Friday, August 29, 2014

Terror Lurks at Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream

Busch Gardens Williamsburg transforms into a terrifying Halloween haunt known as Howl-O-Scream beginning Friday, September 12, 2014.  During the increasingly-popular event visitors can engage in a full seven weeks of scares.  This event promises to put the scream back in Howl-O-Scream.  The 16th annual event features fan favorites from years past as well as new haunted houses, scare zones and scary shows centered on the theme "Cursed."

Some of the new things planned for Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2014 include:

Terror-tories:  Massively themed Terror-tories take over England, France, Germany and Italy.  These areas of the park will be transformed into over-the-top thematic experiences that transport guests to another time and place full of startles and frights.
  • Ripper Row: England 
  • Vampire Point: Germany
  • Demon Street: France 
  • Ports of Skull: Italy
  • Wendigo Woods: France
Howl-O-Scream also offers a killer selection of food and drinks thanks to five, all-new, highly themed dining experiences and spirit bars.
  • Blood Banquet: Germany, Vampire themed
  • Demon Drinks (Bar): France, Demon themed
  • Igor's Fright Feast: Ireland, Mad Doctor themed
  • Inoculation Station(Bar): Ireland, Fiends Nurses themed
  • Pirate Baarrrgh (Bar): Italy, Pirate themed
  • Crow's Nest Grill:  Italy, Pirate themed
  • Open Casket (Bar): Germany, Vampire themed
The 16th edition of Howl-O-Scream is highlighted by frighteningly fun haunted houses and shows.  With the purchase of Busch Gardens tickets, you’ll also be able to experience all of the following:

How-O-Scream Shows:
  • Fiends: The wacky doctor and his manic nurses are creating the ultimate Fiend, and there’s not a bad seat in the lab.  The voltage is high, and so is the fun as they sing, dance and bring you along on the operation of a lifetime.
  • Night Beats: Things that go bump in the night sing, dance and transport you on a musical journey. From the devilish sounds of the roaring '20s to vamping it up with the music of today, this show is filled with dazzling dance numbers, sizzling singers and a barely live band that will leave your heart … beating.
  • Monster Stomp: Monster Stomp returns, this time on Ripper Row. This modern rock and rhythm spectacular features Jack the Ripper like you’ve never seen him before. The beat is back as electrifying percussion, dynamic dance, and sensational singing return to the stage in a pulse pounding revue that is darkly entertaining.
Howl-O-Scream Haunted Houses:
  • Dead Line: Deep underground, construction of the newest line of the Pompeii Metro was moving smoothly until an ancient pipe was accidentally struck. At first, it seemed like steam. Then the mist became thicker, more sinister. Now the strange gas is leaking quickly, and everyone trapped inside is infected. The difficult decision was made to cut off all communication to the outside world. The Dead Line is off the grid.
  • Bitten: Suspicion, darkness and mind-numbing fear surround the “Bitten” house which is set in Eastern Europe in the late 1800s. Full of legends and lore of vampires and the undead that preyed on the innocent, this manor sits by the road upon which all travelers must pass but few return.
  • 13: Your Number's Up: For 13 long years, the dark tower was locked away from the world—existing only in the nightmares of those who had dared to experience Howl-O-Scream’s first and most terrifying maze. But now the seal has been broken. The tower is open once more and on the 13th floor, your darkest phobias and fears lurk in the shadows. Are you brave enough to face them or is your number up.
  • Root of All Evil: The seeds of evil have been sown. Venture if you dare into a decrepit greenhouse. Experiments here have not gone as planned and evil has taken control. Botanists, landscapers and staff all poisoned by the very plants they created. In this maze of foliage, you are ripe for the pickings.
  • Catacombs: Through a ruined cemetery filled with statues lies a tunnel that leads to an underground city. Its history is more terrifying than that of France’s worst revolutions. Deep within these tunnels lie mile after mile of bones—the final resting place for those who are buried here. But all is not as quiet as it appears. As guests venture forth into the dank, dripping corridors of rat infested remains, the voices of the dead begin to speak, and some have taken shape.
  • Cut Throat Cove: Heed the warning: Abandon hope all ye who enter. Cut Throat Cove™ is the haven for bloodthirsty, dangerous rogues – where the scurvy dogs, buccaneers and scoundrels go for shelter. Proceed with caution. Alas, something has gone terribly wrong. Within this macabre market, the pirates have been slaughtered and mutiny is afoot. The way out lies with the buried treasure and the blood-curdling screams you hear just might be your own.
The park is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday  September 12 through October 26, 2014.  After 6pm, the event is not suitable for young children as it can be very frightening. During the day, however, Busch Gardens’ younger guests are treated to Halloween fun during the day with their favorite characters at Sesame Street Forest of Fun.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Williamsburg Fall Arts Celebrates Culture in Historic District

