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Lamplighter Spring 2013

Lamplighter Spring 2013

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Newsletter for Colonial Crossings of Williamsburg owners
Newsletter for Colonial Crossings of Williamsburg owners

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Va c a t i o n : B e G o o d t o Yo u r H e a l t h

A Publication of the Colonial Crossings Owners Association

The Lamplighter

Being health-conscience on vacation doesn’t always require professional advice or even bringing your quick-fix home gym along for the trip. Instead, rely on some ole’ fashioned common sense from your everyday healthy lifestyles. Here is our “Top 5” best tips for staying healthy and avoiding the post-travel blues.

Avoid the Splurge - The fact is, most of us enjoy splurging on expensive restaurants who serve up cowboy-cut steaks or push desserts so hard you don’t get the tab without it. One Williamsburg menu we looked into has entrée offerings over 1,000 calories. That’s equal to half the normal daily caloric allowance for most. Resist the urge to overindulge. Instead, opt for sharing your meal or skipping dessert altogether. Guzzle Down the Aqua - Water is always your friend, especially on vacation. Drinking water flavored with a vitamin C additive every day while in a new location can help ward off any viruses or harmful bacteria you may have acquired from your neighbor on the flight. But if this isn’t for you, stick to fruits and vegetables rich in both vitamins and antioxidants like cranberries, bell peppers and kiwi. Pick a Hike - Most of us enjoy traveling to scenic destinations. Select activities that involve considerable walking to meet your daily exercise requirement while taking in the sights. See Supporting Your Health, page 2

Volume 13, Issue 1

Spring 2013 Dates to Remember:

In this issue:

Spring Break Planner Cerebral Palsy of VA Memorial Day Celebration Local Event Calendar

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 Busch Gardens is now open for select dates  Schooner Alliance is now sailing daily from the Riverwalk Landing Pier in Yorktown  2nd Annual CCW Easter “Egg”stravaganza will be held March 30 at 11 a.m.  Yorktown Market Days begin May 4

Shortly after the spring breakers depart and before the bustling summer vacation season, the resort maintenance staff will begin renovations to the pool area. Replacement of all tiles and interior repairs are scheduled to be completed. This process will take approximately two weeks to complete beginning April 15. The existing dining furniture and lounge accessories will be refurbished. In addition, all dining furniture will be equipped with new umbrellas. It was determined by resort management that the costs associated with replacing all existing furniture and lounge accessories were excessive and not allowable with the current budget. Small improvements will be made to the existing locker rooms such as towel bins. All improvements poolside are expected to take a total of thirty days to complete.

A r o u n d t h e i n d u s t ry: A R D A
Created in 1989, the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is a trade association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries. ARDA’s membership includes hundreds of companies from around the globe working together to ensure the “highest levels of moral and ethical conduct” within the industry. Providing members with networking, business-to-business (B2B) partnerships and advocacy that monitors industry regulation, ARDA also supports industry professionals through the ARDA International Foundation (AIF). The AIF is largely responsible for much of the industry’s research and providing a diverse selection of educational opportunities such as university partnerships. Through the AIF, professionals are tested on the ethical, legal and regulatory complexities of resort operation in pursuit of being awarded the designation Registered Resort Professional (RRP). The Resort Owners Coalition, or ARDA -ROC, serves to defend the rights of vacation owners against any legislation that may be detrimental to the owner. In addition, ARDA-ROC supplies owners with information pertaining to timeshare resale companies. In 2012, the Colonial Crossings Owners Association (CCOA) joined ARDA as an Affiliate - Class S member or a registered homeowners association. The CCOA has again renewed its commitment for 2013.

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The nearby highlands offer many opportunities to explore the mountainous terrain of the central Virginia plateau. A great day trip to the Blueridge Parkway will never disappoint! Barred from the Bar - Yep! It’s true guys and gals. Say goodbye to the nightcap. As delightful as it may be, alcohol is loaded with sugars and wasted calories. Wash, Sanitize, Repeat - Germs are everywhere. But when we are on vacation, we are exposed to new germs and our immune systems are compromised. A conscious focus on washing hands frequently and using a hand sanitizer is beneficial. Disclaimer: No doctors were consulted for this feature. Every one we called for an interview happened to be on vacation.

