GETTING THERE: Williamsburg is about 165 miles from Washington. Take I-95 to I-295 south and merge onto I-64 east toward Virginia Beach. To reach Great Wolf Lodge, take exit 234 to Route 199 east. Follow for one mile, then exit on International Parkway east. Merge on Mooretown Road and take a left on Rochambeau.

STAYING THERE: At Great Wolf Lodge (549 E. Rochambeau Dr., 800-551-9653,, standard, published prices at the all-suites resort begin at $259 for four people, including water park wristbands good for two days, and a refrigerator and microwave. Prices escalate for progressively larger suites, with a two-bedroom, two-bath suite with three TVs and a private living area going for $499. But check the Web site or call and ask the lodge's "memory creators" about specials. We found a $50-off coupon on the site before our trip. Prices can drop drastically during the week when there are no area-wide school holidays, with suites -- including water park admission -- going for just over $100 a night.

EATING THERE: The lodge has a cafe with salads, soup and sandwiches, which start at about $5. Also within the lodge: a cafeteria and a bar and grill, both of which serve pizza, fish, steak, burgers, pot roast, fried chicken and deli sandwiches. Adult dinner entrees start at about $17. I found the food to be so-so, in that brand-name chain sort of way, so if convenience isn't paramount and you want an exceptional dinner, head to downtown Williamsburg.

INFO: Williamsburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-368-6511,