Williamsburg Fall Arts returns to America’s Historic Triangle for a celebration of arts and culture.  Greater Williamsburg offers a rich supply of arts-themed experiences for visitors to enjoy.  The 4th Annual event begins Labor Day Weekend and officially ends in mid-October with the Occasion for the Arts celebration.

Many people choose to visit
Williamsburg for its historic sites such as Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown.  During Williamsburg Fall Arts, though, guests have even more of a reason to travel to Williamsburg as there are over 130 art-based events planned.   A variety of visual, performing and culinary arts event fill the calendar for Arts Month.   Take a look at a few of the things planned:

Week of August 27-September 1
August 27: Curator Artifact’s Tour
During the “Curator’s Artifact Tour,” senior archaeological curator Bly Straube provides an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the archaeological collection which provides a glimpse of  the artifacts discovered at James Fort, most of which will never go on public display. Tickets can be purchased online. Price includes admission. Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown, VA.

August 28: Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Free Concert at Lake Matoaka
Ben Rous will conduct a program with highlights of the 2014-15 season. Bring family, friends, beach chairs and blankets. Show is at 7:30pm.
August 29-31: The Taste Tradition at Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg boasts a lineup of top-notch culinary talents, each with an impressive resume and list of industry accolades. Meet the faces behind the bold and beautifully crafted menu items.


August 30: Whiskey Rebellion in Concert
Skillful picking and expert three-part harmonies are just part of what you can expect from the Whiskey Rebellion, who have been plying their brand of high-energy acoustic music across the Southeast for the last eight years. Show time is 7:30pm. 


Week of September 2-7
September 4: Art in Historic Churches – Candlelight Concerts at Bruton Parish Church Organ Recital Dr. JanEl Will, Organist at Bruton Parish. Continuing a tradition begun by our 18th-century organist, Peter Pelham. Show time is 8pm. 

September 6: A Touch of Earth presents special Guest Bob Oller
Come see special guest. Bob Oller, as he will be sketching or sculpting. A Touch of Earth is an award winning gallery celebrating 34 years, offering a collection of the very finest in American crafts and art. Held from 1-3pm. 
September 6: Music and the Brain™ Lecture-Concert – The Williamsburg Symphonia
Neurologist Kamal R. Chémali, MD, will be joined by Prisca Benoît, concert pianist, in a program sponsored by the Williamsburg Landing and The Williamsburg Symphonia at the Williamsburg Regional Library, This popular lecture deals with cutting-edge research on the effects of music on the brain. Held at 4pm.


Week of September 8-14

September 11: Art in Historic Churches – Candlelight Concerts at Bruton Parish Church
Hymns of Faith, Comfort & Praise Dr. JanEl Will, Organist at Bruton Parish Continuing a tradition begun by our 18th-century organist, Peter Pelham, Bruton Parish presents more than 120 recitals and concert programs annually in its Candlelight Concert series. Concert is at 8pm. 
September 13: 2nd Annual New Town Art Fair
2nd Annual New Town Art Fair (Outside on Sullivan Square) features 25 artists alongside New Town’s Chalk Fest from 12-5p Saturday, September 13. Quick sketch, caricature artist, face painting, henna artist, and live music is also planned.
September 13: Photography Walk at York River State Park
From 8-10am capture images of interesting wildlife and inspiring landscapes. Shutterbugs of all levels and all types of cameras are welcome.

