Williamsburg, VA

When I was younger, my grandparents had an assortment of RVs (one at a time, of course.) I remember one was named something to do with Thor…

Anyway, aside from a scattered amount of in-state trips with my mother and stepfather, I did most of my traveling with my grandparents, pretty much exclusively spring break trips to their property in North Carolina. On my favorite trip, we went to the Biltmore estate in Asheville, NC (a surprise, from them), and the Biltmore has been lodged in my heart ever since. I hope to return there this summer on a fancy trip with my man.

As I mentioned in my first post on this new site, ¬†one of my summer goals is to travel. Thanks to my best friend and her husband’s family, we went on an impromptu trip to Williamsburg, Virginia.

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This is us, in 2015 at Stephanie’s and my high school reunion, minus my bearded man. I was hiding a bottle of wine behind my back.

We stayed at a lovely resort. Neal and I got a suite all to ourselves, and I am all about suites. Especially ones with kitchens. There’s something so grown-up about a suite. My 10-people-to-a-hotel room days are OVER.

I didn’t take as many pictures as I’d have liked, but I did try to photograph all my restaurant adventures, and have some photos of Neal and Brad’s brewery tour…

Our first night, we went to Berret’s Seafood. In a pleasant surprise for Stephanie and I, they had a few vegetarian entrees.

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Roasted Chickpea, Spinach & Sweet Pepper Manicotti

This dish had an impressive Greek twist on an Italian dish, although the cilantro was overpowering (that’s odd for me to say, because I’m a cilantro lover and probably over-season my food…) Stephanie ordered a risotto that was amazing.

The next day, we went to Food for Thought. It has a unique concept – walls decorated with profiles of great thinkers and philosophers, cards from brain games on the tables – and the food was the best I had on our trip!

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This tofu scramble was the best “tofu scram” I’ve ever had. It was cooked to perfection.

Since we had a limited amount of time in Williamsburg and inclement weather approaching, we went to Colonial Williamsburg in the early afternoon. I had no idea it was such a huge place. We could have spent hours, days there – but ended up going into four trade places.

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The walk to Colonial Williamsburg takes you backwards in time. As you read the plates on the walkway, you learn what was different so long ago.
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It is truly a terrible punishment.
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There are beautiful gardens and walkways behind the homes.

Next, the boys had to go on their bro beer tour, helpfully documented by Stephanie.

Neal’s continued chants of “BEER, BEER, BEER, BEER!” were answered at Alewerks, Brass Cannon, and the Virginia Brewing Company. Not pictured is the Silver Hand Meadery, which we visited mostly for me, and was AWESOME. We did a honey tasting first, to see which honeys went into the meads. I gave them a lot of my money, buying two types of honey, three bottles of mead, and one of those honey dipper things.

Day two was rainy, so we visited the museums of Colonial Williamsburg, which starts with a tour of the oldest mental hospital in America (rebuilt after a fire.)

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The earliest mental patients would have this setup as their home. Blech.

Later, we got some pizza at The Crust.

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Portobello mushroom and spinach!

Then, with not much else to do, we went to Movie Tavern and saw Wonder Woman. Movie Tavern is a chain of theatres with a full restaurant and bar. We very much enjoyed the “seat service,” and the film.

Back at the resort, we checked out games and watched another movie, staying up far too late. Our nearly ten-hour drive the next day was pretty quiet.

This impromptu trip makes me feel like I am not wasting my summer, and I loved my time with our close friends!

More travel to come – I hope.

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