Monday, July 28, 2014

Experience the Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour

Williamsburg is known as America’s Historic Triangle and for good reason.  It is the birthplace of our nation and home to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown Battlefield.  Many speculate it is also home to wandering ghosts and plenty of folklore plays into to the ghosts of Williamsburg theory.

You can find out for yourself by attending a Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour.  The walking tour is of Williamsburg’s Historic Area and blends local folklore, ghost stories, historical information and trivia together for an entertaining evening.  During the tour, your guide will lead you through the streets of Williamsburg VA by candlelit lantern.  The tour is based on the book The Ghosts of Williamsburg by L. B. Taylor and weaves many of his tales into the experience. 
Tours are offered at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in January and February and nightly March through December. Additional tours also are offered at 8:45 p.m. June through August.
Tickets can be purchased at the Williamsburg General Store. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Historic Museums in Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg Museums highlight the history and culture of America.  Colonial America and 18th century traditions and customs are put on full display at Williamsburg museum like Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.  Read on to find out more about these unique attractions.

The Revolutionary City of Colonial Williamsburg stretches over 301 acres, and includes 88 original 18th-century structures. Hundreds of houses, shops and public outbuildings are reconstructed on their original foundations. Some buildings are open to the public, while others are private residences and administrative offices. Scores of original buildings, hundreds of homes, shops, and public buildings are reconstructed over 301 acres - most on their original foundations. Rare animal breeds, trades, and gardens add layers of authenticity to the recreated town.  Find yourself fully in the nation's yesterdays as you dance with an 18th-century instructor, walk with curators and gardeners, take part in a witch trial, or march with the Fifes and Drums. Find these programs and many more offered daily in Colonial Williamsburg's Revolutionary City.
The Jamestown Settlement pays homage to America’s first permanent English colony. There are recreations of the colonists’ fort, three ships and a Powhatan Indian Village that depicts life in the early 1600s.

Yorktown is the site of the final battle of the American Revolutionary War, and is home to the Yorktown Victory Center. Artifact-filled galleries and outdoor recreations showcase the life of Americans during the Revolutionary era.

Historic Jamestowne offers a wealth of activities for exploring the first permanent English settlement in North America. Share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology-in-action at the 1607 James Fort excavation; tour the reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church and original 17th-century church tower; take a walking tour with a park ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River; "meet" a 17th-century personality; and watch costumed glassblowers at the Glasshouse.

Discover all Williamsburg has to offer by visiting a historical museum in the area. If you purchase the America’s Historic Triangle Combo Pass you’ll gain access to Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield and the Yorktown Victory Center.  The ticket is valid for seven consecutive days of unlimited admission to all museums. 

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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.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Water Country USA Among Nation's Top Water Parks

Visitors to Williamsburg, Virginia know Water Country USA is one of the top water parks in the country.  Apparently, TripAdvisor thinks so too as the park has landed on the company’s list of the nation’s Top 10 Water Parks.  Ranking at No. 5, Water Country USA is definitely the best place to cool off this summer in Virginia. 

The full list of the best water parks in the United States:

1. Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park, Orlando, Florida
2. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Orlando, Florida
3. Aquatica, Orlando, Florida
4. Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, Indiana
5. Water Country USA, Williamsburg, Virginia
6. Morey's Piers and Beachfront Waterparks, Wildwood, New Jersey
7. Noah's Ark Water Park, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
8. Dollywood's Splash Country Water Adventure Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
9. Wet 'n Wild, Orlando, Florida
10. Cedar Point - Soak City, Sandusky, Ohio

Water park enthusiasts rank lazy rivers, water slides and wave pools as their favorite attractions.  At Water Country USA, guests rave about Vanish Point.  The 75 foot tower challenges riders with two wave paths.  Step into a skybox for a freefall start to your slide adventure, or get horizontal and the 300 foot speed slide.  The 1,500 feet of floating fun at Hubba Hubba Highway is also highly appealing, as are the gentle waves found at the 23,000 square foot Surfer’s Bay. 

Reserve your Water Country USA tickets to take in all the fun at this Williamsburg Water park.

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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.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Arms & Artillery Month featured at Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center host “Arms & Artillery” theme month this August.  During the event, you can explore weapons and tactics of 17th and 18th century Virginia.  “Arms and Artillery” month adds another layer of entertaining educational programs hosted at both of these Williamsburg, VA attractions.