September 14: 2nd Sunday Festival
Featuring over 60 varied artisans & 2 stages of live music. Festival presented each month by the Blue Talon Bistro.  Held from 11am-5pm.
Week of September 15-21

September 16: In the Trenches Tour
At 10am, guests get an “inside the ropes” tour of the original 1607 James Fort, once thought lost to history. Join Dr. William Kelso who led a team of Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists that found the original fort site in 1996.
September 17: To Support & Defend:  6th Annual Constitution Day Event Celebrate the founding of the U.S. Constitution through powerful, moving music & the spoken word.  Held on Duke of Gloucester Street from 7-8:30pm.  Bring a lawn chair.

September 20: “Community Day: On the Riverfront” at Jamestown Settlement
In connection with “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe” special exhibition in partnership with The Mariners’ Museum, discover the progression of log canoes through the centuries during special exhibition tours, chantey musical performances and more.  Held from 9am-5pm. 


Week of September 22-28
September 25: ShinDIG at Jamestown
Guests enjoy an evening of bluegrass music, delicious barbecue and beautiful views of the James River Thursday, on Jamestown Island at the third annual ShinDIG at Jamestown. Held at 6pm.


September 26: Colonial Williamsburg presents Palace Concert: The 1766 Concert in Fredericksburg
Join us for a very special evening presentation. Part of the Colonial Williamsburg’s Early Music Festival: From Britain to America: Music, Musicians & Musical Event in Colonial Virginia.  Concert is held from 7:30-9pm. 
September 27: A Taste of the James This event will feature many different “tastes” including delicious seafood and other great food, a full bar, including local beer and wine, water/nature themed art, history, unique auction items, and lots of fun and educational children’s activities.  Tickets are $75 per adult, $25 per student (ages 13-21), and $15 per child (6-12). Children 5 and under are free.

September 27: Star Spangled Banner Anniversary
This special event is $15 in addition to Colonial Williamsburg museum admission.  There is a day of programs celebrating the 200th anniversary of the writing of our national anthem.
Week of September 29-October 5

October 2: 4th Annual Gallery Crawl
An evening of art, wine tasting, meeting new friends and enjoying old friends as you are shuttled on deluxe chartered buses to locations in Merchants Square, City Square, the Bed and Breakfast District, The Arts District, and High Street. Held from 5-10pm.
October 4: Yorktown Wine Festival
The Best of Virginia in Yorktown. The event will showcase some of Virginia’s finest wineries and promises to be the one of the biggest and best festival in Yorktown.  Held from 11am-6pm.


October 4-5: An Occasion for the Arts
Each year, on the first weekend in October, An Occasion for the Arts brightens the streets around Colonial Williamsburg with a celebration of the Visual and Performing Arts, Art Show & Music Festival. Held from 10am-5pm. 
Week of October 6-12

October 6: This Century Gallery presents: Faking it – A look at the History of Art Forgery – Williamsburg Library
To be held at the Williamsburg Library on Monday, October 6th starting at 7.30 pm. The subject is “Faking it – A look at the History of Art Forgery” by Donald Schrader.


October 7: In the Trenches Tour
Guests get an “inside the ropes” tour of the original 1607 James Fort, once thought lost to history. Join Dr. William Kelso who led a team of Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists that found the original fort site in 1996. Tour starts at 10am.

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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, August 20, 2014

Williamsburg Hotels with Free Breakfast

Start your day off right when you reserve Williamsburg hotels with free breakfast.  You can choose from a variety of Williamsburg hotels offering free breakfast, each of which cater to your early morning cravings.  Grab a cup of coffee and your favorite morning meal before you start your of historical sightseeing or theme park adventure. 

Hotels in Williamsburg with free breakfast offer several options, from your traditional continental to a more expanded choice of hot foods and cereals.  As Williamsburg is a Midwest town, biscuits and gravy are an expanded breakfast staple, as are waffles and scrambled eggs.  Standard items like bagels, pastries, fruit, assorted cereals and yogurt can be found on most all continental breakfast options.
A free breakfast in the morning is a great start to any day in Williamsburg.  Whether looking for a little cold cereal or complete hot meal, you'll find a variety of options to ensure you find the perfect hotel for your vacation in Williamsburg.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Music Festivals Featured in Williamsburg this September

Williamsburg is hosting three music festivals during September, each of which provides a unique way to experience this historic destination.

