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Williamsburg, finally!

August 12, 2010

Well, it took me long enough to get these pictures up so let’s get going! :mrgreen:

Simone and I were pretty psyched to arrive after sitting in traffic for four hours. Huzzah!

For history nerds, Colonial Williamsburg is a must-visit. There’s a great mix of historical buildings with plenty of people to explain the ‘truth’ behind history. Almost everyone we talked to was open to questions and seemed really well-informed.

Be sure to go on a sunny day. No point in going to Williamsburg if you can’t walk around.

We jumped right into the historical reenactment spirit!

Including some costume changes, natch. What a shame that they only rent costumes to children, although that didn’t stop us from trying on a few choice hats in the store. πŸ˜‰

What do you think?


Everyone wanted a souvenir and while we managed to avoid getting any hats — the Red Riding Hood-esque capes were a lot more tempting! — it seemed like every little boy was carrying around a rifle.

Yes, I’ll probably be that strict mom who doesn’t let her children have fake guns. So sue me.

Our one complaint was that the ‘interpreters’ — they call themselves that instead of ‘reenactors’ — didn’t stay in character. We expected British accents and characters completely stuck in the 18th century. Instead, the costumes were right but the performances were on and off.

My favorite shop was the apothecary, which had delicious-smelling bowls of cinnamon and cloves on the counter. It looked and smelled exactly like you’d imagine an old-fashioned apothecary would, right down to the kindly older woman working at the counter. πŸ˜‰

Although most of the buildings are recreations, there are some original ones hanging around. Real or rebuilt, they all fit the period perfectly.

And, of course, Simone and I can’t go anywhere without getting into a little bit of trouble!

Into the stocks with you!


It was so nice to take a day trip out of town and get some fresh air. There will definitely be more in the future.

And you know that we ate plenty of delicious food but this post is long enough as it is. Check back tomorrow for locally-brewed root beer, pot pie and… peanut soup?

Have you taken any fun day trips lately? If you’re in the DC area, where do you recommend?

19 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2010 8:28 pm

    Haha I LOVE the costumes! I am a big fan of day trips, but with the crazyness of lately I have not really taken any. I need to get on that. I love visiting wineries as a day trip πŸ™‚

  2. August 12, 2010 9:22 pm

    I love the cute hats! I think Maya would love to check this place out the next time we are in the area. I can’t wait to get back to DC – I love it!

    How cool you did an article on Ramadan. I don’t know too many people who gain weight during the 30 days…I have already lost a few pounds!

    • August 13, 2010 6:14 am

      Maya would love it and so would you because she’d learn about history while having fun — win-win. πŸ˜€

      All my Muslim friends said they lose weight, too, so maybe it’s just certain groups that gain? One girl said her dad and brother stuff themselves at like 4am and then again at 10, taking in TONS more food than they prob need.

  3. August 13, 2010 7:19 am

    So glad you had a great time. Williamsburg just has such a special atmosphere!!

  4. August 13, 2010 7:46 am

    Love the pictures!! That looks like fun. I’m a history buff myself although my knowledge of American history is pretty limited and biased.

  5. Simone permalink
    August 13, 2010 1:30 pm

    amazing. there are no words. already planning CW part deux. although we have to find time for yorktown and jamestown first!

    • August 13, 2010 6:05 pm

      yesssssss! so many fun events! i say mount vernon next — metro-accessible! πŸ˜€

  6. August 13, 2010 1:40 pm

    Sounds like a lot of fun. I haven’t been to Williamsburg since I was a kid, but only remember going to Busch Gardens, sadly. I guess that really stood out for me.

    I’ve gone to New York City for a few day trips this summer, to meet up with friends, check out the Guggenheim, and to get some great food. It’s always fun to get away for a day, for a taste of adventure.

    • August 13, 2010 6:05 pm

      Very fun! I’m taking a weekend trip to NYC next week.

  7. Lauren permalink
    August 13, 2010 2:51 pm

    SO sorry I missed this 😦


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