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We had the best time getting away from Richmond for a few days. I’d been bucket-listing a visit to Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg for a while, and with Beck at the 3 year mark, it was a great time to plan our getaway.

We picked the holidays to time it with our annual trek to Christmastown at Busch Gardens. But now the tradition will include GWL every year. It was magical. Here’s why….

1. If you stalk the GWL website, you can find good deals on off-peak nights. We got a great deal on a Tuesday night – maybe half of what it would be on the weekend. That allowed me to add on some extras like Snowland decorations in our room and late checkout.gwl snowland decorations

2. Did I mention that booking the Snowland add-on gives you a limited edition Snowland throw blanket and Great Wolf Kids storybook, “Unique as a Snowflake” that you get to keep? Oh, and special delivery of milk and cookies by one of the characters? We met (and loved) Rachel Raccoon who brought enough cookies and milk to share with Mommy and Gigi.rachel raccoon visit

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3. Of course we were there for the waterpark- we took to the slides right away.

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4. We ran in the waves like a boss.

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5. And we mastered waterfalls and water spouts all over the place. Hashtag NOFEAR!!

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6. Let’s talk food. Beck didn’t eat any of this fudge but he spent a lot of time asking if he could eat that fudge.  It was one of our favorite places to window shop.

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7. We also made a reservation to have dinner in a REAL gingerbread house – yes, you get the house to yourself for your meal! You can’t eat the walls (they are sprayed with bug spray so really, don’t eat them!) but the smell of the gingerbread was incredible. The house is made of…

  • 600 pounds of gingerbread dough
  • 450 eggs
  • one ton of sugar
  • the gingerbread house is baked, iced and candied to perfection.

And a $10 donation added to your bill supports the Ronald McDonald house charities.

GWL dinner8. But we’re not done yet. The decorations are a perfect touch with the woodsy decor and had us wishing we could replicate some of the feel in our home. Definite tree-envy. And Santa-envy too. No, Beck didn’t sit in his lap, but he did high-five him which is HUGE since he usually screams whenever he’s near the big guy.

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9. Night time was so much fun with the Great Clock Tower Howl-iday Show and Story Time. We sort of sat still through most of it and were very excited when it actually started to snow IN THE LOBBY. Probably because Beck was wearing his Christmas Jammies!



10. And last but certainly not least. Everyone gets ears. And we actually got one decent photo of Beck happily wearing them. To go with the 42 where he’s throwing a fit at having to have his picture taken.

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We can’t wait until next year to visit again! And by next year I mean maybe March or April. Because this was our first time there, we received an email for 25% off our next visit (and $25 in resort credit) to book another night. Twist my arm!

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