As voted by Trekaroo families, here are the Reviews of the Day from back in the day to today.
School is out and we wanted to find something fun and different for our family to do. I went to VA for Lovers and saw PONY PASTURE and check it out on the site and on FB. It was 20 mins fro our house. When we pulled up to the location we was able to find find a parking spot with not problems. We went to the restroom which wasn't clean or fresh smelling. We started out in the low rapids and moved faster rapids. This was new for our family so we had to learn how to maneuver over the rocks to get to a location that my daughter was comfortable with. We finally found rocks to settle on and my daughter had a blast. She was nerves at first of the unexpected but she is a rock hopping pro. I would recommend this location to any Adventurist families.
It's quite a drive from our house to the Northern Neck for a day trip through Northern Virginia's notorious traffic. However, it was totally worth it - even if only for the afternoon.
Visitor Center (15 min- 30 min)
There is a small gift shop, a few artifacts, a kid's corner, a 14 minute video and helpful rangers at the Visitor Center. While there is no fee, it's the best place to get the layout of the site, learn about any ranger programs and pick up a junior ranger booklet.
Junior Ranger (Takes about 1 hour to complete)
The junior ranger booklet is separated into sections for eight and under and older kids. My seven year old found the younger kid's section fairly easy to complete. It was nice that my six year old boy was able to understand all the activities for his range. a short 15-20 minute ranger presentation at the site of the original house is required. As of June 2016, they also had the Centennial booklet and the 50th anniversary of the historic preservation act booklet.
House Site (30 -45 minutes)
At the original house foundation, visitors learn about the history of preservation of the site. At the end of a short presentation, visitors can go in the house that was built and filled with period furniture for the celebration of Washington's 200th birthday in the 1930s.
There are farm animals, and a few out buildings including a kitchen that visitors can either look into or walk through.
Trails (Most are about 1 mile long)
There are a few scenic trails with nice boardwalks through the marshland. We started walking one - but it was getting a bit buggy in the hot humid summer weather so we turned around.
There is a beach on the Potomac River that my kids really enjoyed. Apparently, it is possible to find sharks teeth there from the nearby cliffs, but you're not supposed to take the shark's teeth because it's national park land.
There are signs up warning about the dangers of swimming in the water due to the currents of the river. I definitely felt safe letting my kids wade around though. The water is quite shallow for a ways-but it isn't very clear so it is difficult to see the drop-offs. Locals seemed to know exactly where to wade to go quite a ways out with only a foot or two depth.
Bottom Line: Between the beach, historic site, junior ranger booklet, and trails, it would be easy to spend 2-3 hours enjoying this national monument. It really surprised me how much we enjoyed the site.
My husband and I had been here many times prior to having kids and maybe even once when our oldest (now almost 5) was of the age to be in the baby carrier for most of it. We've always love this cute little town and all the history here but of course it's always a different trip when you throw kids into the mix.
We decided that since our oldest was just about the minimum age for the Junior Ranger program, we would give it a shot. Picked up our book fro $1.50 in the visitor center and man oh man are we happy we did. Since she's our oldest, we've never had a chance to do the Junior Ranger things but it was definitely the best choice of the day. As parent, I feel like it helped guide our trip a little more as to what we can focus on doing with the kids instead of overwhelming them with info. We did part of the C&O trail, walked along the ruins and through some of the museums in town before making a stop at our favorite little Cannonball Deli for lunch.
We loved being able to take "Civil War selfies" at the information center and trying on period clothing! For this trip, we did choose to take the shuttle from the visitor center into lower town. It runs every 15 minutes but personally, I'm not a huge fan of how unorganized area waiting for the bus is. All of the benches were full so we politely waited next to the last bench thinking that would be our spot in line but so many other people just seem to walk up and stand in the front of the waiting area I was almost worried we wouldn't have a seat on the bus and be stuck waiting for the next one with two sweaty, hot, tired and cranky kids. Our next visit we'll likely go back to what we usually do which is to take the 1.6 mile path along the river from the visitor center to lower town. It's a great walk, has some history and signs along it and gives you the "come and go as you please" option of not waiting for a scheduled bus.
Overall still a great place to go and we're very lucky to live right nearby :).
This is by far the best stretch of beaches in Myrtle Beach. They are clean, easy to get to, parking is either free or very inexpensive, and most of all family friendly. We spent a week staying in Surfside Beach and had the best time. We din't stay on the beach, but next time we are going to try and get one of the houses we saw to save some money on parking.
My 12 year old daughter and I recently visited Brasstown Valley Resort as part of a much needed mother daughter getaway. We were absolutely blown away by the resort. Everything from the incredibly friendly staff to the grounds of the property exceeded our expectations in every way.
Let’s start with the rooms:
I’m actually not going to say much about the rooms as they are in the process of a large remodel and the décor of the rooms will be changing. What I will say about them is that each one is spacious, clean and incredibly comfortable. Our room featured a balcony that overlooked the property and mountains. Sitting on the balcony in the morning breeze while drinking coffee (coffee maker and coffee are in every room) was a highlight of our getaway, at least for me ;)
Moving on to the property & grounds:
To say this property is beautiful is an understatement. Brasstown Valley Resort is 503 acres of stunning mountain views, pristine golf courses and serene horse & walking trails.
If you are a golfer, you won’t be able to resist the championship golf course. This challenging course offers a great game with spectacular views of the mountains. This course has been ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top courses to play in Georgia.
Golf isn’t really our thing, so we headed to the stables for a 2 hour trail ride on the resorts seasoned trail horses. The stables have several riding packages including group and private trail rides. No matter what package you choose you will be accompanied by one or two experienced riders that will give you a fun and informative ride around the resort property.
There is also a world class summer horse camp for kids of all ages that I have heard great things about!
Tips for visiting the stables:
The trail rides are for ages 7 and up. Children under 7 can
still experience the thrill of being on a horse with guided walks around the large corral.
Beginners should opt for the shorter trail ride. If you have never been on a horse, or it’s been awhile since you’ve ridden, choosing the 1 hour ride is a smart choice. We were cocky and thought the 2 hour ride would be perfect, after about an hour my bum had fallen asleep and my legs were starting to get quite sore. I walked funny the rest of the day as my body tried to recover lol!
Dress in layers. Our ride was in the morning and it was actually quite brisk for a May morning in Georgia. Since a large portion of the trail ride is through shady forest trails, I was glad we both had sweatshirts on. However when we got out in the open, the sun was pretty intense so it was nice to be able to take of the sweatshirt so I didn’t overheat.
Call to verify times and hours of the stables as they vary with the seasons.
Other features of the property include 9 miles of walking trails, a volleyball court, tennis courts and an indoor/outdoor pool for year round family fun.
Now let’s talk about the most important thing. The food:
Brasstown Valley Resort has 2 onsite restaurants, Brassies Grill and The Dining Room.
For a more casual dining experience, Brassies is a great choice for a relaxing lunch, snack or dinner. Our favorite dishes included the buffalo chicken salad and the pecan chicken salad sandwich.
For the best food in the area, head to The Dining Room where you can indulge in a prime rib buffet (Saturday evenings), fuel up for the day with a fabulous breakfast buffet or stop in after a round of golf for lunch amidst a picturesque mountain backdrop.
The Dining Room is a favorite with guest and locals alike so reservations are highly recommended.
If you are looking for a relaxing mountain getaway, Brasstown Valley Resort should be at the top of your list. True southern hospitality combined with a beautiful resort make for a great vacation spot for a family weekend away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
We will be back for sure!!
Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary stay in exchange for my HONEST opinion. All thoughts are 100% my own :)