Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hotel Discounts for Williamsburg Virginia

Check this out!  What a great deal for last minute travel!!

Looking for a great last minute deal on a hotel room in Williamsburg, Virginia?  Check out the Hotel Tonight App at  Last minute rooms can be as low as $47 a night in Williamsburg, Virginia !

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Childcare while on vacation in Williamsburg Virginia

Do you wish you could take your babysitter on vacation with you? We all know that vacation is a time for families to be together, but at the end of the day when the kids are tired from walking around Colonial Williamsburg or Busch Gardens wouldn’t it be nice to have a date night and enjoy some of the wonderful local restaurants, shows and events that Williamsburg has to offer?

The Williamsburg Nanny Agency has experienced and trustworthy babysitters available at a moment’s notice to take care of your little ones while you relax and have fun. They all work as professional nannies in Williamsburg and have Red Cross CPR and First Aid training. If desired, the nannies will bring activities and games to help keep the children entertained.

In addition to hotel child care the agency provides help to families who want to take their children to the local theme parks and museums. Having an extra set of hands can help keep all ages of children happy. Whatever your childcare needs the Williamsburg Nanny Agency has the right solution for you.

Call 757-645-3898 for more information or visit their website:

Monday, January 20, 2014

Beat the heat and rainy and snow day activities in Williamsburg Virginia

Inside attractions and places to let the kids run wild....

Movie Tavern at High Street
1430 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 565-2463

Catch a movie and a meal all at the same time!
And Don't miss "Breakfast and a Flick" on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9am
A great way to beat the heat in the summer or get out of the rain anytime.

Bounce House (was Inflation Nation)   UPDATED INFO!
3032-3 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 206-1858
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am - 8pm, Sun 12pm - 6pm. Holiday hours of operation are subject to change.

Open Jump includes 11 huge inflatables – including basketball and baseball, an air-hockey machine, car games, a TV station, and plenty of places to run. There is also a special place for smaller kids with three inflatables for toddlers.

Weekday Monday-Friday until 3pm

Weekend Friday after 3pm, Saturday,Sunday

                    ages 1-4           ages 5-12
Weekday       $8                    $10
Weekend      $10                  $12

Admission good for all day. Free re-entry. EVERYBODY (Adults and Kids) is required to remove their shoes and wear socks. If you forget socks, they sell them for $1/pair.

Yankee Candle® Flagship
2200 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

"Here in the heart of Virginia's historic triangle, you'll find a store unlike any other. With over 400,000 candles in more than 200 different famous Yankee scents, you'll discover an entertaining, interactive family adventure at every turn."

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Best hotel discounts and deals in Williamsburg Virginia

Looking for discounts and deals on hotels in Williamsburg? Here are three tips to help your search:

1. There are some great on-line deals and packages. Check out the price comparison sites like Kayak, priceline, and expedia to see price ranges and availability. Often the ads on websites about Williamsburg have the best deals.

2. Look on hotel websites for specials and discounts.

3. If you haven't found a good enough deal on-line, call the hotels directly and ask if there are any specials. Since occupancy isn't 100% at most hotels this summer, you may be able to get a deal. This may work best for "last minute" deals.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Discounts

The two best deals for Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Kids age 0-5 are FREE!!!! 

Busch Gardens is offering a 7 (consecutive) day Bounce Ticket good now through October 28th, 2012.  The Bounce Ticket gives complimentary admission to Busch Gardens, Water Country, and Colonial Williamsburg for kids age 0-5.  Check out their website for more details:

They are also offering the Flex Ticket which is good for 7 (consecutive) days.  The Flex Ticket allows complimentary admission to Busch Gardens, Water Country, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown for kids age 0-5.  Check out their website for more details:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Walsingham Academy’s  Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash

Friday, March 2, 2012
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Walsingham Academy Lower School

FREE & Open to the Public.

For parents and their children Pre-K through 3rd grade.

Some of Williamsburg’s most celebrated personalities and literacy advocates will read from their favorite Dr. Seuss stories, including Taylor Reveley, President The College of William & Mary, Joan Peterson, Executive Director Literacy for Life, Bill O’Donovan, Publisher Virginia Gazette, and Mayor Clyde Haulman. Tickets are FREE and open to the public, but you must have a ticket to attend.

