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(If you missed it, last week I posted about Day 1 of our visit to Virginia’s Historic Triangle.)
After a not-so-restful night (thanks to our unruly neighbors), we ventured down to the very crowded breakfast room at the Williamsburg Woodlands to fuel up for the morning. The place was a madhouse! We were able to score a few things for breakfast, but couldn’t find a table, so we ended up eating on a bench outside.
See that lovely path on the photo above? That’s the walkway from our hotel to the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center. Really, it couldn’t have been any prettier or more peaceful (even though the hotel was so full!)
We walked over to the Visitor Center, and were directed to another area to check-in for our homeschool discount tickets. The kids were each given a bandanna to go along with a fun online game that you can play throughout your stay at Colonial Williamsburg (we started it, but got quickly sidetracked).
The walk from the Visitor Center to the Revolutionary City is pretty long (especially when you’re dealing with a sprained ankle); but, we made it and were excited to re-acquaint ourselves with this place that we all love! Our first stop was to visit The Governor’s Mansion. I want to live there!
One of my favorite parts about Colonial Williamsburg is leaving the Governor’s Mansion and just staring down the Village Green. It’s just so pretty and idyllic. We also always have to stop and see the house that was used as Felicity’s house in the American Girl movie. And Gracie was interested to see the site of the first theater as well. One of these days, I’m going to splurge on a carriage ride!
We only had one-day tickets, so we wanted to see as much as we could. From there, we turned down the main street and headed toward the Capital, stopping at every little shop along the way (because we LOVE shops, what can we say?!) We also had lunch at Chowning’s Tavern. We want to eat at a tavern this trip; and, being the cheapskates that we are, I scoped out the cheapest place (with the best-sounding lunch foods). We were quite pleased with our lunches. (I posted more about our lunch here.)
After a few more shops, we made it to the Capital for the tour. Ian was my photographer here, and he did a great job! Our tour guide was very interesting and made the tour fun. Gracie really seemed to enjoy it, since she’s so interested in politics; and even Ian paid attention when he wasn’t snapping pictures.
Honestly, by the time we were done there, we were wearing out! We decided to walk all the way down to the other end of the street and browse the shops of Merchant Square. The candy shop is always a bit hit, and we spent a great deal of time in the College of William & Mary Bookstore.
Afterwards, we left the Revolutionary City (taking the bus back to the Visitor’s Center), went back to the hotel and freshened up a bit, then went out for a drive.
We ended up at the new and improved Williamsburg Pottery, where we purchased some treasures.
Then, we stopped for ice cream on the way back to the hotel. Yes, we had ice cream for supper. It was vacation, after all!
Be sure to stop back next week for a report on Day 3 – Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown.