Busch Gardens Christmas Town
Since 2009, families have have been coming to Christmas Town to view the six-million glittering lights, amazing shows, traditional Christmas culinary delights and Santa Claus at his North Pole workshop. This year make it your families tradition.
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Make your holiday season unforgettable in Colonial Williamsburg! Enjoy our spectacular Grand Illumination celebration, or get in the holiday spirit with a Decorations Tour. Cozy up in one of our contemporary restaurants and start a new holiday tradition with your … Continue reading
Runners, this is a race you won’t want to miss! It benifits An Achievable Dream, a nationally recognized K-12 school dedicated to the belief that all children can learn and succeed regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds, and that education can break the cycle of poverty. The race will also benefit the Wounded Warriors Programs, dedicated to assisting and advocating for the severely wounded, ill and injured members of the armed forces and for their families……and check this out, the first 6,000 registrants for any Run for the Dream race, and all Wounded Warriors, will receive free passes to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Check out the Run for the Dream website for details.
Both the half marathon (Sunday May 20) and 8K (Saturday May 19) begin at Phi Beta Kappa Hall (600 Jamestown Road), on the campus of The College of William & Mary and winds through Colonial Williamsburg’s famous Historic Area, finishing at William & Mary’s Zable Stadium. The half marathon also includes the parts of the Colonial Parkway towards the James River.
The Kids Fun Run on Saturday takes place at Zable Stadium and includes three lengths: 100 meter sprint, 400 meter dash and a mile run.
You absolutely have to try Tommy Leggett’s york river oysters, the “Waypoint Way”, baked with lump crabmeat, shaved Virginia ham and spinach. They are outstanding! The roasted beet and pear salad, with fried goat cheese and added salmon completed my dining experience. I will definately add the Waypoint Grill to my list favorites in Williamsburg.
The Inn at 802 is re-opening – with some changes!
We have decided to re-open the Inn at 802 and would love to see you again. Please take a few moments to see what we have done to the place.
First, we have reduced the number of rooms to one! But what a room it is. Your “room” encompasses almost 2000 sq. ft of living space that will sleep four to six people comfortably in 2 master en-suite bedrooms and a sleeper sofa in the great room. A fully equipped gourmet kitchen is yours to recreate the breakfast recipes you enjoyed at the Inn in the past. Yes, it is now a ‘self-catered’ Inn. So you are not limited to just breakfast. Your friends and family can enjoy your own home cooking; breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can even barbeque in the private courtyard.
The spacious new accommodations are perfect for extended stays for you to enjoy what the entire Southeastern Virginia area has to offer with a great home base to return to after some fun, interesting day trips. Among the close-by destinations are: Charlottesville, to the west for a visit to the home of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. Enjoy all that the Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown Colonial Triangle has to offer from your home away from home at the Inn. To the East, we are only an hour drive to Virginia Beach and two hours to the famous beaches of the North Carolina outer banks; from Corolla Light to the dunes of Kitty Hawk and Nags Head.
The Inn is the perfect spot for visiting the colleges in the area. Among them are UVA, William & Mary, Christopher Newport, VCU, Old Dominion, University of Richmond, James Madison and many more. We are located just across the street from the College of William and Mary, so the Inn is the perfect spot for the family for graduation, homecoming, family weekends and Tribe Football!
For a great golf outing, the Williamsburg area offers many great courses including The Golden Horseshoe (1 mile away) and Kings Mill, where the LPGA play the Michelob Open again this year.
If your plans include a stay from a minimum of 3 nights to a week or longer, please check out our rates and the new pictures on the site.
Joe and Cathy Bradley
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
3 eggs – separate yolks and whites (use two bowls)
½ cup whole milk ricotta cheese
¼ cup cottage cheese
¼ cup melted butter
¼ cup plus 1 Tablespoon unsalted flour (I use White Lilly)
2 Tablespoons Sugar
Zest of one or two lemons (the more the better)
Pinch of salt.
Mix cheeses, butter, flour, egg yolks, sugar, zest and salt in bowl and stir. Beat Egg Whites until stiff and then fold the egg whites gently into batter.
Lightly butter hot griddle
Double this recipe for more than 4 people.
We left Dublin Saturday morning and drove through the midlands to the west coast for a wedding of family of friends. With it’s craggy mountains, sandy beaches and network of lakes laced together, Connemara exemplifies the peaceful solitude and rugged beauty of The West of Ireland.
On Sunday we boarded a bus, with all of the other wedding guests, for over an hour treak to the Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo. Talk about a destination wedding, this 800 year old abbey was quite impressive. Ballintubber takes its name from St. Patrick-Baile tobair Phádraig – the townland of St Patrick’s well, where Patrick baptized his converts. Did you know that as a boy of fourteen or so, Patrick was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland, orginally from Scotland, as a slave to herd and tend sheep. This was in the days of the Druids and pagans and therefore he took their language and practices. He turned to God as a child and prayed until he escaped in his twenties and returned to Scotland, studied for the priesthood, was eventually ordained a Bishop. He then returned to Ireland where he preached and converted all of Ireland for the next 40 years! They say that he drove all of the snakes out of Ireland also!
If you are in IOM for the TT race make sure to book everything well in advance, after all, it is an island and the ferries sell out rather quickly. We flew back to Dublin and then stayed at family of our friend’s house in Malahide, that truly is how hospitable the Irish are. Malahide has a great village atmosphere, although the town is quite large, and it is located by the sea. If you are not fortunate enough to have friends of friends that live there I recommend the Four Star Grand Hotel which is right in the heart of Malahide.
The Isle of Mann is an island in the British Isles, located in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. It is not a part of the United Kingdom itself but the UK is responsible for defence and foreign affairs. Isle of Mann has its own government and parliament. This is my third trip to Isle of Mann because we are fortunate enough to have some wonderful friends that live there in Castletown, which sits on the site of an ancient volcano and is one of the oldest towns in the British Isles, dating back to 1090. The town was the capital of the island for hundreds of years before moving to Douglas and much of what the island is today started in this historical town. If in Castletown make sure to visit the medieval Castle Rushen, once the home of kings and later government. It still dominates the center of a town of narrow streets and small fishing cottages.
The actual draw to this magnificate Island is the TT, where people have been coming for over 100 years to experience the speed and stunning motorcycle racing of this mountain course. Due to the wind and rain they cancelled the first day we were there and I thought I would let the guys take in all the excitement on day two as there were too many other things to do and since I had been looking at the back of a motorcycle for the past 6 days, I thought I would give it a break.
Monday was a bit rainy and visibility was a bit challenging as we ventured north through the Killarney National Park, over the Glanaruddery Mountains, and into Limerick. It may look like a highway on the map but beware, the roads are narrow and a bit challenging at times. Our next stop was the Adare Manor, located in Limerick. You can’t go to Ireland without staying in a Castle. It was an amazing resort. The town was a bit sparce so I would recommend staying at the Manor and golfing. Off to Dublin Tuesday to catch the ferry to Isle of Mann.