Day trip: Virginia Beach The bustling coastline 45 minutes from Williamsburg boasts expansive shops, eateries and pristine white sand beaches. A trip to the oceanfront would not be complete without a jaunt down Atlantic Avenue. Grab a bite to eat at the local’s favorite Mahi Mah’s Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar. Or check out Waterman’s Surfside Grill. Rained out on the beach? Check out the Virginia Aquarium. Featuring a massive IMAX theatre, the aquarium is home to harbor seals, cownose rays and komodo dragons. Also, the Chesapeake Bay Touch Pool highlights some of the sea life that inhabit local waters. Don’t forget to plan your trip around the local rush hour(s) and avoid getting stuck in a bridge-tunnel!



to Spring Break! We have put together a list of the “must-dos” during your hiatus to the doorstep of American history.

Waterman’s Museum
Watch a boat build at this museum dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Chesapeake Bay waterman. Closed Mondays. Opens April 1.

Busch Gardens Europe
Experience the newest park’s newest additions: Verbolten and Mach Tower Open daily - March 22 - April 7

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
Arrrggg mateys! Set sail on this pirate-themed family golf adventure featuring two 18-hole courses. Open daily

Go Ape!
Awesome adventure course that includes a dramatic zip line! Open daily. Reservations recommended.

Aleworks Brewing Company
Williamsburg’s only micro-brewery invites you to taste private selections. Tours offered Noon - 5:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Colonial Williamsburg
Enjoy early Americana complete with interpreters and re-enactments of our past. Open daily

Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruise
Visit Fort Wool and see the world’s largest naval fleet up-close. Cruises last 3 hours. Cruising daily weather permitting. Reservations are required.

York River State Park
Hiking and mountain biking trails. Covered pavilions and playgrounds. Freshwater fishing with valid license. Open daily

Riverwalk Landing - Yorktown
Stroll the shores of the York River. Open daily

a ro u n d t h e r e s o rt:
Making sure your Visit Starts with a smile
Quite often you will hear, “Have a blessed day!” echoing throughout the resort’s clubhouse. And it’s equally common to see a smiling face behind the voice. Meet Stacey Norris. A father of one son and avid sports enthusiast, the native Virginian grew up in a small, rural outcrop about 16 miles northwest of Williamsburg. Stacey has always enjoyed staying and working close to his roots. “I grew up in Plum Point. I was referred to Colonial Crossings by a friend,” he said. “Would I come to work here again? You bet. Would I be friends with Kim again? Well….” Stacey has always had a knack for being humorous since joining the Colonial Crossings team in 2012. He quickly made an impact and has become an integral part of the staff. “Stacey went out of his way to accommodate us,” wrote one recent traveler. Comments such as this from guests are not uncommon. Whether working at dawn or burning the midnight oil, Stacey employs his humor to make sure all guests feel welcomed. “A smile just breaks the ice when I meet a guest,” he said. “Creating a guests’ experience is about making sure that they know we are happy they came to Colonial Crossings. I also like to crack a joke or two.” In addition, Stacey suggested being happy is contagious, especially during someone’s first impression of the resort. Working in the hospitality industry, Stacey quickly learned that there are two important factors in making sure he meets the needs of a guest. “You have to be proficient and organized,” he explained. “It is what we are taught here. A guest always appreciates when I can quickly address their concerns.” The recipient of the C.A.R.E. (Creating A Remarkable Experience) award, Stacey’s commitment to providing exceptional service to every guest earned him the award during the 2012 employee recognition luncheon. When asked how he keeps a positive attitude throughout even the toughest of workdays, Stacey relied on his witty personality to form an answer: “I don’t do anything special. I just try to get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.”

