Williamsburg Journals

Birth of Our Nation

A travel journal to Williamsburg by willow

Clarion Hotel Historic District Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia More Photos
Quote: The Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown has been called the "largest living museum in the world." For good measure the tourist industry has added a host of amusement parks, recreational activities and one of the most inclusive factory outlet malls around.

Birth of Our Nation

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Plan your visit, perhaps alternating historic activities with a day of shopping or amusement park thrills. Williamsburg is so full of historical sites and activities, its easy to burnout if you try to see them all in one visit.

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Parking in the historic district is difficult. An annual pass to the living museum is and entitles you to unlimited rides on the shuttle and free parking. Even if you don't plan to return within a year, the carefree parking is worth the differance.

Clarion Hotel Historic District

Hotel | "Fairfield Kingsgate"

Clarion Hotel Historic District Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Built to compliment the patriotic era, this resort sits at the edge of the historic district. The condos are spacious and tastefully decorated. Ever amenity of a comfortable home is provided. We enjoyed the mini-golf course which was located just behind our unit. The fitness center was well equipped and offered the perfect wind down after a full day of sight seeing. The resort-sponsored tours are very good. Our favorite was a day trip to Mount Vernon and Washington, D.C. We visited the monuments, the capital and the Smithsonian. Cost $75 each.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2000

Clarion Hotel Historic District
351 York St
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-4100

Duke of Gloucester Street

Attraction | "The Duke of Gloucester Street"

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A visit to Colonial Williamsburg is a step back into time. Hundreds of participates in period dress contribute to a colonial community which comes alive. You meet Martha Washington, Patrick Henry and other recognizeable people of note, as well as silversmiths, wig makers, blacksmiths and common folk. You can attend a soiree at the minister's home or a slave sermon under the trees. There are demonstrations going on all around you all the time. A meal in one of the colonial taverns is an experience in itself. A costumed waiter in full character takes your order and serves colonial style foods. We enjoy chicken and dumplings, meat pies and boiled cabbage, but buttermilk pie is not for us! A...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2000

Duke of Gloucester Street
Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg, Virginia

The College of William & Mary

Attraction | "The College of William & Mary"

The College of William & Mary Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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The College of William & Mary is a historical showcase in itself. The college is architecturally sound after more than two centuries. Here were born the radical ideas of democracy to young law students like Thomas Jefferson. My husband's favorite activity is to trod the campus of William & Mary, lost in thought, as though is retracing the footsteps, he can recapture the dream.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2000

The College of William & Mary
Gloucester Street
Williamsburg, Virginia
(757) 221-4000

Jamestown Settlement

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Jamestown Settlement represents the 400 year old village of the same name. The settlement is located one mile from the site of the original settlement. The settlement at Jamestown predates the colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts by thirteen years. It was at Jamestown not Plymouth that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated (not a happy gathering of Indians and Colonists sharing a meal either). The lives of the original settlers and the hardships they faced are depicted through living history demonstrations and a video shown at the museum complex. A recreation of a Powhatan Indian Village gives insight into their lives. In the harbor rest full scale replicas of the Susan Contant, the Discovery a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2000

Jamestown Settlement
2207 Colonial Pkwy
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-1607

Area Attractions

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I offer this list of attractions as a sampling of available activities outside Colonial Williiamsburg. Some are seasonal. Virginia Air and Space Museum- Hampton

Virginia Marine Science Museum- Virginia Beach offers wonderful touch pools for kids of all ages.

Virginia Beach Festival of Lights- a million Christmas lights with a maritime motif.

Busch Gardens

Go-Karts Plus

Mariner's Museum- Newport News

Nauticus- Norfolk

The Music Theatre of Williamsburg

Water Country USA

Outlet Mall Shopping

The list goes on and on.