Early Music Festival
The Colonial Williamsburg Early Music Festival is scheduled for September 23-26, 2015. Each day the festival will have concerts featuring various instruments prevalent in colonial Virginia. The Hennage Auditorium at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum will host afternoon demonstrations, while evening concerts in historic area buildings and folk music performances in colonial taverns will showcase the musicians of Colonial Williamsburg. This years theme is “From Britain to America: Music, Musicians and Musical Events in Colonial Virginia.”

Rhythms on the Riverwalk
Bring a lawn chair or blanket, then kick back and relax during these concerts under the stars.  Jazz, Big Band and Country Music is featured during Rhythms on the Riverwalk each Friday night September 5 through October 3, 2014.  Get your toes tapping to fantastic sounds during this five-week concert series. Located at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown, VA. 

America’s Music Series at Colonial Williamsburg
Discover the origins of music that we know and love as essentially American–much coming to us from distant shores. Each week, September 2-30, explore this fascinating musical history with performers. Learn about ethnic influences and a variety of different instruments. Tuesdays from 11:30am to 12:30pm.  Included with Colonial Williamsburg admission. 

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

You're Invited to the Yorktown Wine Festival

Get ready for a Virginia wine festival worth its grapes.  A variety of fine wines are featured at the Yorktown Wine Festival, scheduled for October 4, 2014, from noon to 6pm.  The festival offers you the opportunity to sample wines from premier wineries throughout the Commonwealth.  Set at the inviting Riverwalk Landing, the atmosphere and natural riverfront beauty of the area makes the event even more appealing.

Entertainment, art and food vendors are also planned for the festival.  Headlining entertainment will be The Hark.  Based out of Williamsburg, The Hark is a high energy act combining rock, soul, folk and dance music from the 60s to today.  They put a unique spin on some of your favorite songs, creating an eclectic act perfect for the Yorktown Wine Festival. 
A few of the participating wineries are: 
  • Athena Vineyards
  • Good Luck Cellars
  • Belle Mount Vineyars
  • Montdomaine
  • Jefferson Vineyards
  • Williamsburg Winery
  • Mattaponi Winery
  • Attimo Winery
  • Davis Valley Winery
  • Democracy Vineyards
A special dinner event will take place after the festival.  Held at the Riverwalk Restaurant, across from the festival site, dinner guests will be treated to a four-course dinner, with two wineries pouring for each course.  Eight wineries from the festival will bring special wine selections for each wine pouring.  The dinner begins at 7:30pm. 

Wristband tickets for Yorktown Wine Festival go on sale August 15 at various stores and restaurants throughout the Hampton Roads area.  Sample tastings are $25 in advance and $30 at the festival.  Cost includes sampling privileges and a souvenir wine glass.  The dinner event is $75 per person.  If you would like to pre-purchase tickets, click here for ticket locations. 

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Williamsburg Events: September 2014

Check out these Williamsburg events planned for September 2014:

September 2-30:  America’s Music Series at Colonial Williamsburg
Discover the origins of music that we know and love as essentially American–much coming to us from distant shores. Each week, explore this fascinating musical history with performers. Learn about ethnic influences and a variety of different instruments. Tuesdays from 11:30am to 12:30pm.  Included with Colonial Williamsburg admission. 

September 2:  In The Trenches Tour
Guests get an “inside the ropes” tour of the original 1607 James Fort, once thought lost to history.  Join Dr. William Kelso, who led a team of Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists that found the original fort site in 1996, for unique moments of discovery. Cost is $40 per person.   

September 5 – October 3:  Rhythms on the Riverwalk
Jazz, Big Band and Country Music is featured during Rhythms on the Riverwalk each Friday night.  Get your toes tapping to fantastic sounds during this five-week concert series. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating at the Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown.
September 5-27: The Taste Studio at Colonial Williamsburg
Talented culinary artists of Colonial Williamsburg partner with Historic Gardeners to give you a closer look into the historic gardens of the Revolutionary City with the Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting Series.   Held every Friday and Saturday in September. Cost is $25 per person.

