If you have been following me for very long, then you know that I love to travel and explore new places. And while this is a sponsored blog post, you know that I only share what I truly love and believe in! This post is no exception! Not long ago, I was offered the opportunity to work with Visit Williamsburg and take a road trip to explore the area. I cannot believe this historic destination is less than a 6-hour drive from Charlotte. On a Thursday afternoon, my mom, Ryser, my sisters, cousin, and I all made the trip. I was not sure what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised when I got there because there is so much to see and do!
Where We Stayed in Williamsburg
Our first stop was The Williamsburg Lodge – our rooms were perfect! Our beautiful and spacious rooms, combined with on-site restaurants and a coffee shop (where we grabbed some breakfast every morning) make this the perfect “base” for a trip to Williamsburg. Not only are the restaurants convenient, but the coffee is outstanding! The Williamsburg Lodge is centrally located, and we were able to walk to many of the great activities that Visit Williamsburg had planned for us.
Where We Ate in Williamsburg
Dinner our first night was at the 2nd Street: An American Bistro. The food was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. (And I’m telling you right now that I have to get out a thesaurus to come up with synonyms for AMAZING – because everything ALL weekend was AMAZING!) We thoroughly enjoyed the Thai Poppin Shrimp and topped off the meal with the chocolate cake. Oh. My. So. Very. AMAZING! Mouth-watering, delectable, chocolate heaven. Some of the other delectable things we tried were the brussel spouts and the fried onions. I highly recommend both!
What We Did in Williamsburg
The next day we grabbed breakfast at the hotel (AMAZING coffee!) and went off to explore historic Yorktown.
While I may not be all that into history, I enjoyed visiting Yorktown very much. Yorktown was so peaceful and pretty.
It is a cute town with a riverwalk, shops, and lots of interesting things to do. We had lunch at the Water Street Grille. OH. MY. The Mac N Cheese egg rolls might be one of the best things I ever put in my mouth!
One of the BEST massages EVER in Williamsburg!
Mom and I got a massage at The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg.
I have had massages all over the world and this was, hands down, one of the TOP 5 massages EVER!
My sisters got pedicures, and they said they were the best pedis ever!
After lunch, massages, and pedicures we made our way to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for their Christmas Celebration. This is the most magical Christmas theme ever! As you make your way around the park, different countries are represented, with specialty treats in each and we were given snack vouchers. So, basically, we ate our way around the world! Ryser loved it, and so did the grown-ups. It was magical and fun and totally AMAZING.
More to Do in Williamsburg!
Saturday morning, we made our way to Sweethaven Lavender’s Country Christmas. I wasn’t sure what to expect at a lavender farm’s Christmas event but, this place is AMAZING. It is like a Christmas town at the farm. They offered hayrides, activities in the barn, and a gift shoppe. Food options included charcuterie boxes and sweet treats. And they had live music! Ryser loved petting the little animals! It was super clean, pretty, and a refreshing opportunity to experience something different.
I cannot say enough good about this part of the trip! So many shops! So much to do! So much to see! So much to eat! Quaint. Historical. Charming. It was DELIGHTFUL! (I used an adjective other than AMAZING!) And we went ice skating. So very fun!
Saturday evening, we had dinner at Chowning’s Tavern. This was fantastic! The servers and bussers were in period costume and I felt like we were transported to a different time.
The Brunswick Stew has been on their menu since 1941. We tried several of their desserts including the crumble, pecan pie, and the flourless chocolate cake. All were delicious!
A trip to Williamsburg in December should be on everyone’s bucket list.
The lights are gorgeous. The town is family-friendly and festive. And the whole experience is special. If you are looking for a new Christmas adventure, I highly recommend a trip to Williamsburg. You will NOT be disappointed!
This post is sponsored by Visit Williamsburg. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view. - Ashley Terk
(some images in this blog post are used courtesy of Google and YELP)