Our family of four, including two daughters (2 years old and 9 months old), was invited to visit the DoubleTree at Willow Valley to stay over night, try the many amenities and learn about a great contest you can participate in too(see details below)!
Upon our arrival at the DoubleTree, we were greeted with deliciously warm cookies! We later learned you can ask for a cookie at any time of day at the front desk… and we took advantage of that perk. We then checked into our room which already had a crib waiting for us. The room was clean and spacious and included a coffee maker and mini-refrigerator! Perfect for the home-made baby food we toted along and my secret to parenting… caffeine!
During our one-night stay we took advantage of some of the many hotel amenities. Friday evening, our 2-year old was entertained by the “craft cart”. There’s a craft room on-site for anyone to visit! Every day it’s open at different times, check the calendar upon arrival. The children made sand art and beaded necklaces and also colored. It was all multi-age appropriate and at a kid friendly station. I was able to watch and help her, while sipping a nice cold Pinot Grigio and wearing the baby on my back. Heaven!
After dinner, we took a stroll over to the duck pond where we sat on a bench and watched a mallard family. If you have a toddler, you can probably relate… no attention span for a family portrait, but stick an animal that waddles in front of them and viola, it’s mass-focus time! When we could finally peel her away from the adorable duck family, we went to the playground. It was so much fun!
The next day, we went to breakfast in the hotel restaurant, Cafe 24 Hundred. It was a buffet with quite the variety; from fresh fruit to an omelet station, we were all stuffed until almost dinner! Unfortunately, it was raining on this day, so we didn’t get to take advantage of the 30-minute horse-drawn carriage ride or the playground/duck pond again as we had planned. So, we went to the indoor pool. The children’s section is rightfully named the indoor water playground. That’s just what it was! At 2 years old, our daughter wasn’t swimming yet, but loves splashing. This was perfect! It was 1-2 feet deep and had a frog slide and sprinklers in the water. There was also a fast tube water slide for slightly older children that fed into a little deeper section of the pool. In the next room was the traditional indoor pool, next to the exercise room, and arcade. A field day!
That afternoon we had planned on taking advantage of the bus tour the resort offers of Lancaster and the surrounding sites. But, the girls were just cranky and it was time to head back home. Next time!
So, if you’ve visited the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton in Lancaster, PA, you probably already have a fabulous story like I just told. We were only there one night, but I can imagine how great some family trips must be given good weather, some shopping (he he), and a nice long weekend getaway! I can also see why the hotel is proudly celebrating their one-year anniversary of becoming a DoubleTree Resort!
Everything that this resort prides itself on has to do with family. From the rooms that have at-home conveniences and comfy beds to the pools, golfing, shopping, swimming, or eating, if you’ve stayed here before, I’m sure you had a wonderful time. Whatever you were doing, you took pictures to capture the memories. (If you’re anything like me, they are printed and sitting in an envelope with other photos dating back to when your first child was born, all waiting to be scrapbooked with love and care.) Anyway, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton in Lancaster is looking for TWO families to represent their hotel (be photographed for postcards flyers, etc) and to win FREE stays at DoubleTree Resorts!
If you’ve visited the Resort since May 2010, search for those photos and email as many as you wish to Will@WillowVal.com by July 31, 2011. Include what that family fun meant to you! The winning photos will be selected on August 1, 2011 by DoubleTree Resort, Lancaster.
Contest photos will be posted on www.Flickr.com/photos/doubletreelancaster. The two winning families will win a two-night stay at DoubleTree Resort, Lancaster AND a second two-night getaway to DoubleTree Resort, Pittsburgh! And again, both families will be featured in the 2012 DoubleTree Resort, Lancaster ad campaign!
Don’t forget to tell them we sent you!
*Disclosure: This post was written by Philly Burb Mom Melissa Auvil. Melissa was offered a complimentary stay and meals at the DoubleTree at Willow Valley in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are her own.