Tickets are available at the following locations:
Walsingham Academy
Lower & Upper Schools
1100 Jamestown Rd.
Philly Pretzel Factory
Shoppes at Marketplace
4655 Monticello Ave.
Schmidt’s Flowers
The Gallery Shoppes
6596 Richmond Rd.
Lightfoot Area

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Free Blue Talon hot chocolate if it snows!

It's gonna snow tonight! Don't forget to get your free hot chocolate at the Blue Talon while it snows. The best hot chocolate in town!!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Discounts at Great Wolf Lodge

Don't miss this week's discounts at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg.
  • Save 10% now through March 29, 2012
    (available Sunday through Friday in February).
  • Save 20% April 15 through May 24, 2012.
Offer also includes:
  • 4 water park passes for your entire stay.
  • Daily activities in the Cub Club.
Available Dates: 02/03/2012 - 05/24/2012
(Not available March 30 through April 14, 2012)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentine's Day in Williamsburg Virginia

Not sure what to do for Valentine's Day?  Check out these great ideas: has the "Top Ten Valentine's Day Events" in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Check out their site at:  for great ideas and don't miss their daily events calendar!

Eat Play Williamsburg has local restaurant reviews and a "Valentine's Day Specials" page.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Daily Events Calendar for Williamsburg Virginia

Check out this great Daily Events Calendar for Williamsburg, Virginia at  or click on their icon on our sidebar.

Our friends at have created the most comprehensive calendar of family friendly activities in the area.  Check out their site to learn about things to do in Williamsburg, Norge, Toano, Yorktown and surrounding areas.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Virginia Theatre Machine- A Christmas Carol

Don't miss this wonderful FREE performance at Merchants Square in Williamsburg.  Join Master Thespian, and Stage Manager Bob, as they once again pursue their elusive dream of performing "A Christmas Carol" in under 20 minutes! 

For more information:
All shows: FREE & OUTDOORS
Merchants Square, Williamsburg

(running time:  30 minutes)                
Thurs Nov 24                              3:30pm/5pm
Fri Nov 25                              3:30pm/5pm
Sat Nov 26                              3:30pm/5pm
Sun Nov 27                                      12pm
Fri Dec 2                                           5pm
Sat Dec 3                      12pm/3:30pm/5pm
Sun Dec 4                            12pm/1:30pm
Sat Dec 10                             3:30pm/5pm
Sun Dec 11                            3:30pm/5pm
Fri Dec 16                                         5pm
Sat Dec 17                             3:30pm/5pm
Sun Dec 18                           3:30pm /5pm
Tues Dec 20                                      5pm
Wed Dec 21                                      5pm
for weather cancellations/rain dates

Monday, October 17, 2011

Kids' Activities in Williamsburg Virginia-- This week's picks!

Once you're done exploring Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens, check out these great ideas for fun family activities in Williamsburg Virginia:

For the Whole Family
Pick a pumpkin from a pumpkin patch, go for a hayride, or try out the corn maze at Pumpkinville. 
9AM-8PM Sun-Thur
9AM-9PM Fri and Sat
7691 Richmond Rd
see the full website at:

For your older kids:  
"Ghost tag" at Galaxy Tag

"Beginning October 7th, Ghost Tag returns to Galaxy Tag. Please note this years fun is for ages 6th grade and up only and we recommend parents individual discretion. Ghost Tag will be open Tuesday through Saturday weekly until Halloween. Tuesday through Friday are OPEN nights for anyone of appropriate age. Saturday from 7pm-9pm will be middle school nights ONLY."

check out all the details:

For a more comprehensive list of local family activities we recommend Williamsburg  Check out their daily calendar and seasonal activities list at

Friday, September 23, 2011

Where to eat when you visit your kids at William & Mary

Looking for a great restaurant for your weekend in Williamsburg?  Try some of these local favorites:

1. Blue Talon
420 Prince George Street, Williamsburg
(757) 476-2583

2. The Trellis
403 West Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg,
(757) 229-8610

3. Fat Canary
410 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg
(757) 229-3333

4. Food for Thought
1647 Richmond Road, Williamsburg
(757) 645-4665

5. Le Yaca French Restaurant
1915 Pocahontas Trl # C10
Williamsburg, VA 23185-5663
(757) 220-3616

Or, try these less expensive alternatives:

1. Zpizza
4902 Courthouse Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 645-3303

2. Emerald Thai
264 Mclaws Cir # G
Williamsburg, VA 23185-5677
(757) 645-2511

3. Pierce's PITT Bar-B-Q
447 East Rochambeau Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 565-2955

4. Five Guys Burgers and Fries
1430 Richmond Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 229-1213

Friday, September 2, 2011

Teachers Open House at Colonial Williamsburg

Free Single-day Admission to Colonial Williamsburg for Teachers and discounted admission for friends and family members!!!!!!   Must show teacher ID, union ID card, or school’s letterhead
Teachers may purchase discounted tickets for friends and family during the Teachers Open House Days for $7.50 per person, ages 6 and up. Children 5 and under are free. Please call 1-800-228-8878  for additional information and payment for guest.

