A big thanks to the folks at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington for a fantastic family vacation earlier this month. Here are the elements I especially loved:
The Lodge — It’s beautiful, super clean and comfortable. All the rooms have a sitting area so you’re not hanging out on the beds. The lobby is huge with tons of room for lounging. In fact, our baby had tons of room to practice walking, which he started over our GWL weekend!
The Waterpark — My family had a great time enjoying the wave pool and all the water slides. The water was the right temperature and even our little kids had a good time. Though my husband and I remarked quite often how much fun the place will be when everyone’s just a bit older…
The Staff — It’s like Disneyland in Centralia. The staff is so helpful and friendly. I was particularly surprised at the lifeguards commitment to water safety. I’ve never seen such active lifeguarding in my entire life. These people were ultra-attentive and they know how to deal poop-in-the-pool situations. Twice someone broke the cardinal pool rule and, well, you know. The pools were cleared in seconds flat and doused with chemicals so no one got sick.
I just can’t say enough about their waterpark staff. Absolutely top notch.
The Conference Facilities — GWL hosted our group of bloggers for a breakfast and small meeting on Saturday afternoon. I was very impressed with the quality of the food, the facilities and especially the service by the conference staff. They were super-accommodating and actually happily rearranged the room for us an number of times.
I realize that most people think “family vacation” when they think of Great Wolf Lodge, but it is also a fantastic place to have a conference, reception or community event.
Disclosure: I was offered a special rate on my family’s room during this weekend in exchange for posting my opinion of our stay at Great Wolf Lodge. No cash exchanged hands.
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