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About the Trip
On a whim, we decided to book an overnight trip to Williamsburg. It was a glorious spring weekend and the temperature was mild with not a cloud in the sky. We had both traveled to Williamsburg before as kids, but the experience this time around proved to be quite different and more enjoyable and appealing as adults.
WHAT WE BROUGHT
A Canon Rebel XTI, Canon Powershot SD1000, an overnight bag, casual clothes, snacks, sunscreen, and sneakers.
Day 1 Schedule: We arrived at Colonial Williamsburg at approximately 10 AM. We picked up our already reserved tickets and opted to walk to the town instead of taking the shuttle (we really like to follow the beat of our own drum and dislike crowds).
Our activities for the day included:
-Orientation walk (kind of sort of…we got a basic introduction of the town and its history and then ducked out)
-The Governor’s Palace Tour, which included the house, gardens, kitchen, and cellar.
-We visited the Apothecary, Cabinetmaker, Courthouse, Bruton Parish Church, Printing Office and Bindery, Public Gaol, Shoemaker, Silversmith, Merchant’s Square, and the Randolph House. We also saw the Fifes and Drums March and checked out a live auction in the Town Square.
For lunch we ate Cliff Bars and trail mix and for dinner we ate at Stephanos Pizza and Subs in Merchant’s Square. (NOTE: Portion sizes are small). We stayed at the Governor’s Inn—a surprisingly low-budget but very nice and clean motel (highly recommended if you are not a hotel snob).
Day 2 Schedule (Half-day):
The Governor’s Inn provided us with an acceptable Continental Breakfast.
Our activities for the day included:
-Touring the Wyeth House, the Public Hospital of 1773, and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Museum.
-We also visited the basketmaker, the Magazine and Guardhouse, the blacksmith, and the wigmaker.
-Before our trip home, we stopped at Subway for lunch.
The best part of the day was at the end of Day 1. After dinner, many of the crowds had left the town for the day and we strolled around the whole town for a second time. It was great to feel like we had the whole town to ourselves and it was also the best time to take photographs. It was truly a memorable experience.
Dave really enjoyed visiting the cabinetmaker and “The Capitol.” I loved walking through the tulip garden behind “The Governor’s Palace,” and visiting the wigmaker, and the cobbler.
Funniest part of the trip:
At our Continental breakfast on Day 2, Dave was waiting for his toast to “toast,” and I neglected to tell him that I had witnessed the lady before him turn the “darkness” level all the way up. As I finished peeling my hard-boiled egg, I glanced up and saw that Dave was standing by the toaster (a line had started to form) and Dave was flailing his arms around trying to disperse the smoke. I started laughing and then remembered what I saw and told Dave to turn down the “darkness” level. It was pretty funny….for me at least.
LIVE AND LEARN
Surprisingly, we packed in as much sightseeing as we possibly could on this trip. It was literally impossible to do and see everything that this town has to offer in 1.5 days. But we sure did try! Next time, I think we will check out the buildings that we didn’t get to tour (some buildings are only open on certain days,) and we would like to tour The College of William and Mary, as well as see some more live reenactments.
[info]Walk around the town in the early evening hours after the crowds have left.[/info]
Show me the dough
One night at the Governor’s Inn: $66.90 (tax included)
Tickets to Colonial Williamsburg ($30.00 X 2) = $60.00
Dinner: (2 chicken cheese steaks, 2 sides of coleslaw, and 2 iced teas) = $23.00
Lunch on Day 2: Subway = ($8.72)
Fuel Cost: Round trip of 300 miles = $30.00