Celebration Weekend
When: May 25 & 26, 2013 Where: Poolside Time: All Day

Memorial Day

We strive to make a difference in many lives by providing complimentary weekends to numerous charities throughout the year. We wanted to share with you a letter we received in response to your resort in action.

BQ tyle B ks s d r a Backy eshing drin les Refr & Inflatab s Game
Call us for more info! (757) 941-1540

*** Dear [Resort staff]: We would like to thank you so much for the wonderful weekend you so graciously donated to Cerebral Palsy of Virginia. We had the best weekend ever! Colonial Crossings is perfect. The grounds are so pretty. The staff was very nice. Our room was clean, with all of the comforts of home. My husband and I want you to know how much we appreciate [Colonial

Crossings’] generosity. We are the parents of a son with cerebral palsy. He is 25 years old, so we have been taking care of him a long time. These weekends we get from Cerebral Palsy of Virginia are really our only time alone. It touches our hearts and makes such a great difference in our lives. Thank you so much! Sincerely, D. & J. *** For more information on the Cerebral Palsy of Virginia, visit www.cerebralpalsyofvirginia.org or send donations to: 5825 Arrowhead Drive, Suite 201, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Event Calendar
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Select dates and times for Spring Break. Wanna go? Park opens daily March 22

B u d g e t va c at i o n i n g :
Tips from a concierge All of us want to get more value out of to fit any budget are easily found! our vacations, even more so in today’s Food? Many world-class restaurants are in economy! I wanted to give you some tried the area, but there are also some truly and true tips on how to cut trip costs outstanding local eateries as well. You without cutting don’t have to break your food budget to corners, whether have nice dinners or lunches out. you are here in Williamsburg, New Go to the grocery store when you get to York City, or your destination! Even away from home, relaxing on a sandy chances are high that there are grocery beach. stores where you are traveling to. It’s worth it to take a trip there and get First and foremost: snacks, water, and everything you need John Coleman Always plan ahead! for your trip. Flexibility while on CCW Concierge vacation is always the Going to the theme parks? Pack a picnic best plan, but have some basic ideas what lunch and save bunches! Save your budget you want to do also. dollars for those once in a lifetime taste Before you leave home, keep your eye on treats you might find. Always ask for group buying sites like LivingSocial.com, discounts! Whether its age related, and flash sale sites like Vacationist.com, student or membership discounts – many there are more travel bargains than ever attractions like theme parks, museums and on the Internet these days. Follow your others have discounts for seniors, children favorites’ Twitter feeds or Facebook fan or students. If you are traveling, pages, where “social media managers” are remember to take your ID and usually tasked with posting all the relevant membership cards (e.g. AAA card) with steals and deals. You will surely find some you that might qualify you for these discounts. great deals this way! In the Williamsburg area, you have so many choices! First, you are in the middle of our nation’s origin once you step foot out of your car! The Historic Triangle; Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown are all within a short drive. There are many indoor activities nearby for those less than perfect days. Activities As I hope you can see, vacations don’t have to be expensive to be enjoyable and memorable! I would love to share with you where to find some great low-cost things to do while visiting us! Oh, and I almost forgot! Be sure to stop by my desk during your stay for great discount coupons!

*** Water Country USA
Note: Park closed for Spring Break. Wanna go? Sorry, park opens May 18

*** Jamestown Settlement: Jamestown’s Legacy to the American Revolution
Special exhibit explores Revolutionary War-era descendants of 17-century people associated with Jamestown. Wanna go? Exhibit open daily

*** Colonial Williamsburg: RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn
Grab your smartphone and take part in this interactive game that is great for families of all ages. Wanna go? Open daily through April 21

*** Yorktown: Hidden Treasures Garden Stroll
Spring comes alive in this beautiful private gardens tour. Plants and flowers for sale. Wanna go? April 4 - May 4. 10 a.m.

200 English Garden Way Williamsburg, VA 23188

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