July 22, 23, or 24
August 12, 13, or 14
October 7, 8, or 9

For more information and to reserve your spot, use the Online Reservation Form at

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Great Restaurant Discount for Aromas in Williamsburg Virginia

Here is a great find from our friends at ! 
Check out this deal at one of our favorite local restaurants right next to Colonial Williamsburg (also a great place to get your morning coffee).

We recommend when planning your visit to the Williamsburg area. They have a fantastic daily calendar, listing of seasonal events, and great discounts and deals for the area.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Nominate your favorite restaurant to become
"Best Restaurant of Williamsburg Virginia"


1.  Nominate by commenting below and tell us your favorite restaurant and why.

2.  We will accept nominations during the month of August.  You may nominate only one restaurant, one time per day.  However, you may come back to nominate again the next day (and the next, and the next) -- there is no limit on the number of restaurants you may nominate (or number of times you may nominate your favorite).

3.  The 10 restaurants with the most nominations will compete for the title of "Williamsburg Travel's Best Restaurant in Williamsburg Virginia". 

4.  Contest will take place in September 2011.  Check back for details and vote for your favorite restaurant in September.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Get a 70% discount off local restaurants in Williamsburg Virginia!

Go to right now and Enter Promo Code: MENU  at Checkout and Hit "Apply" for a 70% off deal.  Spend $3 and get a $25 gift card.

Here are some of the local restaurants that are typically available at for Williamsburg Virginia:

Doraldo Ristorante Italiano
1915 Pocahontas Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Bourbon Street
315 York St
Williamsburg, VA 23185

JM Randalls
4854 Longhill Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Opus 9 Steakhouse
5143 Main St
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Please check their website for availability.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Capture your vacation memories while visiting Williamsburg Virginia

Your Williamsburg vacation is sure to be memorable. How better to capture those memories than in professional portraits?

Erica Westmoreland is a Williamsburg photographer who uses a photojournalistic approach to capture the unique essence of her subjects. Erica will create a comfortable and professional sitting for you and your family in any of the major Williamsburg destinations.

Erica strives to create portraits for her clients that may be elegantly displayed in their home and treasured as family heirlooms.
Get $50 off the portrait package, regularly a $150 value. Just mention 'Williamsburg Travel".

See her website for more information at

In the stocks at Colonial Williamsburg

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Our favorite free and low costs activities for your visit to Williamsburg Virginia

Seems like we are all on a budget these days, so it's nice to have a few lower cost activities while visiting Williamsburg Virginia. Here are a few ideas:

Colonial Williamsburg:

Walking around Colonial Williamsburg is always free.  Come on Saturday mornings for the Williamsburg Farmer's Market at Merchant's Square.  Open Saturday Mornings from 8-12. Check out their website for special events and a list of vendors.
Mid County Park
3793 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 259-5360

An amazing FREE park and playground. This 19-acre facility has lighted recreation areas, baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, and sand volleyball courts. There is a 2/3 mile ADA accessible multi-use path that encircles the park. The biggest attraction is Kidsburg, a community-built playground with separate little kids and big kids lots. There is also a picnic shelter. Check out the website for a video tour of the park.

Park Hours:
April 1- October 31: The park is open from sunrise to 10:00 p.m.
November 1- April 1: The park is open from sunrise to 8:00 p.m.

The Jamestown Ferry
For ferry traffic updates, call 1-800-VA-Ferry.

Free, no reservation required.  Ride the automobile and bus ferry service across the James River from Glass House Point at Jamestown to the landing at Scotland Wharf.

The 15-minute scenic trip is the only 24-hour state-run ferry in Virginia. there are four ferry boats: the Pocahontas, Williamsburg, Surry, and Virginia.
Passengers are allowed to walk about the boat or go up to an enclosed viewing level. Northbound passengers see Jamestown Island ( the same view that the first colonists may have had almost 400 years ago). Near the northern ferry landing, the replicas of Christopher Newport's three small ships (Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery) are docked at the Jamestown Settlement.

