Posts Tagged ‘Williamsburg’

Shop the Past at Virginia Antique Malls

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Shopping for antiques is a bit like going on a treasure hunt. You arrive at your chosen destination, sift through the wares of the past, and hope to stumble upon a vintage piece that suits your needs. Virginia boasts a large number of antique malls, vintage stores, and collectibles shops, each of which lies near an Inn Virginia bed & breakfast to complete your antiquing adventure:

The Factory Antique Mall in Verona, VA is “one of the largest antique malls in America.” Whether you’re on the hunt for books, dolls, glassware, or jewelry, you’ll find it and more at the Factory Antique Mall. This Mall also happens to have a Country Café within its walls for those who need a bite to eat while shopping. (Nearby Inn Virginia lodging includes Bridgewater Inn and Cottage, Montclair Bed and Breakfast,

Antiques and More of Appomattox displays a host of products with everything from candles to toys to furniture. With its location in historic downtown Appomattox, Virginia, you’ll feel as though you’re browsing through history. (Nearby Inn Virginia lodging includes Babcock House and Carriage House Inn B&B.)

Williamsburg Antique Mall in Colonial Williamsburg is a charming “niche in the antique community.” Search through historic clocks, hard-crafted furniture, and individual booths set up by specific antique dealers. As with Verona’s antique mall, this one also offers an eatery, La Petite Tea Room, complete with soup, sandwiches, and desserts. (Nearby Inn Virginia lodging includes Marl Inn B&B, Magnolia Manor, and York River Inn B&B.)

“Entering the Middleburg Antique Emporium is like stepping into a tastefully decorated Victorian home.” This establishment boasts around 45 antique dealers with both American and European wares for your purchase—sterling flatware, Brass Fireplace Accessories, china, porcelain, and more. (Nearby Inn Virginia lodging includes the Briar Patch B&B Inn, Berryville Inn, and Goodstone Inn.)

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By Tara Stoll

Celebrate Warner Heritage at Ancestral Homecoming Weekend

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The Inn at Warner Hall is a confluence of historical figures, namely George Washington, Robert E. Lee and Meriwether Lewis, all of whom are direct descents of Augustine Warner, founder of the inn. (Even the Queen of England herself, Elizabeth II, is a Warner relative. According to innkeepers Troy and Theresa Stavens, “In England, Warner Hall is referred to as ‘the home of the Queen’s American ancestors.’”)

With family members like these, who wouldn’t want to celebrate such heritage? The Inn at Warner Hall is doing just that from July 26-28, 2013 at their Ancestral Homecoming Weekend. The celebratory reunion begins on the evening of July 26 with a buffet dinner where long lost family members can either reconnect or meet for the first time. Following dinner, two archaeologists from the Fairfield Foundation, David Brown and Thane Harpole, will be making a presentation about Warner Hall in the 18th Century. (These two archaeologists also happen to be the author of a book entitled “Warner Hall: Story of a Great Plantation.)

Saturday’s activities will include a private tour of Colonial Williamsburg, a tour of White Marsh Plantation, and an 18th century dinner, and presentations by Richard Weaver.

Sunday will include a private service at Jamestown Memorial Church and a trip to Poquoson for a guided tour of “the site of Augustine Warner I’s first land grant” (Inn at Warner Hall).

If you are a Warner descendent who would like to indulge in your familial history, then give the Inn at Warner Hall a call at 800.331.2720 or send them an email at info@warnerhall.com.

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By Tara Stoll

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

On select days from November 23 through December 31, 2012, a holiday world explodes across Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia. From the array of dazzling lights to the magnificent, 50-foot Christmas tree, Christmas Town is a seasonal wonderland. Sit back and enjoy a lavish show, or grab a cup of Busch Garden’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate. And what fantastical Christmas experience would be complete without the holly, jolly man himself? Santa will be available to meet at his workshop, where you can also make some wonderful gift purchases.

Another event that coincides with Christmas Town is the Christmas Town Dash 8K on December  2, 2012. The warm-up begins at 7:30am, and at 8:00am, you have the pleasure of viewing the Running of the Chick-fil-A cows. The 8k itself begins at 8:30 and ends at 10 am, which is when the Awards Ceremony will take place. It promises to be an exciting, energy-filled morning, and each registered runner will receive a single day ticket to Busch Gardens, a long-sleeved shirt, a finisher’s medal, a Christmas Town coupon, and hot chocolate. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the 8k.

Need a place to stay during your Busch Gardens excursion? Check out our nearby BBAV inns.

 

By Tara Stoll

Cherokee Week, Williamsburg, VA

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Williamsburg, Virginia is well known for its history, particularly the history surrounding Virginia’s colonial time period: For 81 formative years, from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the political, cultural, and educational center of what was then the largest, most populous, and most influential of the American colonies. It was here that the fundamental concepts of our republic — responsible leadership, a sense of public service, self-government, and individual liberty — were nurtured” (History.org).

