a room three stories above the first courtyard balcony. Their balconies were incredible, I mean pools, spas, great views, plenty of room to spread out and tons of tables to eat at. In fact we spent most of our time on the balcony, just looking out over the city. They even have a nine thousand square foot spa, it was insane!

We saw some of the sights in San Francisco, like the Golden Gate Bridge, but the hotel was definitely the best. The rooms were fantastic, the service was even better; we even had seafood in our bed. It was the perfect weekend getaway; I would do it again in a heartbeat!