There is security screening at boarding.

check back soon, we are always updating the site with new information

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Planning the Perfect July 4th Weekend in Williamsburg Virginia

Looking for an ideal itenarary for your July 4th weekend?

Saturday, July 2nd:

Williamsburg Farmer's Market
Hours: 8am -12pm
Start your day at the Williamsburg Farmer's Market.  Grab an iced coffee at Aroma's or the Blue Talon (Check out our post on all the great places to get coffee). and walk over to Merchant's Square to stroll the market. With over 35 vendors and live music this is a great way to start the day.

Jamestown Settlement (open 9am-5pm, 6pm in the summer)
Next, head over to Jamestown.  A beautiful musuem with outside hands-on exhibits, this is an ideal destination for kids and adults.
Need coffee on your way?   Insider tip: The closest coffee to Jamestown is not a coffee shop, it is the Starbucks in the Farm Fresh Supermarket on Jamestown Road.  Pick up an iced coffee on the way and head to Jamestown Settlement.  Start your visit at the Replica Ships and then precede to the Fort and then the Powhatan Village.  If you see the outside sights in this order you'll minimize your time in the sun at the hottest time of the day.  After you have seen the outside exhibits, head in and take a break by catching the movie and then stroll through the musuem. A note to those sensitive to loud noises -- guns are fired at the Fort at specified times throught the day.  It does not last long, but if you really hate loud noises, ask on your way in for the firing schedule.

Check out their website for discounts on tickets (normally $15.50 for adults and $7.25 kids ages 6-12) .  Local residents get free admission.

Saturday afternoon -- relax by the pool, play some tennis, or head out for a round of mini golf at Pirate's Cove

Sunday, July 3rd
Virginia Beach is only an hour away.  Check out the beach if the weather is good.
Busch Gardens 

Monday, July 4th
Spend the day at Colonial Williamsburg.  Start at the Visitor's Center where you can rent kids costumes and spend your day in colonial attire! (and yes, lots of people do this, you won't be the only one).  Make sure the kids take a look at this great website  filled with information and activities to get the kids ready for the visit. There is so much to see and do at Colonial Williamsburg, take a look in advance at their schedule  to help plan your day.  Insider tip: If you are visiting friends/family in Williamsburg in July ask them if they have a "Good Neighbor Pass", if they do, they may be eligible to get you half price tickets!  Look here for ticket prices which start from $37.95 for an adult one day ticket and $18.95 for kids. If you are going to Busch Gardens, consider a package deal.

Want to catch some Fireworks?
Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens both do Fireworks. 
It gets crowded at Colonial Williamsburg -- so consider spending the day to beat the traffic.  Check out their website for the complete list of events and see our post below for a description of the different firework-related events.

Insider Tip: Catch a late dinner at the Blue Talon and reserve a back table to see the fireworks while dining!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fireworks for the July 4th weekend in Williamsburg Virginia

At Colonial Williamsburg:

Governor’s Palace Picnic
Date: Monday, July 4, 2011
Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Location: Governor's Palace

An all-American picnic and festive holiday entertainment.
•Dine on a variety of chilled picnic favorites.
•Enjoy exciting performances by musicians, dancers, storytellers, and balladeers plus plenty of games for the kids!
•Receive a free commemorative picnic blanket, so all you’ll need to bring are your chairs!
•March with the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums to a premium, reserved viewing area for the fireworks extravaganza!

$55 adults, $25 youth (12 and under) includes tax and gratuity

For information and reservations, call 1-800-447-8679
Reservations must be made by July 2; so don’t wait, call today!
In case of rain, please call the information hotline at (757) 565-8888.

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Brews, Blues & BBQ
Date: Monday, July 4, 2011
Time: 5:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Location:  Virginia Lawn,Williamsburg Lodge

This Fourth of July, celebrate the American tradition of barbecue in the place where America’s quest for independence began. Enjoy the sights of Colonial Williamsburg, our specially brewed beer, and the traditional blues sound of Li’l Ronnie and the Grand Dukes, "The hottest swing blues band on the east coast."

Menu:  Choice of Pulled Pork BBQ or BBQ Half Chicken, served with southern Baked Beans and Coleslaw.
Adults $28.00
Children (6–12) $12.00
(Price includes nonalcoholic beverage, tax, and gratuity.)
Also serving ice cold Williamsburg AleWerks Draft Beer and Williamsburg Winery Wines.

