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Escape the City: Williamsburg, Virginia

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Now that it’s finally starting to feel like fall, we question why we wanted the cooler weather. So we think it’s time for an escape and we are thinking Williamsburg, Virginia should be the next destination. The less than five hour drive has many distractions as it takes you through Baltimore, District of Columbia, and Richmond,VA on I-95. Long drives can be fun. If you choose to leave the car at home, opt to take Amtrak, as there is a train to take you there that departs from 30th Street Station, or you can grab a one-hour flight from the Philadelphia International Airport.

Spending time in a historic city is something any Philadelphian would be used to, making this escape feel like a home away from home. Head down south to the “walking museum” and explore what the area has to offer. At least we know it’s a tad bit warmer there!

Lodging

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Holiday Inn Vacation Club Courtesy of VisitWilliamsburg.com

There are many places to rest your head in Williamsburg. If you want to walk amongst the actors role-playing our American history in Colonial Williamsburg, we suggest an inexpensive stay at the Quality Inn & Suites. It’s ideally located within a short distance to Busch Gardens and local shops in the heart of the city.

Eight miles outside the city, you’ll find Holiday Inn Club Vacations Williamsburg Resort. Booking here includes a long list of amenities such as in-room jacuzzis, flat screens TVs, and kitchenettes. The resort is so picturesque, you could spend the entire weekend on the the grounds. They are both amongst the historic triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown.

Activities

Williamsburg served as a popular meeting location during the American Revolution. Become an expert on the topic with a visit to the Revolution City. You will feel as though you are back in the Colonial period. Let the museums, role-playing, and walking tours give you a firsthand experience on how life was in the 1700s. You can spend a whole day getting swept up by all of the interesting artifacts and demonstrations. There are many opportunities for you to play along as well with the actors, too, making it an interactive experience for all ages!

Apart from its historic presence, Williamsburg is home to fun, adventurous, and relaxing activities. Check out the European-themed thrill park, Busch Gardens Williamsburg. It’s a must do. They have a special Christmas Town celebration starting after Thanksgiving that is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit – if you aren’t already. Not feeling the amusement park? No problem. Unwind during an afternoon session at Dream’s Day Spa. The spa offers facial, massages and much more to make your experience fit for your needs. Lastly, laugh until it hurts when you catch a show at The Comedy Club. It’s a great way to spend the evening and exercise those stomach muscles!

Dining

Be sure to bring your appetite when traveling to Williamsburg. The Colonial city boasts many options to satisfy your tastebuds. Grab dinner and a drink at Chowning’s Tavern, or sample specialty dishes such as colonial game pie and Virginia ham from King’s Arms Tavern, both popular 18th century style restaurants. If you have a taste for Asian, Mexican, Italian, and Indian, you’re in luck. Williamsburg has no limits! You’ll also find a tasty brunch at Second Street American Bistro. The owners were born in Williamsburg, and their establishment has long been recognized by locals for the food and service.

For more information on your next trip to Williamsburg, Virginia check out their official tourist website.

Have you been to Williamsburg before? Tell us about your experience in the comment section below. Leave some tips for first time visitors!