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Trip Report Weekend in Colonial Williamsburg

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My husband and our mothers came to Virginia for a fun weekend of history, and we were not disappointed!

We stayed on Colonial Williamsburg property in one of the Colonial Homes (specifically, the Orlando Jones Office). We absolutely loved the convenience of being right on Duke of Gloucester Street and being able to walk out our front door into the heart of Colonial Williamsburg! The acoommodations were comfortable, although they were not luxury despite the price. The bathrooms in our rooms were small, and it was often a challenge to find a plug for a cell phone charger, but the beds were quite comfortable. The good thing about being a guest at one of the CW properties was the ability to buy deeply discounted admission tickets, and to be able to participate in a couple of exclusive tours. (I did the "Bits and Bridles" tour which was an excellent behind-the-scenes visit to the CW stables.)

CW is a LOT of walking, and we were well-warned to bring comfortable shoes! We loved touring the homes on the property, especially the Governor's Palace. The daily programs, which ranged from a reading of the Declaration of Independence to artillery demonstrations, were all very good, and the staff members obviously enjoyed their work. We enjoyed speaking with them about the town (and the trades' professions) and everyone was very informative and friendly! Some people have said that they couldn't do more than a few hours at CW, but since we all really loved history, we took our time and enjoyed the experience.

For dining, we tried several of the CW taverns. Campbell's Tavern, which focuses on seafood, was very good, and was probably the best food and wine selection. Shields, which focuses on southern comfort food, had very generous portions and the best musicians. Chowning's Tavern has the "gambols" after dinner, which was very enjoyable. We drank local beers, played colonial board games, and were entertained by a very good musician and a magician! Other dining options in the area were at Market Square Shops. We loved The Cheese Shop and Aroma Coffee Shop.

In addition to CW, we also spent a half day at Historic Jamestowne. (That's the National Park site.) One word of advice if you are visiting here in the summer: BUG SPRAY!! We all got really eaten alive by the mosquitoes! The ranger-guided tour was very informative, and we loved the small archearium museum. The cafe on site is now run by The Carrot Tree catering, and it was excellent. (I would gladly stop by just for lunch if I was in the area!)

Overall, we loved our visit to the area, and there is so much to see and do that we could definitely go back again!

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