Reservations not required. Prices, menu items, and operating schedules are subject to change.

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Virginia Living Museum Planetarium - Laser Spirit Show
Location: Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News.
Date:: Mon, Jul 4, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM
Cost: VLM members $3 (no vouchers), non-members $6.

Are fireworks too noisy or too late at night for you?  Try the Independence Day laser displays in the VLMs planetarium theater instead.   Featuring music by Lee Greenwood, Kansas, The Beatles, Gloria Estefan, and more.

check back as we add more great 4th of July ideas!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Coffee, coffee, coffee

There are many choices for coffee in Williamsburg, from the big chains to small independently owned coffee shops:

Aromas Coffeehouse Bakeshop & Cafe
431 Prince George Street, Merchants Square, Williamsburg
(757) 221-6676

Located right next to Colonial Williamsburg on Prince George Street, this is a great place to grab a coffee or a meal.

The Daily Grind
Lodge 2, Gooch Drive, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg
(757) 221-2918

Located on the William and Mary campus, this is the place for coffee on campus.

4655 Monticello Ave, Williamsburg
(757) 564-1029
240 Mclaws Circle, Williamsburg
(757) 259-9967
800 E Rochambeau Dr, Williamsburg
(757) 258-4931

If you can't survive without your Starbucks fix, we have a few locations to choose from!

Harbour  Coffee
4260 Casey Boulevard #105, Williamsburg
(757) 220-2334

Hidden away in the back of Newtown, this is a popular hangout for William and Mary graduate students

Dunkin' Donuts
1347 Richmond Road, Williamsburg
(757) 476-8010

On the main hotel and restaurant strip for visitors, this Dunkin' Donuts has a drive-thru

The Coffee Beanery Cafe
1301 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg
(757) 258-2600

Great place for lunch in front of the fireplace.

The Coffee House

5251 John Tyler Hwy # 6, Williamsburg
(757) 229-9791

The Coffee House attracts a diverse crowd for their roasted - on site coffee. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bed and Breakfasts In Williamsburg, Virginia

Sleep like a baby in Williamsburg!

B&B's are a great option for your visit to Williamsburg, Virginia.  There is a long list of B&B and Inn's to choose from:

· Patriot Bed and Breakfast
· Williamsburg Manor
· Alice Person House
· Colonial Capital Bed and Breakfast
· A Williamsburg White House Bed and Breakfast
· Fox and Grape Bed and Breakfast
· Cedars of Williamsburg Bed and Breakfast
· Governor's Trace
· War Hill Bed and Breakfast
· Liberty Rose
· Brick House Inn
· A Boxwood Inn of Williamsburg
· Fife and Drum Inn
· Newport House Bed & Breakfast
· Williamsburg Sampler Bed and Breakfast Inn
· Magnolia Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn
· Aldrich House Bed and Breakfast
· Bentley Manor Inn
· Applewood Colonial Bed & Breakfast
· Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast
· Legacy of Williamsburg Bed and Breakfast

Check out the Williamsburg B&B network  for all of the information you need to find the perfect place to stay!

This weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia

Want to find all the great events in Williamsburg, Virginia this coming weekend? Check out these two great sources for information:

1.  Daily Events Calendar -- click on our link (calendar icon at upper right corner of our site)  to Williamsburg daily event calendar for active family favorites.

2. Don't miss the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance Williamsburg site.

and don't miss their coupons: including a coupon for Galaxy Tag!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Best hotel deals, discounts, and savings in Williamsburg Virginia

Find great hotel deals, discounts and specials for Williamsburg Virginia

Tips on using the search engines and ads for the biggest hotel discounts in Williamsburg Virginia coming soon!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Insiders tips for planning your trip to Williamsburg Virginia

There are some great websites designed to help you with all of the basics in planning your trip to Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown.

Don't miss:

The offical website for Colonial Williamsburg, this site will cover all of the basics for visiting Colonial Williamsburg's "Cool Places For Kids" list attraction by age (teens, tweens, gradeschool, and toddlers)

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber And Tourism Alliance site

The Williamsburg Area Destination Marketing Commitee

A great source for coupons and discounts

Williamsburg Bed and Breakfast Network: Find all the lodging and area information you need to plan your trip to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown & Yorktown, Virginia.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chocolate lovers get ready!

