Melting hot, colonial style

With the end of August rapidly approaching, we’ve been trying to squeak out every ounce of close-to-home vacation-esque fun that we can before the school year starts and the real busyness sets in. So a few weekends ago, our little family ventured northward for a little R&R amidst the colonial peeps of Williamsburg, Va. We met friends there, and together we trotted through some history, ate some old-timey food and listened to some jolly fifers. We had a great time. But man oh man, it was hot. Like melty ice cream hot. Thankfully, there were plenty of air-conditioned sites to see along the way. One can only be so colonial for so long, you know?

Colonial Williamsburg is super friendly to the walking/stroller-pushing crowd. We started at the farmers market (it was closing time, so scones were $1! Woo hoo!) and basically walked the historic district until the sun sent us inside. Here are a few shots from the trip:

This is the old Virginia State Capitol, before the digs were moved to Richmond.

Colonial folk have much moss.

Apparently the Rockefeller family used to stay at this house when they’d visit the W’burg (that’s code y’all).

It was getting pretty steamy by this point in the day. Beany had the best ride, hands down.

Our friend Leslie, who’s in the know on all things Williamsburg, said the Fife and Drum Corps was a must-see. Most of them were kids! Talented little fifers, they were.

And alas! We even managed to obtain a rare family photo with all three of us! Woot! That’s the governor’s palace in the background, where Thomas Jefferson lived for a bit. Pretty snazzy, huh?

All in all, it was a fun day, and we’re thinking about going back around Christmastime when the weather is chilly and the streets are all decorated in a holly jolly spirit.

How’s your summer winding down? Are you planning any last-minute trips? Or are you waiting for fall for the next big adventure? I’d love to hear about it!


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8 Comments on “Melting hot, colonial style

  1. Glad to hear y’all enjoyed W-burg! Did you wander around the W&M campus at all? xx

    • We did catch a glimpse of the W&M campus (so, so pretty!), but it was too hot out to do too much exploring. We do plan to check it out more next time though. Actually, we had thought about Facebooking you while we were there for your expert tips on dining and the like around that neck of the woods. And there were quite a few “I bet Chris moseyed around these parts” thrown around in conversation. :)

  2. Great to see you guys. Lookin’ good! :) Can’t believe how big she is getting. Hope you have a great school year.

  3. What a cheerful post! And I LOVE the fan attachment Beany had! Was that shot taken from her stroller? I’m curious about where the fan is attached to…and if adult versions are available! ;)

    • Yes, the fan was attached to the side of the stroller. It was super handy for a while, but it actually conked out sort of quickly and stopped blowing cool air. Ho hum. Maybe we just got a dud?! I’m so with you on the adult version. Wouldn’t that be great?

  4. I love this place! I went on a school field trip here in the 4th grade. Fond memories, I even got to try on one of the costumes. Fun to relive it through your pics – they capture its essence well! I bet it’s beautiful around Christmas time. And cute family photo.: )

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