Blogger Hubby has a BIG birthday coming up in May. What we enjoy most is spending time with our children and our grandchildren. My father-in-law will also be joining us. We thought we would try do a family reunion/birthday celebration all in the same weekend. We had several constraints that we needed to work with. Since it would be a weekend, we wanted it to be in a location that most could drive to and for those that were flying in it would be within two hours of an airport.
We looked at Smith Mountain Lake but for Blogger Son #1, who would be driving from Washington DC, we felt that a 4 1/2 hour drive would be too far. For those flying in, they could have flown into Roanoke, VA but the cost would be more than flying into a larger airport. We looked into Williamsburg, VA but couldn’t find a place for all of us. Finally, we looked at Lake Anna and that location seemed perfect for us. At the most, it was only about one hour and forty minutes from the furthest airport and an hour from the closet airport with two other airports in between – lots of options for those flying in.
With three children ages one and under who take morning and afternoon naps and a 2 year old who takes an afternoon nap, we decided that we wanted to rent a house. That way all the parents who have napping children can be together and find things to do. We had looked at cabins and lodges at another location (Cacapon State Park in West Virginia) but then the mons or dads would be in a room with their sleeping babes without much to do.
Now, to find a house that had 7 bedrooms. Yes – that was how many we needed. We looked at airbnb, vrbo, vacation rentals and home away. We found several that sounded great through vrbo, homeaway and vacation rentals. We struck out with airbnb. We reviewed what their minimum nights would be; how many could sit at the dining table; what amenities they had like kayaks, foosball, png pong table, pool table, etc. We also read the reviews and if it was a negative review, what the response was and if it was only one bad review. Finally we reviewed the costs. Some charged tax, some charged a booking fee, most charged for a cleaning fee though some were more than others and the security deposit.
The home we chose seems perfect for us – always something to do no matter what the weather is. We have room to be together, as well as our private rooms. There are two grilling areas and I can smell the steaks and ribs cooking. You can fish from the dock which we know that the grandchildren love to do. The home is only about 45 minutes from Kings Dominion Amusement Park. Additionally there is a state park on Lake Anna and they might have weekend activities. Finally, the closest airport is an hour away and the most anyone has to drive is 90 minutes.
Want to see what we are renting. Here it is: