Friday, October 10, 2014

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Wins Golden Ticket Award

http://www.reservewilliamsburg.com/da/busch-gardens-williamsburg-ticketsBusch Gardens Williamsburg is known as the most beautiful theme park in America.  In fact, the European-themed park has repeatedly been voted “Most Beautiful Park” by the National Amusement Park Historical Association. Recently, it also won its 17th straight “Best Landscaping” honor from Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards.  Busch Gardens has won the award every year since 1998 when the category was established.

Calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today, the Golden Ticket Awards are the results of a detailed survey is sent to a database of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans around the world – in balanced geographical regions – asking them to rate the “bests” in 25 categories.  They are the equivalent of the Academy Awards for the amusement industry.  Awards are presented to the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry in such categories as “amusement parks,” “roller coasters,” “water rides,” “shows” and “food.”
The Williamsburg theme park continues to excel in these categories due to a combination of well-designed architecture, elaborate landscaping and the intermingling of charming country-based attractions.  There are dozens of thrilling rides and attractions at Busch Gardens, as well as entertaining shows and authentic eateries and shops.  Spending the day at this theme park truly is a world-class adventure!

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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.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Williamsburg Events: November 2014

Add these Williamsburg events to your November vacation in America's Historic Triangle:

November 2: Virginia Thanksgiving Festival at Berkeley Plantation
Celebrate the first English speaking Thanksgiving in the New World. Visit the Berkeley Plantation for a day dedicated to history, food and fun with tours of the 1726 manor house, encampment, tribal dancers, arts, crafts & jewelry vendors, choral music, traditional Thanksgiving dinner and a re-enactment of the Landing of Capt Woodlief and his men.
November 3:  Golden Horseshoes Couples Tournament
The 22nd annual horseshoes tournament at Colonial Williamsburg is happening from 10am-8:30pm on the Golden Horseshoe Green Course. Registration is $490 per team and must be received by October 27. For more information visit their website.


November 8-9:  Yorktown Holiday Open House
Enjoy special events, holiday decorations, special sales and discounts, and strolling entertainment throughout Yorktown during the Holiday Open House Weekend.
November 8-11:  Veterans Day Weekend
Join Colonial Williamsburg as they honor America’s veterans in a celebration of their patriotism and willingness to sacrifice and serve our country. Immerse yourself in an 18th-century battle, take part in a military march, or witness armorers hard at work on this special weekend of remembrance.

November 21 – December 31:  Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration
Busch Gardens Williamsburg transforms into a winter wonderland during Christmas Town. The park is lit up with millions of lights, you can visit Santa, and sip on peppermint fudge hot chocolate.


November 27-29:  Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia
Learn all about Colonial Virginia foodways during this three day event. Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center will have special events to show how food was gathered and prepared by colonists and Powhatan Indians.
November 22 – January 1:  Illuminate Your Holidays at Colonial Williamsburg
Enjoy special holiday events, Christmas decorations, shopping, and festive dining at Colonial Williamsburg during the holiday season.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Foods and Feasts of Colonial Virginia Held this Thanksgiving

Before modern appliances and technology came along preparing, preserving and harvesting food was an arduous process.  With clay pots and iron kettles used over hot coals, and preservation methods like smoking, salt curing and pickling, colonialists did their best to make use of the conditions before them.  This Thanksgiving, learn about the 17th and 18th century food practices during Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia, a three-day event at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center taking place November 27-29, 2014.

Special programs at Jamestown Settlement explore how food was gathered, stored, and cooked during the 17th and 18th centuries.  In the re-created Powhatan Indian village, you can see venison, turkey and other game roast over an open fire, while stews of corn, beans and squash cook in clay pots.  During your visit, learn about the importance of corn to the Powhatan Indians and how they used stone and hone to make tools to obtain and prepare food.   

Make your way to the ships’ pier to discover a day in the life of a sailor.  Try your hand at hauling cargo aboard ship, then see if you can whip up the sailor’s most common food item – a ship’s biscuit.  Find out how the colony was provisioned, as well as explore typical sailors’ fare of salted fish, biscuit and dried foods.

To get a demonstration of open-hearth cooking, including bread, pies, pudding, and pottage, visit the recreated early 17th century fort.  Historical interpreters create all of the dishes with recipes based on those published by Elinore Fettiplace in 1604 and Robert May in 1660. On Thursday and Friday, an entire pig will be processed into hams and bacon, followed by salting for preservation.   You can also witness several military demonstrations, including the firing of a swivel gun, near the fort. 
Venture over to Yorktown Victory Center to experience life as a solider and how they turned meager rations of dried beans, salted meat and hard bread into nourishing soups and stews. There will be daily artillery drills at the re-created Continental Army encampment as well as a special program illustrating the consequences of plunder and theft of food.  At the farm kitchen and variety of dishes will be prepared each day using  18th-century open-hearth cooking techniques and recipes.   On Thursday and Friday only an entire pig will be turned into hams and bacon and salted for preservation.  Plus, historical interpreters will demonstrate methods of preserving fruit and vegetables.

If all the food demonstrations work  up your appetite, the Jamestown Settlement Cafe will be having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 11am-4pm on November 27.
Reserve America’s Historic Triangle Combo Pass to gain access to both of these historical sites, as well as Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown Battlefield.  If you would like to visit Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement only, the History is Fun for the Holidays combo ticket is the way to go.  Available for purchase online only, the ticket offers seven days of unlimited admission to both museums at $20.50 for adults and $10.25 for ages 6 through 12.