A huge portion of Virginia history includes the Native Americans, and coming up in July, Colonial Williamsburg will be celebrating a specific event in the cultural heritage of the Cherokee people: “Colonial Williamsburg and the Eastern Band of Cherokee commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the journey of Cherokee leader Ostenaco and Virginian Henry Timberlake from the capital of the Cherokee nation to Williamsburg and London in search of a lasting peace. Join us for a stirring performance of Beloved Woman, featuring Guest Artists Wes Studi and Irene Bedard, and delve into the world of the 18th-century Cherokee.”

(If the names “Wes Studi” and “Irene Bedard” sound familiar, they should! Both are well-known actors. Wes Studi has been seen in films such as “The Last of the Mohicans,” “The New World,” and “Avatar.” Irene Bedard not only voiced the title character of Disney’s “Pocahontas,” but she was also the physical inspiration for the iconic figure. You have the chance to see and hear them in person during Cherokee Week.)

Quick Facts:

Where: Williamsburg, VA

When: July 18–22

BBAV Lodging:

Boxwood Inn

A Williamsburg White House

Bentley Manor Inn

Colonial Capital B&B Inn

Magnolia Manor

Newport House B&B

Liberty Rose B&B Inn

 

©A Williamsburg White House (http://awilliamsburgwhitehouse.com/)

 

By Tara Stoll

Howl-O-Scream, Williamsburg, VA

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Everywhere you look in Virginia, you will find some sort of Halloween party or harvest festival during this time of year. While you’re making yourself at home at one of our cozy bed and breakfasts, perhaps you will want to attend one of these celebrations. If you have children, there are some spectacular family-friendly opportunities.

One such event is the fabulously scary Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. Traverse through the foggy gloom of the Fear Fair. Explore the vampire-laden “Bitten” house. Rock out to Monster Stomp Revamped. Sneak through the woods of New France while trying to avoid the Widow Makers. If you enjoy that heart-pounding rush of adrenaline brought about by fear, then Howl-O-Scream is certainly the event for you! However, if the kiddies aren’t so keen on monsters popping out at them, you can visit Busch Gardens during the day for plenty of non-scary fall fun. Once 6pm hits, though, the park becomes a haven for horror! *cue thunder sound effects*

Howl-O-Scream is hardly the only Halloween celebration in Virginia, so click here for a lovely little list that highlights different events based on region and city.

Be smart and safe, everyone! (And parents, kindly refrain from adorning yourselves with costumes that would severely embarrass your children…)

Lastly, I feel that no Halloween blog would be complete without this classic tribute to all things that go bump in the night:

 

By Tara Stoll

2011 STIHL Tour des Trees VA2DC Tour

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Dust off your bike helmets, stretch out those calf muscles, and brush up on your environmental knowledge! Registration is open for the 2011 STIHL Tour des Trees VA2DC Tour! “What is this event?” you asked, intrigued by its lengthy title. Continue on, good readers, for I shall tell you.

First, you should probably understand what TREE is if you are not already familiar with the group. TREE, or the “Tree Research Education and Endowment Fund,” is dedicated to “to identify[ing] and fund[ing] projects and programs that advance knowledge in the field of arboriculture and urban forestry to benefit people, trees, and the environment.” They’re a wonderful group that supports nature research around the world, and, according to their mission statement, “the results of TREE Fund-supported research affect people’s lives and arborists’ techniques every day.”

The Tour des Trees is TREE’s largest fundraising event, and it is a primary means of raising public awareness about the necessity and benefit of trees. The first day of the 2011 tour, October 2, is a 30-mile ride around Virginia Beach. Seven days later, the tour ends at Washington D.C. Overall, the riders cover close to 500 miles, and the trip includes areas like Richmond, Williamsburg, and Charlottesville.

If you would like to participate in this enjoyably worthwhile event, registration will be open until September 25, 2011, so there is plenty of time to sign up! Looks like it’s going to be a fun week with some great destinations and a lot of wonderful people (not to mention the health benefits of all the calories you will burn)!

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By Tara Stoll

Celebrate Scotland, Italy, and Wine, 2011!

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

By now you’ve probably already felt a certain crispness in the mornings, swiftly replacing the thick humidity of these past summer months. Indeed others have noticed that the green hue of one or two leaves has already begun to dissipate, melting into red or gold. There is no doubt that autumn is near, approaching silently without ostentation or fanfare.

But I’m certain that you’re not reading this to hear me prattle on about the poetical nature of autumn. No, you would rather hear what sorts of activities in which you can participate during this upcoming fall season, and since you’re being so incredibly insistent, I suppose I shall tell you.

