Thursday, April 10, 2014

Williamsburg Garden Club Hosts Historic Garden Week this April

Tayloe House
The Williamsburg Garden Club is hosting Historic Garden Week on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, from 10am-5:30pm.  Tours benefit the restoration of the historic gardens and landscapes in Virginia.  The 81st annual event featured beautiful homes and gardens on College Creek and in Colonial Williamsburg, as well as providing a mini-history lesson on the 18th century. 

The full tour includes:
  • Tayloe House, Colonial Williamsburg - Contributed by Ms. Kay Wilkinson
  • Orlando Jones House, Kitchen and Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg - Contributed by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • Williamsburg Winery
  • Escorted Walking Garden Tour Colonial Williamsburg
  • Matthew Whaley Garden Tour
Advance tickets for the event are $35.  Otherwise, tickets are $.  A luncheon is also available for $20 er person. 

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Monday, April 7, 2014

May 2014 Events in Williamsburg

May 3-4: Yorktown Hidden Treasures Garden Stroll
Welcome spring with a stroll through some of Yorktown’s most beautiful private gardens. The natural beauty of spring flowers, trees and gardenscapes will serve as inspiration for artists who will enhance and focus the natural relationship between garden and art. Both two and three dimensional artwork will be displayed.  Hours 10am-4pm; Tickets $10.


May 10:  Jamestown Day at Historic Jamestowne & Jamestown Settlement
Mark the 407th anniversary of Jamestown with military demonstrations, music, archaeology site talks, and children’s activities. All activities are included with regular admission.
May 16-18: Drummer’s Call
Celebrate the traditions of 18th-century military music and explore the important roles played by fifers and drummers. Units from the United States and Canada join Colonial Williamsburg's Fifes and Drums to perform grand displays of period music.
May 23-June 29:  Busch Gardens’ Food and Wine Festival
Take a delicious tour of the world’s most beautiful theme park at the first-annual Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival. This all-new event will feature superb foods, wines and other refreshments not usually found at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Admission to the festival is included with park admission.


May 24-25:  Festival Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia Arts Festival have created a fun-filled Memorial Day weekend. Catch performances by Bela Fleck and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, among others. 


May 26: Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony
Gather for a modern service honoring military veterans who died while serving their country. A procession with Fife and Drum support will proceed from the Palace to Bruton Parish Church and the French gravesite. Wreaths will be laid, prayers given, and volleys fired at each stop to honor soldiers of the American Revolution and Civil War interred nearby.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hotels in Historic Williamsburg, VA

Williamsburg Hospitality House
Book a hotel in the historic district of Williamsburg, Virginia and stay close to Colonial Williamsburg, restaurants, galleries, and shops. Each historic district hotel offers the amenities needed to make your Williamsburg vacation a success.  When you stay in the heart of America’s Historic Triangle you can easily access all of the historic attractions available in Williamsburg.

A few of the recommended hotels in historic Williamsburg VA include:
  • The Fife and Drum Inn
  • Williamsburg Hospitality House
  • Quality Inn Historic East
  • Sleep Inn Historic
  • Greensprings Vacation Resort
Stay where you play on your next Williamsburg vacation.  When you book with Reserve Williamsburg you’re sure to get the guaranteed lowest rate and be satisfied with your lodging selection.  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Virginia Wineries Highlighted at A Taste of New Kent

A Taste of New Kent returns to the New Kent Winery May 10, 2014.  The event features various wineries, entertainment and craft vendors.  Located just west of Williamsburg, Virginia, the New Kent Winery is a picturesque vineyard specializing in chardonnays and merlots. 

During the 2014 Taste of New Kent, the following wineries will be participating:
  • Horton Vineyards
  • Rockbridge Vineyards
  • Cooper Vineyards
  • Saude Creek Vineyards
  • Williamsburg Winery
  • Ingleside Winery
  • Lake Anna Winery
  • Amrhein Wine Cellars
  • Dog & Oyster Cellars
  • Oak Crest Winery
  • Democracy Winery
  • James River Cellars

Tickets:
  • Pre-Order tickets $25
  • Day of Tickets $35
  • Non-Drinkers, including Under 21 - $15 at the door
  • 10 and Under - FREE
  • No Refunds will be issued

Ticket covers tasting at all 12 wineries, access to free carriage rides, and music
More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the event.   Purchase your tickets today to experience A Taste of New Kent. 

