5 Neat and Unusual Things to Do in Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Virginia is a great place to visit, no matter what type of entertainment you’re looking for. If you want to hit some of the local spots and hidden gems in the area, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at these five hidden spots in Williamsburg, Virginia you don’t want to miss.

The Secret Garden

Head to Colonial Williamsburg and take a tour of the garden of an 18th century home. Only the wealthiest colonists had different gardens for vegetables, herbs, and flowers; walk along these paths to see beautiful landscapes of various colored plants and foods, from wildflowers to rosemary to peas.

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

The unique folk art museum is the first of its kind, offering various exhibitions of American folk art showcasing subjects like dollhouses, ship paintings, quilting, and folk music instruments. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller originally donated the 424 objects, but the museum now has a collection of more than 3,000 objects. The museum is open 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Josiah Chowning’s Tavern

If you want to try Colonial-era gambols, head to the 18th-centuary ale house, Josiah Chowning’s Tavern. The tavern is one of the hidden gems in Williamsburg; stop in and sit at the tables that remake the spirit of an alehouse via candlelight. Sing along, play tavern games, watch magicians, and enjoy jokes told by costumed servers. Come hungry and order some delicious food from the menu that features items like barbeque, Shepherd’s Pye, Welsh Rarebit and Brunswick Stew. The tavern is open all day, 7 days a week, and the table games start at 5:00 PM.

Williamsburg Winery

Many people think of Napa Valley in California and Martha’s Vineyard when they think of wine. What very few people know is that Virginians have made wine dating back to the colonial days. The 300-acre Williamsburg Winery uses an advanced cross-flow filtration system to help make wine with great character. Visit the expanse of rolling hills on the southern side of Williamsburg proper for tastings and tours, or to dine at the Gabriel Archer Tavern for a memorable farm-to-table dining experience. The Tavern prides itself on sourcing locally grown ingredients from the half-acre product garden onsite and local farmers.

Williamsburg Salt Spa

You probably are unaware that soaking in a salt can improve your health. Fifteen tons of Himalayan and Polish salt make up the Salt Cave at the spa. Visitors can float in the tanks or sit in the cave while the body absorbs minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. A doctor in Poland discovered the link between people who worked in the mine near salts and better health. Get ready to breathe in deeply, relax and soak the day away.

Williamsburg is chock full of fun and unusual activities for the whole family, and many of these activities are off the beaten path. Book at stay at the Westgate Historic Williamsburg and you’ll have the best of both worlds – sophisticated accommodations and access to activities. Act like a local and stay entertained while you’re in the city; visit these secret spots for a true Williamsburg experience.




Tips for a Conflict-free Summer Holiday


Tips for a Conflict-free


Summer Holiday

Forty million Britons plan to holiday in July and August and catch up on some much needed R&R. At the top of the wish list of most holidaying couples is that the holiday be as relaxing and stress-free as possible. After all, that is the whole point of going on holiday in the first place. Unfortunately, the stress of organising a holiday can bring underlying tensions in the relationship to the surface. Rather than enjoying a well-deserved break from work and a routine life at home, summer holidays can stoke up arguments and resentment, particularly when things don´t go as well as planned. Many relationship counsellors report a noticeable increase in couples seeking counselling after a summer vacation.

So what can a couple do to avoid a stressful holiday? Read on for our tips that help secure a smooth, argument-free vacation:

Talk Before the Trip

Make some time to sit down together and discuss what you both want from your time off – you may have quite different ideas as to what would make a successful holiday. Talking about it openly beforehand enables you to learn what the other is hoping to do during the trip. Focus on what you do want rather than what you don´t want. This gives a positive energy to the conversation and minimises the chance of any tensions surfacing.

You may need to talk about and negotiate for compromises. For example, if one of you wants to spend time alone and the other is looking forward to spending most of the time together, you might need to compromise on how you plan to balance your time. Although you might have met each other through one of several free dating sites, or maybe a UK Christian dating site, and you hit it off, any relationship takes work. Understanding that compromises are necessary when you fail to see eye-to-eye with each other on how best to spend your holiday.

Avoid Misunderstandings

Before the trip, plan who will take responsibility for what, such as: who is booking the holiday, who will do the packing for the holiday, who is taking care of transport during the holiday, who is responsible for entertaining any children during the trip.

Quantity isn´t Quality

Being close or feeling connected as a couple doesn´t mean you have to spend every waking minute of the day together. Engaging in separate activities means you can both get your needs met even if you´re partial to doing different things. Such an agreement allows each of you to feel trusted and respected within the relationship. Talking about your experience over a drink later on can be a wonderful way of stoking the relationship by creating a feeling of connectedness. Good communication is the key to avoiding or alleviating any tensions that may arise during a holiday.


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