Ashland Skateland: a review

When trying to find something to do as a college student that isn’t too expensive is a little tricky. Sometimes you have to get creative and go back into your childhood memories and recreate them. One day my friend Bre and I were thinking of things to do. An idea quickly came to mind. When I was younger I always enjoyed the occasional trip to the roller rink. So we decided to take a little trip to Ashland Skateland.

Bre and I took a quick mirror photo under the dream-like lights

Located at 516 N Washington Hwy, Ashland, VA 23005 it only costs about $6 upfront as an entrance fee. Then if you don’t have a pair of your own skates they offer rentals as well. The rental skates cost around $10 making it a decently cheap girl’s day out. They offer two different types of skates. One is inline which below is seen on me on the right and then there are the quads that are seen on Bre on the left. I personally prefer the inline I quickly noticed when I originally put on the quad I would fall more often so I switched to inline and I was able to skate a bit more smoothly.

We had a lot of fun recreating old childhood memories of facepalming on the hardwood floors. There was music and they also did the hokie pokie! They also had a concession stand where they offered a variety of quick snacks and drinks for the in-between sessions of the utter chaos of nearly slamming into the side walls while trying to keep balance. In doing so I realized I am awful at skating but it was overall a lot of fun! Outside of public skating, they also have times for private parties and adult skate nights every Monday from 7:30pm – 10:30 pm. While there I also noticed some kids were having birthday parties as well. The birthday parties are a lot more expensive. They cost around $135 for 10 guests including the birthday child. I know birthdays here are intended for children but I’m going, to be honest, I would probably go celebrate my birthday there just because of how much fun I had.

Bre and I mimicking the scene in titanic while trying not to fall down

Also, quick tip when going rollerskating. Do not wear a skirt even if you feel cute in it. I learned this the hard way that night. Unfortunately while skating I proceeded to faceplant and my skirt went up. I can still remember Bre quickly trying to skate towards me to cover me. I’m not sure which was more amusing me laying there as the realization a room full of people just saw that or Bre trying to get to me and not end up falling on her face in the process. If anything, be smarter than me in this situation. Wear shorts underneath to save yourself from the embarrassment that happened to me.

About me

Hi! My name is Laura Nichols. I’m a nursing student at Longwood University. In high school, I graduated as a certified nurse aide and this has led me to my goal of becoming a nurse. I’m very sociable and I love to interact with people. Besides nursing, I love to do art and I like to collect crystals.

My Travel Experience Jamestown Beach

Rachel, Arya, and I having some fun looking around William and Mary’s campus!

Looking for some family fun! Yorktown beach is the perfect place to take your friends and family for a little day trip. One day a few of my friends and I decided to take a group trip but we didn’t want to drive all the way to Virginia beach. My friend Anna goes to William and Mary and she suggested we go to Jamestown beach. She knew of the location because she had gone there with friends before. It is a 23-minute drive from William and Mary so it is often time frequented by college students on warmer days.

Rachel and goofing around in the car while Arya focuses on driving

So the trip started when the three of us jumped in the car and made the hour and 20-minute drive from chesterfield Va to Yorktown beach. The time flew as we blasted music with the windows down and filled the car with our constant chatter.

Before going to the beach we decided to get a bite to eat. So we went to this really cute restaurant called Culture Cafe. The whole restaurant was covered in random stuff and they had a wall covered in random doors. Along with the wall of doors, they also had different types of chairs. Besides the chairs as the bar, all the other ones looked thrifted. It was very cute as the mascot of the restaurant was a rabbit. The food was delicious. They had many options and catered to those with special diets. My friend Arya is a vegan and she was able to enjoy a vegan burger. After eating we asked the owner if we could take a look upstairs. They had a cute little lounge as well. I wish there was a place like this in Farmville because I know I would be going here to study all the time. The employees were all very welcoming and it was an overall good experience in the little cafe.

mini photoshoot in the water

When we finally reached our destination we couldn’t wait to get out in the water. It was incredibly hot that day so Rachel and I sprinted towards the shore while Arya set up her camera. Arya is a blogger and will often time record our little trips as a group. She made this really cute video that completely encapsulated our trip! There were many families visiting at the same time as us. There were picnic tables and some people were also grilling right out on the sand. James town beach is not actually a beach it is a large embankment from the James River. It looks a lot like the beach and they also have tiny waves. Unlike the beach and the really aggressive undertow and large waves, I would say this is the perfect place to take young children if they are not strong swimmers. You do not have to worry about your kids getting washed out or hurt by the waves.

Arya and I taking photos together in the water

unfortunately, it started to rain so your little day trip got cut short but it was ok because around that time we were already tired. So we got changed and drove back home. We did work up an appetite in the water so we decided to take a quick stop at tropical smoothy. It was my first time going and they had so many options. So before leaving we all talked about our little trip while scarfing down our smoothies

Here is the link to Arya’s vlog where she captures our little trip! All the credit goes to Arya and her love of vlogging.