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Williamsburg to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know. Before you pack your bags, get the latest scoop on Williamsburg vacations from Ashley.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Open for 2014 Season

Busch Gardens is officially open for fun for the 2014 season.  The Williamsburg theme park hosted an Irish-themed celebration on opening day, March 16, and it has a lot more in store for the new season.  From new shows to bigger and better festivals, guests have a lot to enjoy at America’s most beautiful theme park. 

The freshly landscaped gardens and pathways of Busch Gardens Williamsburg welcome guests to see what’s new at the park.  Many of the iconic locations have had extensive renovations.  For instance, England’s Globe Theater is transforming into a high-tech venue for the all-new London Rocks show.  Immersive and engaging, London Rocks explores the role music plays in people’s lives.  The theme of the show will eventually expand into the surrounding English Village, creating lively London experience.  Speaking of shows, Celtic Frye, found in Ireland, are debuting two new cast additions - Irish Setter puppies!  Connor and Finn, as they're adorably known, will greet guests and wag hello in the Irish Village. 

Land of the Dragons, the theme park’s original KIDsiderate attraction, has had a makeover to celebrate its 20th anniversary this season.  The attraction has been refreshed, with new rides added and old ones reimagined.  Guests can expect a brightly painted area, some upgrades to the water play area as well as the stage, where you might find an animal interaction show.

Sesame Street Forest of Fun, another KIDsiderate favorite, is celebrating its five year anniversary in 2014.  For the celebration, Elmo and friends will host a birthday party April 4-6.  During the special weekend, there will also be limited engagement performances of Elmo Rocks at the Il Teatro di San Marco in the park’s Italian Village. 

Moving on to the big kid attraction, Apollo’s Chariot is having a milestone 15th anniversary while the park’s popular Food & Wine Festival returns in May.  On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from May 23 - June 29, visitors will be treated to a park wide culinary adventure with a Caribbean-themed menu serving as the highlight.  Admission to the festival is included with park admission, and individual tastings range in price from $3-$7.

Reserve your Busch Gardens Williamsburg tickets now to visit the most beautiful theme park in America. 

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Williamsburg to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know. Before you pack your bags, get the latest scoop on Williamsburg vacations from Ashley.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Top 5 Roller Coasters at Kings Dominion

Kings Dominion is a theme park filled with thrill rides and family fun, tucked away in the lush landscape of upper Virginia.  Just an hour north of Williamsburg, Kings Dominion has a collection of world class roller coasters.  All of the rides vary in speed, size and theme but all promise to deliver an adrenaline-inducing rush.  Even better, you can experience all of the thrill rides at the park for one low price with discount Kings Dominion tickets featuring a savings of $23! 

Let’s take a quick look at the top five coasters found at King’s Dominion.

Intimidator 305

Top 5 Roller Coasters at Kings Dominion:

1) Intimidator 305:  When this coaster debuted it was named “Best New Roller Coaster of 2010” by Amusement Today – and for good reason!  Not only is it the tallest, fastest and most thrilling roller coaster on the East Coast, but it reaches top speeds of 90mph!  On top of that, the ride stands 305 feet at its highest point with a first drop of 300 feet at an 85-degree angle.  Lasting 3 minutes, which is a long time in coaster world, visitors rave about the high speed twists and turns of Intimidator.  If you’re look for the most thrilling ride at Kings Dominion VA, this is it!

2) Anaconda:  This longtime favorite of park goers and coaster enthusiasts packs a punch (and a surprise)!  The steep looping coaster is erected over a beautiful lake, and at its first drop of 143 feet, it twists down and plunges straight towards an underwater tunnel.  Think that sounds like a rush?  Just wait.  You then go straight up into a 360 degree loop.  The top speed of Anaconda is 50mph, but the loops and unexpected twists make it feel like you’re going much faster.  The ride lasts approximately two minutes. 