Although there are many, many, many, many autumn festivals and celebrations around Virginia, I’ll focus on three fantastic ones that you can find in and nearby Williamsburg, Virginia:

The Williamsburg Scottish Festival and and Celtic Celebration, September 30-October 1- It’s time for kilts, haggis, and bagpipes! This event includes Irish stepdancing, a golf tournament, a parade, and lots of vendors with pretty, shiny things!

The Yorktown Wine Festival, October 1- This festival includes 21 wineries, 8 of which will participate in a wine dinner at the Riverfront Restaurant. The music also looks to be fantastic with a drum and fife band, reggae, pop, rock, acoustic, electric, and Celtic.

© 2011 Virginia.org

Ciao Williamsburg Festival, October 8-9- Celebrate your Italian heritage, or, if you’re not Italian, pretend to be for a couple days! This festival promises amazing food, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and some excellent entertainment.

By Tara Stoll

Virginia’s Historic Triangle

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

The Tidewater region of Virginia is perhaps best known for being home to the Historic Triangle. Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg are all located here.

Tidewater VA Bed and Breakfasts are close to:

  • Jamestown, the country’s first permanent English settlement,
  • Colonial Williamsburg, the cultural and political center of the New World from 1699 to 1780.
  • Yorktown, where the Revolutionary War was effectively ended after the British surrendered.

Historic reenactments in Colonial Williamsburg.

British settlers arrived in Jamestown in 1607. They believed that the Virginia colony was “a paradise inhabited by simple, friendly people”, for that is what they had been told back home. Yet they found hardship, not wealth or good fortune. The colony struggled until 1614, when settler John Rolfe harvested a profitable crop of tobacco and married Pocahontas, a Powhatan woman. Peace with the Native Americans and Britain’s tobacco addiction enabled the struggling colony to thrive, and colonists began to arrive by the thousands.

Williamsburg is located midway between James River and York River. It was garrisoned and fortified in 1633, and became home to the country’s second institution of higher learning in 1693, when King William and Queen Mary granted a royal charter to the College of William and Mary. Indeed, it was college students who successfully lobbied to locate the new statehouse in their town. Williamsburg, as it was then named, became the capital of the area in 1699, as well as a thriving market town. It was a town where both goods and ideas were exchanged.

The York River has a deep channel, and the village on its banks has been a deep water, international port since the early 17th century. Yorktown was the chief tobacco port on the Chesapeake Bay in the early 18th century, and an active slave port. Yorktown gained everlasting fame when American troops under George Washington resoundingly defeated the British at Yorktown and effectively ended the American Revolutionary War with the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. The town itself, however, was the main victim of the battle, and it never again prospered as it had prior to the war.

There is much to do in Virginia’s Historic Triangle. Travel back in time in Colonial Williamsburg. Visit the Battlefield and Victory Center at Yorktown, and the historic settlements at Jamestown. It would be easy to spend months exploring this area. Williamsburg Bed and Breakfasts and Yorktown Bed and Breakfasts welcome travelers however long their stay.

See Colonial Williamsburg for more information about events and activities. See Jamestown and Yorktown for more information about events and activities.

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Candlelight Tour by the James River

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Experience Virginia by candlelight.

There is something inherently romantic about candlelight. Perhaps it wasn’t so when candles and lanterns were the only source of light after sunset, and eyes grew weary from struggling to see. Yet these days, when bright electricity pierces the night, the gentle glow of candlelight seems only warm and inviting. It smooths sharp edges and softens expressions; it beckons lovers to sit by it, quietly.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend this year with a romantic getaway at a Virginia Bed and Breakfast and a Candlelight Progressive Tour at the James River Plantation. Experience the historic buildings of Piney Grove (1790), Ashland (1835), and Ladysmith (1857) as you would have experienced them when they were first constructed. See the luster of the Piney Grove at Southall’s Plantation collection of antiques by flickering candlelight. Wrap yourself in warm clothing and circumnavigate Dower Quarter (1835) and Duck Church (1917), then head indoors to sip cider and nibble on baked goods by a large, warm fire.

There are dozens of Virginia Bed and Breakfasts in and around Williamsburg, close to the James River Plantation. The Candlelight Progressive Tour would make a delightful addition to any romantic getaway.

The Candlelight Progressive Tour takes place February 12, 13, and 19, 2011. Call (804) 829-2196 or email tours@pineygrove.com for additional information and reservations.

Fine Dining in Virginia

Monday, November 15th, 2010
Squash blossom with goat cheese, thyme, raw hazelnut, compressed peach and saba

Elegance on a plate.

If you were to ask five of your closest friends to define “fine dining”, what would they say? Details may vary from person to person: one might say a crisp, white, linen table cloth is essential; another may insist the waitstaff wear clean, subtle, uniforms. But most would agree that fine dining involves outstanding food served in an attractive, pleasant setting.

There is plenty of fine dining in Virginia. It isn’t possible to write an exhaustive list of Virginia fine dining restaurants here, but read on for a few outstanding examples.
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