Photo Credit: Jamestown Settlement
Interpretive programs featured as part of “Arms & Artillery” include daily firings of a matchlock musket and falcon at Jamestown Settlement's re-created early 17th century fort.  Plus, at the settlement’s pier falcon and swivel gun demonstrations will be held.  While at the pier, tour the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery – recreations of the three ships that carried English colonists across the seas to Virginia.  Learn about the colonists’ voyage and enjoy other period demonstrations such as century piloting and navigation.  Be sure to explore the recreated Powhatan Village and take part in daily programs there as well.  See displays of Powhatan weapons, and watch techniques such as arrow fletching and flint knapping be performed. At the 17th century fort, armor fabrication is on demonstration.  And you can even try on armor such as breastplates and helmets. 
Over at Yorktown Victory Center, the recreated Continental Army encampment will fire flintlock muskets, mortar and battalion guns throughout the day.  Daily wooden musket drills and siegework building is held at the encampment as well.  Visit the 1780s farm to attend programs where you can learn about the transition of men from farmer to soldier as the citizen militia formed. 

Best of all, all of the additional events, programs and activities featured during “Arms & Artillery” month are included with admission to Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. 

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.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Make a Splash at Williamsburg Hotels with Indoor Pool

Williamsburg Plantation
Make the most of your vacation in Williamsburg by staying at Williamsburg hotels with indoor pool.  Dive in and make a splash when you reserve room with access to a year-round place to swim and play.  From historic hotels to sprawling resorts with waterparks, you’re sure to find a place to stay that fits your vacation needs.

A few of the Williamsburg hotels with indoor pool include:
  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Hampton Inn & Suites
  • King’s Creek Plantation
  • Williamsburg Plantation

Some hotels with indoor pools in Williamsburg, VA feature not only an indoor pool but other aquatic features as well.  Children’s pools, indoor hot tubs and even waterslides are featured at hotels in Williamsburg.  One of the best resorts families can choose for aquatic fun is Great Wolf Lodge.  Their on-site water park offers almost 80,000 square feet of space to splash and play.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

York River State Park a Coastal Retreat

Just ten miles west of Williamsburg, Virginia you’ll find York River State Park.  The state park offers visitors a chance to experience the environment of a coastal estuary as well as outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing.  Rich in not only marine and plant life, history also plays a vital role at York River State Park. 

Photo credit: Photo by John Gresham, Va. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation.

To really enjoy all that you can see and do at the park you should understand the unique environment you’re exploring.  A coastal estuary is a partly enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea.  The delicate environment found at the state park creates several interesting wildlife encounters, including bald eagle and horned grebe sightings.
Activities at York River State Park include:
  • Canoe Trips on Taskinas Creek
  • Kayak trips on the York River
  • Fossil Hikes
  • Nature Hikes
  • Ghost Trail Hayrides
  • Seine Netting and Estuarine Life Studies
  • Fishing
  • Moonlight Canoe Rides (May – October)
  • Biking

There are more than 25 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails at the York River State Park.  There are six bicycle trails, some of which share use with equestrians and hikers. Two are exclusively mountain bike - a six mile single track mountain bike trail (Marl Ravine Trail), which is for advanced riders. Laurel Glen Trail is a 2-mile beginner/intermediate mountain bike trail. The half-mile Black Bear Run Trail connects the other two mountain bike trails.
Fishing at the state park is fantastic, with both the York River and Taskinas Creek giving anglers plenty of reasons to grab and rod and reel and see what is biting.  The York River, where catfish, spot, croaker, striper and crabs are plentiful, is accessed at Croaker Landing.  Taskinas Creek, which has catfish and white perch, is best fished by canoes and kayaks that are available to rent. 

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Monday, July 7, 2014

August 2014 Williamsburg Events

August 1-31:  "Arms & Artillery" Theme Month
Held at Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center, a range of arms and artillery used in the 17th and 18th centuries is the focus of interpretive programs in August.

August 1-10:  Star Spangled Nights at Busch Gardens
Visit Busch Gardens for the final days of Star Spangled Nights. Live performances, special events, and fireworks are the highlight of this special event.
August 3: Glory at the Gardens at Busch Gardens
Steven Curtis Chapman rocks the stage at Glory at the Gardens on August 3 at 7pm. Glory at the Gardens returns to Busch Gardens with a sensational lineup of chart-topping contemporary Christian and Gospel artists.

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31:  The Fifes and Drums of York Town
Performance at 3:45 pm at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center.
August 6:  Naval Weapons Station Yorktown 94th Anniversary Band Concert
Help celebrate the 96th anniversary of the formation of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. Enjoy this free concert by the U.S. Fleet Forces band at Riverwalk Landing from 6:30-8:00pm.

August 6, 13, 20, 27:  Summer Breeze Concert Series
This free concert series will feature different ensembles each night. Concerts begin at 7pm on Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.  Hear a variety of renditions of great orchestral classics, marches, Broadway hits, jazz standards, movie music and patriotic favorites.
August 10: 2nd Sunday Festival
From 11:00am-5:00pm, this featuring over 60 varied artisans & 2 stages of live music takes over Prince George Street. 
August 29-31:  The Taste Tradition at Colonial Williamsburg
Enjoy a full weekend of contemporary cuisine creatively prepared by the talented chefs of Colonial Williamsburg, served in beautiful surroundings.