Sunday, November 23, 2008

Romantic Virginia: Williamsburg

In between news and excerpts of hot new romances by Virginia authors, I figured why not showcase some of the most romantic locales around the state. Whether you're a native, transplant, or just visiting Old Dominion, Virginia is perhaps one of the most romantic travel destinations in the US. Mountains and beaches, vineyards and nature trails, there is so much to see and so much for couples to appreciate.

Williamsburg, Virginia, while known for its historical appeal, is quite a beautiful and inspirational place. The Colonial district in the spring offers ample opportunity for leisurely strolls down the cobbled streets of our founding families, and beautiful gardens alive with color. If you and your partner share a love for American history, you will definitely enjoy stepping back in time and experiencing first hand this way of life through the many costumed folk going about the day.

Other romantic points around Colonial Williamsburg: The Trellis Restaurant for a lovely candelight dinner for two; the famous Cheese Shop for picking up a bottle of wine for later; or head over to the Williamsburg Winery and get it from the source.

The stately Colonial Williamsburg Inn offers a restful respite for traveling couples, or for something more intimate you can try any of the local bed and breakfasts. Christmastime especially is prime visiting for the area. The foot traffic isn't as high as in the summer, and though some of the exhibits are closed for the season the historic district is authentically decorated for the holidays. You'll see every door has a beautiful fruit wreath, and you'll want to watch the events calendar for caroling and recitals at the Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

Photo by B. Diehl

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