Because it’s a Hampton. Weird, huh? But beautiful, and it was our last stop on the way home from our family vacation. We frequent Hampton Inns because of Chuck’s hotel points, but this was unlike any chain hotel I’d ever stayed. Originally the Col Alto Mansion, this hotel in Lexington, Virginia, which is also a bed and breakfast, is on seven acres of gorgeous property down the street from Washington and Lee University.
We arrived late and left early but still managed to allow the boys time to swim, time for me to work out in the fitness center, and time to get off the interstate and out of the rental car.
Our original plans for a summer vacation were much grander. We thought we’d take the boys to New York City, and perhaps we’d take a drive down the eastern coast. But the more we thought about it, and the more we added up the price tag, we realized that a laid-back week of play and rest was just enough. Swimming, horseback riding, and a night at an amusement park, all while being the company of my parents, was all we needed.