September 12 – October 26:  Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens
The annual horror fest features scare zones, frightening shows, and gruesome creatures lurking around the park.   The park transforms for Howl-O-Scream every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Included with Busch Gardens tickets. 
September 18: To Support & Defend” 6th Annual Constitution Day Event
Merchants Square and Colonial Williamsburg celebrate the founding of the U.S. Constitution with “To Support and Defend,” the sixth annual event. Through powerful, moving music and the spoken word, the framework of our nation’s government and cherished founding document will be honored on the anniversary of its adoption.
September 19: "Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe"
September 19 marks the opening of this year long exhibit at Jamestown Settlement.  Objects from The Mariners’ Museum are featured in this special exhibition tracing the evolution of the dugout canoe through the centuries, from the watercraft of the Powhatan people 400 years ago to multi-log trade vessels and work and racing boats.

September 20: Community Day: On the Riverfront    
In connection with “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe” special exhibition in partnership with The Mariners' Museum, discover the progression of log canoes through the centuries during special exhibition tours, shanty musical performances, maritime programs, Powhatan-style dugout canoe demonstrations, children’s crafts and hands-on activities at Jamestown Settlement.
September 20:  Reflections on Bacon's Rebellion
Guests meet Governor William Berkeley to hear an accounting of his time in Virginia and the unhappy circumstances that led to the rebellion at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm & 3 pm. During a special evening tour at 7 pm, "The Beginning, Progress and Conclusion of Bacon's Rebellion," guests are lead through the colonial town site and see the dramatic events unfold through the "eyewitness" account of Thomas Matthew, a Burgess in 1676.  Free with Historic Jamestowne admission. 
September 23-26: Colonial Williamsburg’s Early Music Festival
Join Colonial Williamsburg for four very special afternoon presentations all centered on the theme “From Britain to America: Music, Musicians and Musical Events in Colonial Virginia.”

September 27: Star Spangled Banner Anniversary
A day of programs celebrating the 200th anniversary of the writing of our national anthem.
September 28:  Third Annual Yorktown Art Stroll
September is Arts Month and you can view artwork by some of the area’s finest artists during the Yorktown Art Stroll. Art galleries, shops, Watermen’s Museum, and Riverwalk Landing Freight Shed will be filled with art that you can browse. Enjoy lunch and dinner specials from Yorktown restaurants. Event goes from noon-6pm.
 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Join Colonial Williamsburg for The Taste Tradition

You’re invited to The Taste Tradition in Williamsburg, Virginia.  The 2nd Annual Colonial Williamsburg food and spirits event is scheduled for August 29-31, 2014.  Enjoy a tasteful weekend of wine seminars, culinary time travels, special dinners, wine tastings and other exclusive events during The Taste Tradition. 

The best way to experience this special event is by reserving specially packaged passes.  Options include:

Connoisseur Bundle — $375 per person 
Bush and Barrel Dinner/Tasting in Market Square
Choice of two (2) Seminars
Choice of one (1) Saturday Dinner Event
Choice of one (1) Tasting Room Experience

The Experience Bundle — $255 per person 
Choice of one (1) Tasting Room Experience
Choice of two (2) Seminars
Choice of one (1) Saturday Dinner Event

Taste Bundle — $135 per person 
Choice of one (1) Tasting Room Experience
Choice of one (1) Seminar
Mr. Shields 18th Century Pig Roast (Saturday)

If you choose to stay two or more nights at a Colonial Williamsburg hotel between August 29-31, 2014, you’ll receive over 15% off on one of our passes for Colonial Williamsburg’s The Taste Tradition. 

The Williamsburg Lodge also has a special Taste Tradition Package available to visitors.  For only $130 a night (per person), the exclusive package includes: 
  • Nightly accommodations at a Colonial Williamsburg hotel
  • Champagne & Oysters Welcome Reception
  • Garden & Gun Event “The Cult of Bourbon”
  • Length-of-stay Tickets for Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City and art museums
Some of the dinner events planned during The Taste Tradition include Bushels and Barrels, an inspired culinary tour led by Colonial Williamsburg chefs featuring a fusion of tastes from the past and present, as well as Feast of the Hunt, which features fresh game and harvests from the Virginia countryside, and the Marquis de Lafayette Wine Dinner, an evening with a four-course dinner and conversation from this Frenchman who was a friend of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.  Seminar events focus on flavors of Virginia, colonial times and the practices perfected to create beverages like ale and wine.  Additional weekend events are available too.  Feel like savoring a scotch and cigar?  Or maybe having mimosas with an executive chef?  There’s a full schedule of activities and events planned to make your Williamsburg culinary weekend a delightful one.  

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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.