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Visiting Williamsburg

Visitors to this restored 18th-century town will find horse-drawn carriages, silversmiths hawking their wares, militiamen on parade, and even George Washington (or at least someone doing a deft impersonation of him). Meals and restaurants in Williamsburg, like everything else, are meticulously authentic; try the peanut soup at King’s Arms Tavern for a traditional treat.

Things to do in the area do center on America’s past and on Colonial Williamsburg, but Busch Gardens is nearby if you want some less historical fun. The Williamsburg Winery is a fine option when you’re traveling without the kids—and if that’s the case, consider one of Williamsburg’s romantic retreats. If you’ve got tots in tow, there are also plenty of kid-friendly options among ... Read More
Visitors to this restored 18th-century town will find horse-drawn carriages, silversmiths hawking their wares, militiamen on parade, and even George Washington (or at least someone doing a deft impersonation of him). Meals and restaurants in Williamsburg, like everything else, are meticulously authentic; try the peanut soup at King’s Arms Tavern for a traditional treat.

Things to do in the area do center on America’s past and on Colonial Williamsburg, but Busch Gardens is nearby if you want some less historical fun. The Williamsburg Winery is a fine option when you’re traveling without the kids—and if that’s the case, consider one of Williamsburg’s romantic retreats. If you’ve got tots in tow, there are also plenty of kid-friendly options among Williamsburg’s hotels.

No matter what age group you’re traveling with, IgoUgo traveler photos of Williamsburg are a great way to get vacation ideas before you find a flight (arriving via horseback is so 1760) and go.    Close

Stories and Tips Williamsburg

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Under the Redcoat

Written by Taylor Shelby on 27 Jul, 2005

Under the Redcoat is the annual (now in its twelfth year!) reenactment of the British occupation of Williamsburg, VA. In 1781, while on the march to Yorktown, Lord Cornwallis stopped for 10 days in Williamsburg. He brought with him the plague of locusts…Read More


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Rides and Dining at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Written by zippen3 on 21 Jun, 2004

This is for those who want to know what the rides are like and how the dining is at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. THEATERS: First, there are 2 4-D rides/movies. 4-D means it feels you are in the movie itself. RL Stine's Haunted Lighthouse is…Read More


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Our Third James River Plantation, Westover

Written by getawayguy on 22 Aug, 2005

Our third choice was Westover, built about 1736, by William Byrd II (1674-1744). William was born in Virginia on his father's plantation, but was brought up in Essex, England, by his uncle Daniel Horsmanden, the Rector of Purleigh near Chelmsford, where he met his maternal…Read More


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Yorktown Victory Center

Written by getawayguy on 22 Aug, 2005

The historic triangle formed by Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown is located on a 15-mile-wide Virginia peninsula. It was there, in 1607, that the first permanent English settlement was established in the New World. After enduring many hardships, the early colonists thrived in the colonial capitol…Read More


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Visiting the 18th Century

Written by gorboduc on 08 Oct, 2002

Colonial Williamsburg is the largest living history museum in the US, created with the help of John D. Rockefeller Jr. It attempts to provide the visitor with the experience of visiting the capitol of Virgina circa the mid 18th century, though what that entails has…Read More


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Revolutionary City at Colonial Williamsburg

Written by MilwVon on 17 May, 2007

Let history come alive during your visit to Colonial Williamsburg! Daily programming provides great opportunities for visitors to become citizens and active participants in historical events leading up to and after the American Revolution. With three different programs played throughout the week, you…Read More


Retail or Entertainment - Yankee Candle

Written by lharri on 08 Jun, 2006

Yankee Candle has a new store in Williamsburg, Virginia, at 2200 Richmond Road. I hear it opened at the end of 2005 sometime. It is really quite an adventure. If you have not been to what Yankee Candle calls a "flagship" you will not believe…Read More


A Week's Vacation in the Historic Triangle of Virginia

Written by NiteOwlTX on 19 Dec, 2005

Day One:Once you arrive in Williamsburg, go to the Colonial Williamsburg Visitors Center. Purchase an Independence Pass($72). Also, get day tours for Day Three and night shows for Day One, Two, Three, and Four; you should try to get into one of the Conversations as…Read More


So Much To See

Written by reynbo on 10 May, 2005

When we choose our vacations, we like to have warm weather and plenty to see or do if the weather disappoints. Williamsburg was the ideal spot. We were unable to use the resort pools, but were very busy enjoying the sites. We were very impressed…Read More


Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel

Written by Taylor252 on 05 Sep, 2003

How odd to write an entry about a bridge . . . However, this bridge has been named one of the seven wonders of the engineering world and Virginia Beach, VA is at one end of this marvel. In fact, the Discovery Channel has devoted…Read More


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