Friday, August 17, 2012

America's Historic Triangle

The summer is almost over, and school bells will be soon be ringing... Many parents, I'm sure are breathing a sigh of relief that their children's season of rest and recreation or more appropriately... mayhem and mischief, will soon be coming to an end. Well the summer is not over yet, so I say, 'go out with a bang.'

This Labor Day, take the kids on a wonderful adventure to Colonial Williamsburg, where all of the family can partake in this country's great heritage as well as experiencing an amazing end of summer blow out.

Wheels up, wheels down...

Travelers from have a myriad of options when flying the short forty five minute flight to Williamsburg, VA. Numerous air shuttles conveniently fly to four separate Virginia airports: Richmond, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and the most popular choice, Newport News located a scant fifteen miles from Colonial Williamsburg.

Kingsmill Resort

When visiting Colonial Williamsburg, be sure to create memories that will last a lifetime by staying at the Kingsmill Resort. This lavish property is nestled alongside the serene James River on a former plantation dating back to the late 17th century. Feel your tensions melt away as soon as you step foot into the foyer of this stylish resort. Their sincere, warm welcome is a genuine tribute to southern charm and hospitality.

Spacious townhome-style rooms easily will hold a family of four and are complete with every imaginable amenity. Full kitchen? Check. Washer & dryer? Check. Even a daily maid service? Check.

Three championship golf courses, a slew of tennis courts, and an inviting swimming pool will keep you and the family entertained the entirety of your stay... Not to mention that Kingsmill Resort is in close proximity to downtown and is literally just a stone's throw from the Busch Gardens Amusement park. They even provide a complimentary shuttle service to all of the best attractions that the America's Historic Triangle has to offer.

Colonial Williamsburg

Step back in time to the birthplace of this great nation. Observe and feel a deep connection to 18th century life in this meticulously reconstructed historic township. No aspect of daily life is overlooked as you learn how Colonial Williamsburg played a major role in the founding of the United States. History truly comes alive as outfitted interpreters spend time with the kids and prepare for battle in authentic Revolutionary War uniforms.

A World of Antiques

Merchants Square is lined with unique shops that openly embrace the past, and are cluttered with antiques and treasured collectibles. Boutiques alongside art galleries, and cafes offer an endless array of homemade crafts, candies, and beautifully adorned quilts. However some of the best shopping can be found west of Williamsburg at the sprawling Outlet Mall... Home to the hugely popular Yankee Candle Shop and multitude of other discounted designer brands.

Ride the Trolley

For a fun and low-cost option of getting from Merchants Square to the restaurants and shops of New Town, hop onboard the trolley. The fun and lighthearted way of getting across town costs a meager fifty cents, and is free for students of all ages.

Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement is dedicated to the preservation of England's first permanent colony in the New World. This open-air museum not only enlightens you about life in early America, but lets you experience it firsthand.

Travel at your own pace or take a guided tour as outfitted interpreters discuss the colonists harsh living conditions. Every member of the family will certainly gain a deeper appreciation of the first settlers dedication and commitment as they board replicas of the three small wooden ships used to journey across the volatile Atlantic Ocean.

History comes out to play at James Fort, as children excitedly cover their ears anticipating the blast of a musket during a lively demonstration. Also, visitors to the Jamestown Settlement will take pleasure in discovering how colonists and Native American's managed the land, prepared deer pelts, and produced stoneware.

Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour

Experience the spine-chilling side of one of America's oldest communities as you hear tales of numerous apparitions and things that go bump in the night. Historical impersonators will weave tales of the dearly departed that still haunt the old buildings of Colonial Williamsburg on this entertaining ninety minute nighttime tour. You and the family will be lead down shadowy cobblestone walkways and into dimly lit rooms that bring your imagination to life. Who knows, snap enough photographs and you might capture a full blown specter and become the next big paranormal investigator in the process.

Cafe Provencal

This charming country bistro is your passkey to romance as well as one of Williamsburg's best kept fine-dining secrets. Remotely located in the peaceful countryside on the grounds of the sprawling Williamsburg Winery, you simply cannot go wrong with the short trip to Cafe Provencal for your dining pleasure.

Chef Tim Westby-Gibson serves up only the freshest French cuisine that is complemented by the restaurant's broad selection of fine wine. Quality and consistency are the key ingredient to Cafe Provencal's long term success. Their seasonal fresh caught Snook, is one of the best eating fish you'll ever taste, and tops their list of piping hot entrees.

Busch Gardens

Williamsburg Virginia may be synonymous with Americas Historic Triangle, but it also boasts having one of the world's finest amusement parks. European-themed Busch Gardens features numerous roller coasters, fun-filled rides, and has been voted 'America's Most Beautiful Theme Park' sixteen years in a row.

Experience the rush of pure adrenaline on Busch Garden's latest scream machine, Verbolten. This German Autobahn themed ride abruptly drops out from underneath the riders after a dizzying whirlwind in near darkness of the spooky Black Forest.

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