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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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

An Occasion for the Arts Highlights Culture in America's Historic Triangle

Join Williamsburg for the 46th annual event An Occasion for the Arts.  Scheduled for October 4 and 5, 2014, An Occasion for the Arts features over 144 visual artists who were specially selected for the Williamsburg event.  Along with these exhibitors, attendees are treated to musical, dance and vocal performances ate various venues throughout the area. 

Art exhibitors include painters, print makers, sculptors, jewelers, photographers and other artisans of fine crafts.   Browse through the talented arts and crafts booths lining the streets around Colonial Williamsburg.  You’re sure to find a signature item to take home.  With the juried art show bringing talented artists to the historic area, as well as displaying local youth artists, the works available are sure to grab your eye. 

Once you’ve found the perfect piece of art, watch the free entertainment presented during Occasion for the Arts.  Two main locations – the City Center Stage and Courtyard Stage – host a variety of performances.  A few of the standouts include traditional bluegrass and folk music by the Sweetwater String Band and classic rock styling’s of Lightstreet.  A full line-up of entertainment is available here. Plenty of food and drink will also be available nearby.

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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, September 22, 2014

Things to Do in Williamsburg, VA this Fall

Historic Williamsburg, Virginia is a picturesque place to visit any time of year.  During autumn, though, the scenery is especially beautiful.  The blend of cooler temperatures, fiery foliage and fun engaging things to do make it the perfect destination for a fall getaway.
 
Photo Credit: Colonial Williamsburg

Exploring the 18th century at Colonial Williamsburg is charming and quaint, an experience made even better when the tree lined streets are ablaze with color.  The historic attraction also hosts several events during this time, too, including guided Tavern Walks.  Hear about the spooky tales of the past as you visit Colonial Williamsburg’s taverns and buildings. 

Along with the hauntingly good time you can have at Colonial Williamsburg, plenty of scary thrills are offered at Busch Gardens.  Each Halloween season the theme park hosts Howl-O-Scream. See if you’re brave enough to enter the terror-filled haunted houses and scare zones lurking at the park. 

If dinner and a spook is more up your alley, reserve tickets to the Williamsburg Haunted Dinner Theatre.  You never know who might make a ghostly appearance at the show.  Plenty of comedy combines with intrigue for an entertaining night out.

Drive the short distance to Yorktown to take part in a ghost walk and fall festival complete with hay maze.  Art, entertainment, a pumpkin patch, face painting, and children’s activities and food vendors are all planned.  The Yorktown Fall Festival is scheduled for October 12 at RiverWalk Landing.

That same weekend visitors are invited to the Williamsburg Wine & Jazz Festival.  The event, planned for October 11-12, will feature plenty of regional jazz artists, wines, and delicious food. Purchase tickets in advance to save $10 or more per person. 

These are just a few of the things to do in Williamsburg, VA this fall.  Plan your vacation now to experience the best of the autumn at this historic vacation destination. 

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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.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Williamsburg Wine & Jazz Festival a Symphony of Flavors

Attention wine and jazz enthusiasts!  The third annual Williamsburg Jazz & Wine Festival is featured this fall, October 11-12, 2014.  The event will feature plenty of regional jazz artists, wines, and delicious food. Since October is Virginia Wine Month, it’s the perfect excuse to plan a trip to Williamsburg and support a good cause.

The 2-day event kicks off on Friday, October 10 with Jazzed Up, an opening night celebration with live jazz and a fashion show co-hosted by VA Fashion Week.  Groove to the sounds of Doors Wide Open, view runway styles by up and coming designers, special exhibits and a pre-show wine reception. 

On Saturday, October 11, Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre will be the site of a full day of concerts, wine, and food. Concerts will be held on two performance stages from 11am-6pm. Advance tickets can be purchased online for $20 (amphitheater/lawn seating). Tickets will also be available the day of the event for $30.  Admission includes official complimentary WJW Festival wine glass.

Start Sunday, October 12 off with brunch and live jazz at featured restaurants in Merchants Square including Blue Talon Bistro, Dog Street Pub and The Trellis Restaurant from 11am-2pm. From 11am-5pm, winery tours will be held at Williamsburg Winery. Show your festival ticket stub for a special discount.
See you at the festival! 

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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.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hotels Near Busch Gardens Williamsburg Convenient for Visitors

If you're planning a trip to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, make the most of your vacation time and book a hotel close to the park. Busch Gardens hotels offer plenty of amenities and luxuries to make your stay a pleasant one.  Plus, with Reserve Williamsburg’s Rate Match Guarantee on all hotels you’re sure to know you’re getting the best deal available!

Kingsmill Resort

Hotels near Busch Gardens Williamsburg include:
  • Country Inn and Suites
  • Courtyard by Marriott Williamsburg
  • King’s Creek Plantation
  • Kingsmill Resort
  • Quality Inn Historic East
  • The Williamsburg Hotel
When you stay at any one of these Williamsburg hotels you’ll be in the heart of the action.  Busch Gardens will be just a short distance away.  Plus, you can still easily access all of the other attractions in Williamsburg.  Reserve your stay today!