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Back to school brings to end all the things we love about Summer, especially summer vacations. The post-vacation melancholy is real, as for many this means months before their next holiday get-away. Lucky for those of us living in Northern Virginia, we are in great proximity to many of the states favorite landmarks and tourist attractions.
Approximately three hours away by car, Williamsburg is an easy weekend outing for local families. Williamsburg has something for everyone, from colonial attractions to the action-packed theme parks, miles of scenic trails, museums, and art galleries and their burgeoning vineyards and microbreweries. No visit to Williamsburg is complete without a tour of Colonial Williamsburg.
With over 300 acres and 88 original 18thcentury buildings, visitors stroll through the historical streets meeting townspeople, shopkeepers and political figures of the era. It is a living history lesson as you walk along and listen to the stories of what life was like in Williamsburg hundreds of years ago. You can watch a blacksmith ply his trade or get an intimate look of 18th-century life as you enter into local homes and gardens. Tour the Governor’s Palace to learn about Virginia’s seat of power and its tumultuous political past.
Try a historically inspired meal at one of Colonial Williamsburg’s unique restaurants. Evening meals are in colonial taverns and include strolling musicians and other evening programs include tours, plays, dances, and reenactments. There are new programs for 2019 such as the Arts Museum of Colonial Williamsburg’s “Busting Myths’ with teaches visitors to discern between truth, myth, and reality while ‘Finding Diversity’ delves into stories and art created by African Americans and other minorities. Colonial Williamsburg operates in all weather conditions, so pack your umbrella and make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Make sure your little ones have access to strollers because there is a lot of walking for sure!
With kids in tow, be sure to visit Busch Gardens in August while it still has its summer schedule. The 383- acre theme park is considered one of the country’s most beautiful. With thrilling coasters and rides, familyfriendly entertainment, and fantastic dining, it certainly has something for everyone, making it continually a winner as a favorite destination for families. In 2019 it revealed two new attractions, the first is Finnegan’s Flyera, a Sreamin’ Swing ride that will have you soaring more than 80 feet high at speeds of 45 mph and located inside Busch Gardens Ireland Village. The second, Cutback Water Coaster is Virginia’s first hybrid water coaster and is situated in Water Country USA. The ride combines unique technologies to ensure faster speeds and deeper inclines that will make any adrenaline junkie happy!
Also in August, head over to Yorktown with it’s Sounds of Summer series on Thursday nights and listen to waterfront concerts with spectacular musical line-ups. Art lovers will want to check out the Dewitt Wallace Decorative Museum of Colonial Williamsburg where you can not only spend time viewing the gallery but even review the basics of drawing while sketching, all included in the price of admission.
Visitors to Jamestown are immersed in the history of America’s first permanent English Colony. Jamestown Settlement tells the story of 17th-century Virginia, from the arrival of English colonists to their interactions with Native Americans. Jamestown has expansive gallery exhibits exploring the Europeans, Africans and Powhatan Indians and 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of key historical events that occurred there. Be sure to climb aboard a re-creation of one of the three ships that sailed from England and explore the life-size re-creations of the colonists’ fort and the Powhatan Indian Village.
Another fun, favorite thing to do in Williamsburg is to take a ghost and vampire tour. With plenty to choose from, you can spend a spooky evening connecting with the spirits as you tour one of America’s oldest cities. If shopping is your thing, there are plenty of unique gift shops, antique shops, and retail outlets to keep you happy. Nature lovers may want to venture out to one of the local parks such as York River State Park with its beautiful trails and beaches or enjoy some paddle boats over at Waller Mill Park.
Dining in Williamsburg is a treat, from upscale waterfront restaurants to delicious budget-friendly BBQ joints. Food lovers won’t be disappointed with options from Greek to Mexican, Italian to Tap Houses, the Williamsburg dining scene has grown over the years and has developed a reputation as a foodies paradise. Craft breweries seem to be the rage right now, and Williamsburg has got you covered with the Williamsburg Tasting Trail and five local breweries.., Alewerks Brewing Company was the first and a must for any beer lover. Others that have followed include Brass Cannon, Virginia Beer Company, Billsburg Brewery, and Amber Ox, a micro-brew and pub.
There are several wineries in the Williamsburg area, the closest one being The Williamsburg Winery at Wessex Hundred. The 300-acre farm, known as Wessex Hundred, is home to The Williamsburg Winery, Wedmore Place, Cafe Provencal, and The Gabriel Archer Tavern, offering sophisticated accommodations and world-class dining. Perfect for a couples weekend away, weddings or special events, Wessex Hundred is a complete 180 from the chaos and crowds of the nearby tourist attractions of Williamsburg, making it the perfect place to unwind.
Accommodations are plentiful but fill up fast in the Summer. There is everything to choose from, from resort accommodations like Kingsmill Resort to simple roadside motels. All the big chains have a presence here, and most are convenient when traveling with children, offering free breakfasts, pull out beds and swimming pools. There are also smaller, intimate bed and breakfasts such as The Williamsburg Manor Bed and Breakfast available.
Make Williamsburg your late Summer, early Fall destination and explore some of Virginia’s most beautiful landmarks and attractions!
COLLEEN MCHALE is an account executive at PoshSeven and a registered yoga teacher in Loudoun County.