If you are a chocolate lover - get ready!  The Blue Talon Bistro  in Williamsburg Virginia has the absolute best hot chocolate in the country.  Located right across from Colonial Williamsburg at 420 Prince George Street (757-476-BLUE (2583)) it is the perfect treat to complete your visit to Williamsburg.

I was first taken to the Blue Talon on an incredibly hot day, and could not understand why I was being told I had to taste this hot chocolate in 90+ degree weather.  Well, it only took one sip to understand.  Thick, decadently delicious, topped with the best home-made marshmallow I have ever had, this hot chocolate is absolute perfection.  If I hadn't already committed to move to Williamsburg, this would have convinced me! And no, The Blue Talon did not pay me to write this (although if they wanted to give me free hot chocolate for life, I wouldn't object....), the hot chocolate is really that good.  A definite "do not miss" in Williamsburg Virginia.  (and thanks to Benjamin and Alexander -- you were right -- it is the best!)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

William and Mary: Upcoming events

Don't miss out on these upcoming events at William and Mary:

Marine Science Day 2011
Saturday, May 21st 10:00 am
"VIMS' annual open house is a fun-filled event for the whole family. Join us in Gloucester Point for exhibits, children's activities, seining on the York River, lab tours, seafood cooking demonstrations, mini-lectures, and much more. All activities are free, as is parking. The event proceeds rain or shine."

Future Museums: Explore with NASA in a Virtual Environment
Saturday, May 21st 7:00 pm
"Join Aerospace Engineer, Jeff Antol at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, to learn about innovations in virtual reailty at NASA that will soon be integrated into our daily lives.  In this very timely and special presentation we will learn how NASA's new initiative "Participatory Exploration" can be integrated into the museum experience of the future. This presentation will discuss how virtual objects can be used within the context of a museum exhibit, and how virtual on-line museums, in which you can tour museums, and view & interact with selected artifacts, will provide expanded access and learning opportunities. Mr. Antol will explore with you the newest, most exciting technologies to experience museums as you would expect would happen in the future, but also what is possible today. This lecture is free and open to the public, hosted by the Virginia Docent Exchange."

The Comedy of Errors
Wednesday, July 6th 8:00 pm
Virginia Shakespeare Festival

Find out about these events and many more exciting programs at:

check back for updates

Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg Virginia: Discounts, Discounts, Discounts!

Great Wolf Lodge is running a 48 hour special discount right now!  Sale ends Friday May 20th at 11 a.m. 

These are some of the best prices you can find for Great Wolf Lodge.

Become an epack member by clicking on "deals delivered to your inbox" and get the promo code (48HOUR) for this deal.

Here are all their great deals:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Discounts on Tickets to Colonial Williamsburg

Check this out!  Week of May 4th - May 10th

Buy 3 12-packs of coke, diet coke, or sprite (cost $10) at Farm Fresh Supermarket and get 2 free tickets to Colonial Williamsburg!

Check out this deal in their weekly circular:

Store Locations in Williamsburg Virginia:
FARM FRESH open 6 am - Midnight, 7 days a week

Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 564-8619

Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 941-1680

Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 253-2302

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Visiting Williamsburg Virginia: Getting ready for your visit to Williamsburg: great books for your kids

Reading about the places you will be visiting can help get you and your kids get excited for your trip and make the trip more successful.  Here are some great book suggestions from Kristen Falk, our local book expert:

Getting ready for your visit to Williamsburg: great books for your kids
By Kristen Falk

Want to feel like you are already there? And find answers to some of your kids’ endlessly interesting questions? This is the best book for you.
If You Lived in Williamsburg in Colonial Days by Barbara Brenner & illustrated by Jenny Williams (Scholastic, 2000)
This book is organized by questions that kids might really ask as they are walking around Colonial Williamsburg. These include questions about everyday life, such as “What did people in Williamsburg eat?” “Where did people get their clothes?” and “What did Williamsburg houses look like? And it includes questions about children’s lives specifically, such as “What did children do for fun?” and “Did children have storybooks to read?” Finally, it highlights Williamsburg in general with questions such as, “Why was there an English governor?” and “Why were the colonists angry at the British?” Each question is answered in language that is engaging and appropriate for children and has wonderful illustrations.

