My wife and I have loved and visited Colonial Williamsburg since the mid 1970s. OK, we are ancient. Had our honeymoon there. Coming up from Key West this spring (2009) with our ancient Westie Harry, we had time to revisit CW -- and the only place where dogs are allowed was the Cascades. It was lovely. We felt a bit banished to Siberia; there was no one else around, usually (they did stick another couple in the room next to use for a night: humans noisy, dog silent). The gutters were rotting and the distant parking fields were decaying. Still, the room was excellent -- far more comfortable and in its way: stylish even, and far more than what you'd find for twice the money along I95 -- and convenient to Col. Wmsbrg's fine attractions, if you are willing to walk, take the CW bus or a short drive. Quiet, comfortable, with IRONED SHEETS! We had the feeling the "Cascades," as they call it (once known as the Motor House, the former Cascades was what is now the conference center, which years ago had a terrific buffet breakfast with stewed oysters and real Smithfield Bacon, all you could eat, in pre-Lipitor days) was not long for this world -- a bit of rot in the gutters, decaying parking areas, outdoor lighting long since turned off and left to corrode. Still, it was cool. We usually stay in the Inn (lots of bucks and very very well worth it) or the Colonial Houses (fabulous and, though not cheap, a bargain), but with our dog it was the Cascades -- and we found the usual attention to detail, finesse, charm, eccentricity, comfort that we've always expected from Dear Old Colonial Williamsburg. Go. It's a good dal, if you are in the right mood.
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