3) Dominator: Over 4,200 feet of track, records for longest floorless roller coasters and largest loop, five inversions and speeds of almost 70mph.  Sound like enough to rank as one of the best?  You bet!  Visitors love this coaster for its non-stop action.  Plus, the ride is great whether you sit in the front, middle or back of the train. 

4) Volcano Blaster:  This quick thrill is considered one of the premier coasters for roller enthusiasts.  With so many twists, turns, and plummets, the 75mph Volcano Blaster continues to be one of the most popular rides at Kings Dominion.  Some of the most exhilarating moments include floating over a pool of water, then erupting into the heart of dark, smoke-spewing volcano.  Blast back into daylight before rocketing 155 feet straight up, experience another barrel roll and a finale of an 80 foot plummet back to the base of the volcano.

5) Shockwave:  One of the only stand-up coasters in the world, Shockwave gives guests a unique thrill.  As you stand, and straddle your seat with feet on the floor, securely strapped in of course, your vantage point is much different from typical coasters.  The two minute long ride reaches speeds of up to 50mph, has an 84 foot drop and 360 degree horizontal loop bringing you parallel to the ground.  Shockwave is one of the only standup roller coasters left in the world, making it even more of an amazing attraction. 

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Williamsburg to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know. Before you pack your bags, get the latest scoop on Williamsburg vacations from Ashley.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Shields Tavern & Cry Witch Create Unique Colonial Williamsburg Experience

Shields Tavern
Curious what Colonial Williamsburg has to offer at night?  The intriguing and unique things to do may surprise you.  When I visited Colonial Williamsburg, I toured the vast grounds of the living history museum during the day and then returned to eat at one of the 18th century dining establishments and enjoy an evening program based on real, historical events.  Follow this itinerary and I guarantee you’ll experience something truly memorable.

Colonial Williamsburg is one of the most popular Williamsburg attractions. The living history museum features costumed interpreters, reconstructed colonial buildings and reenactments that tell America’s history. This attraction also has evening programs visitors will want to take advantage of, including programs like “Ghosts Among Us” and “Cry Witch.” During my Williamsburg vacation, I attended “Cry Witch” and had dinner at Shields Tavern, one of the historic dining establishments located in Colonial Williamsburg.
Inside Shields Tavern
Shields Tavern is inspired by an 18th Century tavern owned by James Shields and its menu is derived from colonial receipts. It is a quaint establishment, but one that was a highlight of the trip. The tables and chairs, mugs and seasonal food all kept with tradition. Moreover, there was entertainment on hand who paraded from room to room playing and singing colonial music and instruments. The food was absolutely delicious. From the Barnyard Chicken to the Barbecue Ribs to the Ale-Potted Beef, everyone in my party raved about their dinner. The beverages served at Shields Tavern were also inspired by traditional colonial flavors. The ales served were crisp and refreshing, and I highly recommend the cream ale as a beverage choice. The entire experience was exceptional. 

The Capitol
After our delicious dinner, my party and I headed to The Capitol for the “Cry Witch” program at 9:00pm (note – the program is also held earlier in the evening at 7:30pm). “Cry Witch” is billed as a program in which guests get to “weigh the evidence and determine the guilt or innocence of ‘The Virginia Witch.’” The setting for the program was realistic, and as we filed into the courthouse room for the trial to begin the dark setting and ominous atmosphere set the tone for a great show. The hour-long program was engaging from start to finish, with the actors, especially the accused witch, doing a marvelous job at recreating the Virginia Witch story. Even more compelling was the interactive aspect of the program. Being able to ask questions and determine the guilt or innocence of the supposed witch was truly a compelling experience. Every outcome is different, as every program has a different jury, but the tone and the spectacular work done by the actors of “Cry Witch” remain consistent throughout. This is a highly recommended experience and was one of the highlights of my stay in Williamsburg, VA.

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Williamsburg to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know. Before you pack your bags, get the latest scoop on Williamsburg vacations from Ashley.