Want to get your kids some hands-on activities related to what they’ve seen (or will see) at Colonial Williamsburg? Try these next two books:
Colonial Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in the New World by Laurie Carlson (Chicago Review Press, 1997)

This book has tons of ideas for activities related to Colonial crafts and food that you might want to do with your kids before or after your visit to Colonial Williamsburg. While the activities aren’t specific to Williamsburg, there are will definitely reinforce in a fun, active way what your kids will be seeing and experiencing there.
American Kids in History: Colonial Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities and Recipes by David C. King (John Wiley & Sons, 1998).
This book is organized by seasons with crafts, games, and food that colonial children would have done at that time of year. The book is not specific about which colonies are represented rather it gives a sampling of what might have been done in different colonies. There are sidebars also on many pages that give some background on the history of the activities or explain the differences in the how different colonies might do that particular craft.

This would be a great book for girls (and boys) wondering what women did during the revolution…
Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Matt Faulkner (Simon & Shuster, 2008).

With its fun cartoon-like drawings and witty asides, this book draws the reader in as it teaches us about the important and surprising roles women played during the revolution. Women were couriers, spies, newspaper publishers, and blacksmiths. Several women even disguised themselves as men and went to fight as soldiers. With specific historical example of a woman in each of these roles, this well-documented book, not only contains stories of these fascinating women, but a comprehensive timeline of the war, a “fact or fiction?” section, and many suggestions for additional reading.

These next two books would be great for kids (especially boys) who think that they don’t like history. Both books use humor to keep the kids reading and happy to be doing so.
King George: What was his problem? The whole hilarious story of the American Revolution by Steve Sheinkin. (Flash Point, 2009)

The title says it all—this really is a lot of fascinating anecdotes that are absolutely true, but aren’t usually included in traditional historical accounts. This would be great for middle grade readers who want to learn more and share some hilarious stories with you.

You Wouldn’t Want to be an American Colonist: A Settlement You’d Rather Not Start written by Jacqueline Morley, David Salariya, and illustrated by David Antram (Children’s Press, 2004)
While this book is technically about the colony down the road from Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, America’s first continuous British settlement, the stories are perfect for a younger elementary school student attending Colonial Williamsburg. This book is filled with humorous but totally true stories of the founding of this Virginia colony. It encourages enthusiasm for history in a fun, engaging way!

Happy Reading!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Top Five local restaurants off the beaten track in Williamsburg Virginia

Best Restaurants in Williamsburg Virginia off the beaten track

Chain restaurants can be dependable and easy. You know exactly what to expect and there are few surprises. But when you are ready to find a little local flavor, check out these local favorites:

1. Zpizza
4902 Courthouse Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 645-3303

Casual Dining and take-out, lots of organic and gluten free offerings including wonderful salads.

2. Emerald Thai
264 Mclaws Cir # G
Williamsburg, VA 23185-5677
(757) 645-2511

3. Pierce's PITT Bar-B-Q
447 East Rochambeau Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 565-2955

4. Le Yaca French Restaurant
1915 Pocahontas Trl # C10
Williamsburg, VA 23185-5663
(757) 220-3616

5.  Five Guys Burgers and Fries
1430 Richmond Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 229-1213

full reviews coming soon

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Top Coupon sites for Williamsburg Virginia

Do you love discounts and saving money?  Here are today's Top Three Coupon sites for Williamsburg Virginia:

1.  Go has a down loadable coupon book with buy one get one free ice cream at Ben and Jerry's, discounts at some great restaurants including Sal's (great pizza and Italian food), Food for Thought, and Zpizza, and discounts on attractions including Inflation Nation and GoKarts Plus -- plus much more.

2.  Insider's Passport has down loadable discounts at The Virginia Aquariam, the Virginia War Musuem, Movie Tavern (dinner and a movie - all in one, or check out their Saturday morning kids movie and pancakes), Aroma's Coffee, and much more.

3.  Sunny Day Guide has down loadable coupons for dining, activities, and shopping.  Don't miss the coupons for The Williamsburg Winery, Opus 9 Steakhouse, and the Green Leaf (a local favorite), plus tons of shopping discounts!

Monday, March 28, 2011

What to have your kids read and watch to get excited for your trip to Williamsburg

Introducing your kids to the history of the area and getting them excited can help make your trip more successful.  Here are a few great resources:

Chester Comix - Comics books and choose your own chapter books teaching about American history (and lots more titles covering history and economics)
Check out: "Revolutionary City" and "Jamestown Journey"

Liberty's Kids is an animated series produced by DiC Entertainment.
Aimed at kids age 7-14 (but great for those younger and older) it teaches about the origins of the United States.

