We recently announced our 2013 Ask-A-Mom (and dads)—our resident parent experts who provide their tips and tricks for a great trip to the lodge.  Over the coming weeks, we are going to introduce you to each of them and give you a look at why they love Great Wolf Lodge.  Meet Kira Riley for our Williamsburg lodge—wife, mother of two, freelance writer, blogger and owner of Love Media.

My family loves Great Wolf Lodge because it’s a 5-star resort experience, extremely close to home at a very affordable price.  When paying for a family vacation, you want to feel as if you are getting the most value for your money. At Great Wolf lodge, I feel like we receive that and so much more.

We love to travel as a family and enjoy exotic vacations and fun getaways. We often cruise to the Bahamas, Bermuda or have a getaway to Massanutten or Atlantic City. After visiting Atlantis in Nassau and various cruise vacations, I became hard to impress when it came to traveling after an experience of that magnitude. I remember after our first trip to Great Wolf Lodge in May 2011 I was so blown away I called and raved to family and friends that they had to join us on our next trip.

From the moment you drive up to the property, you are transported to a magical place. The exquisite carvings of the wood and the majestic wolves make you feel like you are in another place altogether—not just 20 minutes from home. The feeling of excitement from the time we check in until the time we check out never ceases to amaze me. No matter how many times we visit, it feels like the very first time.  Now, when my kids hear the words “We are going to Great Wolf Lodge,” they know they are in for an amazing mix of family and fun. 

Each one of us has our favorite thing to do while we are there, but they all bring us together and allow us to enjoy quality time with one another. The sprawling property has so much to offer that every time we visit we come away with a different experience.  Since our first stay, we have enjoyed 3 wonderful vacations at the resort in addition to countless day trips just to enjoy the arcade and The Loose Moose Bar & Grill. We enjoy the atmosphere so much; it is hard to stay away.

I don’t think we could possibly love Great Wolf Lodge any more than we already do—until the next time we visit, of course!