The Official Colonial Williamsburg site has a great kids section

Felicity is part of the American Girl collection and from colonial times

take a look at her Colonial Adventure:

or check out her book

check back soon, we are always adding to our list
have a great resource you think should be added to our list? send us a comment and we will check it out!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Art in Williamsburg

The Muscarelle Museum of Art at William and Mary
located at Lamberson Hall on Jamestown Road in Williamsburg, VA, on the campus of The College of William and Mary

Tuesday - Friday
10 AM - 5 PM
Saturday - Sunday
12 noon - 4 PM
Closed Mondays and on most national holidays - Check the calendar for closed holidays.
Docent led tours are available every Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM

Regular Admission: $5.00 (subject to change during special exhibitions)
Special Exhibitions: Additional $5.00-$10.00
Free to Members, Wand M College Students, Faculty and Staff, Children under twelve

About Face: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Promised Gifts, and Loans
On view now
The first annual Wine & Run for the Roses Wine Auction is on May 7, 2011. This event will begin with a silent auction and reception of the finest Virginia wines and will be immediately followed by a live auction, featuring unique wines and exclusive lots only available through the Museum (includes: Petrus 1970, Screaming Eagle 2003, La Mission Haut Brion 1966, dinner prepared by esteemed Williamsburg chefs, a custom designed jewelry piece, a weekend in Napa Valley, and an African safari.)

Parking at The College of William & Mary is limited. Free parking is permitted in front of the Museum with a permit acquired at the Museum security desk. Ask the guard on duty for details when you obtain your permit. There are also a limited number of metered spaces in the lot.

From Norfolk (I-64 West bound): Take exit 242A (Route 199 West) for five miles to Jamestown Road (Route 31 North). Take a right on Jamestown Road. Proceed for one and a quarter miles. The Museum is on the left next to Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall.
From Richmond (I-64 East bound): Take exit 234 (Route 199 East toward Lightfoot). Follow for several miles to the second stop light, which is the intersection of Route 199 and Jamestown Road. Take a left onto Jamestown Road. Proceed for one and a quarter miles. The Museum is located on the left next to Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall.
Via Campus Bus (provided by Williamsburg Area Transit)
The Gold Lline runs between Dillard and the Law School, until 5:00 PM and stops in the Phi Beta Kappa/Muscarelle Museum of Art parking lot. Students and college employees may ride the bus free of charge.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Webcams and Colonial Williamsburg

When you think about Colonial Williamsburg you probably tend to think about a time without technology. And, when you walk around Colonial Williamsburg, you see things as they were in colonial times.  So, you probably won't notice the webcams....

Webcams are placed outside the following locations: Raleigh Tavern, Merchants Square, Capitol, Magazine, Armoury Project, and a Roving Cam.  

You can view these sites at the official Colonial Williamsburg website:

This is a great way to get a look at Colonial Williamsburg before your trip (and maybe a great way for friends and family to catch a peak of you on vacation!)

Enjoy this bit of technology hidden in Colonial Times!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Top Williamsburg Virginia Restaurants on the Beaten Track: Why They are Worth the Wait

Restaurants worth waiting for in Williamsburg Virginia.

full reviews coming soon

1.  Blue Talon
420 Prince George Street, Williamsburg
(757) 476-2583

2.  The Trellis
403 West Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg,
(757) 229-8610

3.  Fat Canary
410 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg
(757) 229-3333

4.  Food for Thought
1647 Richmond Road, Williamsburg
(757) 645-4665

Monday, March 7, 2011

Religious Services

Coming soon

Where to go for sickness and injuries

coming soon

Traveling with babies

Traveling with babies? Here is the must know information:

coming soon

Tips for travelling to Williamsburg with a special needs child

We talked to local mom and dads whose kids have special needs and they offer the following suggestions:

Coming soon

The inside scoop for Williamsburg Virginia from the locals who live here. Travel planning, discounts, historic sites and more!

When you are travelling its nice to get off the beaten track and go where the local go. Williamsburg Virginia is one of the most visited sites in the country, and that means that the "well beaten path" is VERY well beaten. This blog is here to guide you in escaping the crowds and finding the hidden gems of the area.

Check out our site for:

Information on planning your trip to Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown

When and where to visit in Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown

Childcare while on vacation in Williamsburg Virgina

Child friendly activities for Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown

Discounts for Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown

Dining out at the best restaurants in Williamsburg Virginia

Free activities in Williamsburg Virginia

All the best websites for Colonial Williamsburg

Enjoy your visit!